Today’s ‘Look for Less’ features a boho casual ensemble, also containing the season’s favourite fringe bag. You might have some of the pieces in your wardrobe already, all the pieces though are pocket friendly!
In a previous post on Sharara I had paired up a jacket and a sharara from an Indian ethnic wear website indianroots.in. I had ordered the set for myself too and following are my views on the website and the products.
Indianroots is an NDTV venture with a vision to connect Indians to their roots with a selectively curated product range of high-end designer wear, hand crafted home linen and exquisite accessories. This was the first time I had ordered ethnic wear online, I am wary of buying Indianwear without having physically seen the garments since it is very easy to be duped about the quality. Especially having worked in the ethnic wear industry I have realised how details like the fabric weight, embroidery quality and stitching finishes can make all the difference to the outfit. Thankfully this purchase turned out to be just about satisfactory atleast.
The outer packaging.
I had placed my order in the last week of November and the dispatch time stated was 14 days for the sharara and 22 days for the jacket. In the start it did seem too long for a ready-to-wear garment but Indianroots finally shipped it in 6 days. I received both the garments in separate couriers in a gap of 1 day. The parcel arrived in cardboard boxes with the garments being effectively wrapped in layers of plastic cover, tissue paper and bubble paper. A special mention to the tissue paper it had ‘Hello’ printed in various Indian languages. 😀
The american brand Forever 21 does not have a retail outlet in Kolkata , so when they launched the online shopping facility on their Indian website I was elated. I had visited their store on my previous Delhi trip and had fallen in love with their everyday style clothes and voguish accessories. They have a wide range of basic and trendy dresses, tops and bottoms with colour options for many products. They also have an extensive fashion jewelry collection. Though, the range of bags and shoes is limited on the website, and they still haven’t started selling their make-up products.
Fortnightly they have extra offers running, excluding their regular sale section. The website has a policy of minimum purchase of Rs.2500 for free delivery to be applicable. The paid shipping prices vary depending on your total bill amount. It is quiet steep compared to several shopping portals, so it is advisable to create wish-lists and place the order once you reach the minimum. Sometimes they run a no-minimum purchase required for free shipping offer too.
The outer packaging.
In the second week of November, Forever21 website was running a high discount on certain accessories, between 50% to 80% off. This is when I made my purchase- a printed knit top, three sets of stud earrings, three dangling earrings, a pair of hoops, a stoned stud, two neckpieces, two sets of bangles and a silver bracelet, all for a total of Rs.2159 only.
My parcel arrived in 8 days from placing the order. I have previously ordered from Forever21 site too, but this time I had some issues with the tracking id and had emailed the customer service regarding the same. The parcel was well wrapped in a sealed plastic cover over the cardboard box. The accessories were individually wrapped in bubble paper and then put in clear plastic packets. The clothes were wrapped in clear plastic packets. All products came with brand packaging and their original price on the tag (not the discounted price).