With a population of over 13 million, Mumbai is an almost obscenely good place to people watch. This teeming city is India’s fashion capital, and when it comes to street style, anything goes. We give you the best looks out there from wearabout, a blog by Manou, who covers Mumbai fashion from the catwalk to the Colaba Causeway.
Manou—this is him!—began photographing street fashion as a hobby, sitting on the sidewalk snapping pictures of people passing by. While he now has access to Mumbai’s haute fashion scene, he stays true to his roots, and keeps it real at wearabout. From Lakme Fashion week to the streets (where he often finds himself stuck in Mumbai’s infamous traffic), Manou captures the wide range of styles in this incredible city with his Nikon D7000 and a 50mm lens.
One of the biggest influences on street style in Mumbai is—you guessed it—Bollywood.
Saris and flowers make for a summery feel.
Keeping it traditional.
Tania is wearing blue Ikat fabric from Fab India’s upholstery section that she had made into this classy pantsuit at her local tailor for about $20. Besides finding gorgeous fabrics to reupholster your couch, Fab India sells affordable, ready made kurtas and tops in block print and hand woven fabrics.
Prapti is wearing a top she found at a thrift store; her pants were purchased on the street (Hill Road or Colaba), her necklace is from BR Jewelers in Bandra, and her shoes are from Something Special in Bandra.
Tinu Verghis wears Priyadarshini Rao, while fellow model Rachel Bayros struts her stuff in Paromita Banerjee.
If you’re in the mood for people watching, Manou suggests that you head over to the Bagel Shop in Bandra, Cafe Zoe or Grime Riot Disco. If all that sartorial eye candy inspires you to make some purchases of your own, check out Hill Road and the Colaba Causeway, and if you’re lucky enough to get invites for Lakme Fashion Week, be on the look out for Shift by Nimish, Ka-sh by Karishma Shahani, and Sneha Arora.