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A tale of Two Cities: Mumbai vs Delhi


When it comes to the question of which is the most stylish city of India, Mumbai and Delhi immediately props up on your mind. However which of them leads the other in the style department is hard to say - the flamboyant and ostentatious Delhi or the laid-back, effortless and chic Mumbai?

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As much as I love Bombay (oh I am still in love with the name Bombay, it captures the essence of this city), I have to admit shopping is so much better in Delhi. Mumbai's Phoenix Mills featuring Palladium and Sky Zone vs Delhi's Emporio, Promenade and Ambience Mall, need I even say more?

The first time I stepped in Emporio I was totally in love with Delhi's shopping scene. It has everything at one place, and for a shopper like me, who likes organised places, it was a blessing. Ferragamo, Dior, Cartier, de grisogono, Stella McCartney, Giorgio Armani to Mango, Forever 21, Zara to Tarun Tahiliani, Gaurav Gupta, Rohit Bal; from high street to couture from international labels to Indian brands - you have everything here. It is the shopping mecca of India, pretty much like shopping in Dubai or Singapore (now that's an exaggeration but hey the malls are just as good, collection is trying to catch up). Even the street shopping of Delhi is rocking - from fashionable, ethnic to cool  Delhi markets can make shopping lots of fun. Whether it is the infamous Sarojni Nagar, exotic Janpath or Lajpath Nagar, if you like street shopping you'll fall in love with Delhi.

When it comes to Mumbai, Phoenix Mills is like the Vasant Kunj malls of Delhi, but sure Emporio can give Palladium a run for its money.

Now as far as shopping is concerned, my vote goes to Delhi despite the fact that I am a Bombay girl (living in Bombay).

Who walks style better - Delhi or Mumbai?

Walking around the malls and streets of Delhi, you'd find every next girl has a LV bag hugging her arms snugly, even if she is just coming out from a cab. While in Mumbai you'd be surprised that this girl in simple tee and shorts strolling in the mall finally drives off in a Beemer. Bombay has the show business without much show-off, if you know what I mean?

When the Bombay girl wants to go out, her goal is to be cool. The coolest. The Delhi girl, on the other hand, wehn she goes out she wants to be seen and everything about her will call for attention.
The motto in Delhi is 'I got it, and I'll flaunt it' while for Bombay its spontaneous, I will flaunt but not too much on the face. I know if I am in Bombay, there's always a bigger shot than me, who am I kidding?

Delhi gets dressed even for a casual lunch while Mumbai is more cascal chic.

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At a Delhi wedding you might be stupified 'who's the bride'? Mumbai will be dressed for the occassion with elegance and maybe a hint of glamour.

Delhi is about labels and brands and what's the point if it doesn't show while Bombay is about dressing the way you want to and not have to. No pressure, no rules. It has a more relaxed Western influence. I can walk in a tee, denims and fliflops for a coffee at Marriott, which will be a faux pas in Delhi.

So the big question is who's got more style - Delhi or Bombay?
Style is subjective - a glamorous saree in an Indian soiree would be apt for the occassion while it will be an exotic choice in New York.
Delhi is trying too hard, going all bling just to get the attention, forgetting personal style more often than not, while Bombay is eclectic, chic, effortless. Making the effort but for all the right reasons. Its sophistication and chic.
For me when it comes to style, Bombay gets the vote.
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16 comments:

  1. Good to know. :)

    Great blog! Keep in touch!

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  2. After seeing Aisha, i have a feeling Delhi style is more sophisticated. Although Bombay s the home to many designers and movie industry hence the glamor...;)

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    1. Aisha actually showed a very different version of Delhi, perhaps because Sonam Kapoor is a Bombay girl, so couldn't help add the Bombay vibe to her wardrobe.

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  3. Nice post! Loved hearing your opinions on the style of the two cities! Made me want to go visit and do some shopping there myself! (:

    <3 Amanda,
    http://geekyfashionista.blogspot.com

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    1. Hey Amanda, great to know you're keen to shop here. You'll love shopping in India and Delhi would be a wonderful experience.

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  4. Although I have been to both the cities, yet I really cannot say much on this topic because I have been to Mumbai a couple of times, Delhi, only once. I really love the cool and casual style of Mumbai - sometimes I feel that people are so carefree there whereas Delhi is so much more serious.

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    1. :). Yah it depends how you look at it. yes Delhi you'll find people making effort even if they are just going out to the local market for grocery shopping. In Bombay, on the other hand, unless there is an occassion, people like to keep it low. Moreover, Bombay weather is such you'd prefer going out with least amount of makeup and dressing down to survive the day.

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  5. I totally concur while the shopping facilities in Delhi are much better it hasn't yet got the street style factor (though it has grown a lot over last decade) while Bombay is more chic and effortless..you can find a girl rocking Chloe or Ackerman or even something classy from Colaba on the crossing in Bombay as compared to Delhi. People are fearless with their style there!
    LOvely blog you have a new follower :)

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    1. Hey Anupriya, I completely concur with your views. Thanks for sharing with us :)

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  6. We entirely agree with you! Well written. :)

    www.chpdzn.blogspot.com

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  7. WOW! Love this post! It is so true! People in north try way too hard and in Mumbaikar chic wont care much. But some northies and even punjabis so way overboard. In weddings you might see people outshining the bride

    love
    http://www.meghasarin.blogspot.com

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  8. I'm born and brought up in Mumbai and was in Delhi for a year. I completely second your thoughts.. Infact written a post on the same lines :) But more of a city andgle, not just fashion. Great post!

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  9. I don't agree... I was in Delhi for 1.5 years and my dressing sense has improved. I love the fact that people make the effort to dress up... Mumbai is drab and not stylish at all. When it comes to street shopping, nothing beats Sarojini... it has its own trends which are updated every few months. Every retailer is familiar with brands like Vero Moda, Zara, H&M etc.

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    1. That's cent percent true. Seems someone from Mumbai has written this blog because if the person is a Delhiite they know how affordable it is to style yourself with 'Brands'

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  10. i n mumbai all models and bollywood people are panjabis or they are from any other state of north....local ugly people don't luck good in mumbai.

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  11. Fashion and style ?..Delhi anytime !!

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