When Your Vacation Pants Start Getting Tight

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It should comes as no surprise that the food in India is banana-cakes good. (The bananas are, by the way, amazing.) But I should note that Indian food is completely antithetical to the modern American food neuroses.

Consider the dietary refrain we’ve heard for the past couple of decades: “NO CARBS!”

Well, in India, carbs are everything. Literally. It’s all anyone eats for breakfast, lunch, dinner and 3 snacks throughout the day. There’s rice, of course, but there’s also flatbread (roti), leavened bread (kulcha), fried bread (puri) and lentil pancakes (idlis). My personal favorite is a kind of Indian crepe called a dosa.

You may be thinking, “Get a grip, you could have just skipped the carbs and eaten everything else on the plate.” However, carbs are the centerpiece of every meal in India — and if you don’t want to eat them, you are basically just eating condiments (chutneys) for the duration of your stay.

So it wasn’t a big surprise that some of my pants started feeling a wee bit tight halfway through the trip.

Striped Silk Top: Isabel Marant Etoile )Consignment) | Linen Drawstring Pants: Isabel Marant Etoile | Sandals: Paul Andrew
Striped Silk Top: Isabel Marant Etoile )Consignment) | Linen Drawstring Pants: Isabel Marant Etoile | Sandals: Paul Andrew

With an unpredictable schedule and loooong cross-country road trips in the car, working out was not feasible for most of this trip. So, I recalibrated with my favorite diet forgiver — the drawstring pant.

I wore these linen versions (by Isabel Marant Etoile) while visiting Qutub Minar in Delhi.

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This UNESCO World Heritage site is home to one of the tallest minarets in India, as well as street he’s of stony ruins that look plucked from a movie set.

This site was so interesting to me — mostly because it bears tangible scars of India’s many transfers of power. Some of the architecture reflects that the site was once home to a Hindu temple, which was later knocked down and modified by the Mughuls — lending the place a richly textured vibe of Indo-Islamic styles.

Elephant Necklace: Self-Made
Elephant Necklace: Self-Made

Back to the outfit for a second. The loose silk blouse (also Isabel Marant) was a consignment find last summer. I wear it constantly when I travel — it’s bright (yet also neutral) and can be worn with a pencil skirt or jeans.

The necklace includes an elephant charm, one of the patron animals of India. I call the necklace “self-made,” but all I really did was string the charm onto the chain.

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Below, you’ll find my favorite photos from Qutub Minar. Stay tuned this week — there’s even more in the pipeline. Namaste!

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  • Fernando Rodriguez

    Great pictures! Keep them coming. I don’t see a problem with the pants! LOL

    • http://www.TheStylePragmatist.com/ Diana @ The Style Pragmatist

      Haha, thanks for the kind words! I am so glad you are reading and enjoying.