I’ve been sharing my personal style on this blog for almost five years now. And although my style has evolved during that period; comfort has always been the cornerstore of my dressing philosophy. I hate wearing things that look good but leave you hot, itchy or just generally uncomfortable. And that is why I love LIVA.

Liva is a new age, fluid fabric by Birla Cellulose. Made from wood pulp, it’s a natural fabric that’s light, fluid & breathable, with a natural sheen & lovely drape. I’ve talked about Liva before; in fact I’ve been wearing Liva for over a year now.

Clothing made with Liva fabric is available with quite a few prominent high street brands & when I was invited to check out the Liva garments at Pantaloons, I jumped at the chance! Pantaloons was a major haunt for me when I was younger – they have a lot of in house brands for both western & ethnic clothing like Honey, Annabelle, Aakriti etc. & almost all those brands have some Liva garments.

Among all of the clothing, I felt like a kid in a candy store! The first thing I really liked was this cerise maxi dress. With a high waist & a full, printed skirt this one was very feminine  with a sort of ethnic / tribal vibe & I enjoyed twirling around in it!

The second dress really stole my heart – it loved the printed collar detailing & neck tie… it’s the kind of dress that you can cinch at the waist or wear as is!
Both of the items I styled ended up being maxi dresses because they are perfect for lazy girls like me who still want to look stylish. No more scrambling around for what to wear in the mornings, slip one of these on & you look instantly put together. I kept my accessories really simple, just a gold watch & colorful leather shoes.
In my experience Liva is the perfect fabric for Indian climate. It’s great for hot summer days, it’ll keep you cool even if you decide to layer it (yes it’s that light!) & transitions perfectly to indecisive Mumbai monsoons too – we’ve already established that it’s perfect for hot days, but even in the rains it’s perfect as it won’t soak up too much water if you get wet, & it’ll wash & dry quickly. We don’t use a clothes dryer at home, so that’s very important criteria for my monsoon wardrobe.

Liva is natural, comfortable & fits my dressing philosophy completely. In fact, I’d like to switch out my whole wardrobe for garments made with this amazing fabric. If this sounds like something you’d like, head to your nearest Pantaloons & look out for the Liva tag!