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Meet The Duo Of Settle Subtle ? Siddhi And Varun

Settle Subtle is a travel and fashion blog started by two nomadic friends who are inspired by surroundings and in return inspire the followers to be simple yet classy. Siddhi and Varun recently got featured in Vogue and GQ for their collaboration with Fossil’s new Holiday collection. We managed to get hold of the couple and ask them about being the Settle Subtle makers and life outside blogging, they told us, “In this complicated world our peace relies on its subtleties. We are strong believers of making a simple yet classy statement in this made up fiction world.”

Siddhi – An actor and a media student, started fashion and travel blogging out of interest and now has evolved into a trend setter for many young enthusiasts.

 

According to you, what are the best fashion trends that you like to carry? Also, as you’re a blogger, do you also create your own trend and style? If yes, what are they?

“I don’t really believe in trends. I think you should wear what looks good on you nevertheless. It need not be in trend for you to wear it. About creating, yes we obviously keep miss-matching stuff, wear skirts as tops, try a dress in different ways so we always come up with something fresh and new to. For example, I would say we both created a trend of wearing boots or sneakers over formal office look to make it look cool and edgy.”

What’s the story behind your blog’s title?

“We wanted something that would make you think once you listen to it and not just be any other name. We wanted to play around with words and not have a really common name. Our style statement is very minimal, classy and not too over the top. Hence, we came up with the name Settle Subtle which suggests the same.”

How would you describe your style?

“My style is inspired by everyday people I meet. I adapt very easily to a particular place. So I pick that style up and make it my own. Hence, I don’t have a specific style, I love to try everything. If something is specific, then I love wearing neutral colours or pastels. You’ll barely find a colour in my wardrobe! I am all about blacks, whites, greys and nudes!”

Who inspires your wardrobe and why?

“As I said, the people I see everyday. Be it my friends, random people on street, in coffee shops, clubs all of them together make my wardrobe. I pick something from each of them and then I’d like to create something new out of it for myself.”

What are your favourite blogs and why?

“There are a lot of blogs which I love! There is a couple blog firstly called ‘Mr and Mrs Monnet’ from Singapore who are fashion and travel bloggers who actually inspired us to start this! There is Negin Mirsalehi who I love. And there is a travel blogger called ‘In Bed With Me’ who writes about hotels all across the world.”

Any advice for anyone who wants to start his/her own blog?

“For starters, it’s not as simple as you think it is! Haha!! But to think about concepts and not followers is my main advice! Make good content, pen down everything you think and not be scared to be judged by others.”

What are the best aspects of running your own blog? What are the hardest aspect?

“The best aspects would be meeting new people, working with different people and different ideas, we also learn a lot about each other while working together and there is so much creativity that runs down while creating a blog so that’s the best part. The harder part is making sure you communicate well with your audience and always live up to what they are expecting out of you.”

What are your favourite places to shop?

“Zara and Colaba! My wardrobe is filled with Zara.”

Are there any trends you’re inspired by this season?

“I love how vintage and retro dressing has come back to fashion!”

What clothing items will you say is timeless?

“I think a Little Black Dress is a timeless outfit! No matter what you’ll always be a hit when you step out in a black dress!”

Who are your favourite designers?

“I am not a designer wear person, I am more about street style and basic clothing. But if I have to mention I love Gauri and Nainika, Nikhil Thampi and Anju Modi!”

What do you do when you’re not blogging?

“I am also an actor so I do TV shows here and there, and theatre too. I also learn Salsa in my free time and I love to travel so I travel during my free time!”

Varun – A travel and fashion enthusiast, joined hands with Siddhi to inspire men with his style and break the niche related to ‘men not for and fashion’.

 

What’s the story behind your blog’s title?

“Apart from the epic play of word, it stands by our belief of not going over the top with fashion but keeping it very classy and edgy. Hence, advising to settle with a subtle yet classy sense of style!”

How would you describe your style?

“I would say not very simple but very classy, whether formal or informal. For me comfort is also a major element! I would love to break the cliché of ‘fashion is never comfortable’.”

Who inspires your wardrobe and why?

“I think people and their environment globally inspire me. It’s like an open space where you can create anything, with so much available to you. All you need is that eye for inspiration. Well we, through our blog, try to inspire people by being ourselves inspired by them! Simple.”

What are your favourite blogs and why?

“There’s this couple blogger by the name ‘Mr. and Mrs. Monnet’ which to be honest inspired us initially. Travel and photography blogs are a treat too, simply because they inspire me to be or to go to those destinations in life.”

Any advice for anyone who wants to start his/her own blog?

“With all the resources in hand, to start up a blog is pretty easy. The key would be to be confident and stay confident. Of course, content would be appreciated too!”

What are the best aspects of running your own blog? What are the hardest aspect?

“Best aspect for me would be reaching out to so many people and being able to put across your creativity, and the appreciation received is like cherry on the cake! Hardest would be keeping up with the content and connecting to the audience, ‘connect’ is a must.”

What are your favourite places to shop?

“I love to travel and I always try to look for locally made things to wear or carry. I love to experiment. But apart from those things, Zara and Jack & Jones work great for me. I just don’t go very well with online shopping.”

Are there any trends you’re inspired by this season?

“Quirky and floral prints are pretty in this season, and it is very interesting to adapt the same for men’s wear as that is a task. These things go easy for women’s wear.”

What clothing items will you say is timeless?

“I think a white shirt is all it takes! Be it casual or formal, you can turn it quirky you can turn it classy, but it never goes out of style!”

What trend from the past would you like to a make a comeback?

“I think the formal dressing, suspenders and those antique round dial chained timepieces men used to carry formally; those I love from the past. For casuals, prints are back already.”

Who are your favourite designers?

“I don’t think men’s clothing involves much designer work on a usual scale. But I do like Satya Paul accessories for men.”

What do you do when you’re not blogging?

“While I’m not blogging, there are number of things I’m involved into actually. I like to call myself the ‘Jack’ of all. Apart from being a second generation entrepreneur, I’m doing my masters degree. Sketching and Canvas painting, horse riding back in Nasik, exploring new places, meeting new people is what I enjoy otherwise.”

Hence, inspired from real lives, they are plugging subtleties straight into your daily existence. ‘Let go of being tied in the misfit, Settle Subtle.’ 

Follow Settle Subtle for more classic street fashion and travel inspiration.

Website – settlesubtle.tumblr.com/

Instagram – @siddhi_settlesubtle, @varun_settlesubtle

(Article complied by Pinanki Shah)

 

 

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