The festival of lights is here and it’s time to begin your love affair with ethnic fashion, check out our style guide for the festive season.
It is that time of the year when you take a break from your western couture and sparkle and shine in rich ethnic flavours. Yes, Diwali is finally upon us and while the festivities this year may not be as grand as usual because of the COVID-19 pandemic, your Diwali wardrobe certainly doesn’t need to be low-key. In fact, dressing up for the various days of the festival of lights will only enliven your spirit. Whether your celebration plans include a small close-knit get-together with family and friends or attending a simple puja, there is definitely no reason to miss out on dressing up for the festivities. So, here are some easy to crack festive style tips that will not only help you make stunning style statements but also add a dash of excitement to your intimate festivities. Read on…
Nail It With A Kurta
A staple in Indian traditional wear, the good old’ humble kurta is certainly going to rule this festive season. The versatility of kurtas is what makes it a regular show stealer at fashion shows too. This year itself, kurtas made a splash at the Lakme Fashion Week as an intrinsic part of several designer’s collections. Pairing its various versions with different types of bottoms like palazzos, skirts, dhoti pants, cigarette pants, and shararas, can help create beautiful and interesting silhouettes for the festive season. From lightweight gota patti work, to chikankari, to silk kurtas, to heavily embroidered Anarkali kurtas — there are endless options to choose from. Kurtas with flared sleeves are currently in vogue and are a must-have if you like to add a bit of drama to your outfit. You can further highlight your look with statement jewellery. Comfortable and effortlessly chic a perfectly accentuated kurta silhouette is sure to see you through all the festivities ahead in style.
Reign In The Kaftan
If you crave for glamour and comfort then the mesmerizing silhouettes of Kaftan are sure to please you the most. With its carefree and free-flowing attributes, Kaftans are a hot favourite among women across the globe, and this festive season they have simply become hotter! Even B-town beauties have upped their fashion game with this versatile piece of garment. Chiffon, georgette, or silk kaftans with embroidered work and beautiful prints are apt to make heads turn for this festive season. You can even add a bit of zing to your kaftan by pairing it with belt, chic pants, statement jewellery and create a quirky-stylish look. Finish off the look with jutis, heels or ethnic sandals.
Slay With Saree
A saree can never go out of fashion and there is nothing more beautiful than a saree to add sparkle to your festive wardrobe. Elegant and easy to style, a saree can make you look stunning effortlessly. Try giving it a contemporary twist to this classic staple this year by pairing it with shirts, kurtas, pants etc. Do check out our article on ‘different saree style to experiment with this festive season’ for inspiration, in this issue.
Dazzle In Aladdin Salwar
A close relative of harem pants, this quirky, cool and super comfortable salwars are undoubtedly hotcakes this festive season. As the name suggests this sartorial piece is indeed inspired by the popular folktale character – Aladdin and is sure to add a bit of mystic charm to your festive dressing this year. The flowy loose-fitting silhouette of Aladdin salwar gives a whimsical dreamy look to your entire ensemble, making it a must for those who love to experiment with their fashion game. These bottoms paired with short kurtis and jutis make for an interesting festive look. For a bolder and more experimental look, you can even pair the bottoms with fitted tops or even crop tops and throw a shrug over it for a modern contemporary look.
Perfect The Look With Palazzos
A favourite among the B-town belles, palazzos have been one of the hottest trends in ethnic wear for a while now. And the festive season is the best time to test its versatility. Pair it with simple kurtas, A-line kurtas, angarkha kurta, tunics, capes, jackets, crop tops or even sarees – the palazzos goes perfectly well with just about any look. Brocade palazzos, palazzos with scalloped hems and lace trimmings are ideal for the festive period. Lastly, whatever you choose to wear this festive season, don’t forget to flaunt your brightest and biggest fashion asset – your smile, and you are certain to slay throughout the festivities. Happy stylish and safe Diwali.