Dress differently this Diwali

Bangles and potlis make great accesories Photo: M. Periasamy  

The festive season is in full swing and Diwali is around the corner. With retailers both online and physical coming up with irresistible offers, it is indeed very difficult not to give in to the shopping urge.

Usually Diwali see numerous family get-togethers, card parties and pujas, not to mention temple visits — all of which means we have to be dressed in our best. And what better time to indulge in bright colours than the festival of lights? My favourite combination for the festival is fuchsia with a bright orange. It is bright and cheerful to wear for a puja or a party. Another stylish colour combination is turquoise and lime green. Wear a hand-woven silk-cotton sari in this combination and you’ll stand out. To stay relevant and stylish this Diwali, pick unusual colour combinations.

If you’re going to indulge in fireworks, stick to cotton clothes. These can be made cool and stylish with a little effort. Team a pair of ivory cotton palazzos with bright coloured long tunics in lime green or coral red. To complete the look, pick the right accessories. This festival calls for Indian ethnic accessories. Jhumkas, chandbalis, ghunghroo bangles, antique-finished silver jewellery, kundan necklaces are all good choices. Another go-to accessory is the potli bag with exquisite hand embroidery. You can’t go wrong with an antique gold-coloured potli. It will go with any of your clothes choices.

For the Diwali party nights, wear a traditional South Indian Kancheevaram with a heavily embroidered crop top. Another option is to wear a kalidar kurta with exquisite kantha work. Chanderis, Ikats, velvets and Banarasi brocades are all trending this season.

The sari loyalists should experiment with different blouses. Boat necks and elbow-length sleeves are very fashionable.

If you want to be comfortable, wear a silk kurta-pyjama with an embellished silk Kota dupatta with gota work. Gota is grand and perfect for Diwali. Or wear a silk dupatta with a brocade border and delicate embroidery.

For a more contemporary look, wear cigarette pants with a maxi dress that has deep slits on the sides. Choose a traditional fabric like an ikat or Banarasi brocade for the cigarette pants and keep the dress in a single colour — a bright red or orange for maximum effect. Add a statement piece to complete this ensemble.

A crushed silk skirt with a tunic and an embroidered dupatta offers a more traditional look. Try different ways of draping the dupatta to find the style that suits you. Dhoti pants and tunics with a dash of zari are also very trendy. Team with brightly coloured bangles and anklets.

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