As exciting as this festive season is, it is nevertheless daunting. The huge line-up of Diwali parties with friends and families leave us women staring at our wardrobes blankly. This is the moment when “I have nothing to wear!” becomes real. Shopping sprees are all the more complicated when we are bombarded with 100 outfit ideas and no clue when asked, “What do you want, Madam ji?”
I know its hard to keep up with the ethnic wear trends when the world is going ga-ga over Autumn/Fall trends. Hello? What about Diwali? So fret not. Here, I compile 6 looks for this Diwali season which can give you a good idea about current trends in Indian fashion as well as how not to go over-the-top while you still stand out as your gorgeous self!
1. The fluid silhouette
Deepika’s royal outfit in ‘Deewani Mastani’ is outright breathtaking and should be termed as the official 2015 Diwali goal! The fluid, luxe silhouette exudes absolute grace. Team up a Farshi pajama/palazzo with a layered, floor-sweeping georgette anarkali or angrakha.
If you find this gold, glittery look quite OTT, replace heavy fabrics with soft, chiffon ones. Play down the whole look with muted, pastel colors to make it feel more wearable off the royal sets – just like Deepika did in the picture below!
2. The straight-cut Pakistani suits
They might be one of your comfy hand-outs in summers, but don’t you underestimate them! Switch to more heavy fabrics like silk or chanderi and dress them up to add the glitz. Opt for churidaars instead of palazzos and give your dupatta a miss. The longer your kurta is, the more flattering an appearance it would give.
For your make-up, go for some smoky kohl on your eyes. Pair chunky, bold earrings and a statement ring to give an absolutely envious, classy look.
3. The old-and-new anarkali
Five years back, when they made a major comeback after ‘Mughal-E-Azam’, who’d have thought they’d stay so long? And they seem to have stayed here for a while now with little edits. The empire-cut, frock-style anarkalis have given way to flattering, long ones.
Other than this, you can experiment any way! You can quirk it with neon, floral prints or team it with a net cape or an embroidered jacket. You can add a heavy dupatta to your cocktail dress and trust me, that too would work just fine!
4. The skirts and lehengas
The modern long skirts and the authentic lehengas have amalgamated over time. Score a pretty, simple corset top and team it with a long, heavy skirt. And there, you are done! Add a heavy dupatta when you want to give it a more traditional look.
Lehengas are no more just a part of wedding trousseau. Underplay with heavy work and fabrics and they could easily become your go-to-pieces. They don’t look too decked up, yet are feminine enough to steal you the limelight. Alternatively, crop tops and edgy printed skirts are also flooding the market these days. Get yourself one!
5. The Gujarati work and Punjabi patiala
Deepika’s look in ‘Ram-Leela’ has been too over done in the last two years. Yet, you can get inspired from it. Gujarati embroidery or mirror work when fused with bright colors and fabrics of Punjab, give a stunning look. Patialas are comfortable, breezy and beautiful. So don this look for a Diwali puja or for one of those family brunches. Don’t forget to add giant jhumkas or danglers.
Drape this nine-yard of beauty any way, it will never leave you disappointed. This is one ever-green attire which never goes out of fashion. Shimmer georgette sarees with embellished blouses, again in muted pastel colors, are doing the rounds in the fashion circuit.
If you want to up the quirk quotient, don’t be afraid to include prints or go for cover-ups – a vintage jacket like Sonam Kapoor!
Have a gorgeous Diwali, girls!