Dazzle on!

Dazzle on!

Celebrate ‘Deepavali’ in your fashionable best this year. As this fashion season would have it, fusion and contemporary designs are a rage. If there is anything we must achieve style-wise, it has to be distinct!

Being uniquely stylish now means choosing to blend avant-garde with the traditional. From actresses to style icons, we’ve seen everyone’s take on Westernised ethnic wear and we’ve loved and admired them

In keeping with all things Bollywood and festive, we’ve come up with a twisted list of style tips you just might want to adopt to jazz up your ethnic quotient this ‘Deepavali’.

The sari and blouse
The sari has always been the hero, wear it any way. From traditional to abstract, modern fabrics to precious silks, the sari has done it all! You cannot go wrong in a sari on ‘Deepavali’. Let your sari do the talking for you. Wear a plain one, or a graphic print. How about jersey? Or even ‘batik’ cotton.

Your blouse is the crowning glory of this ensemble. This season your choices are everything from crop tops, number tees, to denim shirts, or go heavier with a brocade blazer or silk tunic. Stop calling it a ‘blouse’ any more because it’s clearly anything but that.

The ‘lehenga choli’
These days ‘cholis’ look like elegantly tailored western counterparts. If you like traditional, then go ahead and wear it that way. But where is the fun in that? Colour-blocking, a longstanding champion of ethnic wear trends, has now finally lost steam.

Welcome monotones of silver, old gold and grey. Try out ‘lehenga’ gowns this season, while it’s still trending. Western motifs on Indian skirts is another trend social media loves right now.

Western wear
‘It’s gonna be awesome’ is this year’s theme for Western outfits to a ‘Deepavali’ party. It’s just got to be that good. You know you are never going to be on the other side of the ethnic, no matter how hard you tried. Either the jewellery, the eyeliner or the red lipstick would have been a give away and a beautiful one at that. Go ahead, give into the spirit and go fusion all the way -- ethnic statement jewellery with a jumpsuit, a cape and a cocktail dress. a ‘dhoti’ skirt and blazer.

Accessorise with love
Love is all you need to bring out genuine beauty. This festive season, it’s stylish to be less aware of yourself and more aware of others.

(Contributed by Pooja Gajraj)

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