Deck up in pastel hues this Holi

Deck up in pastel hues this Holi

While white remains a classic choice, you can also opt for pastel shades. Designers suggest ditching heavy denims

Mix and match this Holi by teaming white garments with colourful scarves and dupattas.

Holi, a day filled with colours, food and friends, is around the corner. To feel the vibe of the festival it is important to dress up for the occasion. 

Metrolife spoke to soem designers to put together the Holi trends this year.  

Kabeer Kodaniyll, head of design, Urban Blackberrys, notes that both ethnic and western looks can be carried off with ease for dry Holi.

“A white kurta teamed with jogger pants works great for an Indo-western look. The kurta will have a colourful look at the end of the celebration and the joggers will keep you comfortable. You can also wear a white polo T-shirt or a mandarin collar henley T-shirt. Darker coloured bottoms are ideal for Holi as it is easy to get rid of the colours,” he says.  

For wet Holi, he suggests nylon jogger pants instead of cotton. Nylon dries up faster and is comfortable when you dip yourself in colour. Avoid denim pants as water makes it heavier and uncomfortable.

All men out there, don’t hold yourself back when it comes to accessorising. Get those stylish sunglasses out. They are a must-have under the glaring sun during Holi.

“Badges are also in vogue currently. Add a dash of quirk to your attire and attitude. Badges with funky expressions will definitely oomph up your personality,” says Kabeer.  

Saggar Mehra, creative director, House of Sunil Mehra, says that to enhance your style quotient during the festivities, go for something which is relaxing and comfortable.

“Indian or western wear, both can be teamed with an unlined linen jacket or blazer. Complete your look with slim fit pants. If you opt for western outfits, it’s time you drop the printed options and go for a hand-embroidered shirt,” he says.

Break the all-white monotony 

“It is time to mix and match. If you still want to wear white, then you can always team it up with a pastel blue, pink, peach, yellow or green coloured Nehru jacket. This will make you stand out and break the monotony,” says Saggar. 

You can also pair the classic all-white combination with contrasting coloured footwear. It will add a pop to your look. 

Crocs and flip-flops work the best. Avoid closed shoes.

Considering summer has arrived early in Bengaluru this year, Swatti Kapoor, designer consultant, Jaypore, says pastel shades and whites are ideal colours for Holi. 

“Floaty silhouettes like kurtas and dresses are perfect, especially when paired with bold-hued dupattas and scarves. For warmer weather, fabric is always key. It’s important to use all-natural, breathable fabric that doesn’t cling to you, such as cotton, linen, muslin, and even lighter silk,” she says.

She suggests that accessorising is good but one should keep in mind they don’t go overboard.

“Chunky earrings, bold dupattas or scarves, and colorful footwear are great ways to oomph up your style. You can also add details like a bindi for an unexpected twist to your look,” Swatti says.

What not to wear for Holi
Holi does not require you to be all glammed up, hence, avoid flashy coloured garments. Avoiding tight-fitting clothes.
Don’t carry over-whelming accessories; there will be so much on you already to manage. There are chances they might get stained too.
Pick garments with polyester blends. Colour stains are difficult to get rid off from pure fabrics. 

Saggar Mehra(Creative director, House of Sunil Mehra)

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