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Become a Fashionista this Festive Season

India is witnessing that time of the year again, where festivities are just around the corner and the festive spirit is really inviting excitement and hope in the minds of its people. India’s festivals moreover reflect its rich cultural heritage and unique traditions that have been passed on since time immemorial. Elaborate rituals, traditional delicacies and grand attires queue up following the brimming calendar of festivals that people await to cherish. This time of celebrations, no doubt, invoke the spirit of customary rites and traditions but its people truly radiate the seasons aura by embellishing themselves with grandiose outfits that almost replicates the nations prosperous diversities.


Since attire frames the highlight of the season’s affairs, here are few tips on what this year’s festivity holds in store for what you could wear. Right from the trendiest clothing and accessories for Her, to the right vestments for Him or vibrant patterns for juniors, there is a little something for everyone.   

Coming right out of the den of a budding fashion stylist at Marks & Spencer’s, Sana Khatri sets in the right ounce of spirits to arouse the fashionista in you. She states, “As the festive season brings in a wave of joy along with it, it also demands a wardrobe full of stop-and-stare ensembles. From Durga Puja to Diwali in coming months, the one thing you will require is an exceptionally good and outstanding Indian ethnic wardrobe.” Alternatively, Shivali Arora (fashion-designer, Prism) bids on igniting the festivity with an elegant blend of traditional wear with traces of modernity and states that “staying classy with a touch of tradition and keeping pastels and handwork on priority will definitely be our fashion agenda this festive season. It’s also about staying true to our ethos which is to amalgamate traditional handwork with modern concepts silhouettes and drapes”.

Tinge of Hues that Re-sound the Essence of Festive Glamour

If you are a fashion geek wondering about the right choice of colors, designs, patterns and fitments that are currently playing the seasons harp, then you are in the right place. Presenting to you an array of fashion statements, from several other esteemed fashion gurus, where all you have to do is to pick the right mix of cues to bring out the showstopper in you this festive season. While Amanda Pereira, a Goan native fad-designer, excerpts that  pastels, dusty pinks, shades of purple, greens, burgundy and the enchanting white are so in vogue, Vanya Kaushik, the creative head behind Vanya Kaushik Design Studio proposes that, colors like hues of peacocks, ivory, ash wood, gold and champagne will rock the wardrobes of all fashionistas. For those with an appetite for sprinkles of glitz and bling, a splash of mirror work on garments portrays a sense of grandeur that emanates beauty of not just the garment but reflects even the joyful cheery vibe.

Patterns & Appliqués that would slay the Ramp of Celebrations

Besides, affluent fashion has become the next most sought after vogue. Payal Keyal, a young affluent fashion-designer in Delhi reveals that the secret to sustain an enduring festive vibe is to couture vintage motifs, or style elegant blends of light embroidery and zardozi and continues to add, “Centuries-old designs & textures are still part of our Indian culture that carries a royal and ancient style of designs reflecting the panache of our Indian heritage.”

Furthermore, fur-synched patterns and ruffles would be a great choice for chic-styles while appliqués like intricate thread-work, zari or well refined brocades are sure to add to the festive charm. Layering, long-lengths, slim/straight-fits along with tassels, laces, wooden/pearl buttons enrich the look of understated outfits as emulated in the works of Divya Sati, a couturier of classic couture.

Apparels SHE Needs to have this Season

Indian festivals are a reflection of its rich traditions and sarees go a long way representing the unique legacy of our customs.Therefore styling a sari for any Indian occasion is never termed archaic. Draping one replicating a dhoti and pairing it with a belt or showing-off mermaid drapes, styling the classic Mumtaz look and choosing comfort and pairing it with pants, saris are evergreen style statements. Besides, ponchos and capes over gowns and lehengas snatch the season’s trendiest celebration-worthy looks.

Accessories light-up the vibes: Since accessorizing has picked up a popular mod, Razia Kunj a Mumbai based jewelry designer lays emphasis on modern elements with a twist and touch of old age charm. She states, “Now is the time to focus on understated outfits in pastels and beige with powerful yet attractive accessory pieces like pendant, loops and bracelets among others.” Yet for those who prefer a contrasting orna-taste have a choice of styling, oxidized motifs, silver shimmers, stone studded sets or stringing stunners to carry-off a complete traditional aristocratic look.

When Gentlemen Wave Ethnic all the Way

A dozen and more choices of ethnic wear layout for the gentlemen as well. As the famous Gargee designer duo Shyam Gupta and Ravi Gupta state, “Patterned waistcoats are the perfect place to be between casual and heavy ethnic wear. The Bundhgala suit – an enhanced handcrafted or machine embroidered piece is a unique amalgamation of Indian and western traditional attire that could be paired with a perfect pair of shoes styling the perfect attire for your celebration. Nothing beats the brilliance and simplicity of a pastel colored kurta when paired with a simple pyjama or a churidar. Pastel hued Indo-western coats and jackets look both contemporary and elegant and are trending incredibly with all ages to flaunt as celebration wear.”

Playing around with asymmetrical cuts or styling a jacket along with the regular sherwani will level up the fashion affair. To afford a more sophisticated look with a Bundhgala idea, a hip-length Chinese collared jacket paired with trousers or jodhpuri pants will definitely earn you a fashion icon title. Besides which Nehru jackets or a Kurta styled with a matching or contrasting color chooridar pants or jeans will portray a casual look with an occasional touch, especially for those who’d like to keep it simple, yet pose a festive look. Stalled with other alternatives to choose from, dhotis, pajamas or salwar bottoms paired with a sherwani or a kurta won’t compromise on the grand occasional look. Accessorized with turbans or Joothis, Brooches and Dupattas, the gentleman’s attire just upgraded to a celebrative charisma.

A Festive Fete for the Little Juniors

Although it could get tedious to find the right clothing for children, adding the essence of vibrant colors to the comfortable couture solves the dilemma. Bhavya Chawla, Chief Stylist, Voonik, and Neha Sachar, Co-Founder at Kidology, states, “There is no second thought about guessing the fact that most children love vibrant colors. Let your children be a reminder of the gaiety and fun of the festivals. Dress them up in outfits that are cheerful and vibrant while being tastefully matched. Monochromatic suits and dresses may look classy but stylish outfits that pop out are the best match for little ones.” Just ensuring comfort rather than overly embellished garments is key to embrace the festive concept when it comes to children. The best option for moms and dads who’d love to experiment, DIY (do-it-yourself) outfits for their little ones will be a better idea.

Affordability Marks Priority

Besides the grandiosity of these gorgeous vestments, the one question that matters most is its affordability. Nevertheless, apparel houses like Fab India, Global Desi, Westside, Anoukhi, FBB, Jaypore, the Loom and Good Earth, make possible celebrity-style looks for everyone at the most reasonable prices. Proffering stunning festive collections with prices ranging between 800 to 18,000, these garment studios are at the top to satiate your fashion fury this season.

Wishing you all a Happy Festive Season!!

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