The nine days of Navratri are filled with delicious vrat (fast) food, energetic dance moves, vibrant festive fashion, and never-ending fun. A chance to look your best in a traditional manner as you go to the dandiya nights or puja pandals.
This season, there are some essentials that are on trend at party time that you must add to your wardrobe. The following tips and tricks will help you style yourself gracefully during the festive season.
#1. Look vibrant
Even though it is a traditional dandiya night, it doesn’t mean you have to go in a predictable chaniya-choli. You should always go a little further and make your outfit slightly edgy with your own style. Consider a lehenga saree that is ready-to-wear and will stay neat throughout the night. It is a good idea to wear bright colours during the holiday season. To look different, take a break from the usual green or red and embrace neon pink and fluorescent orange like Bollywood actresses.
Play with your favorite colours and try unconventional silhouettes, such as dhoti pants or angrakhas. Wear an embellished skirt with a plain shirt if you love the idea of mixing Indian and western elements. Your waist will be accentuated with a little metallic belt.
#2. Add a little sparkle
Traditional lehengas and cholis are usually decorated with colourful beads, mirror work, embroidery or shells. The work of mirrors is very popular these days, but a fantastic choice is the Patti work in gold or silver. A pair of earrings with pearls, Swarovski, or colored stones also looks lovely. When used in a dupatta, skirt, or choli, dyeing effects such as bandhani, lahariya, and tie-dye look very chic.
Since off-shoulders are in, you can pair one with whatever you want, such as an off-shoulder choli paired with a long tail lehenga. This will look chic and at the same time traditional as well.
#3. Bring out the beauty baubles
If you combine the right accessories with your outfit, you are sure to be the center of attention. You should keep your essentials in a colorful potli bag, and wear long earrings and colorful bangles. You can add an unconventional twist to maang-teekas, kamarbands, and payals as well.
If your outfit is simple and unadorned, you can add a chunky necklace to quickly glam it up.
#4. Put your best face forward
Because you might sweat a lot while dancing, use waterproof makeup and keep the base light. Play up your eyes with smokey makeup, but keep the lips simple with a pale pink or peach shade. Make sure you do not have your hair open, as having a good hairstyle plays an important role here.
These styles will work whether it’s a side braid, curly hair, or a bun with a pouf. As an alternative, you can try a side French with your hair open. As an experiment, you can even dye your hair red or have an ombre effect to be fun and different.
#5. Fashion for men
Similarly, men’s fashion is no longer simple or predictable. It is not enough to wear a traditional kediyu (traditional Gujarati outfit), or a simple kurta pyjama. Select the latest colours from the international palette, such as deep blues, purples, or reds. Invest in a good ethnic jacket to wear over a kurta-pyjama to make it look classy and formal.
Keep the traditional flair intact by wearing a dhoti, pathani salwar, or Jodhpuri pants with a coat. It is imperative to wear a scarf or safa that matches or contrasts. Your outfits can be coordinated based on color, or you can choose embroidery elements that are similar for both of you. Be careful not to go overboard and make sure you don’t go too matchy-matchy.
#6. Fun additions
Temporary tattoos of a God or a mantra would add a trendy yet traditional touch to the festive season for both men and women alike. If a girl wants a brighter look, they can use glitter nail art to maintain the look’s vibrancy.
Decorate your home, throw exciting parties, and dance all night during this festive season. Don’t forget to turn heads whenever you dress up for a function, though, while you’re in the festive frenzy!