Fashion tips to bring in Diwali with ethnicity and sass

Nov 12, 2015, 14:23 IST | Ria Lawrence

Dare to stand out as a style maverick and dazzle at Diwali parties? We invite a few ace designers to guide you

Trends will come and go, but there’s something about traditional Indian clothing that whenever there’s a festival, we run to grab the right fit, fabric, design and colour. The best thing about ethnic wear is that it is extremely versatile and there’s no limit to how much you can experiment.

If you have an enviable figure like Shilpa Shetty, don’t hesitate to be daring; opt  for a sexy blouse with a full skirt and dupatta
If you have an enviable figure like Shilpa Shetty, don’t hesitate to be daring; opt for a sexy blouse with a full skirt and dupatta

And it has come back into prominence again with more and more people bringing back the essence and splendour of our cultural roots. As Diwali festivities linger on, there is ample scope for you to go a little rogue with your dressing — mix, match, dare, bare and flaunt. hitlist speaks to a few ace designers to share tips on how to bring in the festival of lights with ethnicity and sass.

Sridevi carries off the classic gold with grace. If you want to go for a statement necklace as well, go easy on the embroidery and fabric

Athiya shetty
In a vibrant pink fuchsia top over a skirt, Athiya shetty looks subtle yet chic. You can opt for a tulle paneled jacket extension instead of a traditional blouse

Riteish Deshmukh
Riteish Deshmukh sports a bandi over his kurta; this look that’s enjoying its time under the sun

Chitrangada Singh
Chitrangada Singh
sports the Goth-Indian fusion look, which is both fun and flirty

Amy Jackson
Take a cue from Amy Jackson and opt for lighter hues. Colours like blush, dusty pink and rose gold are in


With the onset of the festive season, the wardrobe needs to evolve to a much richer and more festive wardrobe. Colour, light festive trim and embroideries and more important, a versatile set of clothes that can be mixed and matched for any eventuality of evening, puja or a party requirement. Rich colour kurtas paired with churidars and breeches can make you look stylish; further if combined with Jodhpuri sleeveless jackets in contrasting colours, it will make for the perfect festive look. A subtle focus on accessories can only enhance the look, with a good haircut and a dash of a good cologne will complete the impeccable festive look for the season.
—Raghavendra Rathore

Payal Singhal
Festive fashion is in a whole new phase this year. Everything goes, and mix and match is all the rage. Mix silhouettes — like a kurta with a lehnga or sharara or even a saree with statement jewellery. Wear vintage pieces like old brocade salwars or saree blouses with modern contemporary kurtas and lehngas for an old-meets-new feel. Mix prints, textures and patterns for a fun, colourful and quirky feel; add a touch of gold and mogras.
— Payal Singhal

Rocky S
Diwali is the festival of lights and represents the tradition of ethnicity of India. The festival spiritually signifies the victory of light over darkness. You can be a fashionista by making certain changes in your overall look. So, this Diwali, go modish with traditional attires and match it with traditional ornaments to complete a feminine look. On the other side, light make-up touch is ideal for women who choose a heavy outfit. Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak.

Quick tips:
>> Wearing bright colour clothes that stand out in their own unique way.
>> Go contemporary over prints that add the dashing element to your clothing.
>> Wear multiple layers of different fabrics to get a multi-layered look.
>> Go for silk dresses that are a fusion of ethnic and Western, to create the perfect blend of both worlds.
—Rocky S

Anita Dongre
Traditional designs in contemporary styles are the key trend this year. Moreover, there is a big shift towards handwoven fabrics, the best trend to adorn this festive season. Easy flowy silhouettes and fabrics with subtle embroidery make for timeless festive piece. A contemporary handwoven Banaras outfit is all the elegance you need this festive season. You can also opt for crop tops that can be paired with skirts, bandi with dhoti pants and tunics, which can be paired with palazzo pants in subtle, gota patti embroidery.

Quick tips:
>> You can ring in the festivities with a printed jacket paired with raw silk pants.
>> Pair a dhoti skirt with a stylish bandi with stunning embroidery for a traditional yet contemporary look.
>> An embroidered, vibrant chiffon sari with an exquisitely rich Banarasi handwoven choli.
>> Heirloom jewellery piece.
—Anita Dongre

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