By : Juhi Bansal
I have said this often and I’ll say it again. I have no business telling Amdavadi girls how they should dress up for Navratris but when Ahmedabad Mirror asked me for some tips, I unwillingly relented :). Styling/advise/fashion- how could I not :).
I feel that the traditional bit, although very alluring, has been done to death. Get contemporary this year. Lets take a leaf out of Deepika Padukone’s styling- dupattas worn in the half saree style with chaniyas (Chennai Express), layered chaniyas and elbow length backless cholis (Ramleela).
Neon’s are a thing of the past. Earthy colors are in this season. Whites, blacks, greys combined with pinks, blues and yellow will give a classy take to your look. My ideal combination this season- white, red and black.
Apart from the regular chaniyas (plain cotton ones with brocade borders in contrast will rule the roost this season) paired with traditional cholis, you can try the Indian peplum or kediyu tops with wraparound skirts or dhoti style pants in pretty color combinations like purple and white or traditionally embroidered crop tops with palazzo pants (not the mid riff baring kind)-these styles compliment all body types.
Instead of overdoing it like the past, this season is all about one statement piece. Be it a statement necklace, headgear or oversized baalis/ jhumkas or rings.
Try mixing up things by wearing statement pendants as maang tikkas, rings as pendants and necklaces as anklets.
Try different jewelry pieces like multi-layered head gear maang tikkas, hand harnesses and feet harnesses or paasas to stand out.
Kediyus in bright colors are in. Wear it like a jacket over jeans and a tank top or with plain dhotis. Stick to cottons and brocade. Alternatively, if you like to keep it simple, transparent kurtas in soft linen or cotton paired with jeans or churidaars will do the trick.
Hope to see you all in all your Navratri glory. May the Goddess be with you. Do write in for specific shopping and styling queries.
Stay Gorgeous xx
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