Wearing old white clothes on Holi is passe. It’s hot pants, backless blouses and off-shoulder tops in vibrant colours that are ruling the festivities this time.
“There has been a drastic change in the people’s perception towards Holi, especially the younger generation. They want to have fun but not at the cost of losing out on the glamour quotient,” says Delhi-based designer Riddhima Chauhan. The inspiration behind the change: Bollywood. “Films play a major role in inspiring these youngsters to go for trendy outfits, and what could be a better option than showing off sexy curves in figure-hugging dresses!” Chauhan adds.
Holi songs in movies like Mohabbatein, Waqt - Race Against Time and Action Replayy have played a major part in the wardrobe change. Female actors in such flicks are constantly spotted in short, skin-hugging dresses and adding glamour to celebrations. “Light coloured tunics matched with multi-coloured pajamis or ankle-length trousers, with chiffon dupattas, are in vogue. Among those wanting to go traditional, the demand for saris with halter-neck and backless blouses has increased,” says Delhi-based designer Meera Gupta.
Mumbai-based designer Digvijay Singh says, “Skin-show is something not too many people mind on this occasion. No matter what you wear, eventually you will get drenched.”
For Deeksha Aggarwal, who is pursuing her B Com (H) from Delhi University, the perfect Holi wardrobe is all about the right mix of both Indian and Western cultures. “With the changing times, skin-revealing garments are no longer a taboo or topic of discussion. And so, I am going to wear a Rajasthani lehenga that I will team with a stylish and sexy choli. I will not only manage to keep my parents happy, but will also set a trend,” she says.
(With inputs by Neha Sharma)
I think tees and all work really well on Holi because you can get all messy without the dupatta coming in your way
Yana Gupta, actor
I like wearing flowy dresses on Holi. Who wants to take care of a dupatta?
Priyanka Chhibber, TV actor
I wear denim hot pants with multiple ganjis — in red, green and black — so that the colours show well.
Amanpreet Wahi, model
What the city is wearing today
Hot pants in bright colours like raspberry, purple and electric blue
Little white dresses
Skin-tight ganjis and jeans
Deep-cut cholis with saris, lehengas or trousers
Colourful flowy dresses with flower motifs
Talk to us
What’s your Holi wardrobe like? Does bold dressing make the festival more fun?