Desi with a twist: From saris with belts to funky jackets

  • Sanya Goel, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2014 16:47 IST

With the dawn of the festive season, it’s time to raise the style stakes by going traditional. The month of October is packed with festivities — Navratri and Durga Puja make way for Karva Chauth, Diwali and the innumerous parties that follow.

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And if you are game for some quirk, take a break from the predictable saris and anarkalis, and experiment with vibrant colour palettes, fusion silhouettes, surface embellishments, neo-traditional hairdos and jewellery.

Here is the cheat sheet for the perfect festive makeover.

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Give your traditional wear a spin, and experiment with contemporary silhouettes. Think palazzos paired with a jacket, white shirt teamed with a bright lehenga or cinching your waist with a leather belt on top of your sari — the only thing you need to remember is to steer clear of the expected and play with every possibility that comes to your mind!

Twist and turns
From a messy side braid to a top bun, there’s a plethora of options that you can choose from while decking up your hair. While an up-do works if you want to flaunt a statement neckpiece, think milkmaid braid and Le Chignon. Or go for messy braids that compliment big earrings. Leave your tresses open while sporting a maangteeka.

Bling it right
Nothing spells festive like jewellery — it’s the season to go high on bling! Bring out your midi rings, haathphools, maangteekas, chokers and statement earrings. Keep one piece as the centre of your ensemble and work the others in a way that they compliment the entire look. If you’re wearing a pair of earrings, skip the necklace and go for a chunky bracelet instead. Similarly, an elaborate necklace calls for attention, so let go of the earrings. When wearing multiple rings, chuck the bangles to create an impact — it’s minimalism that will make you stand out!

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