From off-shoulder sari blouses to dhoti pants, designer Masaba Gupta tells you how to look your best this festive season
It’s that time of the year when you are drawn to all things ethnic: bright colours, rich fabric, and fine jewellery. But the holiday season can also be slightly overwhelming. With the sheer variety of outfits and styles available today, it is rather tough to stand out.
My advice for season is to go subtle. Why? Firstly, it is more comfortable, and secondly, it creates room for experiments with accessories, hairdos and make-up. Here are a few tips:
> Wearing lemon yellows, rani pinks, blue and gajri reds may be a bit much for a regular day. So, go all out with those shades during the festive season.
> I’m all for marrying modern and traditional styles — a crop top with a lehenga skirt, teamed with loose, wavy hair, or a maxi skirt with a choli, which calls for fuss-free styling. Another option would be to pair palazzos or cigarette pants with kurtis.
> Don’t be afraid to wear an off-shoulder blouse instead of a traditional one with a sari. And speaking of saris, this is the time to flaunt the georgette ones with block prints on them.
> One of the most popular trends this year has been dhoti pants.
> Although they are naturally flow-y, you can add structure to this silhouette by pairing it with a tailored blazer for a cocktail-hour ensemble.
> For the main day — Lakshmi puja — a pair of palazzo pants with a long kurti and a choker dupatta, or a plain tunic over a lehenga skirt, make for elegant, hassle-free outfits.
> As far as accessories are concerned, never make the mistake of wearing too many at the same time. Choose one statement piece — a maang tikka, a neckpiece or chandelier earrings. Pair them up with assorted bangles.
> When it comes to shoes, flat jootis and kolhapuris work for most looks. To add more flare to your outfits, I’d suggest heels. Wedges in gold, silver and copper are your best bet as they are likely to go with everything.
Gupta is a leading fashion designer. She tweets as @MasabaG