This Navratri, fashion will be redefined by revellers across the city. While last year saw the return of the traditional ghagra and choli, this year, it’s all about mixing-and-matching of Indo-western style. Ghagras will be shorter and cholis are being replaced with basic colour tank tops.
“We have reduced the length of the ghagra up to our calves, but have maintained the flair. Since, we have designed our ghagras intricately, we want to keep the top simple. By wearing basic coloured tank tops, we will be able to give the traditional look a western touch,” said Pearl Salva, a first-year fashion-designing student from SNDT.
Salva and her friends, who designed their own ghagras this year, wanted to have the best of both worlds this Navratri. The ghagra-tank top combo is perfect for youngsters who want be comfortable with what they wear and also appear fashionable.
“Navratri is all about colours. I’m planning to jazz up my outfit by using bright coloured dupattas, which will go well with my simple black top,” said Khushboo Nagda, a FYBFM student from Somaiya College.
Adding large, chunky oxidised pieces of jewellery to the simple top is also a fashion statement youngsters want to make.
“Accessories play a huge part when dressing up for the festival. FabIndia has these amazing thin belts, which look like designer pieces over ghagras,” said Kunjita Sampat, an engineering student from DJ Sanghvi College.
Another fusion trend that will appear this Navratri is dancers wearing Kolhapuri footwear. Pastel-coloured Kolhapuris are being considered as comfortable footwear, which is much needed during the long nights of dancing.