Be a Diwali diva!

The festival of lights is not only about frantic shopping and doing up your house but also about styling well and looking like mega bucks. This festival of lights, don a look that is good to dazzle the onlookers.

fashion and trends Updated: Nov 06, 2010 14:10 IST
Roma Arora
Roma Arora
Hindustan Times

So we get the experts to give some key festive looks that are guaranteed to get you a second glance as you head out to celebrate this Diwali. Whether you are all set to attend that soiree with your pals or are heading to a gala festive dinner, we give you looks with an old-world charm but a nouveau. From the fusion cape worn over shararas or slim fit lehengas to the classic saris with halter neck blouse with sequin work you can reinvent the classics to get a contemporary look this festive season. Experts suggest going low key and subtle glam rather than in your face bling this season to shine and smile with a festive spirit.

Trend: The fusion cape
Get the look: “Capes paired with sharara or pants or churidars is the ‘it’ thing this festive season. Capes with zardozi thread work and crystals are in vogue. As much as how Indian and traditional people want to look in the festive season, they also want a touch of western wear. Such interesting outfits have a more global and modern appeal,” says designer Pam Mehta

Diwali wearAccessorise with: Team them beautifully with a chunky cuff, big earrings and pretty hair accessories.

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Trend: Anarkali suits
Get the look: Designer Preeti Ghai says “ Anarkali suits are must-have for the festive season. They give you a traditional and classy look. Colours like rust, crimson rest, ivory and green look great. The beaded straps go well with anarkalis. Keep your hair loose for a diva-ish effect. “

Accessorise with: Long earrings with semi precious stones.

Trend: Bejewelled lehenga
Get the look:
Designer Anjalee Kapoor says, “Lehengas are hot favourites among the people during Diwali season. Use of rich velvet hues, vibrant colours and victorian motifs look trendy. Even the blouses and cholis are stylised, drape choli and corsets look ravishing.”

Accessorise with: Long earrings, stilletoes, elegant jewellery, hand cuffs and hathphool.

Trend: The sexy drape
Get the look: Designer Tarun Tahiliani says, “Saris are becoming modern everyday. Fabrics like silk voils, chiffons & georgettes lend an elegant touch to the feminine appeal. The stylised drape sari is a big hit for the festive season. Pair it with a halter blouse or bikini choli, drape it stylishly for a modern cool look,” he says.

Accessorise with: Minimal jewellery heaving long earring or chunky blingy.

Trend: The frock suit
Get the look: Designer Jaya Rathore says, “It’s time to get out of the regular salwar kameez look, and go for a retro makeover with a frock style kameez. To add the Indian touch, retain the ethnic influences like mirror work, embroidery and sequin details. Pair it with stockings or slim pants. Do away with the dupatta to get a modern feel. If you’re a lover of kitsch, then go over board with a clash of colours.”

Accessorise with: Go for funky floral hair accessories and chandelier earrings.

Trend: Sherwani with pants
Get the look:
“Give yourself a total graceful makeover by going for a long velvet embroidered sherwani with low scooped neckline. Pair it with the sequinned slim straight pants for a festive look. You can also team them up with chuirdar in metallic shades. Keep your hair in a simple bun so that the ornate effect of the sherwani,” says designer Payal Jain.

Accessorise with: Killer heels and bare neck make for a perfect combo to highlight the power dressing.

First Published: Nov 04, 2010 19:00 IST