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Celebrating Diwali in style

Part of the fun of Diwali is dressing up. We wear clothes that are as blingy and bright as Diwali itself. But what do you buy and how do you wear it?

fashion and trends Updated: Jun 27, 2012 16:04 IST
Parul Khanna Tewari

Part of the fun of Diwali is dressing up. In keeping with the spirit of the festival, we wear clothes that are as blingy and bright as Diwali itself. But what do you buy and how do you wear it?



"Both men and women should wear bright shades and clothes in rich fabrics," says fashion designer Krishna Mehta. "Lose your inhibitions and splurge on embroidery, bling, crystals, stones and jewellery. But keep the dupattas in check and make sure the fabrics you wear are not flammable."



Men should stick to kurtas – short or long – and pyjamas or pants with silk shirts or brocade jackets, adds Mehta. But women should dig out heavy saris, suits and lehengas of the kind that tend to be worn only to weddings.



"You can also marry contemporary wear with traditional pieces," suggests Mehta. But if you’d rather stick to western cuts, make sure they look festive. Which means, use rich fabric and bright shades, and wear contemporary jewellery.



Traditional takeA traditional take

On him

Krishna is wearing a khadi silk kurta and pyjamas from Sunil’s Study. The ensemble is priced at Rs 12,500. His Kolhapuri chappals are from his own wardrobe.



On her

Sheetal’s chiffon churidar and kurta are by designer Pallavi Mohan and are available at Ogaan, priced at R 21,250. Her sandals, priced at R 1,299, are from Bata’s Marie Claire collection. The hoops and bangles are her own

Alternatives
Women can wear a dressy sari and team it with a strappy blouse, bustier or corset. Go for a patiala salwar and kurti or team a churidar with a short kurta or an ankle-skimming kalidar kurta. You can also opt for a lehenga choli. Men can go for a bright kurta pyjama in a dressy fabric with a hint of bling or embroidery

Nearly ethnic
On him
Krishna is wearing a silk pleated kurta with pyjamas. From fashion designer Rajesh Pratap Singh’s collection, the ensemble is priced at Rs 14,500

Near ethnicOn her

Sheetal is wearing a strappy tunic with gota work. Priced at Rs 1,395, it is from designer Anita Dongre’s Global Desi pret line. She has paired the tunic with shimmery lycra leggings. Priced at Rs 799, these are also from Global Desi. The silver earrings with amethyst droplets are from Amrapali and are priced at Rs 2,920

Alternatives
If fully ethnic is not your scene, try and strike a balance between traditional and western. Men can opt for a subtle kurta and churidar without embroidery or bling. Women can team denim with a choli or a dressy kurti, leggings with an ethnic and bright kurti or tunic (right) or a ghagra with a bustier

Very western
On him

Silk jodhpurs, from Diwan Saheb, cost Rs 2,250. The pintex shirt, from Rajesh Pratap Singh, is for Rs 6,250. And the brocade topstitch waistcoat, also from Rajesh Pratap Singh, is priced at Rs 12,500

On her
Sheetal is wearing a crushed tie-n-dye skirt from Rajesh Pratap Singh. It is priced at Rs 7,850. The matching red flats, for Rs 1,299, are from Bata’s Marie Claire collection. The silk corset is this reporter’s own. The earrings, priced at Rs 7,050, are from Ogaan. The neckpiece and bangles are Sheetal’s own

Alternatives
Men can team denims, pants or jodhpurs (left) with bright and dressy shirts. Throw on a gota chunni to look festive. Women can team skirts (crushed, ghagra, fitted) and jeans with bustiers, bright tops and tanks