Move over regular traditional outfits, and try something new this festive season.(Pramod Thakur/ HT Photo)
Move over regular traditional outfits, and try something new this festive season.(Pramod Thakur/ HT Photo)

Dare to be different: Experiment with your outfits this festive season

This festive season, take a break from your regular saris and salwar kurtas. Designers tell us how to tweak traditional wear for a stand-out look.
Hindustan Times | By Ruchika Kher, Mumbai
UPDATED ON OCT 12, 2016 09:25 AM IST

Many people eagerly wait for the festive season, as after all, it’s that time of the year when everyone gets to dress up and show off all they’ve learnt about new trends. While most people prefer traditional wear when it comes to festivals like Diwali, an increasing breed of designers and fashion enthusiasts are experimenting with ethnic Indian wear to add a dash of contemporary style to their looks.

“People are tweaking traditional festive wear. They are becoming more experimental and edgy with their choices today. They want to break away from traditional silhouettes and heavy embellished pieces. The women of today are modern and versatile in their style choices. They want to wear something that embodies that,” says Ankur Modi, one half of designer label AM:PM.

Echoing a similar stance, designer Tanieya Kanuja says fashion has reached such a level that now clothes define what you are. “As seasons go by, fashion is just becoming more and more unique and interesting,” she adds.

Here are some fail-safe ideas that will will you the trend upgrade you need this festive season.

Mix and match

Who says you can only sport a sari or a kurta in the festive season? Try out a jumpsuit like this one by Aditi Holani Chandak. This outfit is made with silk and is accentuated with thread jewellery.

Off the beaten track

Bundle up in style and go the boho way with something like this Siddhartha Bansal printed flared skirt and off-shoulder top. The colours and the print will increase the glamour quotient of your look.

Length matters

If you want to shimmy through the night in a lehenga, but are wishing it had some extra spunk, this Sanjay Garg creation would be a great idea. This lehenga is actually a box-pleated long skirt, while the blouse is a crop top — both you can use as separates after the festivities are over.

Comfort first

Designer Rajesh Pratap Singh recently showcased how to lend a fashionable edge to the humble dhoti. Pair one with a jacket of the same fabric and you’ll be festive-ready in no time.

Cover it up

Coats often add a dash of elegance to an outfit. Try out a well-fitted long coat on generously flared palazzos to dial things up a bit. This Arjun Saluja creation is a great example.

Cape of good hope

Capes are the flavour of the season, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t integrate them in your festive wardrobe. Try something like this Bina Rao design, which is a kalamkari cape paired with a silk maxi dress.

Skirting the issue

This piece by designer Pranami Kalita shows how pleated skirts can be converted into semi-traditional outfits by using an Indian textile like indigenous silk.

Sari state of mind

The sari has changed a lot over the years, and these days, it’s worn in several ways depending on the occasion. Add a metallic touch to your sari with something like this Hemang Agrawal creation. The innovative blouse style and shoes instead of stilettoes will help you make a distinct style statement.

She’s got the flare

Palazzos and crop tops make for interesting and comfortable options. Use a festive colour like pink, add some zari work to it, and opt for a rich textile to give the creation a desi twist. Designer Pranami Kalita shows us how it’s done.

Ivory magic

Gone are the days when white wasn’t picked for festive clothing. Today, its versatility has managed to make a mark in fashion circles. Try out something like this Hemang Agrawal long silk skirt and a sheer chiffon shirt for the upcoming festive season.

Dos and don’ts

1 Let one statement piece stand out instead of putting two together for the same look

2 Opt for minimal jewellery if the outfit is already making a statement

3 Too many prints can clash, so choose carefully

4 Keep it understated and simple. You can never go wrong with that formula

5 Combine versatile pieces together to create a different look. For example, a skirt with a crop top or a cape is a great idea

6 Go black and ivory for occasion wear. It looks effortlessly elegant.

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