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The tricolour of India: Here’s how to get the look right

Saffron, white and green, when brought together, hold a special place in every Indian’s life. Here’s a stylish ode to the colours that enliven the nation

fashion-and-trends Updated: Aug 11, 2018 11:35 IST
Shara Ashraf
Shara Ashraf
Hindustan Times
In the lineup to Independence day, we tell you how to include tricolour in your look.
In the lineup to Independence day, we tell you how to include tricolour in your look. (Photo by Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times)

There can be no other hue as beautiful as the tricolours: Saffron indicates the irrepressible courage and strength of the nation, white stands for peace and truth — values that India has always been known for; green epitomises the fertility and growth of our land, and its syncreticism. Teamed together, they make a country as unique as ours. If you want to pay a tribute to these colours in a subtle yet striking way, here’s some easy inspiration. We have put together simple-to-achieve looks that will make sure that you make a head-turning statement as you celebrate your love for India.

The Sardar swag
The Sardar swag ( Photo by Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times )

Turban, the most regal looking headgear stands for the courage and dignity for Sikh men. International fashion legends have drawn inspiration from Sikh chic and even the most fashion-forward men in Bollywood have vouched for Sardar swag. Invoke the warrior in you with this elegant tricolour turban, this Independence Day. Pair this tie-dye turban with an indigo coloured shawl

The power of flowers
The power of flowers ( Photo by Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times )

You can include the tricolour by wearing flowers in your hair. Rather than going for the cliché flowers-in-the-bun look, experiment by pinning them up behind the ear, with your hair neatly pulled back. White carnations with orange roses make for the perfect combo. Complete the look with green leaves. Keep the makeup nude with soft eyes, a touch of mascara, a dewy base and a hint of gloss on your lips. You’re ready to give a stylish, striking tribute to the tricolour

The Pashtun style
The Pashtun style ( Photo by Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times )

Instead of wearing tricolour outfits, incorporate the colours into your makeup. Go for bold green broken eyeliner teamed with pop orange lip colour. Add a dash of white highlighter on the cupid bow and the inner corner of your eye. An elegant brown Pashtun cap completes the look

Giving a contemporary spin
Giving a contemporary spin ( Photo by Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times )

A green one-shoulder kaftan can be teamed with quirky saffron, white and green makeup. Give a refreshing, contemporary spin to your look with bold white geometric eyeliner teamed with dual lips.

Time to paint your beard
Time to paint your beard ( Photo by Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times )

For men with a full-grown beard, it is time to get experimental and give a hint of the tricolour with body paint. Use a ruler so that all the colours are spread in equal proportion. Wear a black outfit so that the saffron, green and white on the beard are visible in all their glory. Here, our model wears a black jumpsuit with patch work

Tricolour love for turbans
Tricolour love for turbans ( Photo by Sarang Gupta/Hindustan Times )

Time to borrow something from your brother or boyfriend’s wardrobe. An oversized kurta and tri-colour turban will make for a trendy statement. Keep a few of the top buttons open and add on a layered neckpiece. Make sure you keep the makeup minimal.

Calling all selfie addicts!
  • Are you the one offering cool selfie tricks to your friends? It’s time to get famous! Show us your best selfie with saffron, white, and green as the theme. Send your pictures to with your name, age and occupation by August 13. We will publish the best selfies in HT City!

No time for tricolour make-up? Here’s help

The tricolour tattoo
The tricolour tattoo

The tricolour tattoo

Google Pho.To editor. Just upload your picture and choose the flag face paint option and you are all set. Apart from getting tricolour face paint, you can also edit your picture further by adding various frames and stickers. The photo editing app also has other special effects.

For facebook cover
For facebook cover

For facebook cover

One of the easiest photo editors available online is Photofunny. Just upload your picture and choose from various flag designs. You can cut, crop, rotate, add filters and emojis, create a flag collage and even add memes.

The wallpaper effect
The wallpaper effect

The wallpaper effect

If you are looking for multiple flag effects on your phone, then Indian Flag Photo Editor is an app you should try. The app offers bokeh effect to go with multiple backgrounds. Apart from having various filters, it also has the Prisma effect along with choice of font styles and colour.

Concept: Shara Ashraf
Styling: Prerna Gauba & Akshay Kaushal
Text: Prerna Gauba, Akshay Kaushal and Abhinav Verma
Wardrobe: Harinder Singh of 1469, Pero by Aneeth Arora and Two Point Two
Models: Laxmi Pandey, Umesh Gulia & Inayat Shanghalya;
Agency: Purple Thoughts
Hair & Makeup: Mallika Gambhir & Kanchan Mehra
Floral accessories: Designs by Abhishek