Navratri is one festival that is celebrated with great pomp and splendor all across the country for ten long days. In fact the next few weeks will see two of India’s biggest festivals being celebrated – Dussera and Diwali. Everyday my mailbox is filled with emails from various PR, designers, and stores all flaunting the latest Navratri collection. Shopping for all the events during these next few weeks is going to be quite a task! So I decided to put together a navratri style guide – a few ideas on what to wear, what’s in trend, and how to look your best while having the best of time dancing to garba and worshiping the goddess.
- Colorful Dupattas:
Navratri is all about color and fun. And a fun way to add an interesting touch to your anarkalis and salwar kameez is through a colorful dupatta. You can also revamp your plain old kurtis by adding something colorful this way, keeping it within budget and making sure you look as good as new.
- Kurta and Palazzo:
I personally love pairing long kurtas with palazzos. Not only do they look so elegant and graceful, they are also so comfortable to sit through hours of puja and a whole night of dancing to garba. Consider this an Indian version of the anti-fit trend that is all the rage these days. Personally for me this is one of my favorite combinations for every occasion, be it festive, casual or formal.
- Pastel shades
Pastel seems to be the new festive color. As we have recently seen at lakme fashion week, pastel is the ruling color for everything festive and bridal. Delicate florals, aplique work and lighter shades are what everybody is going for. And I think it is a welcome change from the bright reds and oranges that are usually the norm.
When it comes to jewelry, it is almost impossible to decide what to choose thanks to the abundance of choice. But since it is navratri, you can never go wrong with a pair of jhumkas. Not only are they a timeless classic, they can also be paired with any traditional and indo-western outfit as well.
Laser cut bracelets and bangles in gold and rose gold look perfect when paired with sarees and lehengas. Instead of going for a whole lot of chunky bangles, make a statement with something elegant and delicate.
Last but not the least, you need a fancy and festive clutch to throw in all your essentials before heading out for your garba session. Make sure it has a sling so that you can be hands free and dance all night without worrying about where to stash your belongings safely