A ​​​Nouveau Navratra

How To Be Sartorially Modern This Festive Season

Last week we spoke about the festive wardrobe essentials – from vibrant lehengas and regal anarkalis to statement saris to make you standout and sparkle as you partake the celebrities (read here). And while we love playing the traditional dress up game, especially around now, this year we are quite excited about trying our hands at the experimental festive styles from the recent fashion week runways.

We all have gone the Indo-western route for our day to day looks – be it layering kurtas with jeans or opting for fusion silhouettes and designs and even for more dressed up evening looks – think draped saris and jacket anarkalis. But when it comes to the more traditional festivals like the ongoing Navratras, we still tend to play it conservative – sticking to those chania cholis or heavily embellished saris and in doing so becoming one of many hundreds wearing the same!

So taking cues from the experimental ethnic fashion as seen on recent runways at Lakme Fashion Week Winter Festive, here are 6 alternative looks for you to truly standout this time around at the dances, pujas et al.

The Eclectic Danseuse Look

Get your garba groove on with free moving dhoti pants, ornate flared top and eye catching danglers just like the Nikasha Winter Festive 15 ramp look below:

Nikasha Brocade Ruffle Top and Dhoti Pants (Shop Here)

The Risque Traditionalist Look

Dare to bare a bit even when going for those maximum silhouettes like this thigh slit Arpita Mehta lehenga and embellished crop top:

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Arpita Mehta Tribal Print Festive Skirt & Embellished Crop Top (Shop here)

The Minimalistic Ethnic Look

Pujas can be a hot, messy affair and being decked to your nines can leave you flustered and disheveled by the end of it. Stay cool yet sartorial in an understated, classy sari ensemble like this Payal Singhal runway look:

Payal Singhal Haani Sari (Shop Here)

The Fun Indigenous Look

Add a playful element to your festive dance floor look with twirly silhouettes, light as air separates and a look that would make you want to keep dancing forever – just like this Shruti Sancheti look below:

Shruti Sancheti Purple Woven Skirt & Wine Blouse (Shop here)

The Normcore Festive Look

Go anti bling this festive season and that will make you stand out instantly. The idea is to go for festive separates in understated designs just like this xx ensemble:

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Shruti Sancheti Beige Palazzo Pants & Red Quilted Top (Shop Here)

The Traditional Androgyny Look

We have all done the boyfriend jeans, shirt, suspenders and oversized blazer andgrogynous look. How about doing this the traditional way? Picture the traditional Gujarati festive Kediyo-dhoti attire for men (the flowy tunic and draped pants Salman Khan wore in Hum Dil de Chuke Sanam) reinterpreted for women by Krishna Mehta:

Krishna Mehta Crimson Silk Dhoti & Kurta Set (Shop Here)

Looking for more options to recreate these looks? You can head over here to check out our Navratara curation of Lehengas, Saris, Skirts, Tops, Dhoti Pants, Jewelry and accessories.

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