5 festive fashion ideas

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What to wear for Navratri, Puja and Diwali parties to make a statement
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The year’s in its final quarter and that marks the arrival of the festive season. When festivities are in the air and Navratri, Puja and Diwali parties are lined up, the focus is naturally on what to wear, how to accessorise and how to add the perfect finishing touches?
So, is it time to reinvent your wardrobe, or simply acquire some new pieces? Why not a bit of both. And another good reason to shop? Diwali presents of course. If you have a trip to India planned then of naturally you’re in for a fantastic ethnic wardrobe shopping treat. But even if you’re not, fret not, and read on.
Indian outfits (online shopping)
With a myriad of possibilities for online shopping, there’s bound to be an outfit for every taste, budget and style. Online shopping is fun, yet tricky because you run the risk of sizes not working for you, or things looking quite different in reality. Also, you have to take into consideration the delivery time, if you are ordering something to wear for a special occasion. But, if you are a confident and informed online shopper you can get yourself that spanking new saree or anarkali suit at your convenience and flaunt it at your next big festive event.
If you crave Indian designer wear you probably already know about Pernia’s pop-up shop and the sensational range of Indian wear you can find at this online store.  How could you resist that fabulous Manish Malhotra lehenga, quirky Masaba saree or magical Amrapali accessory?
Metallic footwear
How could you not associate all things bling and shiny with festive wear? Of course, you don’t have to think twice when you pair up those gold or silver sandals with your rich saree on Diwali night. If you don’t own any, I say go ahead and pick a pair this season, with all of the mid-season sales happening. Heels are a must because they are aesthetically oh so sensual. Pick a lower kitten heel if you prefer comfort, or peep toes over closed heels, as they are more flattering with a suit or saree. Even shiny wedge heel sandals, or studded flats can do the trick (making you look glamorous that is).
Boxed and jewel encrusted clutches
The variety of clutches available in the malls, markets and online are just so numerous that it has me more confused than when I started off looking. But I managed to work out the best choices for an Indian ensemble and also how to pick a classy one over the cheap and tacky looking ones!
Boxed clutches
Although impractical looking, they actually work well with festive Indian attire. You couldn’t go wrong in satin finished ones in deep red, dull gold or fuchsia, as these colours work perfectly with most Indian bright outfits. Pick a smallish one with a pretty clasp. I’d suggest a modestly priced piece as it doesn’t have the same cost per wear as other pieces, unless you’re a party animal!
You don’t really have to be an adept online shopper for ordering accessories online, because one size really does fit all! India also has some brilliant brocade fabric boxed clutches that speak timeless elegance, so indulge in one of these.
Jewel encrusted clutches
Pretty, yet tricky to shop for, as they can end up looking cheap or over the top if you don’t find a stylish, tasteful piece. My theory in this case is ‘less is more’ and pick subtle over loud. So my pick would be a black clutch with bigger diamantes on it, or a brighter colour with smaller uniform stones ensuring to keep in style.
Indian inspired statement jewellery
I’m sure you’ll all agree that there is absolutely no dearth of India inspired jewellery, whether you shop at Diva, Prouds, Myer or Kmart. There are numerous ways to mix and match silver, dull gold, faux diamonds or even pearls. The good thing about some jewellery is that it is far more versatile than we imagine. Like large flashy earrings working with your chiffon saree, as well as a LBD (little black dress). Or a polki ring paired with your silk salwar kameez, as well as a cute sheer blouse. As long as you allow the outfit to take centre stage and work its magic, using the jewellery to play the perfect accompaniment.
Closet remix ideas
If you are tired of repeating your Indian outfits time and again and don’t want to shop for new ones this season either, then here’s a clever way to dress up. I like to call it a ‘closet remix’.
Combine a plain satin evening dress with your gorgeous sheer dupatta and a churidar to make a completely new outfit. Just stick to the same tone while putting items together.
I sometimes even pair linen tunics with a bandhani  dupatta and salwar for a more casual day time festive event.
Be inspired to reinvent your wardrobe, or shop for something exclusive to flaunt this festive season!

Kalyani Wakhare
Kalyani Wakhare
An architect by training and a fashion blog writer by passion, I equally love my day job of being a mum. I am a shopaholic, bargain hunter and trend spotter. The next best thing to shopping for me is styling or writing and reading all about fashion!

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