We are most alive…

…when we are in Love!

John Updike

Love is in the air…for Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Whether you are single, married, in a relationship or in the ‘It’s complicated’ stage – excitement for Valentine’s Day is quite universal! How are you planning to celebrate and surprise your Valentine? What are the plans; what are you wearing? Love makes our worlds go round, so why not celebrate the official day of love – the world over – with some extra effort!

The ‘day of love and romance’ is important not just for the myriad celebratory ways, but also because it’s one of those rare occasions we reserve to celebrate ‘the feeling’ that makes us truly rich and cherished. Let’s not ‘banish’ this magical day as a superficial excess or a marketing gimmick. Undeniably, even the whole life is not enough to celebrate the surreal feeling of ‘true love’. But – that doesn’t mean, we can’t have a special day to celebrate love, romance, friendship, relationships, peace, goodwill and bonhomie!

Valentine’s Day is no more a merely Western concept. You can enjoy and dress up for it at any age or stage. Sarees look as sensuous for a Valentine date, as a gown does. As far as the gifts go, pick what your love loves the most – a Bohemian lehenga skirt, a modest salwar kameez or fusion Indo-Western suit – all make perfect sense. Here, read on for some inspiring ideas on Valentine’s Day ethnic looks – use them to dress yourself or pick a gift for your Valentine.

Sensuous Sarees

Let a red or pink saree – that agrees with the Valentine theme do the talking on this lovely day. Drape a flowy, fluid one like a georgette saree for a date / movie date – or gift your sweetie a scarlet drape, she would cherish for years to come. All hues of pink or red are great – take into account personal preferences too. If these colors are not what you want, go for anything that you feel suits you or your beloved. Here are a few smart suggestions –

  1. The Pink Heart

Pink Designer Satin Silk Saree with Resham Embroidery

There ain’t a woman who won’t fall in love with this hue – at least, any one point in life. From blush, rose pinks to deep, intense shades – there is no dearth of choices in this palette. A plain saree with a designer blouse or one with cascading hues of ombre ensures a charming, youthful and sensuous appeal.

  1. Ruffle-d in Love

Blue Art Silk Designer Tiered Ruffle Saree

Pick a drape with a contemporary or fusion touch for an extra edge – one with a poncho, cape or jacket is quite in vogue. Or a ruffled saree is also a good idea – especially if (you or) your girlfriend have extra love reserved for all things girly.

  1. Sensually Yours

Esha Gupta Maroon Silk Floral Print Saree

Wish to pick something that will really spark up the chemistry in your relationship? Well, what’s better than a gorgeous, sensuous saree – nets, gossamer georgettes/ chiffons or the new-age lycras – all make perfect picks. Blouse detail is very important for getting such a look right – you can choose from a traditional, raw look with a bare backed choli and a silk saree – or a more chic one with an off shoulder blouse with a flowy net.

  1. Traditional Tales

Peach Designer Silk Saree with Zari Weaving

Weaves are evergreen, and they agree with most women’s likes – when it comes to sarees and Indian wear. Take your pick from handloom Banarasis, Kanchipurams or plain silks or for the more pocket friendly blended versions with zari and woven splendor.

  1. The Burning Desire

Red Satin Silk Designer Saree with Thread Embroidery

An all red saree seldom fails – such is the brilliance and appeal of this magical hue – Valentine’s Day or not! Go for a stunning Zari weave or a plain drape with embellished borders and a contrasting blouse – the results are bound to be blissful. However, on a side note – let us remind you – these looks are not easy to style – so give ample thought to that – accessorize right, ensure a good hair day and a happy countenance (and heart). The last one/s never fail to enchant.

Floral Fantasy

What exclaims LOVE better than flowers – and when it’s about Valentine’s Day and romance – you can’t really do without some mesmerizing, fresh blushing blooms. Get yourself or your loved one some sweet surprises for this day of love – with floral sarees, kurtis, suits or even bohemian floral lehengas – which you can pair in a variety of ways to suit the day’s theme.

  1. Along the Edges

Light Pink Tussar Silk Saree with Floral Print

Not much for an all flowery look? Pick a saree or outfit with only a slight smattering of blooms – maybe just along the borders or on the accompanying blouse or dupatta (in case of a suit).

  1. The Pink Meadow

Light Peachish Pink Muslin Silk Designer Floral Print Anarkali Suit

An all pink dress with some generous or scarce – whichever you prefer – dose of flower prints or embroidery is a great idea for every Valentine date or meet. Give it a contemporary edge for an extra oomph!

  1. Peachy Woods

Peach Chanderi Designer Suit with Resham Embroidery

Another top contender for the Valentine hues is Peach – neither too pinky not too red or not even dark…Peach is a perfect tint for the ones who like to keep things radiant and vibrant – without being too bold. And, there’s enough of Barbie and hearts appeal to this soft, sweet hue. Get a floral printed peach gown or Indian ensemble if this tangerine family color is what you desire.

Black Magic

Black may not be the ideal color for a love den or date, yet it’s hard to stay away from the passionate, dark embrace of this amazingly flattering and graceful hue. So, when it comes to dressing for the ultra-special or glam V-day evening – how can we say no to the intensity of black! Here are some ethnic outfits’ options in everyone’s favorite color – which you would find hard to resist –

  1. Black Saree Heaven

Black and Red Bangalore Silk Printed Saree

An all black drape in net or the one peppered with heart hued red – this is one saree pick you won’t regret!

  1. Intense Lines

Black Chanderi Designer Suit with Resham Embroidery

While picking a black kurti or suit, pay attention to its lines and cut. A silhouette that has clean, clear lines – like an A line or well-cut straight cut kameez paired with edgy trousers or cigarette pants – radiates very confident and sure feel. And, when it’s in black – it gets really awesome!

  1. The Dark Elegance

Black Satin Georgette Designer Suit with Zari Embroidery

In love with all things traditional and cultural? An intricately embroidered suit in black with a red dupatta or a floral print drape is as good as an all black abaya style suit or Anarkali suit with golden accents…

  1. Raven Inspiration

Black Jacquard Shimmery Poncho Style Gown

Well, an all black gown or ensemble may seem too bold or intense – yet it would have an unmatched appeal. One with net or sheer details will add to the drama!

Fusion Chic

Ones who do not want to go all Indian, yet don’t seem to resist the calm elegance of the enticing ethnic-wear – there always is the half way mantra – the fusion-wear or Indo-Western outfits. You can buy a new fusion ethnic outfit, or recycle something already in your wardrobe. Style it the way that beautifully blends the Indian and western sensibilities – and wait for the magic to unfurl in your beloved’s eyes. These ensembles make for perfect gifts too!

  1. Ravishingly Yours

Dark Red Rayon Designer Anarkali Suit with Resham Embroidery

Stick to the conventional, most preferred – and needless to say, most gorgeous – choice for the V day celebrations with a dreamy Red Gown or all red fusion ensemble – or even a scarlet frock-inspired Anarkali. Your beloved will be besotted!

  1. Daffodil Dreams

Yellow and Beige Banarasi Silk Mughal Art Inspired Digital Floral Print Ethnic Gown

Yellow is a happy color, it’s the hue of friendship and vivacity – and it catches the light like nothing else. The happy charming hue is also quite in fashion, these days. So, ditch the usual Valentines specials and pick this perky one in a chic fusion dress or a comfy kurti.

  1. Red-Carpet Ready

Navy Blue Satin Silk Designer Gown With 3D Flowers

All dressed up to court the limelight – yet in an intense, un-Valentine hue like navy blue or green – and see how you be the cynosure of all eyes… Yes, pick the color and trend that you (or your sweetheart) will be most comfortable and confident in!

Dress up in gorgeous outfits; celebrate yourself – and your companionship – and look beautiful. There are hundred different ways in which you can make your Valentine’s Day extra charming. Hope our list of romantic and colorful Indian attires motivates you rightfully. And, well, we may have enlisted 15 ensembles – but that’s not all. There’s a whole wow world of amazing ethnic-wear waiting for you at Saree.com – outfits that will add sparkle and splendor to your V Day dressing or ones, which make for perfect Valentine gifts. Go ahead!

Have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!