Christmas is sassy- New Year is fun- the holiday season is simply amazing. The weather, the bonhomie, the cheer, and warmth all around and well, not to forget those late-night parties – everything is stunning and dazzling about December. And then there’s the thrill of stepping into the New Year! Are you too all primped up to party hard and enjoy this time of the year to the hilt? After all, dressing up is so much fun, and this is the time when you can groom yourself with all sorts of dazzles and sparkles.
You most probably would be planning to pull out (or better still, buy) a stash of gowns, dresses, western-style formal wear, suits, and swirly skirts for your Christmas, New Year, and holiday parties. But how about giving your sartorial choices a swish, snazzy, Desi twist?
After all, to stand apart, one must be unique- and how cool does it sound to pepping up your December festivities with a touch of Indian ethnicity- that has the world smitten!
Fusion styles, contemporary wear, and our very own classic ensembles have patrons globally. And that makes cultural elements a highlight to sport for the Christmas and NYE celebrations.
When almost everyone is flouncing around in western dresses, you can gorgeously stand out in a sensuous saree! Are you still contemplating? Well, our new look-book and wardrobe tips for an impeccable Indian-style Christmas dressing can guide you!
Best Christmas Party Dresses
1. The Power of Indian Elements
You need not trade off your dreamy, glamorous, and sensuous Christmas dressing for a timeless ethnic wardrobe. Instead, consider introducing Indian elements to your Christmas party dress or a holiday season party outfit. You can add an Indian waistcoat or a long, embroidered jacket to a flared LBD, or pair a brocade skirt with a ruffled or peplum blouse. Give in to tie-and-dye prints accented with sequins, hand-embellished floral collars, and zardozi shimmer.
A long flared Anarkali gown in Christmas colors- red, pink, golden, or green and Indian style embroidery is also worth a trial. Alternatively, pairing a plain Anarkali gown with a designer dupatta – draped like a wrap can be a perfect amalgamation of Indo-Western sensibilities.
2. Indo-Western Fusion Wear
Blended styles are plenty- from palazzo sarees to crop-top and sharara-style jacket salwar suit, there is a vast scope to experiment. The concept of fusion has hit a new high with the introduction of ensembles like saree gowns. Anarkali Kurti is of the main trends this season- you might as well add some of its chic versions to your home-party collection this season.
Crisp-crafted trouser suits, Indo-Western gowns, floor-length kurtis, and some variants of fusion Anarkali suits with details like frills, tiers, and peplum also count as must-have fusion styles for an Indian-style Christmas celebration. Consider a jewel palette for the occasion- ruby reds, emerald greens, and mystifying sapphire tones are perfect for the season.
3. The Suave Factor
You can smartly carry off a complete Indian garment that speaks elegance and have an uber-chic feel. Join the Christmas bandwagon with a pastel organza saree or a fluid chiffon drape. Pre-stitched sarees also count in as apt festive dressing for Christmas 2020. You can stick to Western elements like Victorian flounces, sheers, and glam-back cutouts for the blouse design. Trousers, narrow,straight-cut kameez, frock styles, abstract prints, capes, waist-flaunting fit-and-flare are some elements to look out for for a suitable pick in the salwar suit category. Channel a gorgeous cinched-at-waist gown made in embossed fabric and feel like a princess!
Plain-surface silhouettes look flattering and go well with all body shapes. They usually tend to be more versatile- so you can style them in multiple ways.
4. Keep it Simple
Indian ethnic styling, heavy embroideries, and colors can be a bit too strong for Western sensibilities. So, if you are attending a Christmas party with a typically western vibe – keep things simple! Though, one bling element could be permissible. You can opt for an imposing party-wear saree and play low-key with the accessories, or a plain saree with a designer blouse and statement earrings. You can also experiment with gorgeous designer blouse designs, which are the toast of the season!
You can work all Indian colors nicely for any Christmas party too. For example, if you wish to wear your favorite rani pink, Fuschia, or mustard yellow – then style it some way supporting neutrals, like black, white, or beige. Or take the monotone route – with embellishments and borders in a no-bling feel.
5. Colors of the Season
There are a few colors that represent the Christmas spirit like nothing else! Wear reds and whites for a real-Santa feel, or say yes to vibrant greens and plush golds. All shades of the red family – including maroons and deep pinks make for happy Christmas colors. But if you are not the one to go for the usual or refuse to look like poster book adverts of Christmas parties – choose any of the in-vogue intense palettes – that also agree with the season. Wine or deep purple is one color family that’s a party must this time – so choose your Indian style party dresses in this hue family.
However, Christmas, New Year, and Holiday season parties are rarely complete without the western staple – black. Just like an LBD – the little black dress – rules any party season, including the Christmas parties, you too can choose black splendor in an Indian style, maybe an Indo-Western suit or an all-black ethnic gown – to steal the show at a Christmas party.
6. Keeping Ostentation in Check
This one is much like the Simplicity Rule we spoke of earlier. It’s never a good idea to overdo or pile on everything that comes to your mind while dressing up for a Christmas or New Year party. So, you can conveniently leave home your embroidered dupatta when you choose a party-wear lehenga choli– to give it a crop top and skirt combo look! Choose dresses or Indian outfits that are either plain or subtle with details.
Instead, you can opt for artfully done, trendier pieces, and for infusing luxury, focus on the luster of the fabric or embellishments with a more contemporary touch. Pick silks, gossamer, velvets, or chenille for the lush appeal of an Indo-Western gown or a saree blouse – but keep the details minimal. You can also rely on prints and colors instead of going the whole Indian way with embroidery overindulgence, which goes perfectly well for occasions like Diwali, Karva Chauth, and the wedding festivities.
7. Sequined Charm
Sequins certainly rule the charts on the list of dazzling embellishments that work perfectly in a Christmassy theme. They look stylish, lend a very balanced or under-stated sheen, especially if they are not in metallic hues, and are amply in tune with the western design elements.
Sequins look spectacular in Indian ensembles like sarees and blouses, even floor-length gowns and Kurtis, giving them a chic and youthful appearance. Sequin sarees and blouses are some of the top trends of the season!
8. The Layering Trend
Oh well, layers are very much in trend this season too! And if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, the winter season makes a perfect match for pulling out and flaunting your best layers. Jacket suits, jacket lehenga cholis, Kurtis layered with frilly cape, and ruffled ponchos go well with the party vibe. Wearing an embellished cropped jumper over your palazzo and designer dupatta can make a stunning, scene-stealing combination. Layering is not an issue with the inherently adaptive Indian dressing. Also, there is always the option of wearing a full-sleeved kameez!
Most Anarkali suits also have a lining and layers for a stiff flare- that can keep you warm. Plus, there always will be a bottom separate – worn underneath, even the floor-length dresses and suits. Sorted and ready to face the wintery Christmas party!
9. Planning to Dance?
Invariably, you will be dancing at a party. Won’t you? Always choose your dress, keeping in mind what your activity schedule will be like at this probable gathering. Will you be on the dance floor for the evening? It’s best to avoid ethnic or fusion-wear that is floor-grazing, with crazy flare or something that would leave you feeling hot and flustered. Keep things light, choose a paneled, gown-like suit in a fitted silhouette, or you can go for shorter tunic styles with cigarette-sleek brocade trousers.
Would you rather stay glued to your group and indulge in holiday eating and drinking? Or, yours would be more of an academic style – talk and discuss, as kids sing carols at the Christmas party? Then, of course, you may choose something else too, but do keep this aspect in mind that you may also have to dance – even if a bit!
10. The Accessory Quotient
Accessories can be your savior while putting together a specific look or theme right. In the Christmas context, too, you can easily de-construct or tone down the Indian look with swish accessorizing. It would be best to avoid heavy Indian jewelry and traditional neckpieces. Choose chic danglers and keep desi-style bangles at bay. Wear a classy bracelet and a watch, and maybe a statement ring to get your Christmas look right. Keep your bag and shoes western in styling too.
Trendy accessories or statement pieces can instantly glam up an Indian-style Christmas look. So, if you wish to avoid a complete traditional dressing, you can still introduce Indian spiciness in your wardrobe by wearing ethnic accessories or jewelry with your western-style Christmas outfit. How about styling your princess gown with a floral matha patti or a statement nose ring with a mini red dress? After all, innovation is the key to a unique style statement!
There’s no limit to how you can blend these sensibilities and achieve novel looks for Christmas week. Just remember to balance your wardrobe elements appealingly! Do share your experiences with us – in the comments section.