Diwali- what does the word mean to you? A festival or more- like a vacation, time for long-pending social hours, or a time for complete relaxation? To me, and I guess many of us- the word Diwali brings visions of a tedious home clean-up!
It is that time of the year when you need to clear the annual backlog of mess in your houses. Adding to the frenzy is the task of redecorating and giving your Home-Sweet-Home a makeover! The pre-Diwali time can be chaotic, but once you’re through with the cleaning schedule, there are more than enough reasons to rejoice.
Above all the sparkling details, Diwali is the occasion to play dress-up with the festive dress code- the choicest traditional wear or some spunky fusion- in all your unique version of ethnicity.
It’s a Week-Long Celebration!
Keeping up your fashion sense through the lengthy Diwali festival can be challenging, especially if you’re loaded with home errands or not gifted with the five-day break from office work. The festival of lights is a myriad of celebrations staunchly surrounding the cultural theme.
Eventually, you may feel like trading off your heavy Banarasi brocade saree for a cotton Anarkali Kurti at the community gathering or change the dress code of a home celebration from dazzling Indian to comfy PJs. The last-minute wardrobe change sounds interesting, though!
But after all, Diwali is the occasion for displaying opulence in every detail, including your wardrobe. It’s time to flaunt the best designer sarees, splendid Anarkali suits, statement fusion wear, and all sorts of dressy attire amidst multiple social settings. With an occasion so bright, and a crowd struggling to look their best, you surely need a head-start with your looks.
And well, it begins with choosing the right wardrobe elements!
Our stylist is at work to make the grand Diwali 2023 festival a gorgeously memorable celebration for you. Here are seven apt outfit ideas to bookmark for the line-up of festivities ahead.
Indian Ethnic Wear for Diwali
1. Traditional Tales
Indian-at-heart, you’re always aesthetic in a desi avatar! And when it comes to Indian wear, there’s much variety to have you sorted for the entire week of social hours. From heavily embroidered Georgette Sequinned lehengas and handloom Patola sarees to timeless, golden zari border silk sarees, the ethnic dress code completely blends with the Diwali vibe. Pick accessories like embroidered chappals/ designer juttis, potli bags, and classic metal ornaments for an authentic Indian look.
2. A Hint of Drama
Are you looking forward to those long-pending meets with your favorite social circles? For moments wrapped in fun and frolic, you can deviate from the traditional dress code and enjoy some breathers with contemporary themes! Keeping up with the seasonal trends, you can get a quick-glam makeover with a pre-stitched saree or flared long Kurti with over-the-top details. If you are fashion-conscious, then frills, tiers, and flounces are the prettiest details for this season! Style your highlighting outfit with minimal accessories- even a pair of delicate diamond studs would suffice.
3. Modern Royalty
The Diwali festival is about grandness and creates just the right ambiance for an imperial sartorial indulgence. Live your royal dreams with lush satin silk sarees in pastel tones or sorbet palette lehengas that count as equally appropriate attire for the Lakshmi puja and the New Year celebration. Other fluid-and-flowy silhouettes like Anarkali gowns in lustrous silks also get a thumbs-up as regal attire choices for the festival of lights.
4. Fusion Stories
Contemporary is the new ethnic! You can take the Diwali occasion as a delightful time to experiment with blended styles. Innovate your look with saree-style palazzo or sharara suits, jacket sarees, and trendy Anarkali Kurti dresses.
Surprising your audience with an exquisite indo-western gown can have impressive social pay-offs. Add a pair of statement earrings to accentuate your look for a grand dinner party. And don’t forget to carry your glimmery clutch bag!
Likewise, an indo-western lehenga suit is a comfort-friendly choice to keep up with the resplendence of the occasion. Choose fabrics like georgette or cotton if the weather is humid, or you can go with your favorite type of silk.
The Diwali week is long, and not all get-togethers happening then require head-to-toe decoration. The subsequent three looks are, therefore, meant for lesser formal meets.
5. Effortless Elegance
Are you planning to do away with all the festive-bound brocade jazz and over-indulging ostentation? Trade off the eternal dress code for a plain, fluid saree paired with a chic & snazzy designer blouse. Flattering sarees in soft silk, crepe, or chiffon go well for the pre-and-post-Diwali celebrations. You can add a few pearls and a beaded bag for a mildly dramatic, fuss-free look at an outdoor brunch or house party.
6. Stay Classic
Elevated basics like Anarkali suits and embroidered churidar suits are play-safe styles for a semi-formal party. These occasions also offer the ideal ambiance to indulge in relaxed fits like kaftans and palazzo suits. You can also layer your classic straight-cut kurta with a jacket, add a pair of jhumkis, and you’re good to go!
7. Minimal Chic
Those keen on going easy with their festive look can create a minimalistic one with a plain or printed Anarkali Kurti, fusion jumpsuit, or floor-length tunic, or pair a peplum Kurti with ethnic skirt/dhoti/ trousers. Such ensembles come in handy for attending house parties and family dinners. And while you’re keeping the dressy part in check, it would be best to stick to lighter accessories. You can look out for options in tassel earrings and neutral slip-on footwear.
There’s a lot to do for the upcoming festivities. So, dear ladies, get going and have your Diwali 2023 collection sorted in time to enjoy the festival of lights to the hilt. We hope these wardrobe ideas give a head start to your styling experiments. Stay gorgeous!
We wish you all a safe and happy festive season ahead.