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- choicest traditional wear or some spunky fusion- in all your unique version of ethnicity.

Keeping up your fashion sense through the week-spanning 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.

But after all, Diwali is the occasion for displaying opulence. It’s the time to flaunt the best designer sarees, splendid Anarkali suits, statement fusion-wear, and all sorts of dressy attire. With an occasion so bright and a crowd struggling to look their best, you surely need to pump up your efforts.

And well, it begins with choosing the right wardrobe elements!

Our stylist is at work to make Diwali 2021 a picture-perfect celebration for you. Here are seven gorgeous looks to bookmark for the festivities ahead.

Indian Ethnic Wear for Diwali

1. The Desi Vibe

Indian-at-heart, you’re always aesthetic in a traditional avatar! Whether it’s a heavily embroidered Banarasi silk lehenga, Patola saree, or a timeless, zari-bordered silk saree, following the ethnic dress code at the Diwali get-together is bound to fetch you extra points. Pick accessories like embroidered chappals/ designer juttis, potli bags, and classic metal ornaments for a True Desi feel.

2. Party Drama

Cheers to social moments wrapped in contemporary themes! Keeping up with the seasonal trends, you can get a quick-glam makeover with a pre-stitched or ruffle saree. If you are fashion conscious, then frills, tiers, and flounces are details to adapt. Style your highlighting outfit with minimal accessories- may be a single pair of diamond studs would suffice!

3. Modern Royalty

Diwali is the right occasion to indulge in regally appealing silhouettes. Lush organza lehengas in pastel tones or sorbet palettes count as appropriate attire for the Lakshmi puja and the New Year celebration. Similar versions of flared and flowy ethnic wear like Anarkali gowns in lustrous silks also get a thumbs-up as impressive festive dressing.

4. Fusion Stories

Contemporary is the new ethnic- styles with blended elements that reflect the innovativeness of new-age Indian women. Surprising your audience with an exquisite indo-western gown can have good social pay-offs. A pair of statement earrings will accentuate your look for the grand get-together. And don’t forget to carry a statement clutch bag!

Likewise, a 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 following 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? All you need is- a plain saree paired with a chic, snazzy, designer blouse. Fluid-looking drapes in soft silk, crepe, or chiffon make an elegant choice for the pre-and post-Diwali celebrations. You can add highlighting accessories like a quirky clutch bag for a mildly dramatic, fuss-free look at a dinner feast.

6. All the way, Classic!

Elevated basics like Anarkali suits and embroidered churidar suits are a play-safe outfit that will have you ready for a semi-formal party in no time. A comfy version, the Palazzo Suit, is also a trendy pick for the season. 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, ethnic jumpsuit, floor-length tunic, or pair a peplum Kurti with ethnic skirt/dhoti/ trousers. Such ensembles come in handy while getting ready for 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 2021 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.