Diwali is here…one of the most vibrant and scintillating times of the year – a fest that encompasses all religions, boundaries and cultures. The 5 glorious days of Diwali – Dhan Teras, Choti Diwali (Kali Chaudas), Diwali evening, Bestu Baras (New Year) and Bhai Dooj are legendary in terms of celebrations – in India and among Indians, all over the world. This is a festival that’s celebrated in some or the other form – in every part of the country.

Diwali is officially the time to shine and sizzle! And, to dress up in the choicest Indian ethnic outfits, since it’s a time to give due to our cultural connects and traditions. Dear girls, so please take out your sarees, regal Indian suits and even lehengas. You wish to look your best during all 5 days of Diwali festivities… Don’t you?

It’s also a time to meet, greet and mingle – with family, friends and even new acquaintances – the party season. You would also visit loved ones’ homes to exchange Diwali gifts and wishes, and in turn, many of them shall visit your home. Well, you would like to look great, during these exchanges too. Right?

The problem is amidst all the running around, preparing for Diwali days and shopping, we rarely get time for ‘dressing up’ and prepping up. Anxious already? Don’t worry! Saree.com brings you some awesome style tips that will help you look gorgeous on all 5 days of the much awaited Diwali week –

Day 1 – Dhan Teras

Also known as the Dhanvantri Triodas, this day marks the official beginning of Diwali week. Considered extremely auspicious, Dhan Teras is the day to ‘buy’ ‘shop’ and make merry! Dedicated to the Lord Dhanvantari – the God of Wealth – this sacred day and muhurat is also an excellent time to buy precious metals like gold, silver etc. and also initiate wedding shopping. Many would-be-brides buy their bridal lehengas or wedding saris on this day. Red, orange, yellow, mustard yellow, pinks and all sorts of lucky Indian colors are great for this day.

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Dress up to invite wealth

Since the flavor of this day is inviting wealth and happiness in our lives and this world, keep a very positive frame of mind on this day. Smile a lot! And, dress in some great quality, new clothes. Fancy sarees are great for wearing on this day. And, if you have a rushed shopping trip on agenda – you can also consider wearing a stylish Anarkali suit in lovely and holy colors of yellow, pink or red. Avoid wearing black on this day. You should keep your hair tied, as streets and market tend to be very dusty and crowded on Dhan Teras. Since most people tend to wear absolutely traditional stuff on this day, you can also try wearing Indo-western silhouettes and trendy styles like Palazzo suits on this day.

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Day 2 – Choti Diwali/ Kali Chaudas

In many parts of India, this day has a huge significance, as it is associated with worship of Goddess Kali – the destroyer of evil. Naivedyams, havans, rituals mark this day. Many also take this day to rest and relax, or mingle with their families. For many others, it’s a day to visit relatives and friends, as it is the Choti Diwali.

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Relaxed Vibe

Well, keep a very chilled out and relaxed vibe for this day. But, don’t let that affect your dressing. Keep that radiant and vibrant. You can leave your hair open, and go low on accessories and jewelry, though. You can also wear Indo-Western attires on this day, or something that has a very casual, relaxed feel –despite being dressy. Lehenga suits and Sharara suits are great for this purpose. If you would be traveling through the city, it will be better to sport a festive lehenga choli, with a nicely draped and pinned dupatta, especially if you would be driving yourself. Keep your look light and fresh – if you have a long day ahead of you.

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Day 3

The Day of Diwali/ Deepawali

It’s officially the day to sizzle and shine. This is a day that’s busy to the brim…there’s simply lots to do. Decorations, meeting loved ones, celebrations, worship rituals, dressing up – you will hardly get time on this day. But, that’s no excuse to let go of this lovely chance to flaunt your style. We suggest that you keep your outfit ready in advance for this day – as this will help you remain sorted on Diwali.

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Compete with the gleam of sparklers

You should dress up to the hilt on this day. Compete with the sizzling lights and glimmering diyas in a glistening contemporary saree like the one shown above. Or, wear something dressier like a grand and fancy chic lehenga choli like shown below. With saree, keep your hair wavy and open, while with the lehenga, you can keep your hair tied in a stylish bun. Go all out with stylish jewels, but avoid too much garishness. For a youthful look – keep a balanced look. Avoid heavy neckpieces, if your earrings are huge danglers. And, with small studs or drop earrings, you can go for big kundan haars. Go easy on make-up, though, as Diwali’s pollution combined with heavy make-up may spoil your skin. Go for a pedicure and manicure early on – before Diwali festivities – to look perfectly groomed, during this special time. Leave your Dupatta free and fluid for an extra sensuous look on Diwali.

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Day 4

Bestu Baras/ the next day of Diwali/ Vikram Samvat New Year

Well, this day has mixed connotations all over India. While in some parts, this is officially the New Year (as per Hindu Calendar), at others this is just a day to mix and mingle, and enjoy the festive bonhomie. Many tend to continue their visit to relatives’ and friends’ houses, while many take off for travel to enjoy rest of the Diwali vacation. Some would be cooking extensively to celebrate Annakut and Govarddhan Pooja – as this is also a day to feast. Depending upon what you are planning to do on this auspicious day – that marks the daylight of goodness after the year’s darkest night – you can plan your wardrobe.

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Bring out your feminine side

Look feminine and demure on this day, or keep your natural personality – as it is. Since you will be tired after Diwali, it’s best to be natural and relaxed on this day. Feminine clothes are comfortable too, and they would be a nice change from the previous day’s ostentation and heavy clothing. You can choose lighter, pastel colors for this day, and can go low on embroidery and embellishments. Wear something very stylish and trendy to channel a contemporary look. Take cues from the pastel sea green colored chic lehenga with a very stylish blouse – as shown below. It’s light and has no frill attached appeal.

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Day 5

Bhai Dooj/ Teeka

As the name suggests, this is a day, when sisters and brothers celebrate their lovely bond, by wishing well for each other. Typically sisters visit their brothers’ and cousin brothers’ homes. Or, everyone gathers together, and celebrates this lovely festival. It’s a day steeped in heart-warming affection and tradition, so sarees look great for this day. You can choose something like the light yet dressy georgette saree in happy colors – as shown below –

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Light as the air!

Today too, you can keep your overall look light and peppy. Yet, don’t forget to mix a generous dose of tradition to your look. How will you do that? Choose lighter fabrics, or brocades and prints, and go embroidery and ostentation free. But, keep colors deep and dark – very festive. Channel a youthful look with sarees, lehengas or suits that are classy and timeless, and are crafted in trendy and latest designs and cuts. Long cape style tops worn with trousers in deep jewel tones, combined with metallic like muted golds and coppers are excellent choices for this lovely day. Dark colors will also help you look elegant and stylish on a long, tiring day.

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Hope you make use of these styling tips to hilt, and look gorgeous during all 5 days of Diwali festivities. We would love to hear from you about your experiences and feedback. Please comment. And, share your Diwali pictures with us at ritu@saree.com.

Happy Diwali!