It’s almost time to light up your houses and add new sparkle to your closets! The festival of Diwali is here- days full of vibrancy and scintillation– a fest that breaks through all boundaries of religions and cultures. The five glorious days of Diwali – Dhan Teras, Choti Diwali (Kali Chaudas), the social Diwali evening, Bestu Baras (New Year), and the pious Bhai Dooj are legendary celebrations – in India and among Indians all over the world.

Diwali Diya

While cleaning up and beautifying your houses is a festive protocol, Diwali is also the official time to refresh your wardrobe! Dressing up in the choicest Indian ethnic outfits is what we all love, for this is the occasion that celebrates the Indian culture in all its glory. With socializing at its peak, these are also the days meant for showing off your best collection of silk sarees, picture-friendly lehengas, and all sorts of wardrobe extravagance. And while keeping up with the grandness of the occasion is a requisite, the Diwali week has its share of quiet moments when you can play low-key on your outfit and still look fabulous.

Dark Pink Viscose Georgette Bandhani Printed Saree

The informal house parties, closely-held family dinners, and coffee-time with your friends- a lot beyond massive community get-togethers! These are the moments when you need not indulge in head-to-toe decoration, but dressing up on the lines of ethnicity would be better to keep up with the Diwali vibe.

Teal Blue Silk Handworked Straight Cut Kurti with Dupatta

Amidst all the running around for the array of rituals that claim a lot of the week, we rarely get time for nicely ‘dressing up’ and prepping up. Anxious already? Don’t worry! Saree.com brings you some useful outfit ideas and style tips to keep you gorgeous throughout the sparkling five days of merriment –

Diwali Lookbook

Day 1 – Dhan Teras

Mustard and Orange Banarasi Silk Floral Woven Designer Half and Half Saree with Laser Cut Border

The first official day of the Diwali festival is also known as the Dhanvantri Triodas. Considered extremely auspicious, Dhan Teras is the day to buy, shop, and make merry! Dedicated to the Lord Dhanvantari – the Goddess of Wealth – this sacred day or shubh muhurat is an excellent time to buy precious metals like gold and silver. Astrologically, it is also the best time to commence your wedding shopping! Many would-be-brides buy their bridal lehengas or wedding saris on this day.

Dress up to invite wealth

Shamita Shetty Navy Blue Net Designer Embroidered Flared Anarkali Suit with Sequins Work

Applying the Law of Attraction, wear attire that brings an abundance of wealth into your life. It’s precisely the day when you can get glorious, with brocades and shimmering zari weaves over hand-woven silk sarees. The majestic feel of exquisitely embellished Anarkali suits, shararas, and lighter variants of the Indian lehenga work as equally opulent choices! And well, colors play an important role here! Adorn the positivity vibe with bright tones of yellow, orange, green, royal blue- plenty of palettes to explore; except the classic black!

Day 2 – Choti Diwali/ Kali Chaudas

Pearl White Georgette Palazzo Suit with Thread Embroidery

Social media may be full of funny graphics depicting the auspicious day of Kali Chaudas in a different way, but in many parts of India, the second day of Diwali is of divine significance. People devotedly worship Goddess Kali – the destroyer of evil, while following rituals like Naivedyams and havans. For a lot of people though, this day is just the time to relax and make memories with their families and friends, while gearing up for the Big Day.

A Relaxed Vibe

Dark Blue Muslin Silk Bandhani Print Anarkali Kurti with Mirror Work

With little or no work on the cultural front, it is the time to engage in leisurely meet-ups. A roomy palazzo suit in lighter fabrics like cotton and georgette or a printed Anarkali Kurti will keep you modishly comfortable for the day. For the occasion of Choti Diwali, you can also explore your styling skills with an indo-western statement like an ethnic maxi gown with minimalistic fashion jewelry and an easy hair-do.

Day 3– Laxmi Pujan/ Deepawali

Peach Organza Digital Floral Printed Lehenga Choli with Senquins Work Dupatta

The brightest day of the year- it’s officially the occasion to shine. For a day that’s busy to the brim, there are simply lots of things to do. Decorations, meeting loved ones, celebrations, worship rituals, dressing up – you may just run out of time. 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 to be your stylish best!

Compete with the gleam of sparklers

Peach Georgette Silk Foil Print Saree with Cutwork Border

It’s time to unleash the ethnic diva in you and dress up to the hilt with the classiest Indian-wear! Take to the glint of mirror-work lehenga cholis, sequined sarees, and metallic colored silhouettes to stand out against your well-lit surroundings. A pre-stitched saree is all you need if you’re running out of time and energy, while a twirl-friendly lehenga choli is perfect if you want to trend on social media!

Golden Alloy White Stone Necklace Set

So with outfits so fabulous, you need equally mesmerizing jewels too. You can go with the classics- like a pearl choker or a Kundan Necklace set, but if you’re the one, who loves standing apart, get yourself some statement add-ons. And well, it’s advisable to go easy with your make-up, and a staunch NO to smokey eyes!

Day 4 – Bestu Baras/ the next day of Diwali/ Vikram Samvat New Year

Light Green Satin Silk Designer Flared Gown with Embroidery

Well, this day has mixed connotations all over India. While in some parts, this is officially the New Year (as per Hindu Calendar), at other places, this is just a day to enjoy the festive bonhomie. Many tend to continue their visit to relatives’ and friends’ houses, while many take off for travel to enjoy the rest of the Diwali vacation. Some would be cooking extensively to celebrate Annakut and Govardhan 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 – you can plan your wardrobe.

Bring out your feminine side

Yellow Georgette Embroidered Palazzo Suit with Bell Sleeves and Long Jacket

The New Year is the occasion to bring out your demure self or just- be yourself! You can do away with all the overdose of festive glimmer and take a breather with relaxed wardrobe choices. Softer palettes blended with breathable fabrics get a thumbs-up for continued socializing moments. The New Year celebration usually has few or no cultural rituals, and that’s where you can explore the trendiest fusion styles. Contemporary wear like indo-western gowns, chic dhoti pants, and jacket-suits is a smart-dressing option for the day.

Day 5 – Bhai Dooj/ Teeka

Pink Net Designer All Over Embroidered Anarkali Suit with Stone

Bhai Dooj is the second-in-significance day for siblings after Raksha Bandhan. The rituals for both the days are quite similar, with a slight variation where the sister applies a tilak on her brother’s forehead instead of tying a rakhi. It’s a day steeped in heart-warming affection and tradition, so sarees and printed salwar suits would look great.

Light as the air!

Sky Blue Cotton All Over Floral Printed Ruffle Saree

You can keep your overall look light and peppy. Yet, don’t forget to have a generous dose of traditions! Choose lighter fabrics, or brocades and prints, while going embroidery and ostentation free. Channel a youthful look with printed or ruffle sarees and kurti palazzo coordinates in the trendiest and latest designs of the year. Colors no bar- you can pick your favorites!

We hope you make use of these styling tips to the hilt and look gorgeous during all five days of Diwali festivities. We would love to hear from you about your experiences and feedback, do share them in the comments!

Happy Diwali!