FESTIVAL-RITY!

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Maybe a little behind of times, as some festivals have just passed us but just in time for the major festivals to start. Gone are the days when bright colours and sweets were the main focus of festivals. As with changing trends, festivals are platform for the Festival-rity! i.e. the best dressed of the occasion.
Teenagers looked forward to food and kharchi but now its also about donning the latest kareena – lehenga or the alia bhatt -look. Even Stylists and Designers, have realized the importance and launch collections ahead of time. Shops tend to be open longer hours and e commerce is full of festive collections for all ages. Thus, dressing up has become a part of the festivities.So, here are a few pointers while selecting your outfit:

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1. Colour -conscious: First thing while choosing an outfit for any occasion is always colour. The colour doesn’t have to be in the expected shades but can have hues of it. It doesn’t have to be bright or dark depending on the season but a slight tint or the fabric can change to suit those needs. Colours should be chosen as per your undertone and also your mood mixed with the festivals favoured colour if any. Trending colours become the most popular by default as that’s what is available in the market.
e.g. Colour of holi is white and of Christmas red so should you be Chandini or Red riding hood? The answer is no, you can opt for shades of white and red, outfits which have colours in combinations or even just accessorize in these.

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2. Material Girl: fabrics play an important role, as they should not only look good but also be comfortable amidst the hustle bustle of the festivities. Materials tend to be season appropriate,due to the rising temperatures thanks to global warming : heat and cold is at extremes thus, making it feasible to invest in fabrics which would be durable during these times. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that one should only opt for cottons or velvet only. Additional accents give a lighter feel and a more stylish look. Emboss designs and embroidery can make even a cotton outfit look dressy for fancy occassions. Mixing fabrics also gives textures, the manner in which they are used sets the tone of the outfit and makes it more versatile. Festivals in India means your finest outfits, so in the summer wearing a cotton palazzo with embossings can make a comfort look a little dressier.

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3. Trimmings : Addition of sequins, gotta patti, stonework, laces, ribbons, patchwork, cutwork,etc. They can make a plain outfit look glamorous, they let you wear a lighter fabric for comfort and fit. Use of fabrics like net, velvet, brocade as accents also can make a traditional outfit more contemporary. Placement of these trims and buttons, can add a stylish edge and can also be used like ornaments. This also the best way to add a festive tone if one is not fond of shine overload. Bright colours and shimmer are the perfect festive addition.

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4. Accessorize: use of the right accessories be it jewellery, handbags, shoes or even scarves can add a touch a colour to a monotone outfit. Wearing a plain silk saree with nice bangles and earrings or opting for a statement clutch and coordinating sandals or dressing in a festive green cotton anarkali with a woven print raw silk dupatta can make your anarkali stand out amongst the run of the mill ones in fashion today.

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5. Incorporation : a popular trend in western countries where Santa claus, snowflakes, holly leaves are embroidered or printed on outfits. The trend of Krishna prints, Kalash motifs, lamp designs, henna prints are an interesting trend to dvelve into fabric embroidery and printing during the festive season. Bags, saree anchals, dupattas can have big prints and embroidery to make them stand out. Use of flowers and bangles in festivals is a so floral prints and textured bangles can make your kurti with jeans a little more festive.

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The truth is some festivals are dressy some or not, night parties are glamourous and lunches more laidback. Eid, diwali, karva chauth are more about fineries and jewellery. Holi, Bakreid, raksha bandhan are more about rituals than clothes.
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Some festivals can be colour centric, whereas some season. So you have to dress for the occasion based on the season and your comfort. Style is your personal look and preferences incorporated in your outfit and accessories. So dress as this season’s biggest festival-rity.
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