The most awaited time of the year has finally arrived! It is the time to celebrate, to rejoice and get drenched in the joy of festivities. As the Navratri begins today, the day-night long celebrations bring to the people gaiety, enthusiasm and happiness – and most importantly, ‘A reason to dress and impress’.
This nine days-long celebration, not only is religiously significant but is also filled with food, chic dance moves, fashion and endless fun. It is just this time of the year when Gujrat’s Dandiya Nights are too hard to be missed and the Bengali Durga Pooja’s is something you can’t just stay away from.
Well, girls! It is the perfect time for you all to get into the ‘Chic Avtaar’ and reveal the Fashionista within you – Bengali by day and Gujrati by night or vice versa…..And of course, you are not alone! We are here to help you with the ‘Festive Fashion Guide’.
As these Navratris come, they set the Dandiya Nights fever on! The full on grooving dance moves on Falguni Pathak’s rap-chic songs (Just Kidding!) is completely incomplete without the essential of your attire – the ‘Chaniya Choli’. So yes, one thing is sorted, if you are planning to have some fun and frolic at the Dandiya Nights, the traditional Chaniya Choli is going to be your outfit.
Attire: The first and the foremost question, from where to get this attire? Well, visit any of the famous markets of Delhi or go online! Lajpat Nagar Karol Bagh and Sarojini if you want competitive prices and Khan Market, South Ex, GK M Block if you really want to splurge….. and the list goes on! You may visit any of the markets, as per your budget. Delhi Haat Chandni Chowk and Connaught Place are the other options! The ethnic variety that is available there cannot be matched. It might burn a little hole in your pocket, but it will be worth it.
And, if you do not want to buy ‘Chaniya Choli’ as you might never wear it again! No worries! Rentals are the sure shot solution. You will find ample shops in Rajouri Garden, Chandni Chowk or Kamla Nagar Market that lets you avail such services at minimal prices. Few online portals have also come up with such services. You may go through them too. And mind it, it is a very practical deal if you are sure that you will never wear the attire again!
Color is upto your choice! Any color you wear, it will only add up to the colourful ambience. Shades of red, yellow and orange are the traditional and most common ones. Whereas if you wanna stand out of the crowd, go for some greens and blues.
Jewellery: Bangles and heavy earrings are a must! And, if you want to don a typical Gujarti look, then do go for a Maangtika along with some gracious ‘Gajras’ in your hair. You may also add anklets to feel the full festive vibe.
MakeUp: Apart from the normal makeup you wear which includes foundation, eyeliner, blush, lipstick, eye-shadow, mascara and all; just add a ‘Bindi’ to complete the look. Moreover, add a little sparkle to your look with shimmered makeup products. Like Shimmery eye shadow, apply a little shimmer powder over your lipstick.
PS: Among the hustle and bustle to look gorgeous, don’t forget to carry your own Dandiya sticks! :p Don’t forget to take inspiration from Deepika’s look from Ramleela and Aishwarya’s Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam – backless cholis remain the flavor of the season and multi strap variations are also in vogue.