Navratri is a festival that brings along fasting, feasting, festivities and worship of Goddess Durga. It is also synonymous with dandiya, dance, music and loads of fun with friends and family. We all know that Dandiya nights are just around the corner and it’s about time you get ready with your dandiya sticks and garba steps to rock this Navratri.
Bring out the backless cholis, the colorful ghaghras and the vibrant dupattas to wear at dandiya nights. To ensure that you look like a million bucks and make heads turn, we have put together a few easy tips that you can use and rock your style quotient this Navratri.
Everyone out there at the Dandiya night usually wears outfits with too much color, heavy embroidery and all the chunky jewelry stored in the jewel box, making the entire look very loud and far from elegant.
To make sure you stand out from the gaudily dressed crowd, we bring to you style tips by designers who originally belong to Gujarat – the land where Garba was first played by Rukmini wife of Lord Krishna. So read on and stay stylish.
Aarohi & Kunjal from the Butterfly Fashion Studio have come up with a new collection this Navratri called ‘Anika’ which is inspired by Ma Durga. Aarohi & Kunjal suggest Kutchi handwork combined with floral prints are a hit. You must definitely experiment with fresh floral colors. Aarohi and Kunjal have created magic with a fusion of Kutchi embroidery and floral prints. They also have designs in gaji, raw silk, floral raw silk with beads and mirror work in cholas to make a perfect wear for Navratri garba and dandiya nights.
Here is a sneak peek into their collection:
Quick tips from Aarohi & Kunjal:
– go blinggg!
– wear light dupatta so that it doesn’t hinder your dance moves.
– drape your dupatta in a South Indian way (Chennai Express Style) to flaunt a different look.
– don’t overdo the accessories.
– put attractive colors of nail paints. You can go funky with variety of nail art.
– do not wear extra-long / floor sweeping ghaghras
Yogini Mehta from Auburnn suggests you think out of the box and fusion your wardrobe this Navratri, she suggests you team flared palazzos with cholis and dupatta or wear traditionally embroidered flowy jackets with colorful skinny pants to create a modern fusion look. Don’t stick to the usual red, green and oranges try out colors like lemon yellow, sea blue, fuchsia, and purple as per your choice. If you wish to stick to the traditional look Yogini suggests you wear bright colored knee length flared ghaghras with a backless choli and dupatta to rock the dandiya nights.
Do not team heavily embellished, embroidered and grand looking outfits with too much jewelry – remember you are not going for a wedding. If your outfit is simple yet trendy you can experiment with chunky jewelry like a maang tikka or kamarbandh and if your outfit is very grand team it with long earrings or jhumkas and a few bangles to complete your look with elegance.
Keep your makeup minimal and use only water proof makeup so it stays on even if you sweat. Too much makeup would make your face look painted. Try using kohl or kajal to enhance your eyes, use a sparkling gloss instead of a bold colored lipstick. Finish the look by wearing a bindi.
Everyone has a personal style when it comes to hairdos. Fancy braids and messy buns are in trend this year. So tie your hair in a messy side bun or braid them in a French or fish tail braid and decorate it with some fancy hair accessories to complete your festive look this season.
All this will surely make the girls look super glam-sham at Dandiya night, but what about the guys. We have done our bit of research for the guys too. Here are a few tips for the Martians to look smokin-hot at the Dandiya nights.
Traditional wear for men at Dandiya nights is Kafni bottoms and Kediyu. If you have a muscular body like that of Ranvir Singh you can flaunt 6 packs wearing a kediyu like him (In Ram Leela) with a pair of jeans. You could also experiment with fancy turbans.
If Kediyu and Kafni are too traditional for your style, you can opt wearing colorful raw silk or cotton kurtas with fancy buttons with chudidar bottoms, to make it dressy team it with a bandhani dupatta around your neck or tied to your waist. An ethnic jacket or Nehru jacket could also transform your look from simple to dressy. Short or knee length kurta could also be fusion-ed along with dhoti pants.
It you wish to do something ‘hatke’ at the dandiya nights try a Rajputi kurta and payjama. If you don’t already know what it is google it. Rock the garba and dandiya nights this season.
Do share with us your style statement this Navratri.