Festive Ethnics


Celebrity Saree Stylist, Dolly Jain decodes exclusive styling tips this festive season

The festival of bright lights, colours, gaiety is almost here when the country puts its best foot forward – and this year is no exception as India decks up and gets ready to make a style statement. Ladies, we know the demands of going traditional during the festive season. In these times of the government-mandated lockdown, we are restrained to celebrate with our friends and families. But, as the occasions demand, we will adorn ourselves to brighten our mood and hopefully pause the existential crises we are collectively going through together.
According to the Celebrity Saree Stylist, Dolly Jain, follow the fashion trends mentioned below to look your festive best:


From your mom’s wedding saree to your grandmother’s favorite cotton pallu, or your aunt’s coveted collection of silk sarees, the sentiment attached to this piece of clothing brings back memories and creates a wave of nostalgia for most of us. Fashion sensibilities are changing, and people have become open to stepping out of their comfort zone and experimenting with their looks. Borrow your mother’s rich handloom or the chiffon that you have been eyeing on for all your life and team it with tanks, tube tops, waistcoats, and shirts to make them less predictable. “Young girls should have fun with the sari. By draping it in innovative ways, they can make a sari suit their silhouette and get over the mindset that it’s an old woman’s attire – youngsters are now open to experimenting with the choli – be it off-shoulders, flounces, or ruffles. Pair it with an embroidered or plain sari and accessorize them with belts and jackets”, says Dolly


At a time when everyone right from Deepika Padukone to Kareena Kapoor seems to be swearing by the charms of the sari, the festive season is enabling the wearers to try that little bit more. The season used to be all about going ethnic but now, people have started experimenting with their looks, says Dolly. “Like wearing saris with pants, denim or palazzos,” says she. “A subtle transition from Indian traditional clothing to Indo-western silhouettes has been in vogue. Style it with a crop top or t-shirt and bring a complete western look to the existing traditional look.”


Diwali is a sum of many tiny rituals—lighting diyas, drawing rangolis, exchanging sweets, and, of course, spending time with loved ones. With just a few days left for Diwali, the race is on to pin down the best ethnic looks. While contemporary drapes serve as a key ingredient for festive outfits this season, jewellery is another element that deserves special attention. Call it the Instagram effect, but everything vintage is suddenly desirable when it comes to fashion. Fish out those exquisite pieces of jewellery that you’ve previously looked at with nothing but amused skepticism. Go the intense course with splendid, sparkly gemstones – think rubies, emeralds, sapphires, and each diamond possible… pull out all those exquisite heirloom pieces of jewelry and enjoy dolling up yourself.

Lastly, do hire a photographer or take selfies. Photographs allow us to record life’s greatest moments, so they stay in our memories forever. Create a timeless souvenir and capture the joyful moments you never want to forget. Capture the beautiful you!

The grand festivities give the perfect occasion to surrender to your traditional sartorial instincts and flaunt glittering embellished ethnics in vibrant shades. So, this season, revive your style statement and be your own fashion icon.

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