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Diwali Outfit Inspiration You've All Been Waiting For...

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - May 9, 20247 min read

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After ten consecutive flips of the monthly calendar, we are at last inches away from easing into the festival of Diwali. What lies ahead is a joyous stretch of time characterized by all things glitter and glam. The celebratory fervour rapidly vaporizing in the surrounding air comes bearing sweet reminders of last season's resolutions of donning the perfect Instagram worthy outfit, next time. The realization that the "next time" has now morphed into the current time further catalyzes frantic trips to the mall and resultant overwhelming panic.


Since making infinite turns to buy what you exactly need would be a risky affair this year. However, that doesn't mean you can't step out once or twice before the festival of light brighten our lives. Let me save you some time before you still can't decide what to wear... a list of 12 immaculate Diwali outfit ideas. 


1. V-Neck Mustard Kurti Dress from Global Desi

Effortlessly chic with the correct blend of ethnic and western, the Kurti Dress has been a blessing for all those of us who want to retain our roots but refuse to deviate from comfort.


Image Courtesy: Global Desi


For an additional dash of hipster, throw in a pair of white sneakers into the mix and you are all set to win rounds and hearts in equal measure at your next card party. 


Buy from Global Desi for ₹1,650



2. Juniper Crop Top - Palazzo Set from Myntra

Custom made for the woman of today, this perennial pair is sure to grab some enticed eyeballs.


Image Courtesy: Myntra 


An embellished crop top with a peplum hem that accentuates your midriff and a flowy palazzo for an extra dose of the trend. It doesn't get better than this. To seal the deal, accessorize with some beach waves and dark eyes while keeping the jewellery bare minimum. 


Buy from Myntra for ₹1,799



3. Rangmanch Asymmetry Pant-Kurta Set from Pantaloons

This Diwali, throw uniformity to the wind and let asymmetrical Kurtis dominate your festive look.


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With a plethora of options to choose from, the asymmetrical look adds a whole lot of quirk to your outfit and makes space for you to stand out with poise and class. Long or short, the basic v-shaped or entirely eccentric, this incongruently shaped Kurti paired with monotone straight cut cigarette pants from Pantaloons will surely get you compliments. Accessorize with some classic Kolhapuris to reach the zenith of modern ethnic fashion. 


Buy from Pantaloons for ₹2,499



5. Belt together your saree with Myntra

Gone are the days of age-old customary saree draping styles percolated through familial generations.


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Nouvelle saree outfits sealed together with a belt lend a generous serving of vogue to the gorgeous traditional ensemble. To achieve the perfect balance of allure and a la mode, combine a bedazzling set of earrings and classy pumps and you're set to turn heads. 


Buy from Myntra for ₹1,349



6. The Button-Down & Billowy Palazzo Combo from Global Desi

Speaking of staples, this classic button-down crop shirt with palazzo is a closet must-have.


Image Courtesy: Global Desi


This two-piece combo is a contemporary Diwali outfit perfect for card parties and pujas. Team it with chunky silver oxidised earrings and golden Kolhapuris to complete your festive look. 


Buy from Global Desi for ₹2,250



7. The Dhoti Affair by Libas from Myntra

To launch your Diwali outfit from drab to fab, incorporate the capricious dhoti piece.


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Experimental and unorthodox, putting together a short kurti with dhoti and a mandarin collar jacket can bring in that extra oomph factor. Pair this ensemble with strappy high heels and put your hair up in a ponytail to invite some awed compliments. 


Buy from Myntra for ₹1,299



8. Olive Floral V-Neck Flare Ethnic Jumpsuit from Global Desi

To magnify the drama and flair in your look, throw on this beautiful jumpsuit piece from Global Desi. 


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Flattering for all body types, a stunning jumpsuit will leave you feeling nothing short of a super-heroine. Keep the accessories minimal and let this iconic piece occupy the centre stage in your picture-worthy Diwali look.


Buy from Global Desi for ₹1,320



9. InWeave Black Shimmering Sharara from Myntra

Give Van Gogh's Starry Night a run for its money by donning in this black shimmery sharara piece from Myntra.


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This appealing apparel has made a loud comeback and by the looks of it, isn't going anywhere anytime soon. Do not forget to combine this get-up with a statement jewellery set and opt for smoky eyes to bring out the diva in you.


Buy from Myntra for ₹3,995



10. The Bewitching Jacket-Lehenga Set from Biba 

A topical addition to ethnic ensembles, the jacket and lehenga skirt combo is sure to set the Diwali mood ablaze.


Image Courtesy: Biba Online


With varying lengths and materials to choose from, this head-turning outfit from Biba can be paired with some statement earrings or a classic maang-tika. Let your hair cascade in curls, or go for a sleek up-do to ameliorate this look. 


Buy from Biba for ₹3,598



11. Kaftan-Style Printed Kurta with Trousers from Myntra

This Diwali, opt for an unceremonious look by slipping into a dazzling kaftan set from Myntra.


Image Courtesy: Myntra


Crafted to suit all body types, a kaftan kurta can be the perfect go-to Diwali look for those who'd rather expend energy on more important things than fretting over an outfit. If you want to go that extra mile, match your ensemble with a pearl choker and statement rings, and you are all set to bedazzle. 


Buy from Myntra for ₹1,595



12. INDYA Embroidered Peplum Ruffled Saree from Lifestyle

This Diwali, be runway ready by putting an enchanting spin on the traditional saree.


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Spruce up your Indian attire by enrobing this solid tunic saree with ruffled hems and an embellished jacket blouse. A modern sleek hairstyle would further accentuate the look and leave those around you, star-struck.


Buy from Lifestyle for ₹2,100



So what are you waiting for? Gather your newfound inspiration, curate your idiosyncratic Diwali look and brace yourself for all the compliments coming your way!



Q: What accessories complement ethnic wear outfits for Diwali?

A: Statement earrings, ethnic jhumkas, intricate bangles, and embellished clutches can enhance the charm of Diwali ethnic wear, completing the festive look beautifully.


Q: Are there specific colors that are popular for Diwali ethnic wear?

A: Traditional colors like red, maroon, royal blue, emerald green, and mustard yellow are popular choices for Diwali ethnic wear, reflecting the festive spirit.


Q: How can one style a simple ethnic outfit for Diwali?

A: Elevate a simple ethnic outfit with elaborate accessories like a statement necklace or heavy earrings, along with a bold bindi and a touch of shimmering makeup for that festive glow.


Q: Are there any specific footwear recommendations for Diwali ethnic wear?

A: Pair your Diwali ethnic wear with mojris, juttis, or embellished sandals to add a touch of traditional elegance to your festive ensemble.


Q: What hairstyles complement ethnic wear outfits during Diwali celebrations?

A: Classic hairstyles like braids adorned with flowers, elegant bun hairstyles, or loose curls can beautifully complement Diwali ethnic wear, enhancing the overall look.