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

By Somdutta Mazumder

Updated - Oct. 27, 2020 6 min read

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 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... an informative guide on putting together an immaculate outfit just perfect for the "pataka" comments to roll in. 


1. The Contemporary Kurti Dress 


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. 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. 



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2. The Crop Top - Palazzo Dynamic Duo 


Custom made for the woman of today, this perennial pair is sure to grab some enticed eyeballs. Couple an embellished crop top that accentuates your midriff with a flowy palazzo for an extra dose of the trend. To seal the deal, accessorize with some beach waves and dark eyes while keeping the jewellery bare minimum



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3. Artistry In Asymmetry 


This Diwali, throw uniformity to the wind and let asymmetrical kurtis dominate your festive look. 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, pair your incongruently shaped kurti with a pair of pastel palazzos or straight cut cigarette pants and accessorize with some classic Kolhapuris to reach the zenith of modern ethnic fashion. 



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4. Dare To Bare Those Shoulders


An Avante Garde favourite, the cold shoulder blouse pairing with delicate lehengas is here to stay and for good reason. The inherent modesty of the outfit allows you to channel your inner sanskaari girl while the bare shoulders add a hint of playfulness and sass. Add smoky eyes and oxidized silver earrings to the mix, and you will be picture ready in no time. 



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5. Belt Together Your Saree 


Gone are the days of age-old customary saree draping styles percolated through familial generations. Nouvelle saree outfits sealed together with a bold 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. 



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6. The Button-Down And Billowy Long Skirt Combo  


Speaking of staples, a classic button-down shirt will perpetually be a closet must-have. But what if we were to tell you that your favourite shirt can be a standout piece in your ethnic festival attire? Well, all you need is an embellished long skirt and off you go with that indo-western perfection



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7. The Dhoti Affair 


To launch your Diwali outfit from drab to fab, incorporate the capricious dhoti piece. Experimental and unorthodox, putting together your favourite kurti with a solid coloured dhoti can bring in that extra oomph factor. Pair this ensemble with some colourful jutis and put your hair up in a messy bun to invite some awed compliments. 




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8. The Cape Babe 


To magnify the drama and flair in your look, throw in a gorgeous sheer cape blouse with your lehenga skirt. Flattering for all body types, a stunning cape 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. 



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9. The Shimmering Sharara 


Give Van Gogh's Starry Night a run for its money by donning a shimmery sharara piece. 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.



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10. The Bewitching Jacket-Lehenga


A topical addition to ethnic ensembles, the jacket and lehenga skirt combo is sure to set the Diwali mood ablaze. With varying lengths and materials to choose from, this head-turning outfit 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. 



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11. The Killer Kaftan 


This Diwali, opt for an unceremonious look by slipping into a dazzling kaftan. Crafted to suit every body type, a kaftan kurti 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 kaftan kurti with a pair of cigarette pants and you are all set to bedazzle. 



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13. The Awesome Saree-Blazer Twosome


This Diwali be runway ready by putting an enchanting spin on the traditional saree. Spruce up your Indian attire by enrobing a snazzy blazer with a solid coloured saree or vice versa. You can also choose to put together two sets of prints. A modern sleek hairstyle would further accentuate the look and leave those around you, star-struck. 



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


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