From colourful clothes to chunky jewellery, cues for a rocking season of festive fashion


Fashion stylist Shagun Gandhi shares cues for a rocking season of festive fashion

The festival season is nearing and with 9 days of Navratri celebrations followed by Diwali, it is that time of the year when everyone brings out their traditional wear. During Navratri, women generally wear a different coloured outfit everyday following the colours on this festival. It is the festival of long flowing ghagras, shimmery cholis, oxidised bangles and loud parties that go into the wee hours…the echoes turning into the hum of a bustling city by morning.

Five essential pieces for Navratri


STYLE IT UP: Ditch your conventional way of wearing ghagra choli and try styling it differently. Wear your ghagra with a fancy crop-top for a quirky look. Layer a plain black singlet with a traditional jacket to complete your look. You could also wear a belt on your chaniya for a modern look!

INVEST IN A COLOURFUL DUPATTA: A badla dupatta as a statement piece with an all black or white outfit works extremely well. It’s absolutely a no-brainer, so invest in a colourful badla dupatta.


With payals, your look will be complete even if you decide to ditch your footwear while dancing. They are the most versatile pieces of jewellery one must invest in! A kamarbandh can make a basic kurti more elaborate – perfect for a dandiya night.


: If you are going for a semi-ethnic look, opt for pom-pom footwear, which are easily available in the market. It will add the right amount of colour and style to your look! Juttis look great too.

CHUNKY JEWELLERY: The perfect way to embrace this festival is by buying a lot of chunky jewellery. Chunky kadas and chaand balis allow you to skip a necklace altogether. Silver or oxidised metal is always trending during this festival. Oxidised necklaces embedded with stones, oxidised necklace sets mixed with coloured stones and necklace sets with danglers are a must-have in your closet. You can also mix and match these pieces with your regular dressing to create a fun, bohemian look.

Take inspiration

Steal a tip or two from these colourful looks on the silver screen…

Who can ever forget Deepika’s dressing in the film Ram Leela? Dressed by Anju Modi, Deepika’s embroidered and zari-embellished lehenga-choli outfits show off her slim waist, the curve of her back and, when she spins around doing her garba moves, her long legs. Everybody absolutely loved all her outfits in this Sanjay Leela Bhansali directorial.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan looked like a dream in the ‘Dholi taro dhol baje…’ song from the film Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam. Those mirror-work outfits, perfectly placed beats and naughty chemistry between Aishwarya and Salman was the highlight.

We also see newbies Ayush Sharma and Warina Hussain grooving to the beats of ‘Chogada tara…’ from the upcoming film, LoveYatri. The duo sets the perfect festive mood in this song. We can’t wait to actually see them on the big screen.

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