Navra­tri fash­ion has evolved over the years and is more ver­sa­tile than ever. With op­tions ga­lore, pick­ing up the right cos­tume and styling it might be­come over­whelm­ing. To make it easy for you, Ni­tasha Chawla shares the com­plete style guide for a fes­tive

Hindustan Times (Gurugram) - City - - FESTIVE FIESTA -

It doesn’t mat­ter how you cel­e­brate it, the Navra­tri sea­son lights up the en­tire coun­try in a way no other fes­ti­val does. From the first day on, you can hear the fes­tive bells ring­ing ev­ery­where. Be it Dandiya, Durga Puja or Ram Leela, there’s lots to ex­pe­ri­ence in these nine aus­pi­cious days of Navra­tri.

These nine days of feast­ing and fast­ing, danc­ing and dress­ing g call for cel­e­bra­tions with fam­ily and nd friends. And when it comes to cel­e­brae­bra­tions, you can’t ig­nore the need to o dress up for the oc­ca­sion. Dur­ing Navra­tri, you may see women wear­ing the tra­di­tional cos­tume, Chaniya Choli along with sil­ver jew­ellery, whereas, men wear Kediyu, some­times ac­com­pa­nied with lit­tle ac­ces­sories. The ba­sic rule of Navra­tri dress is to play with max­i­mum colours.

So if this makes you worry about your fes­tive wardrobe, there are many ways to style your­self this fes­tive sea­son. Here’s how to rock your fes­tive look.


If there’s an out­fit that can never go out of vogue for Navra­tri, it’s got to be Chaniya Choli (also called lehenga choli). Worn es­pe­cially dur­ing Dandiya cel­e­bra­tions, this out­fit has seen many vari­a­tions over the years. If you are plan­ning to wear it and want to stand out from the crowd, pick up a con­trast lay­ered Chaniya Choli. This will add a punch of colour to your out­fit and you can pair it with ox­i­dised sil­ver jew­ellery.

If you don’t like to wear heavy en­sem­bles, lehen­gas in cot­ton fab­rics of band­hej, ikat weave lehen­gas, kalamkari print lehen­gas are much in trend. The fig­ure mo­tifs with pan­els, or patches and patch pocket lehen­gas in kalis or um­brella flare lehen­gas are al­ways in trend. Choose the al­ter­na­tive kali con­cepts lehen­gas in prints or colours and weaves.


If wild is your thing, then don’t for­get to team up your out­fit with tribal jew­ellery. There are plenty of ways to add raw and rough look us­ing tribal jew­ellery... you can also choose to go all out with a tribal neck­piece, a Kutchi arm­let, ka­mar­band, an­klets, and even a YOU CAN ALSO PAIR PRINTED BLOUSES WITH FLOW­ING SKIRTS, BELL SLEEVED BLOUSES OR INDO-WESTERN SHEER CAPES AND PRINTED CLOAKS WITH LEHEN­GAS. THESE ARE SOME WAYS TO LOOK STUN­NING IN THESE EDGY CHIC SIL­HOU­ETTES. m maang tikka. If you like to keep it simp ple, a piece of heavy neck­piece with e ear­rings would also do.


While W mir­ror has al­ways been a part of Chaniya C Choli cos­tume, the style has evolvede and over­sized mir­rors are quiteq a rage this sea­son. This style is in­spiredi by Ra­jasthani mir­ror work. If thist catchy over­sized mir­ror work cap­tures c your imag­i­na­tion, then look no n fur­ther. Get your­self a mir­ror work lehenga,l pair it with min­i­mal­ist jew­ellery in­stead of high on bling or­na­ments (you don’t want to blind peo­ple with all that glare!).


For those who don’t mind giv­ing their lehenga a bold makeover, a back­less corset Chaniya Choli blouse is a per­fect pick. Pair your Corset blouse with a bright gha­gra and a choker that com­ple­ments your look. And since off­shoul­ders are in again, you can even opt for some­thing like off-shoul­der choli with a long tail lehenga. This will look chic and at the same time tra­di­tional as well.

You can also pair printed blouses with flow­ing skirts, bell sleeved blouses or indo-western sheer capes and printed cloaks with lehen­gas.


If you are done with the same old lehenga choli on Dandiya, fu­sion is the way to go. Pair a flared blouse with dhoti pants or a wide legged palazzo pants with a long or short kurti. These out­fits are com­fort­able, chic and ab­so­lutely per­fect for those who plan to break the dance floor with their ddandiyadi moves.


While it has been a com­mon part of Chaniya Choli, pom-pom jew­ellery has also be­come a must-have item. If you are not wear­ing a tra­di­tional Chaniya Choli, you can go for pom-pom jew­ellery in­stead. It will give a fun and whim­si­cal twist to your out­fit. Be it a ban­gle, a maang-tikka or ear­rings... pom-pom jew­ellery is def­i­nitely go­ing to make your look more vi­brant!

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