My fashionistas, wish you all a very happy Diwali! It is a very quiet Diwali this time for me as you know most of my family doesn’t live here in the UK. My elder sister (who lives in Luton) is not visiting me this time as she is already celebrating Diwali back in India and my partner is away on a four-day work trip to Austria. On top of that it is a working day today, so no Diwali fun this time! I would take solace from the fact that I have a well-stocked fridge with boxes of Indian sweets and savouries that my partner bought for me before flying off. How sweet! Having an empty house on Diwali will not dampen my spirit to share a Diwali look with you all. I wore this red georgette all over hand embroidered Anarkali with front gold antique thread work on velvet yoke and wide golden lace border to the hem and sleeve cuffs because wearing an Anarkali suit having beautiful borders and embroidery is gaining popularity amongst Indian women especially during festivals and weddings. I love Anarkalis with full-flare umbrella cut pattern and here I’m wearing one for you all on this Diwali:)
Why an Anarkali? Anarkalis are all the rage nowadays and with good reason. Basic salwar suits look boring and repetitive. So if u really want to look glamorous, then your best bet is to try a beautiful Anarkali suit. It flatters all shapes and looks good on all occasions. From beauty icons to celebrities, everyone is donning an Anarkali these days.
If you are planning to choose an elegant Anarkali for your next ethnic function, try one in net, georgette or chiffon with zardozi, stone or sequin work. They fall well and look great with embellishments. Full sleeves are also in fashion and so are full-length skirts just like the one I’m wearing here. Just make sure that your Anarkali is well-fitted especially around the shoulders and bust, otherwise it will look shabby. Ivory, gold, red, black and pinks are some colors which are en vogue in this season, in fact I have at least one Anarkali suit in each of these colors:)
Since this is an elegant look, I tried a pulled together hairstyle with a side messy bun for a polished finish. Anarkalis are grand on its own, so I wanted to let it do all the talking and keep my accessories to a minimum. Remember less is more or the look will be too over powering. I paired it with the pure net dupatta that came with it. Since it is red, an antique polish designer earring and a multi-color silk thread Batua has completed this look. As much as I love wearing stilettos with Indian outfits, sometimes I love to dress down…with a traditional pair of Mujri!
Top tip: If you are not too tall then wide lace border should be avoided. So choose wisely like a shorter hem which may be a tad less over-powering, experiment with figure-skimming material like georgette and always choose A-line cuts that suit most people.
Hope you all celebrate this Diwali festival to the fullest- meet & greet your family and friends, make merry, eat all that you want and don’t forget to check the last blogpost on Juicing after your celebration is over, you may need it then;)
Stay tuned, stay stunned!
Anarkali from Sarang, Park Street, Kolkata
Earring from Sasya
Batua from Sasya
Mujri from New Market, Kolkata
Two-tone Silver Anklet from Kanika Jewellers, Vardhan Market Kolkata
Kundan Ring with Mina Art from Vardhan Market Kolkata