From bows to back-baring, fringes to flared, a statement blouse can easily bring alive your ensemble, be it a saree or a lehnga. Go for power shoulders, deep backs, and off-shoulder. A criss-cross blouse adds shape and contemporary style to your traditional outfit. Or you can go for the old time favorite and opt for a tank sleevedless blouse like that of a Nayanthara’s classic.
A Sheer Touch
Our love for sheer ethnic comes from the elegance it delivers. Sheer fabric is any type of fabric that is see-through, or transparent; it can be purely natural, like silk or cotton, or synthetic, like rayon or nylon. It’s the perfect way to add layers without adding too much bulk to what you wear. The look and feel of the fabric itself become ethnic when you opt for colours like gold, silver, brown and shades of nude. This season, invest in a sheer top or shirt for your heavy lehenga skirt to strike the perfect balance.
Tulle midi skirts paired with ethnic sneakers will add a fun personality to your look. Super comfortable and chic, you can wear this look from your family lunch to a festive night bash.
Not a fan of fidgeting all day with flimsy dupattas? Allow an asymmetrical cape to negate the hassle. A cape or poncho is a fun way to add a touch of playfulness to an otherwise classic ensemble.
The New Indo-Western:
When it comes to ethnic wear, a staple lehnga, sari and churidar kameez might be what pops up in our mind. The new age of Indo-Western style embraces western outfits with Indian-prints. Instead of going for heavy silhouettes, embrace the ethno-chic look with prints: a pair of bandhani high-waist flared pants with matching blouse, or a block-print buttoned-down ethnic shirt. Buy separates that you can mix and match, but make sure it isn’t overkill. Keep your outfit coordinated.
While a kurta and sharara set is a timeless, classic wardrobe must-have, give your Bollywood classic sharara set a while to rest. This Diwali, opt for dhoti pants. Choose from flared, skater, shirt-style versions instead of the usual A-line or straight cut kurta to pair it with.
When it comes to ethnic jewellery there are varied options in the market. Pair your kurtas with delicate silver jewellery, tribal jewellery, or even the ever-popular circular hoop earrings. You can even style them with baubles, chaandbalis or colourful tassels. Choose your accessories strictly based on the occasion you are dressing for. While light jhumkas can be worn for daywear, you can save your shoulder-grazing hoops and crystal droppings for the night. For the footwear, give slides, mules, jutties or platforms a shot. When it comes to your arm-candy, experiment with geometry and shapes in bags, like an arc sling or a cube box bag. You can also try the on-trend potli pouches.
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