Diwali may be almost upon us but we will find it relatable if you still haven't zeroed in on what to wear when meeting your close-knit family for a festive dinner or get-together. While we continue to follow protocols and celebrate at home, keeping safety first, you will agree when we say that Diwali is a good excuse to get out of the pyjamas for a change.
Bollywood-Approved Diwali Outfits
To make things simpler, we looked at some Bollywood looks, recent and erstwhile, and put together some festive outfit ideas. Ready to take a deep dive?
Drape It For The Look
That few things beat the appeal of a saree is a fact that we have revisited time and again and yet, the drape and its varied iterations never cease to amaze. One could delve into their existing collection of traditional weaves, as seen in Shilpa Shetty's scarlet colour choice or layer it with a jacket à la Sonam Kapoor. And then, there's also the option of a new-age saree gown featuring the mix of traditional and contemporary, an example seen in Kriti Sanon's outfit. All in all, there is no dearth of alternatives and styling choices which, when paired with impeccable beauty finds, are bound to make way for a stellar at-home festive look this Diwali. Scroll to see.
Whether you picked it for your own pre-wedding ceremonies ages ago or have one from your days as a bridesmaid, chances are that you will have a lehenga that you rarely wear. So how about taking it out for a spin this festive season? Wear your relatively lightweight picks for that feel-good factor if an intimate get-together is on the cards, teaming it with accessories to elevate it further. And if it's a more elaborate style that you own, balance the look by getting a sleek and subtle blouse pairing stitched pronto from a tailor in your vicinity as you take cues from Anushka Sharma, Tara Sutaria and Athiya Shetty. Trust us, rewearing your lehenga for Diwali will tick all the fashion boxes this year!
If you have been paying attention, you may have noticed that the shararas, light skirt+kurta pairings and the modern spins on a dhoti and its many draped iterations are all the rage. Case in point via Bollywood: Kajal Aggarwal's recent Indian wear pick; Karisma Kapoor's traditional attire and Radhika Apte's experimental, festive-ready outfit. The good part? These can all be worn endlessly, styled in a distinctive manner each time as you look for something to wear for the numerous festivities and quiet wedding ceremonies this year. Take our advice and invest in a piece that can be worn for the long haul, matched differently each time with accessories picked from your existing collection.
We wouldn't blame you if you are planning to stay in a relaxed lane this year, barely getting out of your pyjamas. Still, to spruce up and keep it remarkably fuss-free at the same time, might we interest you in the festive picks that work in your favour? Go for existing monochrome Indian wear in a breezy avatar like Alia Bhatt's or keep it simple with a striking chikankari kurta à la Sara Ali Khan. Not to forget cool co-ords like Kareena Kapoor Khan that don't compromise on style. Though for the truly no-fuss enthusiasts, there is always a bonus bling sweatshirt teamed with relaxed pants and fail-safe flats to fall back on!
And one for the those who would rather keep it contemporary this Diwali in a (drumroll) dress! To begin with, the options are many. Pick a traditional look in a semi-voluminous version like Ananya Panday; go all out in a sleek embroidered version like Janhvi Kapoor's or take cues from Deepika Padukone's vibrant, layered look to recreate a festive iteration of your own. Either way, it's a win-win situation when dresses are involved!