With the on-again, off-again lockdown status in a number of places, this year's rakhi festivities are likely to be restricted to Zoom calls. But hey, in no way does that mean you can't dress up to the nines for this year too, considering how we have been acing lockdown dressing! Keeping Raksha Bandhan in mind, we have for you the go-to Indian wear outfits to ace the festive look like a pro. Whether you are celebrating a lockdown rakhi with the family or planning a virtual get-together across cities, some Bollywood inspired looks are all you need for smooth sailing.
For this year's rakhi festivities, take your Indian wear out of storage for a joyous gathering, albeit a virtual one.
The old notion that black doesn't work well in ethnic Indian wear is a thing of the past. Accompanied by some not-so-basic jewellery, you can recreate Anushka Sharma's Sabyasabhi look to spruce up for a lockdown rakhi. From minimal embellishment to strategic embroidery, pick what fascinates you the most.
There will always be some of us who like to wear what lies on the brighter side of the colour spectrum. Rehaul a vibrant kurta and palazzo combo from your wardrobe for a Zoom call with the fam this rakhi. Add to your look a bracelet or a pair of sleek earrings, letting your outfit stand out as the MVP of the festivity.
If you are looking for a rakhi outfit that is equal parts elegant and comfortable, take cues from Soha Ali Khan's cobalt blue pick from Raw Mango, whose online shop is now live. Teamed with a salwar, the kurta featuring gathered pleats and three-fourth sleeves stands out—a monochrome look for the win. For those vying for a more contemporary touch, there's always an option to ditch the dupatta and accessorise with jewellery that delivers.
Let the bling sit this one out; go the understated route with a lehenga that is breezy and fits the occasion. We are looking at Kareena Kapoor Khan's Good Earth pick from last year, the lightweight dupatta imparting an instant uplift to the black printed Indian wear, an ideal pick for your virtual rakhi!
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Our family had a beautiful reason to celebrate, two weeks ago... my Mama who had reunited with his college sweetheart a few years ago, married her in an intimate, home wedding. Congratulations @shefalika_gandhi and welcome to the fam! 💓 A big thanks to @raw_mango for the gorgeous gota blouse to match this classic sari from one of their earliest collections! Jewellery from my favourite #LadakhArtGallery @shravil22 😍
Tell us, have you always wished to drape a saree but avoided given the lack of time? Make up for it this year, roping in an expert from the family for help or taking inputs from a tutorial. Be it a lockdown rakhi or a virtual one you are celebrating over Zoom, a rich-hued saree could be the spirited update you need. Looking for notes? Swara Bhaskar's cotton silk Chanderi saree with a gota patti blouse makes for an ideal colour-blocked approach.
Another visually appealing alternative to a colourful saree could be one that brings blossoms to the forefront. Style your festive outfit à la Priyanka Chopra for a sexy spin, opting for a party-ready blouse with your floral saree. Stack up with bangles or bracelets and you will be all set for rakhi celebration.
Sure you are celebrating virtually at home, but now is a good time as ever to let go of the usual suspects and give in to experimenting. Take lessons from Alaya F, who recently paired her mother's vintage Manish Malhotra lehenga with an oversized white shirt. Befitting the occasion as well as fun? We think so.
It's time now to use your newly discovered Indian wear inspiration for a fabulous rakhi celebration.
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