Do you feel the festive spirit still clinging to you like the after the taste of a jalebi? Do you think there should be an extended Navratri just because your ethnic finery deserved more appreciation than to be worn just once?
I feel you. But bade your post festive blues farewell, because here we have Diwali melas you can hop around in DU , and to help you look your stunner best, without having to break sweat in the markets of Saket or Sarojini, we bring you a few easy and gorgeous Diwali outfit ideas for BOTH guys and girls! Read on to discover your own outfit style :
For Girls :
1. Colour blocking with deep hued kurtis + trousers/leggings/straight cut pants + multi coloured dupatta
This one’s an absolute basic in every desi girl’s wardrobe, and can never go wrong. Bring out those kurtis in scarlet, cobalt, or any other rich hue, while pairing them up with pants or leggings in colours from the opposite end of the colour wheel (here’s a chart to help you). Or, if you want to keep it toned down, pair them with other staple solid colours like black, white, or beige. Throw in the most colourful dupatta you’ve got (or you can always borrow from your mother or friends) and you’re great to go!
2. Embroidered/plain tank/crop tops + lace/printed skirts
This is a personal favourite because I’m still not over all the skirts I collected over summer, and I’m sure you too aren’t. Pick out the most gorgeous skirt you’ve got and pair it up with the simplest tank top or crop top you own. That leaves you ample options to accessorise your outfit. Or, pair an embroidered, detailed top with a basic, flowy skirt. Lace works great for this (if you think lace is only for summers, think again), just make sure the colours compliment or contrast each other well. Feeling adventurous? Wear a patterned top with a patterned skirt, and go full glam! Thank me later.
3. Cold shoulder/off shoulder tops + printed trousers/flared pants/palazzos/tailored harem pants
Don’t lock up your cold shoulder and off shoulder tops yet! You can still make them work magic for you this Diwali. Pick out your favourite ones in single tones, and pair them with printed/embroidered bottoms in bright colours. Accessorise with metal jewellery and comfortable wedges, and you’re ready for a great festive night out.
4. Short kurtis + palazzos/culottes + half jacket/shrug/dupatta
The most basic kurtis can look great when paired with matching palazzos/culottes, so never underestimate their power. Bring out your most vibrant ones, and look for the perfect bottoms to pair up with. Go for colours like fuchsia and teal, or pastels like powder blue and baby pink. Run your imagination and create matches on your own! If you do not find a jacket to put on over it, make your own shrug with a contrasting dupatta (here’s help). You’ll make heads turn for sure! Go create.
5. Long kurtas + printed/patched/embroidered jeans.
For you all who don’t want to let go of your jeans even if it’s for a Diwali fest, I’ve got you covered. Bring out your best long/slit kurtas and pair them up with your regular denim printed jeans, or patched/embroidered ones. Wear juttis for an extra dose of desi, and show off your most elaborate pair of earrings. You’re not going to regret this ever!
For Guys :
1. Coloured/floral/embroidered kurta + jeans/trousers
The most basic and forever classy ethnic wear for guys, you simply cannot go wrong with this. Instead of your regular kurta, find ones that are in milder tones like peach and turquoise with finely detailed floral work. Go for embroidery or fine Zari work on it and Mother will be proud.
2. Regular kurta + half jacket/Nehru coat/scarf/dupatta + pyjamas/trousers
Because there’s no other exact word for the elegance that is the Nehru coat, or any other replacement for it, this one piece of clothing is so highly recommended for all your Diwali celebrations this year. Pair your kurta in a contrasting colour, and make sure that the colour of your bottoms is the same as the coat (or at least close). If you don’t own a coat yet (get one asap!), wrap a dupatta or a scarf in a neutral shade (steal one from your Mom, or your girlfriends), and get ready to become the life of the party!
3. Plain shirt + achkan/jacket/Nehru coat + trousers/jeans.
This might seem like very boring, but play with the right colours, and you’ll earn great compliments. Not to make it seem like you’re straight out of a political press meet, try avoiding basic combinations like black/white, and instead go for ones like midnight blue/ashy grey, tangerine/beige/charcoal black. Sport with a pair of basic brown/black shoes, and you’re done.
But the fact always remains that you should wear what you’re comfortable and confident in, and since its Diwali, make sure to pay special attention to the material of your outfits and the accessories you’re using. After all that decking up, or not decking up, the only thing that matters is how you choose to spend the evening for a memorable and super fun Diwali.
From all of us at DU Express, wish you a very happy and safe Diwali! Cheers!