Navratri might be a few more days away, but the preparations have surely begun. And those who love to make a strong fashion statement apart from reveling in the festive fun, it's timeto get their act together. From what's the latest trends in chaniya cholis, how to give a contemporary spin to the traditional outfits, to choosing some quirky jewels, we bring you the latest trends that are sure to make you dazzle.
Trends to follow: "Layered chaniyas with frill in the lining are a rage this season," suggests designer Archana Makwana Gupta. "Along with them outfits made of fabrics with tie and dye technique, marbling, mirror work and handwork are going to be seen a lot this year. Dupattas with colorful pom pom, checkered designs, or simple yet elegant mirror work are in. Blouses with umbrella sleeves, frills and off shoulder ones can be teamed with solid coloured chaniyas with simple designs," shares Archana.
"This season is surely about bringing back the traditional patterns, cuts, colours and silhouettes back," says designer Noopor Anita Balia. "Over the years simple prints and subtle colours have ruled the charts. But this year bringing the traditional accent back is in. Gamthi prints blended with westernised cuts are in. Also many are looking for outfits which can be worn for more than one occasion. So adding to it, many are opting for
ensembles which can be worn on multiple occasions," adds Noopor.
For Men: Men too have many options to choose from and look dapper this Navratri, says designer Amol Upadhaya. "This year the outfits will be more of blending conventional styles with modern cuts and silhouettes. Dhoti with stylish yet classic drape can be teamed up with a short sleeved round neck kurta. Blending a traditional kafni pyjama with kediyu on printed cotton or gazi fabrics, can be a cool option. Kurtas that have quirky or edgy prints teamed with solid coloured pyjamas are popular."
A wide colour palette: This season there will be a riot of colours. From yellow, purple and green to fuchsia pink, oranges, pastel shades, neon pastel shades, bold solid colors, earthy colors and even white is in.
For Men: Navratri is all about playing with fusion of colours. Vibrant colors like red, yellow, green, blue are always on the go for this festival. Black and mauve shades with a tint of neon will be a style statement.
Giving a contemporary spin: Navratri fashion is not always about bringing out the traditional best in you, but giving a modern spin to the traditional outfits has always been in vogue. "The key here is let just only one element speak. For instance, team your solid coloured chaniya with crop top that has some quirky prints or mirror work on it. Or one can wear a cold shouldered choli as well. Gamthi crop tops or gamthi jackets can also balance out the modern—traditional look," suggests designer Kalgi Shah.
Noopor suggests, "Wearing the chaniyas a little above the naval gives it a high waist look which gives the indo western feel to the whole
outfit. Also the length of the chaniyas can be decreased to calf length to give it an edgy twist."
For Men: Men can also add some modern touch to their outfits. Opt for geometric motifs, or motifs inspired by some chic tattoo designs. Accessories like printed neon turbans, quirky mojris, or Rajasthani juttis, or simply adding a high-neck waistcoat to the traditional look can give you a hatke look, suggests Amol.
Go quirky with jewels: It's time to play with imagination and go all out for quirky accessory. You can experiment by mixing some quirky baubles that are doing the round, says Kalgi. She says, "Experiment with adding tribal and Afghani jewellery, gold and silver jewellery on the traditional look. Make sure that your jewellery stands out, so go easy with colours and prints. Choose neckpieces, chokers, chunky bracelet, earrings that give a bohemian look."