Hola everyone! The Navratri period is soon going to begin and it’s about time to get your chaniya cholis ready, stitched and altered before the fun and frolic festivities soon start. So 3 years ago I first shifted to Ahmedabad, Gujarat and since it happens to be the land of dandiya nights, I was excited and ergo, looking forward to attending garba fully decked up head to bottom in the chaniya choli attire. My old school friend who back then was also my flatmate here took me to one of the best markets of Ahmedabad Law garden that sells the vibrant, mirror-work, heavy embroidered ghaghras throughout the year and I couldn’t help but buy one or two for the gaieties ahead.
It goes without saying how hella excited I was to dress up the Gujju way with all my friends and as we went to the venue, it was overwhelming to see people gathered in such huge numbers that we somehow managed to find us a spot to dance to the beats. But as excited as I was to dress up in that heavy handwork lehngas, it was as difficult to bear the heat and humidity because of such a large amount of gathering. It soon made me feel whacked. And so I had learnt a lesson, for events as Navratri, one needs to dance completely freely and with ease. I guess I am jealous of how boys can wear simple kurta pyjamas and dance absolutely freely. We girls, on the other hand, have to undergo so much taam jhaam to make that entry into the gates of popular venues as most of them wouldn’t allow you in if you aren’t in a certain dress code which is “lehnga- the chaniya“.
So people, if you wish to enjoy the 9 nights of garba absolutely smooth, hassle-free and without any limitations, these fashion and style tips might just come in handy for you-
- Don’t Overdo- “Less is More”. It’s either going heavy on accessories or your attire. If both go loud, it just becomes OTT and doesn’t make you feel comfy for the evening. Garba nights are perfect to flaunt your jewellery collection and go a bit extra with hair accessories, handcuffs, silver and oxidized neckpieces, therefore go light with your chaniya cholis.
- Make as Much Use Of Your Dupatta. Dupattas are so multi-purpose and especially the embroidered or mirror works do so much justice and can enhance your look for the evening. There are so many youtube tutorials that guide you on wearing dupatta in multiple ways. My favourite way is to wear them as a jacket by layering it.
- Shirts or Turtle Neck Tops Can Replace The Cholis– Doesn’t the choli make you extremely uneasy and irritated with it’s fitting or even the heavy work. Plain shirts or even white shirts or black tops and tunics are perfect to replace them. Go for bright colour lehnga with them and it would tone it up a notch.
Wear A Solid Colour Kurti With The Chaniyas– This is another awesome way to make use of your Kurtas with skirts. Long slit kurtas go perfectly with chaniya for the indo-western look whether you tuck them in (giving an illusion of chaniya choli) or wear them over the chaniya.
- Belt Up Your Long Anarkali Kurtas And They Shall Give An Illusion of Two Separates– Mix-match and layer a dupatta over the Anarkali dress and belt it up. That would make you look trendy, fashionable and easy going at the same time.
- If Nothing Else, Accessories Can Be Your Saviour– Referring to the 1st here, I guess, accessories do so much to your look if worn and paired the right way. They can absolutely take your outfit from zero to ten. So go bold on accessories and makeup even if you aren’t as ready last moment.
I guess, be it Navratri or any festival, it’s more about enjoying the celebrations and it’s purpose. When your purpose is to dance freely in events such as a Garba night, these tips and style ideas might just come in handy, unless you really wanna win that Best Dressed Competition, LOL :-p Also, it’s more about how confidently you conduct yourself at any event and how happy you feel from within (which sometimes does come from dressing smartly and being yourself).
Hope you found this post helpful and tell me your thoughts in the comments below. Until next time,
(Major Major Disclaimer: Ignore the quality of pictures here. Back then I didn’t know t would go up on the blog for some style inspo :-p)