Hey wonderful people, wish you all a very Happy Navratri. I guess gone are the times when festivals were specific to a particular region and I guess that’s the beauty of our nation. Navratri marks two significant festivities from two states- The Pujo in Bengal and the Garba played in Gujarat. But no more are these two celebrations limited to the two regions. The excitement is the same all over India. We all love to dress up traditional and can’t wait to get passes for the most exciting garba of the city. Of course, along with that comes a lot of prepping ourselves and which includes, deciding the outfit, jewellery and all the stuff.
Recently, I was invited by the @trouvaille23 to attend an event wherein fashion bloggers from Ahmedabad were to come dressed up for the Navratri displaying our take on trends for this season’s Navratri. Undoubtedly, I was excited about the event and so looking forward to attending the same. Though I didn’t have my outfit ready and since I stay away from home, I am always out of traditional clothes as they are too heavy and expensive to be taken care of by me… Thanks to my mom who keeps them in such good condition. And so, I only had a lehnga which I recently bought with a friend of mine who had come from Rajasthan and so, she was excited to shop some traditional Gujarati chaniyas from popular local markets. Thanks to her, I ended buying one for myself as well as of course, I was mentally hoping to attend garba at least one evening if not all the nine.
But sorting the lehnga isn’t enough or is it? Well at least for someone like me who just can’t bear the heat, the humidity and too much of a hyped crowd, the cholis are too OTT, body-hugging and something that annoyingly chafes the skin around the waist. Here is a little breakdown of how I styled and sorted my Navratri outfit with everything readily available at home and was Navratri ready even without too much of an effort.
The vibrant lehnga as you see is something that can be easily paired up for different occasions and be worn several times (not just Navratri), though that Gujarati embroidery on the waistline gives a hint of Gujarati element to it at the same time, it doesn’t make it too specific for the occasion.
Then, replacing the cholis and going in for fusion look, I paired the vibrant chaniya with an off-shoulder LBD which I guess almost everyone has at least one at home. To keep my off-shoulder dress in place, I tried a little DIY hack with safety pins and an elastic rubber band at home with the help of this video (click here). This hack can be useful whenever you wear your regular off-shoulder tops and dresses and it’s a saviour, I can vouch for that.
Lastly, balancing the entire look with a multicoloured dupatta (borrowed from the roommate) that instantly tones down the entire fusion look without making it too loud.
Coming to my favourite part of dressing up for Navratri is throwing on as many silver oxidised jewellery pieces as possible after all isn’t this the perfect time of the year to go OTT with jewellery. Heavy neckpieces and earrings don’t usually go hand in hand, but an occasion as this is apt for playing with your jewellery, going that little extra with it and look traditional from head to toe. Also, how cool does the nose piece look on me… do let me know in the comments? I was too unsure of whether I’d be able to pull it off but I guess I quite managed to do it (alright, done with the self-love talk :-p).
So, people, this was my personal take on Navratri Trends 2018. For me it’s all about being comfortable yet stylish, creating a fusion look yet look traditional, buying clothes that are versatile yet be able to stand out. What is your take on it? Also, don’t miss to check out more fusion ideas on how to dress up for Navratri when you aren’t just ready, and to do so, click here.
Scroll down to check out few pictures from the event-
Wishing everyone nine nights of fun, joy and festivity. Have fun, dress up and just be confident in what you wear. Smile…. because it’s your most prized possession.
Until next time,