Eid is almost here and most of you must have either shopped or still planning what to buy to put your best foot forward for the festival. Given that Eid is in monsoon this year (in India), it certainly makes it a little more complicated when choosing festive wear. The rains should not dampen your spirit of revelry and merrymaking by creating discomfort in the outfits you are sporting. We bring to you a few easy and practical fashion advice from experts to make your Eid more memorable and stylish.
Designer Rashi Kapoor says that most people choose traditional garments for Eid. That said, traditional outfits are also now available in fusion styles or have interesting twists.
“For evening Eid parties, women can choose from gowns to Indo-Westerns outfits like palazzos and kurtis, or can go for lighter lehengas too. To up their glam quotient, men can opt for printed jackets or slightly embroidered waistcoats with ankle-length trousers worn over smart kurtas” says Kapoor.
Nishit Gupta, director, Kalki Fashion, suggests that for a more traditional look, women can go for anarkali, sharara, salwar suits and palazzo pants and men can sport sherwani, kurta-pyjama and Pathani suit which are evergreen and look classy.
TRADITIONAL YET TRENDY
Wearing a traditional outfit doesn’t mean they have to be boring, too ornate and heavy that you cannot move around freely in them. Says Kapoor, “Women can go for gharara and palazzo and team them up with a short-length kurta with embroidery. Also, they can substitute kurtas with jackets and capes for a more funky look. The experimental fashion forwards can team sarees with a crop top and doshala. Experimenting with drapes of your dupattas can give you an edge over others.”
To flaunt an ethnic look, fashionable men can try out asymmetrically-draped kurtas. “If you aim to look more elegant, crisp kurtas in pastel shades are your best bet. Well-cut and fitted jackets, blazers and waistcoats will make you look dapper at an Eid party,” suggests Kapoor. If you plan to add a Western look to Eastern wear, then you can wear jeans instead of a salwar.
Gupta says, “To make ethnic wear look trendy and stylish, women can choose a unique palazzo suit over an anarkali. A lehenga with a peplum top will also make you look trendy. Similarly, men can opt for kurtas with embroidered jackets and team them up with straight pants or jeans to look unconventional and ultra-cool.”
FABRIC AND COLOURS
Now that monsoon has arrived, you need to go for environment-friendly and breathable fabrics. Summer silks, georgette, chiffons and tulles (a lightweight, very fine netting) are ideal options to make you feel comfortable. These days cotton and silk muslins are also in vogue. “Keeping in mind Indian climatic conditions, soft fabrics and pastel shades are best suited for any occasion. Men can sport darker hues in the evening and can also try experimental colours like aubergine teal and rust to stand out from the crowd,” says Kapoor.
Adding to this, Gupta suggests, that while cotton, cotton silk, lycra, georgette or chiffons are good, velvets and raw silks must be avoided because they can make you feel uncomfortable in the moist and humid weather. Adds Gupta, “You must always opt for colours that match your complexion. Since the weather is gloomy, go for vibrant colours that will instantly light your face. Colours like olive green, teal, royal blue, magenta and red that are universal and are also bold enough will blend perfectly with the auspicious occasion.’”
Accessorising well is the key to a perfect fashion statement. While women must choose statement or well-coordinated jewellery with their outfits, they must certainly avoid overdressing. “Women can sport chokers, mangtikka, chandbali or simple solitaires. Men need to be well-groomed, and trim their beard and moustache. A nice chunky watch and shoes will be good options to invest in for the guys,” says Kapoor.
Gupta further adds that women can accessorise their outfits with matching Afghani earrings, chandbali jhumkas and bangles or a bracelet with makeup that matches with their outfit and doesn’t make them look over the top.
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