With the festival of nine nights upon us, up your style quotient with easy styling and some fashion essentials that are high-on-the-trend meter this season.Gone are the days when a glitzy lehenga choli or a shimmer sari could pull you through all nine days of celebrations. Today, creativity and imagination are two most important fashion accessories to transform into a style diva. Whether it is a vibrant maxi skirt with traditional Kutch embroidery, a pair of palazzos in bright floral prints, or even a stylish lehenga sari, this is the season to get heads turning in your direction. Don't shy away from adapting trends to reflect your individual sense of style, as you transition from pious Navratri pujas to lively dandiya nights.


One of the most striking fashion trends, this season, has been the merger of traditional elements in modern ensembles. Think of bright, vibrant coloured dhoti pants in loose, comfy fabrics worn with a well-fitted monochrome shirt or a long maxi dress in tie-dye, leheriya or block prints. Fashion designer Shruti Sancheti says, "The focus will be on traditional themes merged with contemporary silhouettes. Also, there is a lot of emphasis on comfort as it's the festival of dance and celebration.Opt for a lightweight crop top worn over a panelled skirt or wear a stylish tunic or kurta over a pair of flared palazzo pants to ensure free movement for uninhibited dancing."

While you can always follow the conventional nine days of colour in your wardrobe, get experimental to stand out from the crowd. Sancheti advises, "Look for deep red, crimson, marsala, burnt or ange, emerald green and indigo blue.

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Stay true to fabrics such as pure cotton, mulmul and summer silk while experimenting with interesting details like tribal embroidery, mirror work and embellishments."


Jewellery is an important part of a traditional do such as Navratri. You can steer away from traditional yellow gold and opt for silver which makes for a more funky metal, especially when designed creatively as maang tikkas, cummerbunds and payals. "Silver jewellery complements the festive mood and adds a dash of rustic, traditional allure to your look. Wear bold, chunky neckpieces, rings and bangles that are conversation al starters. Go for a fusion look with a pair of wide-legged culottes teamed up with a tank-top and a dupatta or scarf. Accessorise the look with bangles and chunky earrings to add a tinge of ethnic charm," suggests Ridhi Mehra, one of the most promising names on the fashion block.

Maintain an overall vibe of bohemian chic with a variety of fabrics, colours and prints."Jewelled accessories such as tassel earrings, jhumkas and haath phools will not go unnoticed. Keep the overall look natural and fuss-free with strong eye makeup, nude pink lips and a messy hairdo," Sancheti adds.


With festive fashion on everyone's minds, men don't want to feel left out while making a sartorial statement. To bring out the true spirit, you can either don the ethnic kediyu garb, which is a traditional Gujarati outfit comprising an embroidered, flared shirt worn over a loose pair of dhotis, or opt for understated and on-trend outfits this season. Pick a statement ethnic garment like a Nehru jacket with se quins or mirror de tailing and wear it over a plain white shirt or kurta with classic blue denims or churidar. Bring out those tasselled dupattas and Jodh puri footwear to complete your look.

Ace couturier Manish Arora suggests, "Pris tine ivory kediyus in breathable natural fabrics with iridescent embroidery will be the statement of the season.

Fresh, futuristic and elegant silhouettes will rule the fashion scene. For the maximalist and daring man, I suggest a multi colour silk waistcoat with patchwork and silver Rexine embroidery reminiscent of a shining reflector in a desert."

Make note of this fashion rulebook as you plan your look for each of the nine days of revelry. Here's to looking your best and dancing the night away!

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