5 Indo-Western Outfits For Diwali

Want to look dazzling this Diwali? Embrace a more fusion style of dressing and make sure your family follows suit. These tips from our fashion expert will help you shine bright this festive season.

By Sharad Venkta  • 8 min read

5 Indo-Western Outfits For Diwali

Diwali is the time we go all out with shopping for a new wardrobe. Generally, girls tend to choose traditional attire like sarees and lehengas gorgeous shades, while boys may go for kurta-pyjamas. This time around, why not give a twist to the festive celebrations and coordinate with your family to rock the Indo-western look? This trend is currently ruling the ramp and the festival circuit, because it is functional as well as fashionable. 

If you don't want to invest too much in your look, simply recycle pieces from your wardrobe. For example, you can turn a beautiful saree with heavy embroidery into a gown. Why not get matching outfits for your little ones! Put a little thought into shopping for outfits and look at ethnic or Indo-western attire for your children — comfortable and stylish at the same time.

If you are wondering where to start with your Diwali preparations, look no further. Here is all you need to know about fusion dressing for the whole family. With our expert's inputs, you and your family will look wonderful this festive season:  

For mothers:

  • Opt for slightly loose kurtas as body-hugging ones tend to feel uncomfortable and prevent you from doing your festival chores.
  • The fabric of the kurta should not be too clingy. At the same time it should not add volume to your shape.
  • Your best bet is to go for fabrics like cotton, khadi and linen. The best and most safe fabric that a woman can opt for is cotton.

For fathers:

  • Pastels are very much in vogue these days.
  • Shop for sherwanis or kurtas with a little embroidery. Trust us, you will be totally festive-ready, this Diwali.

Also read: Diwali Purchases: Ways To Involve Your Kids In The Decision-Making Process

Here are some other Indo-Western options:

1. Floor-length gowns:

No matter what the occasion, gowns always look elegant. For Diwali this year, opt for a light-coloured or pastel gown. You can wear it for a Diwali after-party or get-together.

If you don’t want to spend on a new outfit, you could even convert a seldom-worn anarkali into a floor-length gown. On the day of the festival or for a get-together, pair your gown with carefully chosen accessories. Add your own twist to the entire outfit with the help of jhumkis or something trendy yet traditional. To add a classy touch, you can also carry a sparkly clutch or potli to go with it.

2. Crop top and skirt:

Long skirts really look elegant and can be converted into festival wear with some add-ons. You can achieve that with a crop top and a skirt. This look will add a modern touch to your ethnic ensemble. To make the look more dramatic, drape a nice shimmery dupatta. If you are not comfortable with a crop top, you could wear a short kurti or even, a lounge tee. And the entire look can be perked up with conventional and classic pieces of jewellery. You can always experiment with a variety of colours. If you want a more sensuous effect, wear minimal jewellery.

3. Lehenga with heavy embroidery and shirt:

Lehengas are always in trend and more so during the festive season. Heavy mirror work will make such outfits even more beautiful. Pair with a plain, solid-coloured, full-sleeved shirt. Another interesting way to accessorise will be to wear traditional or heavy silver jewellery — nail your Diwali party look!

4. Children's dhotis:

Wondering how to dress up your children for the festival? Dhoti style dresses are in vogue these days for kids. This look is traditional but with a contemporary twist. So, for the coming festive season, why not go for bright-coloured dhoti pants with beautiful designs for girls? For boys, choose white, off-white or beige-coloured dhoti pants for a non-fussy and functional look. Adding a smart jacket will make the outfit more stylish.

5. Indo-western outfits for girls and sherwanis for boys:

Indo-western gowns look endearing on girls. This is a popular trend for little girls this festive season. Just add some cool accessories to give your princess the best look for Diwali. Dress up your daughter in vibrant colours and you are good to go. For girls aged seven and above, you can try out gowns with a cape. 

A word of caution: When your little ones are clad in loose or flowy dresses, make sure that they do not go near diyas and firecrackers. Also, for girls make sure the gowns are comfortable to walk in. Or else, they might trip and fall. The last thing you want on Diwali day are freak accidents!

For boys, the classic sherwani is the best option and instantly adds to the festive look. The best thing is that it is also very comfortable to wear. Choose sherwanis with light embroidery on the neckline. For boys willing to dress up, heavy embroidery work on light-coloured kurtas are another option for a traditional Diwali look.

Fashion is not just about following what is on-trend, but also about letting your innate sense of style shine through. Also, it matters how easy your outfits are to wear. So, while dressing up for festivals like Diwali, do keep the comfort factor in mind, especially for children. This is important if you want your children to enjoy the Diwali festivities to the fullest. So, here's wishing you and your family a fashionable and fun Diwali!

The author is the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Toonz Retail.

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