Step out in style this Navratri

With the nine nights of Navratri celebrations beginning on October 8, youngsters everywhere have been getting into the festive mood. 
Ethnic couturier A.D. Singh whose opulent designs are popular with Mumbai’s glitterati outlines here somefabulous festive fashion trends.
Make sure your ghagara fits right.

Flared skirts and ghagaras are the staple of Navratri and will never go out of style. But you need to ensure that yours has a clean-cut finish.

Please don’t opt for those one-size-fits-all ghagaras, with dirty naras (draw-strings) hanging out! It’s a myth that they can’t be altered and you should make sure yours fits you perfectly, preferably with a zip to fasten it in place.

I know that the festival is associated with short, sexy cholis, but please opt for those only if you have the kind of great torso needed to carry one off.

If your bodyline is not perfect — and nobody expects all women to have the ideal figure — corsets are a great alternative to skimpy cholis.

That doesn’t mean you go to a designer and just ask for any corset. The point behind this garment is that it can flatter your figure, so you need to choose one that’s right for you — if you’re top-light, opt for one that has contours at the bust to enhance your assets and if you’re top-heavy, a cut that shows off some cleavage will look nice. The same goes for other areas of your torso, like the waist and your back, shoulders, etc.

It’s been done to death over the years. So dare to be different — opt for an ensemble in a variety of fabrics or one that uses different forms of embellishment instead of the age-old bandhinis that everyone else keeps opting for.

Forget about that saas-bahu style of wearing the dupatta over one shoulder and tucking it in at the waist. Try out different ways of draping it across the front, the back, knotted at one end; over just one side…try to create a new, unusual silhouette that will breathe added appeal into your outfit.
Go the dramatic route with the cut of your choli — try one that’s backless, or with brooches or detailing on the back instead of the front. There are a variety of styles out there when it comes to backless blouses, find one that works for you.

Bright hues like turmeric and pink are where it’s at when it comes to festive wear. It should be bright and light at the same time. If you prefer a subtler tone, deep indigo is very trendy right now.

I often notice that people’s Navratri ensembles are trailing the floor, when they are dancing and celebrating. That is most unsightly — you have to get the length right!

Make up your mind beforehand as to whether you’re going to be dancing in your heeled shoes or barefoot and get the length of your skirt or ghagara accordingly.

Personally speaking, I think new formalwear trends like jackets with ghagaras and dhoti pants are great, but not for the festival. That’s like wearing a Roberto Cavalli dress to a Diwali party, or jeans to the beach — the outfit may look great, but it’s just not suitable for the occasion. So go with tradition, namely swirling skirts and ghagaras.

Women tend to set aside their dupattas to dance all night. So this year, some designers are we’re creating a lot of outfits with dupattas attached. That way, the complete silhouette of your outfit remains unaltered and you can dance without having to worry about it slipping off all the time.

And finally, the whole point of Navratri is fun and revelry, so make sure that your clothes, however stunning they may look, are comfortable enough to dance the night away in. There’s no point in putting on a fantastic ensemble and then paying attention to it all evening because something or the other is bothering you!

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