It is a reflex to open your wardrobe and say, ‘I have nothing to wear.’ Even though you know it is not true, you cannot fathom wearing the same set of clothes with the same group of friends. And suddenly, you spot all that festive clothing (that you spent a month’s salary on almost) occupying more space than intended, clothes that don’t see the light of the day after you have worn them once, maybe twice, in a year.
But what if we say you can now turn it into something you can wear to the next night out with the girls? Yes, you read that right! Refer to this expert-backed style guide to know just how you can turn festive gear into fashionable everyday wear, with confidence and flair.
Ace designer Shruti Sancheti is of the opinion that we Indians love bright and festive clothing and it is not just limited to major festivities. She says, “The use of traditional elements and vibrant colours are seen during casual outings too but, the outfits have a relaxed look. Comfort and practicality have been a key element in people’s choice of shopping festive clothing. Thus, fusion clothing or the Indo-western look has become hugely popular.”
Fashion designer Anjali Jani will tell you that you can put together festive gear such as palazzos, cigarette pants, kurta, jackets, skirts, capes in many different ways. “You can wear a pair of palazzos with a kurta or a shirt, a Banarasi skirt with a solid shirt, a heavy dupatta with a tank top and pencil pants,” she suggests. If you are looking for more options, Shruti suggests wearing dhoti pants with kurtas, long block-print skirts with crop tops, cigarette pants with a long and high-slit kurta or even a palazzo in various formats such as a like sharara, flared, pleated or straight.
We weren’t joking when we said that the possibilities are endless. Kolkata-based designer Ambrish explains that one of his collections included floor-length anarkalis with a stitched dupatta that gave a festive look, but the moment you removed it, it looked like a maxi dress you could wear for a casual outing.
While you put so much planning into clothing, it is essential you don’t ruin it with the wrong kind of jewellery.“These clothes need few accessories as the idea is to keep it casual so a statement neckpiece or earrings in a contemporary style will look great,” Shruti advises. Ambrish too suggests wearing traditional jewellery, while giving the funky a miss. “Traditional jewellery like jadau, kundan would add elegance to the entire look. These could be real jewellery or even fake, but it surely does add to the traditional feel and you look the part,” he recommends.
Glam it up
Apart from all the mix and matching, you can always add a few elements to your clothing to lend that casual yet trendy look. As per Shruti’s advice, you can always add scarves and dupattas to an outfit and belts, especially, to enhance your entire look. Anjali Jani seems to be on the same page as she also agrees that belts always add a touch of glamour. “Appropriate footwear and a jacket too add glamour to your look. Throw a casual jacket with a skirt, with a pair of boots, to make a festive look, casual, yet glamorous or even a big belt with a skirt and a white shirt.”
Like we said, with the right kind of styling, anything is possible.