Diwali ranks as one of my favorite times of the year and not because of the religious connotation, but because of the tradition it has of bringing people together. The festivities begin a couple of weekends ahead of Diwali and that means plenty of parties, potlucks, lots of lights, and tons of good food. The other tradition Diwali brings is new clothes. Every year, my sister and I would plan our Diwali shopping and attires ahead of time. Shopping, finding the perfect designs, jewelry to match outfits, was all great fun. As kids, my sister and I were dressed alike and she never liked it. As for me, I loved the idea of looking like her. She is my style guru and inspiration. So I was thrilled to have outfits similar to hers.
I thought this year would be different as it is my first Diwali away from home. It is an extremely special one, though, because it is my first Diwali with Abhi. While it is a great time to make new traditions, my mom helped me keep an old one: she took the trouble of designing and making both my sister and me similar sarees.
She cut her black silk-crepe saree in half and attached contrast coloured, self-worked crepe material with shimmery borders to make two new sarees for us sisters. (Now, you guys know where the styling ideas and creativity comes from.) This special gift reached me only a few days ago, so I had to put together a look soon. As much as my go-to golden blouse would have been a perfect match, I wanted to try something different.
So I quickly converted a crop-top into a blouse. This works so well! A black sequin top did the magic. A perfect match with the saree. The gold sequin on the saree and black sequin on the top blend well and the entire outfit has the spirit and sparkle of Diwali. I even tried a new draping style, wearing the pallu like a scarf around my neck to show the crop-top off. With so many sequins in the outfit, it is best to go easy on the accessories, so I wore a single golden bangle and a big kundan ring.
As for my sister, she had a pretty pink to contrast the black pallu. She paired a traditional pink blouse with jhumkas and a polki necklace to up the festivity factor. Simple hair and bare arms offset the bling of the jewelry and shimmer.
So for all of you, who want to quickly steal someone else’s saree for your Diwali party and do not have a blouse, just try a crop top to modernize the look. And for those of you with traditional blouses, add traditional jewelry to go the classic route.
I hope you guys have a Diwali tradition you have kept up, and that we have got you thinking about mixing and matching your outfit a bit this year. Wishing you all a Happy Diwali! Hope you guys have a safe one, filled with lights, happiness, good times, and lots of love!