You know Diwali is around the corner when you wake up to the smell of firecrackers or pataakis in the air. Growing up, those familiar smells - firecrackers, new clothes and good food- encompassed all my favorite festive traditions. I would spend my entire Diwali vacation meeting family and friends or watching the ‘special programs’ on regional TV channels.
This week I’ve woken up to a different festive spirit in the air: the sweet smell of pumpkin spice, new shoes (luckily), and a busy week. If you live away from home, especially outside India, you are probably used to working on many festivals in the Indian calendar. Diwali though, Diwali must be made special whether or not work is involved. After all, it is the most-loved festival of the year. So, I have decided to take my festive spirit to work by dressing up and sharing a big box of Mithai (Indian sweets).
As much as I love the idea of wearing a completely Indian and traditional attire, I have a long commute, a long day, and a lack of company, all of which dampen my enthusiasm. If you have similar issues or don't enjoy wearing traditional outfits, no worries! Here are two lovely easy formal Indian looks to help flaunt the Desi in you!
If you are in warm, sunny weather (like I am) try matching a fun Indian skirt with a flared or peplum top. The flared tops are a big hit for Indian outfits this year and are super easy to find. I am wearing a brocade skirt with a pale top so the focus is on my skirt, I’ve paired these with the most comfortable juttis (no breaking required) from Chhittar. I love the details on the juttis with the colorful embroidery in front and denim at the back. I accessorized with a cuff and earrings.
If you happen to be in sweater-weather zones, this look is for you! I paired a pair of shiny tights (of course! because Diwali is all about brightness & bling) with a warm, oversized sweater and a heavy red and gold bandhani dupatta, teamed with jhumkas. I love this pair in particular as the jhumkas are conical in shape and on a hoop, making them look contemporary. I finished off the look with my Chhittar juttis and a Krishna-themed clutch.