You know Diwali is right around the corner when even Indian home regardless of their caste, community and religion, is in a tizzy of excitement in preparation for the most festive time of the year. The all-encompassing celebration doesn’t just surpass societal boundaries as it also envelops all types of interests and entertainment in its warm embrace.
Religious enthusiasts give gratitude and ask for good fortunes and happiness with dedicated poojas to all the different gods and goddesses. The ebullient and young celebrate the holiday period with nightlong card parties and haute Diwali dos filled with exotic and scrumptious delicacies. The even younger and jumpy lot fill their days with games and light up the night skies with an endless stream of firecrackers. While the more subdued creative types express themselves through home décor projects by including Diwali centric elements like colourful earthen lamps, detailed rangolis and stunning garlands.
It’s safe to say that the modern Indian Diwali has something for everyone and there is no escaping the revelry. The one common thread between all of the different types of celebrations remains the art of dressing the part as it forms an integral part of the festivities. It’s the time to really embrace ethnic fashion and become infused in the Diwali spirit. Obviously, men are slower on the uptake when it comes to shopping so we’ve already published a guide for them but we realize that modern Indian women lead hectic lives and also need quick inspirations to be fabulously turned out at every social occasion. From religious ceremonies to card parties to house warming parties to all those newer edgier events, we have something for all of them at Strand Of Silk.
Even if you aren’t particularly religious yourself, chances are that your parents or an elder in the family are likely to be and you will be expected to attend a religious pooja of some sort. Since it’s customary to wear traditional colours and silhouettes at such formal occasions, it’s best to stick with the norm to avoid unintentionally raising any eyebrows and bruising sentiments. You can experiment a tad bit and put your own spin on old classics like wearing a saree or anarkali with a belt or funky headgear but steer clear of anything revealing.
Diwali Outfits for Religious Ceremonies
Your inner gambling enthusiast might be so busy envisioning cleaning up the tables with all that money that you might completely ignore that fact that card parties also require dressing up. These all night sessions might be all about aces, kings and queens but they’re also just as much about catching with up friends and family while gorging on yummy food. It’s best to wear something comfortable with top heavy detailing, as you’re likely to spend most of your time sitting at cards tables. You can also give those overdone ethnic hues like red, green and yellow a breather by picking more contemporary shades instead.
Diwali Outfits for Card Parties
These parties pose a serious dressing dilemma because they can deviate from extremely traditional and religious to crazy shindigs depending on your hosts. Take your cues from the invite and the general personality of the new homeowners to gauge where the event will fall within that spectrum. Regardless of the tone and mood of the celebration, it is still preferable and more appropriate to dress in Indian styles rather than western ensembles especially since the party is happening during the auspicious period of Diwali. You can keep it ethnically chic for more religious house parties but the styles need not be as strict as those for religious poojas. For proper parties with music and dancing you can forget about the rules and dress in some killer indo-western fusion silhouettes that allow you to tear up the floor with your moves.
Diwali Outfits for House Warming Parties
These are becoming a new age celebration as people tire of having clone like social gatherings every year. Themed parties, board game nights, movie and television show screenings and sit down dinners with unique and exotic food are some variants of modern Diwali parties. Be mindful of some basic rules if you’ve been invited to such a do and aren’t sure how to turn up. You must stick to any dress codes if mentioned on the invite or speak to those who conceptualised the party about their expectations regarding the dressiness of their guests. Feel free to let those creative juices flow as clearly these parties aren’t for sticklers of norms. You could also have the opportunity to forget about dressing up and break up with those cumbersome ethnic clothes for a night as one of your buddies might have concocted a novel party idea that doesn’t require all the fuss.
Outfits for Modern Diwali Parties