As we teether on the edge of early December with party season approaching faster each day, it’s a cue for the girl about town to get outfit planning. Yes yes we know, we know. All the endless excuses of being busy, bogged down by work and endless other to-do lists. But trust us when we tell you that a little time spent now is going to completely save you from a nervous frenzy just before arriving at a big party. Unless you want to board the hot mess express and totally ruin your style cred plus any chances of a sizzling holiday romance, we suggest you take notes.
Rather than do a roundup of what’s trending, IT-girl fashion and magazine-editor-like sermons on holiday must-haves. We decided to throw out the rule book completely and serve up unlikely Bollywood inspirations. These stunners have totally different individual styles and they aren’t afraid to flaunt it. So why should you resign your own party wardrobe to whatever everyone else is posting on Instagram? Never has inclusion been a bigger theme for any party season so there is nothing like embracing your true fashion persona and running with it.
We aren’t going to wax eloquent on whether a plunging décolletage, a barely-there back or a hint of abs are THE style for this season. You do you, girl! If you have the curves to dish out the cleavage then by all means bring the girls out to play. If you’re a gym rat or just a naturally petite gal with killer abs, why wouldn’t you show them off? If the subtle sexiness of a toned back and well-defined shoulders is your vibe then follow the gospel of Justin Timberlake and bring sexy back!
The trend this party season could almost be defined as no trend at all and there is something lusciously refreshing about it. All too often when planning our party outfits, we’re so worried about being on-point that we forget to be in-style. Two totally opposing concepts that are slowly becoming more widely accepted. Confused? To put it simply being trendy is fleeting and spur of the moment while being stylish is timeless and carefully curated over the years.
It would be completely counterproductive to pin point the ideas without any visual references. So we’ve rounded up some of the top contenders in Bollywood who are effortlessly stylish without worrying too much about following fads.
Slowly but surely moving away from her preppy girl-next-door image and cultivating the air of a sophisticated girl boss who owns her stardom is Alia Bhatt. The petite framed lass is always mindful of managing the proportions of her body by picking a lot of variations of the fit and flare silhouette. Edgy diamante encrusted trousers with leather off shoulders and drapey fluid gowns are part of her partying style repertoire.
Alia Bhatt’s Party Ensembles
The self-confessed fitness freak who is quickly making waves for having one the most enviable bodies in B-town, Kriti Sanon could honestly look smashing in a sack of potatoes. However one look at her party looks and it’s evident the starlet is partial to classic hues and simple silhouettes. Blazer dresses and flared gowns are right up her alley proving that while experimentation is great, sometimes the basic looks are just as fabulous.
Kriti Sanon’s Party Ensembles
Yet another card carrying member of the classic club is newbie and future superstar, Sara Ali Khan. Her restrained dressing style even with party ensembles exhibits an aesthetic maturity well beyond her young age. A quality that has made her stand out against her contemporaries who sometimes dress to become part of a craze and for shock value rather than for real fashion prowess. Shift dresses in all their variants are a particular favourite of Sara’s who has often been vocal about her body image issues as a former plus size girl.
Sara Ali Khan’s Party Ensembles
For Bebo it’s always more and more and this translates very obviously into her party style. A keen trend observer and relentless luxury junkie, Kareena Kapoor Khan’s style is that intoxicating mix of fashion forward and elegant. She has admitted to being self-conscious about her broad shoulders and it’s obvious from the ensembles she picks that almost all of them are geared towards making her look slimmer. Flowing maxi dresses with ruffles, pleats, beading and open backs as well as neon separates have been seen on Kareena lately. However all of her looks are based on the principle of cinching in the waist to create a beautiful hourglass figure.
Kareena Kapoor Khan’s Party Ensembles
A style chameleon who has the inimitable quality of being able to constantly catch you off guard, Aditi Rao Hydari is a style seeker’s muse. The reticent beauty whose eyes are positively dreamy isn’t one to sit back and coast on the laurels of her good looks alone. A flip through her party looks will be enough to prove that she’s clearly heavily invested in carefully crafting each ensemble to ensure she isn’t being repetitive. It’s nearly impossible to classify her personal style aesthetic into any category except positively fluid. Neon dresses with structured shoulders, sparkly one shoulder numbers with strappy heels and pastel gowns with ruffle details are all part of her always interesting party style.
Aditi Rao Hydari’s Party Ensembles
Sources: Instagram.com, Stylingstars.com, Seenit.com, Thedailynewnation.com