Dress right for this Holi
Splash! and your flawless white kurta goes red, green and blue. Yet, white seems to be the colour for most people during Holi. It is a festival to dress chic and let your clothes take a beating.
“I love Holi. I look forward to this festival. like no other. I believe that it is important to add a dash of colour to our mundane, black&white life ( Read: clothes) during Holi, literally!” rants Aditi Mukherjee, an MPhil student in Calcutta university.
Since clothes play an important role in any celebration, here are a few tips to dress for the occasion. Read on...
Dress according to the gathering: It is important to pay attention to what you wear during Holi. A traditional get together with friends will demand a certain traditional attire, keeping in mind the religious sentiments of the host and the festival. But for a casual Holi party, you can experiment with your look to stand out from the crowd. Along with the choice of the garment, you also have to keep the colour in mind. White accentuates the beauty of colours, thus the liking for white garments during Holi. It is advisable to pick light coloured garments like pastel tones of green, blue and yellow. The rule though is to pick warm colours if you are wheatish or dark and cold colours if you are light skinned.
Fully dressed: Since there is no escape from water and colour, you must pay attention to what you are wearing underneath. The inner layers will ensure the colours you play with, get absorbed more on your fabric and less onto your skin. This is to prevent you from catching a cold apart from shielding you from ‘those’ prying eyes.”Wet clothes stick to your body any which way. So I avoid wearing stark undergarments while I am out to play with my friends. It is just uncomfortable with all sorts of people around,”elucidates Aditi.
Dress that compliments your body: Since fabric gets clingy when wet, wear a fit that flatters your body. A garment that is body hugging might look vulgar when wet. But if you have a body or assets to flaunt, then snug fit and sheer fabric is a viable option.Flared or comfort fit are the safer options for the rest.
Apart from the obvious do’s, you also have to take care of the nitty-gritties. Ensure the footwear you choose is durable and waterproof - especially if you don't like getting your feet wet. Alternatively, you can wear disposable, fuss-free and comfortable canvas or cloth shoes, open rubber beach sandals or sports slippers.
Keep those ‘Guccis and Ray Bans’ at home. Since it is a wet festival, it is best to keep them in a dry protected area. If you can, don’t carry your mobile phones as well. Just as you will avoid overdressing, under-dressing is a strict no-no too. Traditionally men wear kurta pyjamas, but you may choose to wear a smart casual. For women, traditional saris, ankle length pants, tops serves the purpose just as well.
Last but not the least: Don't throw out what you have worn. You can wash them and give them away to a charity. “Recycling the worn clothes or just giving away the washed clothes will help a needy. I give it to my maid’s six-year-old son, just for that smile,” concludes Aditi Mukherjee.