Light Up Your Wardrobe This Diwali!
As Diwali approaches, the entire nation is awaiting to celebrate its favourite festival with the best of spirits, zest and enthusiasm. Besides the usual pomp and grandeur that is associated with Diwali, shopping for a befitting wardrobe is one of the main attractions of this festival. Who does not like to indulge in a shopping spree preceding such a special occasion? Women, of course, will put shopping for new clothes at the top of the priority list to set the mood for the occasion.
The most common purchases usually belong to the ethnic wear category, since every woman wants to show off her ‘desi’ beauty and elegance during a traditional festival. They generally go for heavy saris, salwar-kurti, anarkalis, lehnga-cholis and the like – the true Indian woman loves to indulge in her ethnicity at this time! Since the festival signifies the victory of good over evil, people highlight everything that is positive and vibrant, and hence go for bright colours that gel well with the themes of light and illumination. It is after all, a time to “dress to impress” and hence people don’t mind spending a little extravagantly. The apparel that one chooses should reflect the joy and excitement of the festivities.
Since women are ones most closely associated and involved with the rites and rituals, ‘pujas’ and other traditional practices during this time, wardrobe choices have to be made very carefully. They have to look their best and also make sure their clothes are safe to wear around flammable objects like oil lamps and fire crackers. Keeping the safety factor in mind, many women spend extravagant amount of money on their outfits at this time.
Saris with heavy embellishments, be it in any quality and texture, salwar-kameez and anarkalis with elaborate work or intricate embroidery on them, ‘mehndi’ on hands, matching accessories are a must at this time of the year. Chiffon or cotton ‘kaalidars’ are also highly in demand these days. Since the festival comes during the onset of winter, often women choose full-sleeved blouses, be it in net or otherwise, and the same holds good for salwar-kameez; full-sleeved ones look elegant and also beat the chill. Some like salwar suits in brocade, some in georgette, while some in silk. Whatever the material is, usually ornate ones are preferred for Diwali that look extremely gorgeous and stunning. While young ladies prefer ‘supernet’, chiffon, or designer sarees, the slightly older women opt for ‘kanjeevarams’, south silks, etc.
Choose a light cotton sari or salwar suit for when you will be involved during the prayer time and don your finery during the celebration. This will ensure your expensive bejewelled clothes will not be spoilt in anyway. During the festivities, please be careful as the ornate material of your beautiful brocade outfit might not withstand sparks from those firecrackers.
The retail outlets, designer showrooms, private shops, exhibition cum sale events as well as the online stores offer a huge range of clothes and accessories during this time of the year, with many sales and special offers, and thus the ladies are usually spoilt for choice. Choose the ones that you find to be the most fabulous and get all geared up for a dazzling Diwali!