Dressing up for Diwali
Belated happy Diwali loves! The last festival of the year is sadly over but I am still basking in its hangover. So what if the festivities are done with? We can still look at the pictures and relive those moments...can't we?
So what is your favourite part? The lights, decorations or the gifting? People may find it amusing that as much I love the lights and decorations, dressing up is my favourite part. After Durga Puja, Diwali is my favourite time of the year. The reason is simple...I get to have fun for 5 days during Durga Puja while during Diwali its just three! Well lets come to my favourite part...the look.
I usually opt for a traditional look; no points for guessing. For me or for anyone else it is usually a saree or lehenga or something in between (read sharara, anarkali suit et al). This time too I was thinking of donning a saree. But when Jabong.com came up with the #traditionmyway contest, I decided to wear my saree with a twist.
I am a very conservative person by nature. But 90% people misjudge me by my appearance. Just because I wear Westerns most of the time and don't pay too much attention to my rising hem, people take me as not the 'ideal' bahu. It is indeed very surprising as well as saddening that people judge your character by your external appearance. My parents have imbibed deep rooted values in me and I am brimming with them. People who are very close to me only know this side of me. I should not have to sacrifice my individuality in order to please others or to fit into a particular image. Hence I found #Traditionmyway very liberating as I can still be who I am without having to renounce my penchant for fashion.
I chose a rich cobalt blue georgette saree from Triveni Sarees (I have newly been appointed as the brand ambassador) instead of the regular red or green one with heavy embroidery. I love the elaborate gold border and the minimalistic appearence of the rest of the saree. The twist is in its draping. Since the blouse is more like a crop top with heavy gold work, I put my pallu in the front. A little midriff flashing is acceptable according to my compass on Diwali. I have a baby and I don't have washboard abs but that should not bar me from midriff baring. Its tradition my way.
For neck, ears and maang tika, I chose classic Kundan jewellery. But for arm candy, I stuck to spiky gold bracelet and a watch. After all a modern woman can't work without one! Ethnic meets grunge!
For footwear I chose beige pumps with gold heels instead of the regular sandals. And a golden envelope clutch to keep my phone and money. I chose not to wear any bindi. For make up I went a bit overboard (for my standards) and applied MAC lady Danger on my lips and Sephora jumbo crayons on my eyelids. After all its Diwali....a bit gawdy is acceptable...isn't it? What do you think of my look?
|Pumps in place of the normal sandals and an envelope clutch in place of a jewelled potli!|
|Brocade crop top with my saree|
|ethnic meets grunge|