The season of merrymaking is upon us once again and if you’re worried about looking like a disco ball, fear not, we have put together a series of elegant ensembles to make you look and feel like a million bucks, without breaking the bank. So without further ado, here’s our very own guide to dressing for the festival field.

Silk Saris

You can never go wrong with this piece of clothing as it looks both elegant and traditional at the same time and will suit all body types. Besides, you can wear it to a dinner party, a card party or a pooja. Choose from from a range of Uppada, Banarsi, Minakari or Kanchipuram silks to suit your look and budget. Pair a pretty silk saree with traditional gold jewellery and you will be the belle of the ball.


You can either be daring and choose a mid-riff baring choli and a low cut lehenga or go for a simple lehenga with an embroidered dupatta. Whatever you choose, make sure to wear a cut that fits you well. You can choose lehengas in vibrant double shades, subtle pastels with mirrors, thread and zari work on the skirt. Or simply add a bit of bling with crystals and sequins. For a heavy look, choose a raw silk lehenga with embroidery on the skirt and the blouse as well as on the borders of the dupatta, but make sure you don’t go overboard, otherwise you’ll end up sparkling more than the fairy lights and stick out like a sore thumb. A hint of bling on the border of the blouse (and not the skirt) or the dupatta is enough to make you look gorgeous along with the right kind of make-up and hairstyle.


If you’re going out to a cocktail party, choose an evening gown, which is flattering to your body type, rather than a gown that is in vogue. Because, if you have to keep pulling up the top, in between courses, you will risk a wardrobe malfunction, a la Janet Jackson, so do yourself a favour and skip it. Or, if a gown is so tight that breathing becomes a luxury, ditch that too. A dress made of classy satin, delicate lace trimmings, and a chic cut in crepe will look good on you, no matter what your age. Or you can simply pick a sheath dress, which will show off your tiny waist, or a vintage style A-line dress, something that will still be in-vogue many years from now.


Anarkalis come in an array of designs and patterns and can be worn for just about any occasion this festive season. Opt for a classy look by choosing traditional gold embroidered anarkalis and zari and thread work over crystals. Also, try and stick to a single colour and go easy on the flare. If you are pleasantly plump, make sure you stay away from stiff fabrics or asymmetrical designs.


Are stitched from the middle of the hem like trousers or palazzos and are worn with long kurtis. This ensemble can be made from brocade, jacquard, georgette, new silk, cotton, or crepe and suits almost all body types. Pair this with bold statement jewellery and you might even win Anna Wintour’s approval.

Dhoti pants with a crop top/jacket

Yep, these used to be a traditional garment, worn only by men. But today, they can be found in most fashionistas closets. Pair this comfortable, yet trendy garment with a loose tunic, a funky kurti, ethnic vest, a capes, embellished crop top, peplum tops, collared shirt or a trendy saree blouse and you’re good to go. Tip: Invest in a good bronzer. Keep it classy with simple accessories or wear just one statement piece of jewellery. This is also the perfect time to flaunt your diamonds, jaded jhumkis, chaand balis, kadas or funky pendants. Image Courtesy: