It is that time of the year when we open our homes and our hearts and get ready to welcome the goddess for 9 nights and 10 days. Ma Durga in all her 9 forms is worshipped and celebrated during the Sharad Navratri with great devotion and enthusiasm. Many cities and states in India organize various events during this festive season. Out of these, the major crowd pullers are the the Durga Puja of West Bengal and the Dandiya and Raas Garba of Gujrat and Mumbai.
And it is exactly for these two occasions that we have created a Navratri lookbook and a Durga Puja Look book for guys, so that they are fully prepared for the arrival of the goddess.
The Durga Puja looks for the dorosto babumoshai:
Whether you are planning to go pandal hopping with family and friends or hosting a small event in your home or hosting a grand event to welcome Ma Durga this year, these style hacks will give you the perfect edge and help you get in sync with the festive mood and create that perfect ambience.
1. The first look has some royal flavors to it. Wear it at an upscale event or on the night of Ashtami.
- Team up a bandgala kurta in brocade with a dhoti or a pyjama. Make sure they are well fitted and choose bright festive colors like magenta, ochre yellow, royal blue, Persian blue, maroon, gold, coal grey and off white.
- You can accessorize with a stole or a traditional embroidered shawl. You can even add some gold buttons and cuffs to your kurta for a regal look
- Complete the look with some ethnic footwear like jootis or nagra shoes.
2. The second look is a puja look, something simple and elegant.
- Pick a printed silk kurta with a typical Bengali fatua neckline.
- Select rich festive colors like maroon, violet, blue, or red. You can even pick subtle colors like beige, cream and off white, but make sure there are gold tones to it.
- Team this up with a traditional dhoti and complete the look with some kolhapuri chappals.
Style tip: In case you are apprehensive about the dhoti, you can opt for a pre draped, or a ready dhoti.
The Navratri looks for the chel chabilo gujrati:
The beats of the garba feel like your heartbeats to you? Then my friend, get ready to rock this dandiya season in style. Never has it been said that a gujrati was not dressed for the occasion so why give someone a chance this year! I have complied the most trending and popular looks of this season for the garba champions, enthusiasts and even the novices.
1. Let us start with those who may be attending for the first time or have just been introduced to this festival. You obviously are new in town, so welcome. You can wear a kurta with a pyjama or even jeans. You can try a short kurta with a mandarin collar if you are going the denim way. Make sure you pick something in cotton or a blend of it, because all that dancing makes you perspire and any other material may feel uncomfortable on your skin after a while. Pick bright and vibrant hues; remember nothing is too much when it comes to Navratri. Get ready newbie’s, because it is an experience you will remember for the rest of your life.
2. For a casual look, pair up a kurta with chinos. Wear comfortable shoes, coz there will be a whole lot of dancing. Make sure you wear bright shoes. Most people find it more comfortable to dance sans the shoes and you can remove them when you reach the venue.
3. For those who do not want to do casual but neither are comfortable with going all the way, basically the ones looking for a middle ground, can team up a pair of jodhpurs with a kurta or a shirt and an ethnic jacket or a vest.
4. Now for the pros, the ones who want to go all out this Navratri and really sport the traditional Garba look.
- Pair up a kedia with a dhoti or Kafni pants and a topi or a headgear.
- Make sure your kedia has a good flare. Even your dhoti or your kafni pants must have nice pleats so as to be comfortable while dancing whilst looking absolutely mesmerizing.
- Pick something with the traditional designs, delicate embroidery and mirror work.
- Go for loud and vibrant colors. Bring out your inner Govinda!
Style tip: A bright duppatta, an embroidered or silk vest can be added to any of the simple kurta looks for some extra zing. And remember, more is definitely merrier when it comes to colors.
Have fun friends and enjoy the festive season in style!