The festive season is here and time it is to jazz up like never before!

It is that time of the year again with diyas, lights and gifts…... 

Bold and beautiful

Winter's here, and so is the festive season, and with it warmer, darker colours, and tones like wine, rose gold, emerald green, royal blue, black and just about all fifty or so shades of gray. These warmer tones are perfect for night parties and going for metallic shades will only add to the sophisticated vibe. Softer hues on the other hand, like powder blues, pistachio, mint green and sunny, subdued tones of pink are so easy, dreamy and delightful to wear.

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Matching masks

Don't let the boring black masks be a style dampener. Match your mask with your outfit and stand out with readymade beautifully embroidered face masks or by getting them customised as per taste.

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Dreamy drapes and dupattas

Be it a wraparound saree or sleek, well-fitted pants with cropped blouse, a dupatta can add a traditional touch like no other accessory. Heavy dupattas can be paired with a relatively simple outfit, like a plain anarkali or a simple lehenga-choli and can instantly make it seem more luxurious and expensive. Dreamy, flowy drapes can add a touch of delicateness and femininity to any look.

Playful hems

It is time to take out the fancy short kurtas that have been stowed away in the attic. As you go through the new fashion collections of the best designers and scroll through their social media handles, you will come across short kurtas being paired with lehengas, skirts, trousers, shararas and palazzos. Asymmetric hems and slits on tunics and kurtas-short or long-are a trend to look out for and play around with.

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Cropped blouse and corseted cholis

Cropped blouses and cholis are a rage nowadays as cholis add the oomph factor in an outfit, and one has so many styles to pick and choose from: strapless to off-shoulder, the ones with sheer sleeves with embroidery or mirror work for the bling, the ones with ruffles, fringes, or even feathers, with halter neck and so on and so forth. Many don't realise how versatile a corseted choli can be; can pair it with a plain skirt and wear the choli as a statement piece, or pair it with wide-legged trousers or palazzos with a stylish long cape when opting for a fusion look, or with a contrast-coloured sari to get a whole new outfit out of it.

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Modern ethnic look

Peplum tops are almost a staple nowadays in any wardrobe, offering a youthful and elegant vibe. Peplums clearly define the waist and accentuate an hourglass figure. One can play around with the style of the top with so many options like bandhgala for a more formal look or ruffled sleeves for a playful and youthful vibe, or go for a full embroidered or sheer peplum with a smart choli inside. Go for wintery fabrics like velvet or silk and colours like steel gray or mauve. The peplum is a versatile piece of clothing which easily pairs with wide-legged pants or sharara, flared skirt and even a dhoti, making you look effortlessly classy and stylish.

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Regardless of whether you are going for a minimalist or fancy look, a statement piece of jewellery can really do wonders. Something as simple as a bindi can add a touch of beauty to the face and instantly render a traditional feel.  Other accessories like a statement necklace or an ethnic choker, bangles, maang tikka or jhumkas like hanging latkans or chand baalis, are a must during the festivals to add that bling to your ensemble.

According to Coco Chanel, "Fashion fades. Only style remains the same." Find your own style; find what works best for you and get ready to shine and be the belle of the ball.