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Mix and match and simple style is the mantra for revellers this Navaratri

navaratriDesigner lehenga or stylish sarees with heavy jewellery are the passé, the Navaratri revellers this year are opting for Palazzos, long skirts, dhoti pants with simple and yet trendy jewellery, say costume designers.

Shivangi Joshi, a designer from Mumbai says that traditional attires are selected by those who participate in competition. However, people who just want to enjoy beat to beat, are opting for simple yet classy dresses.

“Designer chaniya cholis, kedias and heavy jeweler are only picked up by those who are participating in competitions. However, those who just want to enjoy the festivity, are opting for trendy motifs palazzo which are flared, crop tops and jacket-style blouses with mirror works.” These can be teamed up with traditional or trendy jewellery.

“Chaniya cholis, kedias with solid colors as base and with heavy mirror works, are certainly not ‘in’ this season. Instead, tie and dye is the latest craze,” she adds.

Agreeing with Joshi, Neelam Sethi, a noted designer from Navi Mumbai says that fusion and mix and match, is ‘in’. Be it flared palazzos with short tops or long skirts with short tops, the latest trend is ‘Indo-western’ type dresses. “For those who love to wear only western dresses, we have designed ethnic frocks i.e. the cuts and styling is western but the fabric used to make the frock is Indian like the Iktas, punari cottons, Baluchris and the styling is done in such a way that they can wear the dress again for formal functions as well,” says Neelam.
Veena Bahety from Bikaner House, Vashi, Navi Mumbai says, “Men prefer jeans or churidaar and embroidered kurta, while women are opting for flared long skirts with long kurta. Tie and die dupattas, lehariya skirts in cotton and short tops are also in trend. In accessories, woollen jewelery such as earrings, chokers, bajuband and anklets are the latest trends.”

For those who prefer to wear sarees during festival, Neelam suggests to go for native prints and mix-n-match it with heavy blouses.

Like costumes, dandiyas have got a makeover too. Designer dandiyas embellished with dolls, beads and gotas are in demand this season.


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