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Effortlessly festive

Learn quirky ways of draping dupattas and sarees to get the ideal festive look this Diwali, and stand out from the crowd

Now that you have been wearing so many heavy outfits to different Diwali parties this festive season, why not try something simpler and light for the family pooja you will be having?

While talking to many fashion experts, experimenting with sarees and dupattas came out as the coolest option for pretty look for the occasion.

"The drape of a pashmina hand-embroidered saree or a pashmina kani saree, will make you stand out from the crowd. Pashmina as fabric drapes keeps you warm while making you look elegant," suggests Varuna Anand, Founder and Designer, The Splendor of Kashmir.

Besides, she also notes that with the winter setting in, even a shawl is a versatile drape. It can be used even as a dupatta – be it a hand-embroidered shawl or one of our creatively shaded ombré shawl which adds a zest of colour highlighting the outfit.

Sanjeev Agrawal CEO, Rangriti shares that if it's heavy attire with a sheer dupatta, drape it loosely. Instead of wrapping it around your neck or pleating it to one side, just wear it like a sheer cover. This allows the focus to be on the heavy attire while letting the dupatta add to the grace of your look.

Suggesting more ways to experiment with your look, he states, "Give a modern twist to the classic way of draping a dupatta by allowing one end to fall over your elbow. Keep one side firmly over the shoulder but drape the other side loosely on to your forearm."

Other options can be twisting the dupatta like a rope and just draping it over shoulders.

Chakshi Makrani, Founder & Designer, Chakshu Couture points out to the 'trend' of this year – Santhali style saree.

"The trend was first noticed in 70's when Bollywood actresses including Mumtaz, Zeenat Aman, Parveen Bobby and Hema Malini were seen wearing Santhali saree. The attire was body-hugging with pleats below the knee line. What's interesting is, the trend is catching attention of the fashion lovers during this festive and wedding season. But for the modern day women, it has come with a low cut, open-backed and fashionable blouses," she says.

Also, this year people are opting for either a complete traditional look with dupattas in banarsi/ bandhani or tie and dye style and/or they're going for a complete fusion look with cape style or drape dupattas.

Jewellery Designer Archana Aggarwal recommends a pair of contrasting jewellery to complete the entire festive look. The plain and simple attires can also be paired with the heavy and large pendant that seems a part of the outfit and minimalist bracelets on the wrist to uplift the look.

Waist belts are also back in fashion which gives you an ancient classic look.

If your saree has sequin, stone or gota patti work, then diamond jewellery can look great with it too.

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