The penultimate season of festivities and celebrations are welcoming us at the threshold with its five-day elaborate Pujo ceremony. Morning brew a family and friends gathering with some quintessential temple visit and the day-long fasting finally breaks into royal indulgence. Long queues of hunger-stricken people gather in their finery for a pandal hopping activity during the glorious evenings. If there’s that one thing every woman loves about Durga Pujo, ask Bong women of their shopping lists that encompasses all things new, everything. Dressing up in chic, quirky yet elegant traditional dresses with a touch of contemporary flair, women flock together like a happy bunch wearing the iconic large red bindi, statement necklaces with gold or silver jhumkis. You will generally find women wearing their hair into a high cognac bun or just keeping it loose and wavy for a simple girl-next-door look. However, your style, we recommend you the following 7 fashion tips to spruce up your Bong Diva look:
Unfold the contemporary chic in you as you drape the exquisite authentic Indian sarees with a touch of modern glam. The classic way of Indian dressing accompanied with sartorial touch is the perfect way to begin your Durga Pujo celebrations. Go all Indo Fusion on the very first day i.e Saptami with alluring silhouettes that flatter your curves and enhance your beauty in bold and statement colors. Embrace surreal embroidery and handcrafted pieces that spell a cast. Delicate and chicest finery in vibrant and bold colors are widely accepted and currently on trend. Dress up in a fancy separate set layered with a long-embroidered cape jacket or you can also settle for a movement-allowing anarkali suit. Dhoti pants with crop top is yet another modish looks you can carry in panache. Just remember to flaunt your kohl-rimmed eyes with crimson lips and natural hair.
The festival holds an indomitable place in the hearts of all the young brides. After all, it’s time to devote, worship, joyously celebrate festivity with your loved ones and of course doll up. The newly-married women must blend the affluent anarkalis, lehengas and sarees with side-swept hair and huge red bindi to complete the shy bride look. Shimmers and pastels are currently in vogue, so better invest in these safest bets or you can go el classic with red and golds. Whatever your style is, just don’t forget to put on the huge red bindi with stones for an artsy look, stack some signature red and white bangles and dress up like a true-blue Indian bride.
Think of bright color palettes, pop artistic designs, vintage accents like puff sleeves, shirt blouse and avant-garde fashion. Kolkatta was considered to be a busy city during the 40’s and 50’s with burgeoning night life and industrialization. Women adorning bright colourful, quirky printed ensembles with asymmetric cuts, unconventional drapes, risqué necklines, and graceful finesse. Don’t be afraid to try your personal signature style and mix it well with the trendy accents to balance your look.
Signature Bong Beauty
Because nothing can beat the exotic hues of white, red and gold blending in seamlessly to melt the Bengali women. Just like the signature rasagullas, every Bong woman has cherished and treasured a statement white and red classic silk or ikkat saree for the Pujo. Just add a whimsy touch of cotton silk and buta work pattern all over the saree. Other colors that are on the designers radar are: mint, fuchsia pink, crimson red, rusty orange, black and golds that will be mostly selling like hotcakes this season. Channel the bong beauty in you with the huge red bindi, ecstatic drape, unfurling long wavy tresses, kohl rimmed eyes and adorn the precious jewelry for an alluring look.
How about revealing “The Devi” look in a scintillating white and red saree with gold border, vermillion sprinkled forehead, glowing chiselled visage, kohl defined eyes and surreal charm. Exude the strong character of the Bengali women with this quintessential look to stand out from the crowd and dance the night away. Make sure you layer gold necklaces and complete the look with a stunning statement piece of jewelry. This look will work wonders on the final Vijaydashmi day when Ma Durga will leave for the heavenly abode, it’s the right time to put forth a bewitching look.
Go luxurious and step into a classy dramatic look with rich textiles like zari, brocade, satin, net, crepe and tissue. Pair the saree with a backless blouse or strappy wonder for a fun and sexy look. Or you can also settle on a lehenga saree, palazzo kurta set for an added allure. Flaunt your fresh dewy makeup with drenched locks, huge red bindi and smokey eyes. Finish the look with a rouge pout.
Carve your own niche as you mix and match, leverage your look with a perfect fusion look. Kimono top with lattice work or jumpsuit with a sequinned cape is all you need this festive season and for Pujo’s Saptami evening. Dress up and turn heads at the pandal with your friends as you laugh away in glee wearing the comfortable dresses and looking worth every Bengali girl’s dream.