Durga Puja – The Festival Of Feminine Power, Fashion And Beauty
Shopping around at this time of year makes everyone so confounded with all the latest trends and choices available extensively and not to mention the tempting sales at all online retail outlets where we feel we should just grab everything!
The air is already filled with festive mood and excitement. With Navratri and Durga Puja near-at-hand, the stores are already laden with latest trends, designer wears and even customized pieces.
Durga Puja, being an eminent festival in West Bengal, markets are flooded with Ghicha silk saris and all-over Jamdani Dhakais, which have always been the flavor of the Puja festival. While women are flocking in to various stores to get hold of these Bengali classic, let me just take you through an array of some mind boggling designs, which are contemporary and traditional at heart.
Laal Paar Sari
This traditional red and white Bengali saree is counted among the most important outfits to be worn on the auspicious occasion of Durga Puja. Wearing accessories like gold jhumkas, heavy necklaces paired with shankha bangles is best suited for the festival. Don’t forget to don the quintessential big red bindi and smoky eye make-up for the complete Bengali look.
Tussar Silk Saree
Tussar silk saree is the next option to consider while shopping for Durga Puja. The saree is not only comfortable but also looks elegant. Go for tussar silk saree with heavy embroidery and eye-catching shades like bold red, purple, dark blue, peach, or maybe cream.
For many of us, it is a daunting task to keep the saree in place while hopping from pandal to pandal. Rather being uncomfortable all the time, it is always better to go for attires which are comfortable and easy to carry. The all-time favorite anarkalis are not only girly but stylish as well. Complete your elegant festival look with polka or Kundan jewelry and high heels.
Palazzo suits have become a famous clothing item among the younger generation. They are stylish and also very comfortable to wear while enjoying the festivities. Go for long slit kurtis, sheer fabrics or asymmetrical hems and pair them up with matching palazzos. With minimal makeup and jewellery, and your hair tied up, you are all set to pay your tributes to Durga Maa.
Give a new avatar to your traditional sarees with dramatic drapes. Select a quirky and stylish saree drape such as dhoti style drape, wavy drape, tulip drape, saree with a crop top, and knot saree drape. Replace and restyle petticoat to leggings, flared pants, elephant pants or palazzo pants for a whole new Indo-western look. Compliment your attire with statement neckpieces, wide belts, a couple of bangles, danglers and high heels. Switch your high heels to traditional jootis. In the end, go for smokey eyes and piled-up hairstyle to rock the puja night.
Fun printed Saree
You can consider these as an option this puja season as they are a trend nowadays. They are not only modern but easily affordable. Try a combination of bold colors with quirky prints with statement jewelry like large earrings, thick bangles, and a chunky necklace.
Although years have glided by, this festival has retained its ethnicity among every passing generation. Even today, this festival is traditionally split in 5 enjoyable days. Each day has its own set of customs, which are ritualistically followed. Entertainment, preparations as well as the spirit of bonding is at its peak during this occasion. People enjoy the very famous ‘pandal-hopping’ as they get to witness creative styles and patterns of different built structures. Even today, this festival sets aside all professional schedules apart, by creating some quality time to be spent with family and friends.