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Shades of Navratri

Thursday, October 08, 2015

You don’t need to wait for an occasion to add a dash of colour to your wardrobe. But, with Navratri just around the corner, you have even more of an excuse to mix and match a variety of hues. Dev Goswami & Pooja Salvi bring you fashion advice to help add a playful touch to your wardrobe

Whether you’re planning to play garba or watch the   festivities from a distance, remember that Navratri is all about colour! The nine days all have colours dedicated to them, giving you the perfect opportunity to create your own style, or just incorporate each colour in your wardrobe to give it a unique Indian touch without putting in too much of an effort. Whether you want to create your own style, or simply want to pick vibrant attire off the rack, we’ve got the perfect guide for you. 

Personalise your style
A colourful assortment of outfits takes centrestage every Navratri, but customising an outfit yourself isn’t as easy as it seems. We asked a few designers to suggest a few combinations from the Navratri colour wheel as well as give us tips on how to pull off the looks.

Orange + emerald green
This combination is contemporary, but it has a traditional touch to it. You can pair an orange-coloured kurta with an emerald green, flowy skirt. Or, wear the combination the other way around; it’s quite a versatile look. Swati Vijaivargie, a designer, tells us, “The only rule to follow with this combination is to avoid adding clashing colours like deep pink in any form.”


  • Pair the outfit with a pair of pretty earrings, and if you think these aren’t good enough, add a stack of bangles to the mix — they will look great on this outfit.


  • Make sure that the shade of orange you pick isn’t a bright one as it will overpower the classy vibe of the emerald hue.
  • If you’re wearing an embroidered skirt, pair it with a kurta. Make sure not to go overboard by incorporating too many beads in your outfit.
  • See to it that the colour of your skirt doesn’t overpower the colour of your top, or vice versa — you want the colours to blend together into one vibrant outfit. 

Yellow + red
While it’s not the most popular colour combination for Navratri, don’t dismiss it altogether. Yellow goes really well with red, and if you pair your outfit with a stack of brass bangles, the combination strikes gold! Besides, it flatters every skin tone.


  • Pick nude footwear, because there’s a lot going on with this combination. The only way to save yourself from looking gaudy is to wear simple, subtle footwear.
  • A simple, nude pair of mojris or gladiators will even out the look and add a touch of sheen to it.


  • Do not overdo your outfit by carrying a bright crimson jhola. Instead stick to brass and ivory-coloured accessories — they are a nice, simple addition to an otherwise overpowering style.

Pink + white
Here you can play with various shades of pink because any shade of the colour blends well with white! Pair the outfit with a staple pair of mojris or Kolhapuri chappals and you’re all set for the evening! Designer duo Rimple and Harpreet Malhotra tell us, “Pink and white make for a delicate and ethereal colour combination. To give it a stylish twist, pair a halter blouse with high-waisted dhoti pants.”


  • You can be a lot more liberal with your accessories with this colour combination. You don’t need to stick to ivories or brass accessories, but you can pick up colours such as turquoise, orange and royal blue.
  • Wear bangles, earrings and anklets in the colours we mentioned above to jazz up your outfit.


  • Even though you’re pairing it with white, you need to be careful when you’re combining colours such as pink. Avoid going too dark, and add a tinge of earthy brown/ red to your outfit, by incorporating the colours into your accessories or your makeup.

Fuchsia pink + royal blue
Fuchsia pink and royal blue are a classic Indian combination. The bright pink hue is soothed by the blue, and when they’re worn together, they look chic and traditional, all at once! Rimple and Harpreet tell us, “The combination works well if you wear a bandhini ghagra with an antique zardosi choli.”


  • You can carry off the outfit by wearing a stack of silver oxidised bangles that will complement the royal blue colour.


  • Don’t wear very bright footwear. Tone it down with nude, ankle-length gladiators or mojris.

Green + grey
This is a rather mellow combination compared to the other ones on our list this season, but it’s a fantastic option for those who want to cut out the glamour while still wearing trendy outfits.


  • Mono-tone bangles work well with a variety of colours. Rimple and Harpreet tell us, “Silver and oxidised jewellery work best with cooler colour palettes such as blues, greens and greys.”


  • Avoid accessorising with colours that won’t go well with this combination. Shades of orange, pink, blue won’t work. Instead try royal blue and crimson.

Pick These Up
Royal chic

This resplendent design from Ritu Seksaria can even be worn to a wedding.
Price On request

Comfort first
If you don’t want to wear a heavily-embroidered outfit, we recommend picking up these printed palazzos from Jabong.com.
Price Rs 999

The right touch
A contemporary style, with a subtle ethnic touch, this top from Jabong.com is among our favourites.
Price Rs 799

Blue is in
We love how this outfit from Jashn uses different shades of blue.
Price Rs 5,000 onwards

Mixing styles
This model perfectly showcases how to pair a crop top and a skirt for a traditional look. Pick up the skirt from Divaat.com.
Price Rs 2,450

Keep it safe
If you don’t want to experiment too much, you can pick up an outfit like this one from 2Divine — it’s stylish, but still simple.
Price Rs 6,999 onwards

All green
An anarkali dress like this one from Fatma Shaikh will ensure comfort without compromising on the embroidery.
Price On request

Mix and match
This outfit from Pink Peacock Culture is a good example of how you can use Navratri colours to put a great look together.
Price Rs 25,000

Minimalist chic
Navratri fashion doesn’t have to include heavily-embroidered pieces. This look, from Pink Peacock Culture, is simple but still fashionable.
Price Rs 4,883

Everyday wear
Want to include festive colours in your daily outfits? Pick up this dress from Kashish — we love the multiple hues on it!
Price Rs 4,999

A touch of black
This dress from Jabong.com has a subtle design that is perfect for occasion wear.
Price Rs 4,999

Casual fun
This is another one of our favourite from Anita Dongre’s collection. You can keep your look simple for everyday wear, or add some accessories for an event.
Price On request

Western inspirations
We love this crop top-inspired look from Anita Dongre’s GRASSROOT collection. The look — paired with minimum accessories and little to no makeup — is a great example of how you can dress this season.
Price On request

Navratri-inspired fashion doesn’t have to be limited to heavy, embroidered pieces that make walking, let alone dancing, seem like an impossible task. If you’re not used to wearing heavy attire, you can keep it simple. A plain kurta with a basic pair of jeans is a good choice for an evening of garba with friends. The trick is to incorporate just a touch of tradition into your outfit. Here are a few tips that will help.

  • Pair a peplum top with a long skirt and accessorise it with small earrings or studs.
  • Wear a short kurta with a flared skirt and accessorise it with antique/ brass/ ivory bangles.
  • Wear a simple crop top in a solid colour, and pair it with an embroidered skirt. Accessorise by wearing long jhumkas or channd baalis.
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