For those who want to give a different twist to their festive wear, try the hand-painted kalamkari on handwoven fabrics or a Dhakai blouse with a Patan patola saree and grab eyeballs, suggest experts. Designers Mamata Reddy and Gaurang Shah have shared inputs -
*Bright floral prints with traditional flowers and gajra is sure to grab attention.
* Opt for traditional woven sarees or outfits which represent the pomp and mood of the festival and each of the festivity that you choose to be part of. Patan patola, a textile tradition of double ikat, would be a great example as it is a rare saree piece where the background is white. The saree can be paired with a contrast green zardosi embroidered blouse.
* Ivory and white hues inspired from goddess Saraswati will blend beautifully with the theme of celebrations in their
neighbourhood and family celebration during the festive days.
* Pair your saree or outfit with a stateliness blouse to stand out from the crowd. For example, a Dhakai blouse with Patan patola saree would look great. A trendy and stylish approach to making a fashion statement is to drape it in new ways that are going to be different from everyone else's.
* Taking inspiration from the times of yore is a great way to make a statement with your wardrobe. Be subtle yet rich should be the motto, make sure to add a dash of your personal style.
* If you are of the vibrant kind, try the blazing red with earthy kalamkari sarees. They will certainly add glitter to your look.
* A rich Benarasi saree paired with a kalamkari outfit will be another charming combination, that will add to the style quotient.
* Making a fashion statement isn't all about the clothes. It's about the accessories too. The statement accessory with a bindi would make a perfect balance of tradition and eye-catching style quotient.
*You can also experiment a 'jugalbandi style'. The result is that the outfit will then have an unexpected twist as you combine vintage and contemporary styles and create a look in a way that becomes a trendsetting festive fashion statement.
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