Navratri Festivel 2017!! Garba Dandiya Special Dress Ideas

Apart from the religious significance, the nine days of Navratri are filled with delicious vrat (fast) food, irresistible dance moves, festive fashion, and unending fun. It is an opportunity to be at your stylish best in a traditional way, as you make your way to the dandiya nights or puja pandaal.

But to do that, you need to upgrade your wardrobe with some party essentials that are high-on-the-trend meter this season. Here are some tips and tricks for you to style yourself gracefully in this festive season.

Rajasthani Dupattas with Lehengas

On this year’s Navratri, wear an orange and black cottonlehenga choli to get the royal impact. To complete the look, an orange dupatta with Rajasthani mirror artwork will keep you centered on the gathering. The Rajasthani artwork complements the outfit and your personality too.

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Look Vibrant

Just because it is a traditional dandiya night, does not mean that you have to be in a predictable chaniya-choli. It is always nice to go a little further and put your own personal style into making your outfit slightly edgy. Experiment with a lehenga saree that is ready-to-wear, and will stay neat all through the night. It is a good idea to adorn bright colours during the festive season. But, take a break from the usual green or red, and embrace neon pink and fluorescent orange like Bollywood actresses to look different!

Add a little metallic belt to accentuate your waist. Play with your favourite colours, and go for unconventional silhouettes, like dhoti pants or angrakhas. If you love the idea of fusing Indian and western elements, then wear an embellished skirt with a plain shirt.

Ethnic Vests

The unisex traditional vests are on the top trends of this year’s Navratri. For men, you can wear a vest with elegant patterns on a solid colored kurta, and women can wear this with anything whether it’s a kurta or a blouse to look fantastic.

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Add a little sparkle

It is usually colourful beads, mirror work, embroidery or shells that decorate the traditional lehenga and choli. While mirror work is really popular these days, what is also a great option is gota patti work in silver or gold. Pearls, Swarovski, and coloured stones also look really pretty. Various dyeing effects like bandhanilahariya, and tie-dye look very chic when used in a dupatta, skirt, or choli.

And since, off-shoulders are in again, you can even opt for something like off-shoulder choli with a long-tal lehenga. This will look chic and at the same time traditional as well.

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Maang Tikas

Maangtika is one of the gorgeous traditional jewelry which you can wear with your untied hair or a traditional bun. These beautiful designs of maang tikas are available in oxidized silver, jadtar, gold etc. that looks purely amazing and inevitable.

Bring out the beauty baubles

Combining the right accessories with your outfit is sure to bring you under the spotlight. Find a companion in long earrings, stack of colourful bangles, and a contrasting potli bag, to keep your essentials. Even maang-tikkaskamarband and payal can be worn to add an unconventional twist. If your outfit is really plain and simple, you can wear a long chunky necklace to quickly glam up your look in one go.

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Bangles and Kamar Bandh

Traditional multiple colored bangles are quite trendy on this year, wear the bangles till your upper arms to look more stylish. You can also wear kamar band made with silver and tiny trinkets on it will look even more gorgeous on you.

Put your best face forward

Use waterproof makeup and keep the base light because you might sweat a lot while dancing. Play up your eyes with a smokey makeup, but keep the lips simple in a pale pink or peach colour. A good hairstyle plays an important role here, so make sure you do not leave your hair open.

Go for a fishtail braid, vintage curls, or a bun with a pouf. Else, you can even do a side french, leaving your hair open. If you are feeling really experimental, then you can even change your hair colour to red or have an ombre effect to be fun and different.

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Embroidered Lehenga Saree:

A lehenga saree would be appropriate for any conservative rituals or parties where you want to look both cool and ethnic. A heavy embroidered choli and odhani with various bright and eye-catching colors like blue, purple, pale pink, or green, choose what you like to steal the party. The outfits are designed as a minimalistic border and flare to balance the long-flow lehenga which completely looks awestruck.


Footwear also attracts flaunt people, try colorful Rajasthani Kohlapuris that can go with your traditional outfit. Alternatively, you can wear heels to give a modern look on yourself.

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Fashion for men

Men’s fashion is not simple or predictable anymore either. A traditional kediyu (traditional Gujarati outfit), or a simple kurta pyjama is not enough. First, pick the latest colours from the international palette like deep blues, purples or reds. Invest in a good ethnic jacket to be worn over a kurta pyjama to make it look classy and formal

Wear a dhotipathani salwar, or Jodhpuri pants with a coat keeping the traditional flavour intact. A matching or contrasting scarf or safa is a must. If you are going with your beloved, you can coordinate your look in terms of colour, or choose a similar element of embroidery for both your outfits. But, do not go overboard and make sure it is not too matchy-matchy.

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Why is Garba done on Navratri?

  • Durga is worshipped all over India, but people from the state of Gujarat have for years used Garba as a special way of honoring the goddess.
  • An earthen lamp or a statue of Durga is usually placed at the center of a large hall. Celebrants muster all the energy they have to dance vigorously in concentric circles around Durga.
  • In Raas, another dance associated with Navratri, participants strike sticks together to tap out a rhythm.
  • The Garba and Raas dances are actually dramatizations of the final battle between Durga and Mahisha.

Whatever may be your outfits or the footwear are, keep it quirky on this year’s Navratri and celebrate with your entire energy.


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Posted by Srishti Yadav