Raksha Bandhan — a celebration of the enduring bonds between siblings — beckons not only love and connection, but also style and elegance. Dressing up is a crucial part in the celebrations, which weave tradition, culture and individual expression together.
As our loved ones unite to partake in this cherished tradition, the significance of selecting the perfect attire becomes integral to the festivities. So, we turned to experts to delve into some fashion tips that will make your Raksha Bandhan even more memorable.
According to Deepika Bhardwaj, Design Head, Latin Quarters, with new fashion trends emerging every year, siblings can opt for the perfect fusion of traditional charm and modern flair with their ensembles. Here are some styling tips to the up the ante on festive glam this season.
Sport an elegant top with a hemmed skirt
If you’re looking to ditch old traditional wear, then a statement top and a hemmed skirt are the perfect combination. Take a statement marble top to pair with an A-line skirt or a hemmed skirt to don the ‘festive yet easy to handle’ look. You can opt for a pleated, A-line, full-length umbrella-style, ankle-length skirt, or try colour blocking with 2 bold patterns or styles. If you vibe more with minimal tones, then a plain blouse-style top with floral motifs complements well with a slightly darker skirt.
Statement trousers paired with old classic kurtas
If you’re looking to retain the ‘desi vibes’ then a simple kurta will do the trick, paired with solid statement trousers or leggings — a trend that has been making waves for decades, but with a Gen-Z punch. This is a classic yet comfortable look. It helps retain the elements of comfort and modernity, while oozing class for the ideal festive dressing. Trousers along with kurtas are the easiest pick for the festival if you are running out of time to shop.
Elegant full-length silhouettes
For a totally modern chic spin on festive dressing, a full-length maxi dress is the key. Maxi dresses are a blend of formal, yet off-duty looks. The long silhouettes of a maxi dress effortlessly flow giving you an elegant look for your gatherings. The flared hemline of maxi dresses is designed to replicate the styles of a classic lehenga or a floor-length gown.
Twin your ensemble with your siblings
What is better than twinning with your sibling this season? It has been a major trend and is a stunning way to stand out from the crowd. Coordinating your outfit with your sibling is a fun way to keep up with the festive spirits while spending some quality time together. For a hot summer day, pair your cotton flannels with colour-coordinated trousers or leggings. For a more ‘sisterly Rakhi’, you and your sister can rock maxi dresses in georgette or chiffon materials. If your siblings are more ‘lowkey’ then they can go for a relaxed kurta and jeans look, while you can complement them with a mid-length off-shoulder floral dress, paired with statement earrings to finish the look.
But wait! Your Raksha Bandhan ensemble is incomplete without accessories. Arindham Chakravorty, Brand Head, Aurelia said that pair your outfit with ethnic jewellery such as chandbalis, maang tikkas and bangles.
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“Opt for pieces that complement the colours of your attire and add a touch of glamour. Additionally, footwear is equally important. Embellished juttis or traditional mojaris can accentuate your look. Again, choose shades that harmonise your outfit. When it comes to makeup, keep it subtle and natural. Soft eye shadows, a hint of kohl and a nude lipstick can enhance your features without overpowering the ensemble,” he said.
Concluding, Chakravorty said, “Whether you like time-honoured traditions, contemporary fusion, or understated elegance, the key is to find an outfit that reflects your personality and enables you to celebrate this wonderful occasion in style.”