Guide to last minute Diwali shopping for women

Guide to last minute Diwali shopping for women

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Festivals are the harbingers of reunions and nostalgia. They come as breather as the world shifts attention from a typical work-day to the lazy one that reminds them of traditions and culture. OOTD’s evolve from daily work-wear and to traditional Diwali day parties look.

With festivities around the corner and lucrative discounts on e-commerce portals, there are ample choices to select from for the last-minute shopping. Whether you are a vintage lover or a fashion forward person fashionista, whether you dig for contemporary cuts or drool over high couture fashion, Ciceroni brings you a curated list of looks and labels to select from this Diwali.

Budget buy or high fashion indulgence, we have got you covered with festive styles that rank high on fashion trend-o-meter.

  1. Sarees – six yards of magic

Pick out the vintage saree from your mom’s closet or else buy online from Avishya, a leading portal in ethnic wear. Choose from the classic Indian weaves ranging from Andhra Khadis, Baluchari, Banarasi, Bandhani Saris, Bengal Weaves to Kanjivaram, Subhasini, Silk Cotton, Orissa Weaves, ethically sourced products directly from the weavers. Embrace handlooms this Diwali and bring in a little bit of Indian heritage to your celebrations.

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Silk Saree from Avishya
Paithani Silk Saree from Avishya

If you aren’t the traditional lover and are eyeing those red-carpet worthy couture sarees, head to Rentattali – a premium fashion rental service with a curated selection of designer wear for women. Go bold with Rimzim Dadu’s saree in silver or opt for Shivan and Narresh’s one shouldered saree drape. Dress up like a diva without stressing out about your wallets ; just rent it.

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Rimzim Dadu for TALI
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Shivan & Narresh for TALI
  1. Deluxe Dress

Go minimal with contemporary dresses in traditional handcrafted fabrics and silhouettes. Ditch the conventional ethnic wear and make friends with modern labels that amalgamate traditions with unconventional drapes. Wear a long flowy indigo dress from Akashi and team it with statement silver pieces and mogra flowers to be the head-turner. Indigo is the new black in fashion lexicon for the brands that support handicrafts. Get your dose of indigo from the Neelari collection of Akashi and begin the festivities.

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Neelari from Akashi

Add a quirky yet glamorous touch with Sahil Kochhar’s midnight blue-purple dress for that much awaited cards party. No, don’t break the bank, just head to Rentattali for this striking ensemble.

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The pastel green contemporary outfit from “The White Moghuls’ collection by Saroj Jalan  is perfect for a cocktail party this Diwali.  The heavily embroidered piece with zardozi and keecha work is stylishly patterned for a modern woman’s love for crafts and glamour.
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Saroj Jalan
  1. Enchanting Lehenga

Travel to the bygone times with ethereal lehenga sets from Dolly J, Delhi and Mumbai based luxury designer brand.  Opt for pastel lehenga sets in ice blue and rose pink colours that exude old-world charm. If jewel tones entice you, pick their exclusively handcrafted purple and blush pink lehenga set with intricate embroidery detailing. Lehenga indeed makes for a ravishing festive wear option this Diwali.

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Dolly J
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Dolly J
  1. Modern Skirt Sets

Fashion forward women will love the indigo skirt -top set by Akashi from their Neelari collection. The skirt has interesting ruching on the front panel giving it a quirky look. Endorsed by Bollywood celebrities like Shilpa Shetty and Tapsee Punnu, Akashi is the label to check out for contemporary ensembles with traditional touch.

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Neelari by Akashi

Designed for millennials who appreciate subtle and sophisticated details, U/A brings their latest Winter-Festive collection titled A’ L’aube that celebrates the onset of a new dawn. Opt for their slinky blouse and skirt set in pastel green for an easy breezy alluring look.

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U/A
  1. Versatile Kurta

Smarten-up your festive look with a chic toga kurta from BIBA to have a trendy and stylish festive look. It is a perfect statement outfit to make you stand out. Opt for the kurta and pant sets in bright festive shades of vermillion red, mustard yellow, emerald green, fuchsia and purple. Amp up the look with gold jewellery and high heels.

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BIBA
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BIBA

Black never goes out of style. Pick up peplum style Kurta in Black and team it with Dhoti-with cowl cut for an uber chic style in budget from Voonik. Team it with black heels and add statement chand-bali to add finishing touches to your Diwali party look.

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Voonik
  1. Handcrafted Heels

Go out there and put your best foot forward in these pretty shoes from PAIO’s Festive collection. PAIO is conscious leather-free vegan shoe brand. Their festive collection ranges from chic strappy wedges and quirky stilettos to pop coloured court heels and glittery slip ons.  Match them with your ensemble and get ready to ring in Diwali.

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Court Heels

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Accessorise your outfits with your treasured gold and silver baubles. Add in some fresh flowers and be festive ready with Ciceroni’s Guide to Festive Shopping.

About Author 

Falguni Patel is the Editor and Head – Strategy & Operations at Ciceroni.  With a keen eye for aesthetics and ardent love for words, wit and sarcasm, she critiques fashion and lifestyle unapologetically. She doubles up as a strategic communicator in her other life. Self confessed Bibliophile, travel enthusiast and sucker for humour in mundane, Falguni loves food analogies in all her conversations.

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