Fashion comprises of the world we breathe in, it surrounds us in all possible form of apparels, interiors and home decor. While some follow fashion for style most of the fashionistas follow for the coveted status. Following fashion can be a tedious task; like come on, everyday there is a new trend emerging and before you actually make a decision of buying it, whoosh!!! It vanishes from the market. Besides being quick in decision making, you should also be wise enough to make the right choice because you don’t want to park your money in your closets only, right?

This reminds us that Navratri, the much celebrated festival of Gujarat, is fast approaching.

Are you going to dig into your wardrobe and find something old or are you going to repeat the unpardonable mistake of going for the last minute shopping to buy the good old Ghagra choli from Law Garden?

Not that we are against it but, don’t you want to try new trends?

What is your idea of swag this season? Traditional Chaniya choli or oxidized jewellery or east meets west kinda experiment?

Come along with us on this journey of exploring new style.

Here are 6 Easy hacks to flaunt your swag this festive season

1) The Floral Delight

Floral print is here to stay. A trend so popular from last year, this season will witness its rising admiration from trendsetters.

Florals have always lent a classic look. It transports one to the fairytale world that we so often dream about. No wonder then that recently our fitness diva Bipasha Basu wore a floral Lehenga for her Mehendi ceremony to render it a dreamy feel.

You can wear a Floral Lehenga either in dupion silk or cotton. Team it with a solid coloured crop top and a contrasting duppatta to create an ethereal style. Alternatively, you can team a floral crop top with jewel toned raw silk lehenga to mix and match a new style.

2) Off Shouldered charm

Off shoulders tops have been a big trend this season, quite often confusing us that is a style to stay or is just a fad?

But when fashion world’s darling Sonam Kapoor slays this trend, you know that it is here atleast for a while. Stylists across the globe are playing dress-up with their celebrities in off-shouldered tops. From Deepika Padukone to Shraddha Kapoor, Bollywood tinseltown is digging this style.

So how about getting your bespoke off-shouldered choli? You can opt for satin and silk fabrics in jewel tones to create an opulent effect. You can team it with a Ghaghara made from bandhani or leheriya fabrics to finish the look.

Now this will be your own design, wouldn’t it?

3) Handcrafted heritage

With Prime Minister’s scheme to promote National Handloom day, designers and NGO’s across the country have taken up the mission to revive and revamp the handicraft market in the country. Brands are coming up with their limited edition collection of Khadi, Ikat, Patola, Chikankari and Bandhej. There is a sudden need to save the textiles, thanks to the ministry, that we are witnessing a resurgence of the age-old techniques of weaving and crafts.

Go handcrafted this season. Get yourself an ikat skirt and team with with khadi crop top. Layer it with embroidered dupatta to give it a festive feeling. Spin your own take on mixing these fabrics, but do know, minimalism is in this season.

4) Jewel toned Silks

Silk – The epitome of regalia.

Most parts of Gujarat have different styles of dressing when it comes to Navratri. In Ahmedabad and Rajkot, one witnesses traditional kutchi work chaniya choli as the main stay of fashion. In Baroda, one would notice mix and match of daily wear skirts, crop tops and backless choli’s in Navratri whereas in Anand, one would witness silks in fashion.

How about trying raw silk and a teeny bit of brocade this festive season? It would not only serve as a new Navratri outfit but also can serve later for your friend’s wedding. You can team a raw silk long Skirt with a brocade crop top and layer it with contrasting embroidered dupatta to give it a Navratri-esqe look. Style it with bohemian jewellery to amp up your style quotient.

5) Androgynous Style

Dhoti has historically been traditional menswear. However, since couple of seasons, dhoti pants have created waves in women’s wear too, especially with Anamika Khanna styling Sonam Kapoor in Dhoti Saree and Dhoti Angarkha.

The style trend setter got other actresses like Priyanka Chopra, Deepika Padukone , Alia Bhatt and Genilia D’souza to try this androgynous trend in luxe fashion.

For the love of fashion, opt for silk dhoti pants this season. Team it with traditional kutchi worked- backless choli or pair it with your raw silk top. Be a head-turner this Navratri and go androgynous.

6) Jewellery

Go Boho chic this season. Take your picks from the multi layered silver neckpieces available online or dig for the latest trends in paper machie, quilling and wooden jewellery.

Stack up on septum rings and nose pins because they are the latest rage in styling. Check the market for clips in case you do not have piercing, but do try this trend and thank us later.Go splurge on statement Maang tika, Ear cuff and kamarbandh pieces to add some glamour to your style. For the classy and minimalist taste, do opt for fresh flowers to adorn your mane.

So have you finally made up your mind on which trends do you want to follow in your nine days of Navaratri revelry? Go ahead and start planning your Navratri wardrobe.

Falguni Patel