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Here’s Exactly What To Wear This Diwali, According To India’s Top Fashion Designers

You know, Diwali dressing has been a big topic of discussion in India. For centuries, it’s either a traditional kurta or a tailored Nehru jacket for the festival of lights. Sartorially speaking, kurta-pyjamas are to Diwali, what Bandhgala suits are to Indian weddings. But that hasn’t stopped our top Indian designers to imagine, and reimagine the traditional uniform without losing any flavour. Is Diwali dressing even a thing? Can we wear casuals at an ethnic-y setting? Are military-inspired silhouettes a tad too much for a card party? We tackle such issues and more—with a little help from our fashion friends in a game of ‘what to wear’ this Diwali. 

1. Manish Malhotra

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“Spotlight layering is a big trend this season. Cowl-necked asymmetrical hybrid silhouettes of kurta-shirts, with embroidered dinner jackets and velvet drapes is a great combo to have in hand.”

2. Narendra Kumar Ahmed

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“My idea of festive dressing is to give timeless Desi attires a twist with modern silhouettes. For a modern-age spin to a contemporary look, opt for kurtas in metallic shades or add a coat, and pair it all with monk strap shoes. Else, pair a linen jacket with a silk kurta and casual chinos for absolute effortless dressing.”

3. Shantanu And Nikhil

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“For Diwali 2017, we’d love to see men to opt for military-inspired silhouettes with feminine drape details. They can accessorise with crystal/medallion brooches and explore colour blocking on hems & patched pockets. And remember, only slim-fit trousers with dramatic drapes!”

4. Pranav Mishra And Shyma Shetty (Huemn)

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“You can never go wrong with a relaxed, crisp white kurta-pyjama set in a soft 100% cotton. Dress it up with a silk stole for Diwali! Don’t shy away from bespoke Nehru jackets in yummy, bright, autumn colors too. Alternatively, silk shirts and tailored trousers have always been great festive options for evening soirees/’dos with friends and family. Lastly, don’t be fearful of colour and print!”

5. Abhishek Paatni

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“It’s all about the basics for Diwali 2017. Plus—pure fabrics, soft colors and most importantly, custom tailoring. Men should be aim at exploring their personal styles this season and I see bespoke tailoring as the starter pack to that. In addition, leather sandals/gladiators are great bets too. This is also the right time to bring out your vintage wrist watches!”

6. Gaurav Khanijo

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“If you’re against the idea of Kurtas for Diwali, you’re missing out on the most comfortable piece of apparel. They’re easy to slip into, look absolutely ‘chill’ and in a snap—bring you back to your roots. However, picking the right length is sacred! Pair them with jeans, sneakers or even bomber jackets for that matter. Or opt for long kurtas with Kolhapuris/shawls/Nehru jackets instead.”

7. Sahil Aneja

Here's Exactly What To Wear This Diwali, According To India's Top Fashion Designers
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“Diwali dressing doesn’t mean stereotypical traditional wear. And well, lately, it’s more about pre-Diwali parties anyway. Even a really cool jacket with jeans would look terrific! But if you’re hell bent on going Indian, a Nehru jacket over a shirt and a pair of jeans would do you good.”

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