Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Happy holidays! Ready for the swarms of holiday gatherings and parties all over? Besides holiday events, New Year’s parties will be a major spotlight, too. Let’s prepare to razzle and dazzle our crowds this year and ring in 2016 with ultimate style and class!

To all the ladies: Be bold! For every black-tie event you are invited to, swear to wear anything but black, and you’ll be in the now. Jewel tones are still very much in, so opt for emerald greens, sapphire blues, amethyst purples, and ruby reds. Another pair of stone colors sure to sparkle all season long, but with a twist too? Pewter silver and rose gold … These diamond and amber hues reflect light completely, guaranteeing all eyes on you! Just be sure to remember when wearing these silvery and golden looks, to keep your accessories to a minimum, or you’ll look similar to a disco ball (a major fashion don’t).

For home or intimate restaurant gatherings, opt for an elegant salwar kameez or churidaar. To be super-trendy, wear a simple print sari, with lots of shiny jewels. The look this time around is to wear a very sophisticated, almost simplistic outfit, with head-to-toe jewelry (including blingy hair pins and heels!). Even a solid-colored simple salwar kameez adorned with a heavy jewelry set, bangles, and long bindi or tikka will surpass a fancier look with normal accessories.

To transform into the star of a major party or function (even weddings now are being held during the holidays), high-class, high-gloss glamour is in. A pink or beige sari with crushed gold sequins throughout finished with a gold set with dropped rubies or a purple sari with white stones scattered around and iced with diamond studs can blend you all together, making you flow with your look. This gelling of clothing and accessories together is quite beautiful and harmonious, but save this almost mono-chromatic style for the party of the year, as it will be most memorable to one and all.

Gentlemen, simple sherwanis are the tuxedo-replacement look of winter. From neutrals such as whites, creams, and beiges to bolder tones in blues, red, and purples, all sherwani styles are the right styles. Black ones, however, must be used with caution, as spring predicts black’s comebacks on the runways (save them for next season!). This outfit, complete with blazer and slacks normally in silk, look much dressier in the new darker hues, particularly ornamented with gold embroidery and beadwork. An eggplant-colored jodhpuri will stand out ten times more than an average cream colored one. It’s all in the deeper end of the color spectrum! If sporting a trendier shade, though, don’t overdo things and become too matchy-matchy. Shoes, watches and belts should be a neutral brown or black, and jewelry a minimum.

Once again, happy holidays to one and all. When attending your tons of parties, be sure to have fun, but be cautious, too. If drinking, be sure to have a designated driver at all times. Please be safe, be healthy, and above all, be happy. And as always, remember to ‘gro with style’!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa and Orlando, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail or visit

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