Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida


Kiran Bahl


Happy Valentine’s Day! Here arrives 2012 and already the fashion market is ready for the holiday of love. As you plan a special evening with your loved ones, also plan your ensemble. And what better outfit than an evergreen, flattering and always-classic sari? Perfect choice!

Fashion is ever-evolving and dynamic. And at times, dressing up in apparel that is out of fashion can be quite embarrassing, especially if one is not aware of it. The elegant, forever “in” sari will never have you worried! It is one of the most stylish and graceful article of clothing a woman can be in. In recent years, with the advent of so many designer brands, designer saris have gained a never before-like popularity. They come with designs that have a perfect intermingling of bold and beautiful. And with Valentine’s Day, and subsequent parties to follow, it is high time to revamp our wardrobes with some of these latest sari styles and designs.

The season, after runway fashion weeks, calls for dark and bright-colored glittery saris. The embellished ones with sequins and embroidery are the trend too. The colors that will dominate the racks of the fashionistas’ wardrobe are purple, burgundy and magenta. The brighter the better is the motto. Net saris will continue to be in fashion, as well as shimmer. Net styles blended with brasso georgettes, soft crepes and gauzy chiffons will fuse a finished look too. All-time hit hues such as white/cream, red and black are a must for every woman. Lighter colored saris work if you want the cuts and curves of your body to be accentuated.

There is another style that is catching up, especially with the younger girls. It is the lehnga-sari. Available in all kinds of designs and embroidery work, these are just the thing for girls. Super cute, the lehnga-sari is a sari stitched to look like a lehnga (skirt). To get the gist of this, invert the idea. Wear a lehnga you already have, and wrap the dupatta (scarf) around you like a sari pallu. This is a lehnga sari (and the inverted style is readily acceptable too)! The amount of draping is reduced, as well as the hassles for some.

Metallic hues like gold and silver are still a favorite with the ones who like to add a touch of boldness to their attitude. Saris with velvet borders, glittery sequin designs and thick embroidery look sophisticated for any occasion. The coming wedding season predicts a lot of metallic colors, inlays and adornments for the right amount of glitz and glamor.

Saris embellished with animal prints, sequins and zari work can make you stand out in a crowd too. Just remember to keep accessories to a minimum – too much of a good thing can be too much of a good thing!

Finally, ladies, we have a favorite shade to discuss – pink. This more feminine color never goes out of fashion, and with the variety of shades that pink has to offer, it becomes easy for you to choose a shade for any mood or occasion. Go for bright, dark shade of pinks to look sultry. Pastels and baby pinks work for a more girly look. Pink saris in all shades can be worn throughout the year.

Have a happy month, and once again, Happy Valentine’s Day to one and all. Make sure to appreciate all your loved ones now and always. And as always, remember to gro with style!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique,” at 2035 E. Fowler Ave., in Tampa, FL 33612 and 9456 S. Orange Blossom Trail, in Orlando, FL 32837, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, (813) 903-8334 or (407) ALL-SARI.

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