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  FASHION: Bright Bold Shades Rule In February
By Kiran Bahl

The New Year is happily settled and the weather holds promise to warm up (we hope, at least). All this good news leads up to even more wonderful things - Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, and some great fashion trends

February brings to us lots of bright and bold shades. Mixing some hues with even brighter contrasting ones could make an outfit look absolutely outstanding. Think bright blue and yellow tie-dyed into an outfit, or a bright red and orange together. Black could even be a “bright” color if you match it with a blinding green or pink.

Heavily embroidered churidaars and modern pantsuits (ones with super short tops, usually mid-thigh) are still in. They are easy to wear and maintain. Invest in a lightweight shawl for those cooler nights, and a more romantic look. Of course, match the shawl to the outfit. A neutral-colored shawl, such as solid black or beige, will completely ruin your outfit. Sandal heels are getting longer and thinner (sorry, ladies); all in non-neutral colors to match your clothing. Saris are looking more and more traditional. With tapestry-like finishes and lots of gold, orange, red and other vivid colors, the combinations are breathtaking.

For fancy nights, wearing a sari with lots of jewels can be regal. For not-so-fancy occasions, opt for a churidaar or pantsuit, with medium-weight jewelry, preferably in gold or oxidized gold shades. Some color or beading is required, but contrasting to the outfit, not the same color. Fill up both arms with lots of bangles (matching the color to the jewelry, not the outfit), including bell or jhumke bangles. Anklets are in, especially lighter ones with colored beads and bells.

Hair, hair, hair. From ponytails to loose waves, all types of hair is in. The most preferred, however, is a beautiful low-lying ponytail or braid. Adorned with pretty hair clips and forehead tikkas, your face will shimmer above the rest. For girls and teenagers, use the dupatta of your outfit tied around your hair as a headband or ponytail holder.

Men, stick with your lightweight, lighter-color Jodhpuris and kurta pajamas. Minimal is in for men now, especially clothes layered in neutral shades. Darker and bolder shades will emerge later in spring.

Here’s wishing everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day. Celebrate this day and everyday with lots of love, happiness, and, of course, great fashion. And as always, remember to grow with style!

Kiran Bahl
Gro Styles, "An Indian Boutique"
(813) 903-8334 / (813) 843-9040

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