Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


January was the month of life with resolutions, renovations and rejuvenations. This month is even more beautiful, although cooler, because it’s the month of love! Happy Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14 to be exact)! Spread love like confetti and with lots of reds, pinks and style!


Yes, red is primarily thought of and reserved for brides or karva chauth/teej (although this philosophy has been changing over the years too), so why would the pre- and post wedded want to wear an allover ensemble of this color? Because it’s classic, classy and saucy!

Try a net or chiffon sari in red with gold work. Contrast embroidery work and blouse will break the monotone, all red look. For an edgier feel, use a darker hue to stand out such as black or gray. It’ll give the right color block and move the eye along.

The same goes for lenghas and suits, and for all red shades. From tomato reds to oxblood maroons, they’re all beautiful and suitable. A matching lip color will have you complete and polished!


Pink is softer and easier to coordinate and wear. A pale pink lace sari with silver shimmer is gorgeous with a cream or beige blouse. To distract from a “too-angelic-5-year-old-girl vibe,” use jewel tones of green, orange or purple to shine and seek a higher level of elegance.

On the other end of the pink spectrum is a delicious palette of fuchsia and hot pink. Wear a lengha or suit in neon pink and just glow. Keep in mind though, when flaunting this bolder look, keep jewelry and even makeup minimal. Small earrings, a couple of rings and a medium smoky eye are enough!


So what happens when we combine reds and pinks together in one look? With the return of the 1980s/’90s trends lately, we’re especially seeing this duo make their mark into both eastern and western fashions.

For a bright look to garner all the attention, a magenta lengha with red dupatta or blouse is stunning! Or, a maroon suit with rose pink gharara or pink embroidery work is definitely a stand out piece of work!


Reds and pinks aren’t just reserved for the ladies. Men’s Indian fashions have become so popular that menswear demands are up 40 percent since last fall!

Men, stop dressing your usual and neutral whites, creams and blacks with the occasional red dupatta. Invert the formula and wear an allover red kurta pajama with some gold or black sequin or stone work. A white or black dupatta will contrast just right.

So many of you still fear pink but really, there’s no good reason to! A raspberry pink kurta pajama with self-embroidery or light pink sherwani for fancier occasions is oh-so-proper and boys, we girls think you look so charming when wearing them!


And I totally understand those that do not wish to be bound by bolder trends or rules. A simple peach or sea green suit is just as lovely, and can be just as romantic to celebrate the day of romance. Paler colors, after all, are softer and feel prettier.

But with reds and pinks “in” currently, match your somber tones with bright red and pink earrings, jewelry or kada sets. Coordinate your lips and heels and you’re ready to literally paint the town red!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all those in love with each other and one another! It’s a day to especially cherish your soulmates, families and friends. Go further and appreciate your colleagues, associates and beyond. Love is never too much! And as always, remember to ‘gro’ with style!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail kiran@grostyles.com or visit www.grostyles.com

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