JULY 2015
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Eid Mubarak!! A joyous holiday to celebrate God, our family and friends couldn’t, however, come at a hotter time – literally. This Eid is predicted to fall in one of the hottest summers ever, globally. How to look and dress fancy in the most humid of heat? Here are some tricks and tips to keep you looking hot – in other ways!

Wear lighter shades

White, cream and pastel shades almost always evoke a surreal thinking when thinking fashion. These images project a cooler vibe, actually. It’s probably more ‘in the head’, but wearing lighter hues does make you feel lighter, brighter and cooler. Brighter colors are generally summer shades; they’ll make you feel chiller too. Try fuchsia, turquoise or chartreuse. Pair them with neutral colors such as white, beige or light gray.

Unfortunately, lots of these pale colors seem sheer to an extent when worn. A light satin cami or cotton slip can be used in the same shade underneath your kameez or kurta. To pop with color a bit more, contrast your cami against the top to mix and match a fun palette!

Sport breezier fabrics

Brocade, jacquard and silk suits and saris should be stowed away until late fall of this year. Nets, too, should be hidden for a while. Sure, they’re sheer, but they’re almost always double or tripled layered because of this, thus adding more material to the ensemble.

Looking fancier doesn’t mean dressing heavier. Delicate chiffons, georgettes and even crepe silks carry sequins and embroidery really well, and they’re easier to move around in too. To depict a more embellished feel, choose multi-color combos in textures, color and working.

Mix florals and leaves

Large floral motifs and leaf prints, particularly palm leaves, are storming the runways. A solid or light tie-dyed sari with floral embroidery blouse or a straight churidaar splashed with fern or palm leaves all over against a neutral backdrop is so on-trend, so hot.

For a safer bet, trim yourself with these louder looks. A sari border drenched in a rose print or just a dupatta covered with leaves against a simple suit can make a statement too.

Silver jewelry is a go

I’m having a moment with silver jewelry. It’s being worn everywhere and goes, well, with everything! Being a gold girl myself, discovering the treasure of silver and oxidized silver looks has been fun. A large silver gypsy necklace or tribal elephant earrings are fun. Stacks of silver bangles or oxidized multitudes of rings create an edgier statement. Not heavy, but loud on fashion indeed.

New Makeup Mantra

Summer makeup equals the ‘less is more’ philosophy. For day gatherings, eyeliner and gloss should be enough. For events in the eve and night, opt for a powder base – the humidity almost melts and shines foundation. Waterproof mascara is the key. Lip color and eyeshadow are the fun part. Use brighter, tropical hues to match with nature’s tone!

Happy Eid once again! Enjoy each other, love each other and spread the happiness! 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 kiran@grostyles.com or visit www.facebook.com/grostyles

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