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By Kiran Bahl

Is it too hot yet? With temperatures soaring to the mid-90s (already!), we desperately are finding a need to wear comfortable clothing and yet maintain a level of fashion forward looks for any occasion, small or large.

Jhumkas, or long earrings, and kurtis are still with us, and now, India also can proudly boast of one more fashion item hitting department stores everywhere – the long skirt. These cotton and linen skirts are mostly ankle-length, crinkled and in a variety of tie-dye shades, solid colors, mirrors or ribs. Not only are they light and airy but they also are super comfortable to wear, paired with flats, chappals or wedges, and a fitted top or kurti. The result -- the perfect summer outfit!

Cotton is still in full swing. However, the stiffness of this fabric can only conform to simpler, casual looks. Lakhnavi, or chiffon work, is big now. Light pastels paired with the distinguished white embroidery, are appearing all over, in salwars or churidaars. Another lightweight fabric becoming more and more popular is linen. More fine than cotton, it breathes better, but the semi-sheerness of the material forces us ladies to make sure we are properly covered underneath, which means adding another layer of something else. However, linen and cotton beat the other georgette/chiffon pieces, hands down!

Also, be open to wearing these more laidback, casual outfits to more functions besides prayer events or lounging around the house. For example, picnics, day functions at halls, luncheons and even kids’ birthday parties can utilize this lightweight clothing; be creative with the possibilities.

OK, so now you’ve been invited to a wedding, reception or major party, and all you can think of is the hot, humid outfit, heavy makeup and suffocating jewelry you must wear. Stop stressing. Find yourself in light chiffon or satin (believe it or not, it can be cooling) outfits in bright colors. Oranges, yellows, aquas and pinks are quickly becoming famous. Makeup cannot get any simpler than now. Some eyeliner, light foundation and shiny gloss in sheer reds, pinks or corals is all you need. For grander occasions, add some sparkle with cream eye shadow and blush. Single-strand necklaces, light-dangling earrings and a small amount of skinny bangles on just one wrist is enough. Stick with pantsuits, churidaars or salwars. They’re definitely easier to handle than saris or lenghas. For those fancy occasions, strive to wear only saris, lenghas and heavy pantsuits. Remember, choosing too dark colors will result in feeling more heat.

Gentlemen, hotter season, hotter look. Stick with cotton/linen kurta pajamas for everyday wear, but avoid the typical white bottom and wear slacks underneath. Sherwanis are being worn the same way. For these fancier outfits, wear coordinating suit pants instead of the traditional white bottom-pleated pants. It’s different, but very “in” now. Like the ladies, stick with lighter colors. Navys and maroons look nice, but they’ll make you sweat miserably later.

As usual, enjoy every minute, stay safe, and as always, remember to gro with style!!

Kiran Bahl
Gro Styles, "An Indian Boutique"
on Fowler Avenue in Tampa
(813) 903-8334 / (813) 843-9040

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