JUNE 2017
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Happy Eid and Happy Father’s Day, too! What a joyous (and very hot) month to be celebrating so much. Here are some fashion do’s and don’ts for Eid wear and also the fathers in our lives.

Florida is a tropical paradise. Blue waters, palm trees and lots of sunshine take up our land here. Along with this comes the heat of the tropics. With temperatures reaching 100 degrees this month, how can ladies look and feel pretty for Eid without melting at the same time? Here are tips!

DO wear cotton, linen or silk cotton blends. Everyone loves the comfort and easiness of Indian cotton. Wear cotton or linen/lawn suits in light, paler shades to feel cooler and lighter. Silk cotton saris are not so sheer, but provide enough lightweight to keep you from drenching in sweat. For night events, darken your hues, but keep the fabric.

DO wear jewelry, but more smartly. Bangles look beautiful, wear a whole set. Paired with earrings, you will have enough jewelry to shine without the extra sweat!

DO wear sandals or strappy heels. An airy feel can start from below, too. Close toed shoes or sneakers can feel suffocating with the higher temperatures outside. Pretty sandals in neutral or even bolder shades can complete your outfit and keep you cool.

DON’T wear too much makeup! Choose a light powder base (if even necessary) and pair with blush. Add some lipstick or gloss. Finish with eyeliner and some mascara, if you really want it. Done! For more formal looks, add the extra makeup but keep indoors. You don’t want to present yourself with a melting face and raccoon eyes; it’ll all show much more outside in the light, too!


Fatherhood is never easy, and wearing an Indian outfit to an event for most fathers isn’t much easier either. Here are some quick notes to keep the father in your life cool (pun intended) and happy.

DO choose cotton or raw silk to keep cool. Linen blends also are a good choice. Light colors, too, are refreshing. Also, runways of late are depicting darker shades in more sheer cotton and linen looks. They look and feel lighter because of the opaqueness. Try a semi-sheer black or dark green kurta pajama.

DO wear an undershirt beneath your kurta. It’s almost common knowledge for most men from warmer climates, but there are some around with sweat puddles/marks around their kurtas. Wear an undershirt, it may help!

DON’T underdress because of the heat. Weddings and other formal occasions demand a more dapper man. Wear a lightweight sherwani in a lighter shade to feel comfortable and look incredible. Even a blazer in a lighter shade or fabric can do the trick. For color or boldness, add a darker hued dupatta or dark pair of shoes and accessories, too.

Happy Father’s Day to every dad-to-be, dad, granddad, and great-granddad (and even further back!) out there! Dads are a son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love. There is no manual, and it can be overwhelming always choosing to try and make the right decisions for your child as they grow. We appreciate every dad and thank you. 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.facebook.com/grostyles

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