JUNE 2019
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Eid Mubarak! Celebrations are full on and the weather is beautiful, sunny and bright! Here are some fashion do’s for your looks this month.


Hot enough yet? Good news is that fashion is all about cotton, cotton gauze and linen fashions (yeah!) this season! Light chiffons, georgettes, and even crepe silks (blended) are all the rage.  Want even better news? You can wear these airy fabrics to the best of any occasions – weddings included!

Palazzo and pantsuits are still in top form. The latest Bohemian-inspired looks include fuller palazzos, pants and even shararas in solid colors, especially pure whites and beiges. Whites, neutrals and sage greens/aqua blues are obviously ‘the’ colors of a tropical summer this year.  Flaunt long, flowy pants with a long fitted kameez top. Tops have remained simple with allover chicken or embroidery work, and have now taken the comfort route even more so and have become sleeveless, sheer waisted and semi-cropped too. On the other end of the color spectrum, bright and bold colors are here to stay too. Try a hot pink or vivid yellow pantsuit or lengha with minimal silver accessories (gold sometimes can look heavy) to create the best sunshine-filled summer look ever! 

When wearing these long top/pants or skirted looks, note wearing long heels with the look is very much last year. The shoe of the season is the block heel or wedge/flatter sandals. Try these easy-to-balance shoes to create some height but also maintain comfort. Contrasting your shoe color to your outfit can really make your look ‘pop’!   

For functions, ladies, especially weddings and such, white and black are generally frowned upon, but not anymore. More day weddings are “in” and wearing white is completely OK. Try a white or even an off-white sari or long gown style churidaar with colored embroidery or sequin work to offset the color and create a stark contrast. Wide palazzos are the most popular fashion staple on all the runways now in India, and will remain so for months to come, just changing in embellishments. Collared styles are dwindling away and low and wide necks are blossoming back in, to leave room for the most wonderful accessory this time of year: the necklace.

Jewelry is too easy this time around. A statement short necklace with or without earrings is the way to go.  Finish the look with fancy bangles and you’re ready to mingle! If too many bangles aren’t your thing, opt for a couple of gold ones on each hand or all on one, leaving the other hand free of any jewels at all for a more minimal feel. Even a light bracelet-with-attached-ring on one hand is enough to grab attention. One thing to definitely not worry about at all is hair.  Messy hair is stylish hair! Loose buns, casual braids, and just wavy, bed-head looks create a very sexy illusion that is very summer.


For our gentleman, kurta pajamas are back. From cotton to light georgette looks, a simple kurta with some abstract or unique embroidery paired with a contrasting churidar or salwar (or even khakis!) can have you ready for any gathering in no time! How much easier can you get? For weddings and receptions, opt for a lighter maybe floral sherwani, but unlike the women’s white frenzy, aim for black, navy blue or pink looks to contrast your ladies’ looks. A vested kurta pajama style can even make you the best-dressed man of the evening! 

Florida weather is hot, in fact, hotter than hot. But we wouldn’t be here if we didn’t favor it. To some, it reminds us of the weather back home. And we all love home. Enjoy the sun, party safe, 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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