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



Kiran Bahl


Spring is here! Warmer weather equals lighter and fresher wardrobes, in more ways than one. Here are some trends running over from runways to you. Globalization has eastern and western looks now coinciding together too, a plus all the way. Wear and pair them all with lots of smiles and laughter, and you’ll be the prettiest bloom this season!


Yay for pastels taking a backseat, giving way to bright shades of color that pop! Ensembles are screaming with splashes of tomato reds, hot pinks, and buttercup yellows. Even chartreuse, also known as lime green, is gaining allover popularity after almost a decade in hibernation comparable to more natural colors.

An electric blue ruffle sari will spark. A raspberry purple lengha will shine. A citrus orange suit will look super juicy. When wearing ensembles in these colors, however, keep your makeup minimal. A little smoky eye is good, but keep lips pale or nude. The same goes with your heels and sandals too.

Jewelry is a bit trickier this season. I’ve seen both ends of the spectrum from the pick-only-one-piece-of-jewelry-to-wear side to the more-is-more one. Both are applicable, both are pretty. But whatever you do, this time don’t mix silver and gold tones together. Divide and conquer!


Another opposite ended look is to go extreme with color or mute with nudes. Whites, creams, beiges and tans in particular have become the IT neutral shades of spring. Mixed together is an added notch to your fashion belts!

A white sari with cream or tan blouse is perfect for a warmer spring day. A tan lengha with cream embroidery and beige dupatta is light. An airy suit in cream with white dupatta is ethereal. Makeup for this look can be a bit heavier too. A bright pink or red lip will contrast and add a hint of color. Use colored jewels and shoes too to compliment the stark combo.


Floral prints are on every designer’s collections it seems. From resort shows to spring and summer ’19 ones, floral prints are ‘growing’ on everyone!

Saris in neutrals like white with tropical floral motifs and prints throughout are oh-so-pretty. A beige lengha in neon blooms embroideries and block prints are beautiful. Suits even in black and gray versions with allover floral sequin or stonework clusters are gorgeous. Jewelry in this case, as expected, is simple.

A bolder trend to hit the floral craze is actually mixing two separate floral prints – together. That sari described above? Pair it with a contrasting floral printed blouse with one or more coordinating hues to keep the eyes stable. If mixed designs are completely different in print and color, you’ll be confused in gardens of chaos, not beauty!


Prints overall, too, are getting mixed together like the edgier floral trend.

In a suit for example, all three pieces can be in completely different patterns but still coordinate. How? Use at least one similar shade throughout, and you’ll still look put-together.

A yellow and black polka dot kameez, for example, matches with a yellow, green and white elephant print salwar. Coordinate with a yellow, purple and white striped dupatta. Same differences!

Enjoy spring with all you love, with who you love! Get outside more, breathe the fresher and warmer air, 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 or visit

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