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Kiran Bahl

Happy Diwali and Eid Mubarak to all our readers here at Khaas Baat! This festive season also brings about tons of wedding event, dinner party and religious gathering invitations, meaning even more occasions to celebrate and dress up for! With four main vivid hues being the 'it' colors of this fall season (versus the neutrals of last year), there are so many flexible and stress-free looks to show off!

Go Chaniya Cholis! Garba Girls, have you seen the latest looks in Garba wear? As discussed last month, even the smallest details can change an outfit, but my God, notice the details being sported on the runways? From raw silk and cotton combos to brocade work mixed in with polka dots, textures are joining together to create new works of art. Color contrasts are amazing, keeping in line with autumn's new international color collections, too. Gold weaving, also, is a surprise on the Garba front, as silver is normally considered the flashier of the two tones, with brushed gold and copper works rising on the fashion popularity chart as well.

This season's hot colors are divided into four categories. Remember, any of these four shades can be mix and matched, and still look just as stunning, but do not dare to mix four shades of the same color together. Not only will you look completely disheveled and confused, but the choppy blend will be dizzying to the eye.


Red is completely the new black this time around. From watermelon to crimson red, and bridal red to burgundy, all red is good red! As bold as this color is, do not overdo the accessories when wearing a red sari or lengha, as the style will look too 'done.' Shoes, keep in mind, should be a contrasting shade, preferably in a metallic tone.

Brides, Karvachauth falls on this month as well (Oct.18). Last year, fuchsia or 'Rani' pinks were the colors to wear on this auspicious day, but red is back, full force. Dress up to your bestest and Happy Karvachauth - may all your best wishes keep your husbands happy and healthy always!


This color is so versatile, it's no wonder it's become one of this period's favorite spice. Complementing every complexion, shades of lilac, periwinkle, eggplant and plum come to mind. What's the only downside to wearing true purple all over? You'll end up looking like a grape if you're covered in it from head to toe. Opt for a purple-ased outfit with neutral jewelry or use purple as your accessory color to contrast the outfit.


Greens will become even more famous as winter approaches, but hints of it have been popping up both in Bollywood and Hollywood styles, particularly the extreme shades. Generally, green so much isn't being used, but the extreme shades to the spectrum are. For example, sea green is the No. 1 'it' color on the milder end, as hunter green, or 'bottle green' is winning applause on the bolder end. Beware, though, that green can be dulling, so be sure to lighten up your outfit with sparkly work on the piece itself or accessorize shiny.


True blue fans will not complain, which amounts to almost every lady out there. From teals to turquoises, and sky blues to royal blues, they're all in! To better your ensemble and have it appear fresher for fall, update your blue outfit with white. A blue kameez with white salwar and dupatta or blue lengha covered with white or platinum silver sequins or embroidery will set you apart from last few months' blue pieces in a flash!

Send us your fashion questions and concerns. Follow the trend! E-mail us at, and we'll answer any and all your fashion dilemmas! Here's this month's Fashion Drama Question of the month:

Q: What jewelry do I wear with my Garba Chaniyas without looking too gawdy? - Shobna, Riverview

A: Hi Shobna, happy holidays. It can be hard to properly jewel up your Garba outfit, being the outfit itself is usually so embellished. The easiest way to add just enough sparkle to your outfit without overdoing the flash, is to wear minimal metallic jewelry, matching the work on your Chaniya Choli. A light jewelry set in silver, with single strand choker, delicate chandelier or drop jhumkas, and small tikka is all you need, along with a half set of silver bangles on each wrist. To dress up the look just a little bit more, add some color to your bangles along with the silver (or gold if outfit has gold work) ones. Have fun at Garba.

Once again, Happy Holidays to each and every person. With these holidays come also days of sacrifice in the form of fasting. So, for all those fasting in honor of Diwali and Eid (and Karvachauth), we honor your dedication. You can celebrate a little extra when the holidays arrive, have an extra piece of laddoo on us! And as always, remember to gro with style!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, "An Indian Boutique," 2035 E. Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33612, can be reached at (813) 843-9040 or (813) 903-8334.

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