Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida


Kiran Bahl


Happy Diwali!! Dressing up and expressing our styles are a large part of festival fun, especially for us ladies. From our hair down to our toes, we want to ensure we look our best to blend in with the beauty of our special occasions. With the festival of lights shining upon us, let’s discuss the latest, the trendiest outfits for a sparkling you this season and always.

The long kameez (tunic) is back! Finally, tired of short kameezes on kurtis and salwar kameezes, designers have bought back the original, traditional long lengths. The much popular Anarkali and Masakali net churidaars marked the start of longer top styles. Now back in full force, runways have begun displaying collections of salwars and churidaars with kameezes down to knee-length, mid-calf and beyond. Slits on both sides ensure a flowy, flattered look. Just make sure kameez is more fitted, so the flow of the bottom and dupatta (scarf) isn’t parallel with the top!

Saris, too, have begun to reminisce in the past. Net and shimmer styles are still the talk of the town, but simple chiffon, silk and georgette versions scattered with embroidery and sequin work is in now! Blouses are glittery too, but in more traditional designs. Brocades are out, sequins are in. Halter tops are out, short-sleeves are in!

Hair and makeup is fun this season too. Flowers, crystals and cutesy animals are adorning hairstyles all over. Be creative; knotted ponytails and 1970s side-part blowouts are enticing. Makeup is a bit daring and glamorous this time around. Scarlet/magenta lips, textured tips (nails), and winged, doll eyelashes will guarantee that you stay the belle of any ball!

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

Q: Are temporary body tattoos still in style? Analia, Riverview

A: Hi Analia! Body tattoos popularized here in the States, whereas India began the art of mehndi/henna (decorative, but temporary tattooing). As most fads, this one too did not last long. They’re fun to decorate with on younger girls, but if you’re older than your teens, I would strictly avoid them. Instead, I’d stick with real mehndi designs. They’re more authentic and real looking!

Enjoy the festival season with your family, friends and loved ones. The holidays are all about love; spread as much as possible, and rest assured, you’ll receive even more in return! 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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