Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


October is Diwali! Yes, Karva Chauth, Dussehra, Bhai Dhooj and other occasions are sprinkled throughout the month, but none come close to the marvel that is Diwali. Diwali, like Christmas, signifies love, lights, colors, gifts and especially warm times with family and friends. The right styles will help you shine, too!

Pink is officially touted the 2017 color of fall. Let’s focus on how to keep an ensemble in pink graceful and not have you looking like a ball of cotton candy!


A pink sari can involve a lot of pink. And that can work, too. Envision an all over baby pink sari with a silver border. A silver sari choli/blouse, big silver jhumkas/earrings and a few dozen silver bangles literally provide the ‘ice’ing on the look.

Have a pink sari with other colors or patterns interweaved? With so much going on, keep the blouse and earrings simple as above. To add some oomph, however, contrast the feel with a bold color such as teal or plum to bring out the softer hue.


The lengha follows the same path as the sari, but also gets a bit more creative, being the blouse shows more. An all over pink lengha is beautiful with metallic gold working throughout. Heavy gold jewelry, too, can make you festive ready!

For a bolder twist, keep the pink lengha and scarf/dupatta. Add a blouse in a deeper shade for an edgier feel. Black, forest green and brown can work beautifully with the pink. Even try a contrasting hue of pink against the other two pieces!


Anarkalis and churidaars in all pink can look so pretty, but also too ‘barbie.’ Here’s how to tone down the look and have you looking ethereal, not tacky.

Take an anarkali gown that’s all pink and wear the most minimal jewelry you can get away with. One silver kada and jhumke is just enough. Keep makeup simple, too. In this case, all pink is already all over – less is more with the rest.

Same with churidaars or palazzo suits. Keep the matchy matchy vibe going, or for contrast and a lesser dose, opt to mix and match one more contrasting shade with the pink. Burgundy red and rust orange will look lovely!

Ladies, if you just don’t do pink, and there are some of you out there, there is a solution. Invert the tips above around a bit. Wear your makeup, jewels and heels pink, and wear a contrasting or neutral shade on you. A compromise worth coming up with!

Happy Diwali! Here’s wishing all our readers a joyous Diwali, filled with love, light and lots of sweets! 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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