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Kiran Bahl

Greetings to Khaas Baat readers everywhere. Designers everywhere have been stressing endlessly about the Navratri season (particularly garba time) about to begin next month, coming up with modern takes on old fashion. As they begin to display their hearts and souls on fabrics and patterns, we take a deep breath and wait anxiously for what styles are to follow. Here’s a preview!

Ladies, bandini chaniya cholis are always the traditional and classic staples of garba time. This time around, however, the bandini styles are contrasted with more upbeat colors and looks to guarantee all eyes on you. Fashion follows the retro and old-era styles and is now copying them over to chaniyas.

Ruffles are extremely back, and more feminine than ever! From delicate, petite pleating around sleeves and necklines to wide panels around chaniya borders, ruffles have found a trendy way to spice up any outfit. Keep in mind, however, that this accent should remain an accent. Overdoing this trend can end up making you look like a schoolgirl; there is such a thing as too much of a good trend!

Contrasting colors and prints are popular. Mixing a sage green with bright yellow or deep purple with orange will add so much more life to an otherwise regular black and red bandini chaniya. Prints, too, are getting a makeover. Two or more different patterns meshed together can turn your outfit into a work of art. For example, polka dots thrown into stripes and a floral design or multicolored stripes wrapped around a vine design or tapestry print can truly transform your look into a signature look.

Gentlemen, what new looks for you to try! Sequins patched together is typically a 1960s look, but on kurta pajamas, it’s the now look. A plain white kurta pajama becomes party wear once silver or gray sequins are added throughout the kurta top. A jodhpuri or sherwani accented with small sequins, crystals, or even stones embedded into the traditional moghul-style embroidery can update a look for a more conservative man.

Another craze hitting all the hot spots is color. As written before, sky blues, baby pinks, and maroons are in rage, but to add to the mix, the embroidery colors are contrasting now. A sky blue sherwani is now embroidered and embellished with yellow or maroon sequins versus the typical silver threading. A maroon sherwani can be decorated with navy blue or olive green work instead of the standard gold or white type. This play of colors is becoming popular, and suits any style, a trait all men seem to appreciate!

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: I lost my choli, which matches my lengha set. What can I use to make my lengha still wearable? Help! – Heena, Wesley Chapel

A: Hi Heena! Good news, your lengha is still completely wearable! A problem like this usually occurs in the sari department, which mostly results in stitching a new blouse. A new blouse may be stitched in this case, too, but here’s a better idea! Instead of trying to find fabric the same material and color as your lengha, give your seamstress the dupatta of the outfit. It could possibly be used to make a cute choli or a design on the dupatta could be used to make borders to ornate a simple, solid colored choli. Yet another alternative involves finding a contrasting sari blouse or choli from another lehnga set to match up. With all patterns and styles in this season, you’re sure to find something to complement your outfit, perfectly matching or better yet, perfectly contrasting – this may better the outfit than before!

Looking great is definitely an attribute to feeling great, but most importantly, carrying a positive and confident attitude is what ultimately counts! During the upcoming holiday season, have fun to the fullest and forever remain bindaas (carefree)! 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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