With Navratri right on our heels, it’s high time to start prepping for this auspicious occasion. The fun-filled nine-day festival calls for a slew of extravagant but varied styles for each day if you want to be that person who really nails Navratri fashion on its head. Ending with Dushera, the whole event is really a melange of fun, food, congeniality, good humor and joyous times with the family. In this article, we give you a brief insight into what you can base your own Navratri style on.
Chaniya Cholis are synonymous with Navratri. The Chaniya Choli comprises of a lehenga or Chaniya which is usually Kalidaar, embellished with cultural decorations like Bandhini, gota, sequin, stone, kaudis (shell) and mirror work among other types of embellishments as well, together with a Choli which is the small, crop top like blouse. Chaniya Cholis are usually made from cotton fabrics where the Chaniya skirt extends only till the ankles. The cotton fabrics and the ankle-length chaniyas are designed specifically to facilitate ease of movement and comfort for the Garba dance which is the traditional dance performed at most Navratri events.
While the Chaniya Choli itself is a variation of the lehenga choli, there are distinct differences in the design of the outfit. Even though lehengas are normally associated with wedding wear, you’d be surprised to know how well they work for festive occasions, especially Navratri. Even if you do buy a whole set, it is good to know that the lehenga and choli look good even when worn separately. Color combos like black and red, white with gold, make for some stunning styles.
When it comes to choosing the right Anarkali style for you, it all comes down to taste and preferences. Whether you go for a heavily embroidered or a lighter printed anarkali, the general cut of anarkalis are specially designed so that they flatter almost any body type. An anarkali such as the one below is guaranteed to give you a style that will make you stand out from the crowd.
If you’re a saree fanatic and aren’t really looking to dress in any other outfit, sarees made of lightweight fabrics like georgette and chiffon with some exquisite floral embroidery work while going easy on any embellishments like sequin, stone works make the best choices. A black chiffon saree such as the one below, with some sophisticated resham and floral embroidery, makes for a Navratri style packed to the brim with absolute ethnic extravagance.