The Festival of Lights, Laughter and a Lot of Sweets
Diwali is one of the most cherished and awaited holidays of the year for Indians across the world. The ‘Diwali Safaai’, or the annual cleaning of the house during Diwali starts many weeks before the actual festival, and all the women in the house are already preparing the menu for lip-smacking food and delicious sweets. But while all this has been happening year after year for decades now, nothing beats the yearly Diwali shopping experience!
For Indian women across the world, Diwali outfits are a huge deal. From hunting down trendy collections in online stores to never missing out on a sale, dressing up for the big day is a very crucial part of the celebrations itself. Every woman wishes to look her best during this time, as the invitations for Diwali parties keep pouring in!
And since Diwali is a festival of lights, you must make sure to seize the opportunity and dress fashionably for the occasion to dazzle everyone around you. And don’t forget those Instagram pictures you need at the end of the day!
To make your Diwali shopping fun and easy, we have curated a list of the top 10 trending Diwali dresses for women this season! From indo-western to entirely traditional, we got them all!
Slay your Diwali look in these top 10 trending Diwali outfits!
1. A silky and flowy Organza Saree
The sheer and delicate fabric of an organza saree will add a touch of class and sophistication to your ensemble. When it comes to evening wear, party wear, and casual get-togethers, these adaptable pieces of ethnic clothing might be a terrific choice that will leave you looking absolutely stunning!
Since the thin, sheer fabric is light and breezy, an organza saree is also easy to drape. Due to the material's stiffness, the saree's structured pleats will make you look sleek and clean!
Check out this Red Foil Organza Saree for the perfect pick this festive season. Red and gold signify fortune and joy in Indian culture, and what better way than a saree to show it off?
Style tip: Pair this with a golden blouse and gold stone-studded jewellery for the perfect traditional look
2. A super-comfy Sharara Suit Set
While Sharara suits seem to be in trend only recently, their history dates back many centuries ago, especially during the Mughal Empire. Muslim girls and women of the royal family are seen to be dressed up in Sharara suits. The 60s and 70s Bollywood also had a fair role to play in increasing the popularity of these outfits.
The modern-day Sharara suits come with hip-length kurtis or cholis paired with a dupatta. Since Sharara dresses are typically heavily decorated with zari, beads, stonework, threadwork, and other patterns, they are ideal for events like wedding ceremonies and festivals.
The Yashika Sharara Suit Set includes a gorgeous short frock-like kurti and flowy sharara pants. Embellished with beautiful gota lace and foil details, this brilliant purple and golden suit set is the perfect Diwali outfit!
Style tip: Since this dress is heavy on details, style this with a minimal gold-plated choker necklace for the best look.
3. A royal and classy Chanderi Suit Set
Chanderi is naturally regal in nature because it is woven with quality materials, including hand-selected cotton, gold threads, and pure silk. Chanderi suits come in different designs and styles, from basic daily wear to rich and extravagant party wear, adding a touch of elegance to any outfit.
The salwar suits are intricately woven with different patterns, thread works, prints and designs, giving you multiple options to choose from. With chanderi silk being found in prominent Indian mythologies and history, the fabric is a significant historical piece you must own!
Check out the Maharani Golden Chanderi Suit that literally makes you look and feel like a Maharani (queen).
Style tip: Since this is a plain design, make sure you add a lot of exquisite jewellery for the complete look!
4. An indo-western look with a Dress and Jacket
Combining traditional and contemporary fashion to create stunning outfits and fashion statements, indo-western looks never go out of style. The outfit idea of pairing a jacket with a dress can transform a dull look into a cool and charming one. Since they have the potential to create a style from scratch, this fusion look will reveal the fashion sense in you.
While it is quite common to pair blazers, leather jackets and denim coats with dresses in the West, Indian women have made ethnic jackets a wardrobe staple, especially during the festive times. The vibrant hues and intricate thread embroidery of ethnic jackets from states like Gujarat and Rajasthan make for the perfect fashion accessory this Diwali!
This Pink Tier Dress with Jacket is a chic and stylish outfit. The flowy flares of the dress and the pretty floral motifs in the jacket will keep you comfortable and fashionable all day!
Style tip: The beauty of the dress is that it doesn’t require a lot of accessories. But for that statement look, wear some stylised earrings.
5. A classic Chikankari Kurti
The charm of a well-tailored, exquisitely embroidered, and skillfully designed Chikankari Kurti is immaculate! Originating from Lucknow, Chikankari embroidery is more than just a fashion style. It’s an ancient art form with strong roots in Indian history and culture, especially in the Mughal era. The beauty of the simple and elegant Chikankari kurti is fascinating, making it a pretty versatile piece of clothing to own.
Most of these traditional clothes are inspired by nature and are created with artistic stitching that incorporates delicate designs, flowers, and foliage. If you are looking for a Diwali outfit that is both dazzling and graceful at the same time, Chikankari kurtis are your best option!
Style tip: Oxidised jewellery is synonymous with Chikankari suits. Make sure you add a lot of it to your outfit.
6. A perfectly ethnic Chanderi Saree
Choosing a lightweight saree that is also grand and feels festive is not easy. But don’t worry, that’s where Chanderi sarees come into place. If wearing heavy sarees makes you uncomfortable, choose lightweight Chanderi sarees and match them with bulky and extravagant blouses to balance your festive look.
When it comes to looking elegant and fierce without missing out on the traditional aspect of dressing up, a Chanderi saree is the ideal choice. By weaving rich silk threads and golden Zari with conventional cotton yarns, the design element of these sarees is unmatched. This is also why these sarees have a shimmery texture and an appealing look.
Check out this Brown Buta Doria Saree with bagru prints that accentuate the beauty and charm of your saree ensemble. With elegant prints and earthy hues, this is perfect for an ethnic look on a Diwali day.
Style tip: Pair this with a brown sleeveless velvet blouse to make an impressive fashion statement!
7. A beautiful and graceful Handpainted Suit Set
Handpainted suit sets give your outfit a chic, refined and feminine look. These suit sets are typically created from breezy materials like cotton, chiffon, and organza and include delicate nature-inspired designs that are mostly just beautiful florals. Besides being a perfect ethnic wear with a hint of contemporary fashion, these handpainted suit sets are also lightweight, compact, and incredibly comfy.
Out of all these, the organza suit sets are especially elegant and beautiful due to the silky smoothness of the organza fabric and the lovely combination of pastel and vibrant colours. They're eye-catching and fun and add an essence of dewy gleam to your Diwali wardrobe.
The Green Veronica Handpaint Suit features flower butta and dabka work embellishments in a vibrant dark green colour base with kali designs. The highlight of this outfit is the puffy sleeves that add a hint of drama to it!
Style tip: Some silver jewellery with classic high heels will look perfect on this outfit!
8. A traditionally-exquisite Lehenga Set
If you are someone who doesn’t shy away from putting a little extra effort into your Diwali outfit, an extravagant Lehenga Set is the one for you! The incredible flare and elegance that lehenga choli sets exhibit are what make them so popular. And since they look great on all body types, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t add this one to your list.
Regardless of whether you prefer a traditional style or love to infuse contemporary fashion elements into your outfit, a lehenga is here to fulfil all your fashion needs. The best part is that you don’t have to invest in a lot of jewellery as the outfit itself is festive enough!
This Vartika Lehenga Set includes a solid flared lehenga with gota lace trimming and lovely tassels.
Style tip: Style it with gold-tinted statement jewellery to shine bright in this vibrant pink lehenga!
9. An ideal fusion look with a Crop top and Palazzo pants
For all those who can’t compromise between comfort and fashion, this outfit idea has the best of both worlds! Palazzo pants are unquestionably attractive as they gently complement your curves and give you a stunning silhouette. The artistic details of ethnic crop tops paired with flowy palazzo pants make for a comfy and beautiful Diwali outfit.
From floral prints in pastel colours to embroidered motifs in bold and vibrant colours, there are a lot of options to choose from.
Style tip: To add an element of style to this outfit, you can pair it up with long jackets or off-shoulder tops.
10. Enjoy endless twirls in an Anarkali Suit
Anarkali sets have been a mainstay in the Indian fashion industry for decades and have consistently proven to be the best options for any celebration, be it a wedding or a festive gathering. Since a lot of new styles and designs keep coming every day, you will be spoilt for choice when choosing an Anarkali suit.
The Anarkali suit, which is typically worn as a set of three consisting of a flared kurta, pants, and a dupatta, is popular due to its dressy and rich look, despite being super comfortable. If you’re not a fan of heavy designer sets, you can always opt for a simple cotton suit set that suits the occasion best.
Check out this Sahjadi Anarkali Set that comes in pretty pink and yellow, perfect for a Diwali vibe. With pintuck detailing on the yoke and lace embellishments throughout the dress, this georgette piece of beauty is a must-buy!
Style tip: You can either wear some yellow tassel earrings or a pastel-coloured choker necklace to finish off this look!
Dressing up for Diwali is something we will never get bored of! Now that you have a basic idea of the various Diwali outfits available this season, make sure to fill up your wardrobe with the best collections!
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