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published time By Smrithi Rao published time 21 Oct, 2014 Share image 0 Shares

To celebrate the triumph of good over evil Diwali is here with sparklers, lights and twinkles. As you finish taking stock of diyas, sweets and gifts with your partner you realize it’s about time, you figured your looks to the various Diwali parties you will need to hop this festival of lights.  Like most men if you too are not so gung-ho about being seen in the usual – kurtas and sherwanis, we suggest you put your best ethnic foot forward with a western twist.

Drape that Dhoti: Dhoti’s definitely have not received the attention they deserve. Their versatility is immense. They can either be worn with something completely traditional or can be twisted to mix and match. Drape it underneath a long traditional jacket in the style of a trench. You can also wear it with a short kurta in solid colours, layered with a jacquard or a brocade jacket.  If you would like to keep it simple, team a printed shirt in bright colours and a dhoti with kholaris jhotis or closed shoes to complete the ensemble.

Time to pull out the Bandhgalas or the Nehru jackets: Work those closed neck jackets a la Modi style. When worn with a long crisp kurta and churidhar bottoms, bandhgala jackets looks extremely prim and contemporary. Alternatively you can wear a bandhgala with a linen shirt and your favourite chinos. In cases like these ensure your jacket is bright in colour and has big motifs on them.

Jodhpurs are back: Back in the days, the kings wore it for a reason. They are regal and royal thus making it perfect during festivals. Team a pair of dark jodhpurs with a crisp white shirt and layer it with an ethnic waist coat. Team them with ankle lengths boots and you are ready to kick start any Diwali party in style. 

Bling up your fabric: The easiest way to make a great impression on your friends and family is to simply go bling.  Ensure you invest in a shirt or a jacket that has either gold or silver accents on it.  Another way is to invest in clothes made from velvet, silk, jacquard and brocade. Stay clear of regular Indian prints and motifs like paisley and floral. Instead opt for unusual graphic and ikat prints. 

Lastly when it comes to accessorizing, don’t wear too much. Don’t let gold and silver party on you. Instead choose to wear smaller pieces like cufflinks, pocket squares, silk scarfs and a really good pair of watch. Follow these simple steps and let your eclectic indo western style shine brighter than the tallest flower pot. Now that you have the wardrobe bit sorted, go work on polishing your teen patti skills. 

Image Credits: Lakme India Fashon Week FB page encourages you to Party Responsibly!