By Amina Rumaney

Diwali, the festival of lights, celebrates the power of light over darkness. The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit term for a ‘row of lights’, in reference to the tradition of lighting clay oil lamps on this festive occasion.

While the festivities unravel across the five days of Diwali festival, dressing up in glamorous ethnic wear is one of the most celebrated elements of this festive occasion. Every year, new trends and styles take the Diwali fashion market by storm, with celebrities and influencers setting trends for stylish ethnic wear.

Let us explore this year’s Diwali fashion must-haves.

Bollywood inspired: Using Bollywood stars as inspiration, putting together a beautiful traditional outfit will make you shine in this year’s festival of lights. Be it a gorgeous red lehenga like Sara Ali Khan with marvelous gold embroidery, or Sonam Kapoor’s dazzling anarkali that will give a sophisticated look, every Bollywood inspired traditional style will leave you in a marvelous ensemble.

Pastel sarees: Hands down, this year’s must-have Diwali fashion item is the saree. A versatile and elegant garment, the saree is a favorite among women, and this year, designers have gone above and beyond to create unique and trendy pieces. For a little extra oomph, designers have used pastels colors, intricate embroidery, and intricate embellishments like tassels, beads, and sequins to make sure the saree is the star of the show.

Comfort oriented salwar kameez: For those looking for a more comfortable and casual outfit option, the salwar kameez is an excellent choice. This traditional Indian outfit, consisting of a loose-fitting tunic (kameez) paired with matching pants (salwar) and a scarf (dupatta), is both comfortable and stylish. This year, designers have played with different cuts, lengths, and materials such as silk and georgette, to create unique and trendy salwar kameez sets.

Anything with floral patterns: This year floral prints on both sarees and lehengas with motifs ranging from delicate, dainty florals to bold and graphic prints are trendsetters. The use of floral prints incorporates elements of nature, which is a vital element in Indian culture and spirituality. Intricate floral embroidery is also used to elevate the traditional ethnic wear, adding a touch of opulence and femininity.

Amid the choice of what to don, let us not forget the importance of accessories. Any staple Diwali outfit is incomplete without dazzling accessories. Accessories like jhumkas, bangles, and statement necklaces are among the various choices available. Traditionally worn in gold or silver, you can also experiment with different materials and colors to create modern yet timeless pieces.

So, this Diwali, you can unleash the diva in you by donning a flawless ethnic outfit. With the integration of floral prints and embroidery, with a touch of elegance and femininity, whether a saree, lehenga or salwar kameez, you can rely on intricate designs and bold hues to give you a fashion-forward appearance. So, go ahead, experiment with these trendy designs, accessorize with statement pieces, and embrace these vibrant Diwali fashion trends.

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