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1. Opt For A Pair Of Dhoti/Cowl Pants
They are a comfortable, yet stylish choice for a long night of Diwali puja and card parties, and will make you stand apart in a sea of anarkalis, lehengas, and saris. Dress them up with traditional pieces like an embroidered jacket and gold jhumkas.
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2. Mix & Match With A New Top Or Jacket
Short on budget? Pick up an elegant lace bodysuit, a crop top, or a neutral bandi jacket à la Anita Dongre and pair it with an old lehenga or saree for a refreshing new look. Make sure to buy something that is versatile and understated, so you can also combine it with Western pieces later on.
3. Go Fierce With Ear Cuffs
Save those elegant chand bali and chandelier earrings for more formal occasions like weddings and experiment with a pair of bold ear cuffs. They lend an unexpected edgy twist to an otherwise traditional outfit and are bound to make a statement.
4. Accessorize With A Hand Harness
Ditch your regular gold bangles and kundan rings and try a trendy hand harness instead. While the chunky versions are great for elevating a simple outfit, the lighter pieces delicately complement heavy and elaborate traditional garments.
5. Go Easy On Hair & Makeup
Red lipstick, dramatic winged eyeliner, and a fancy hairdo might feel more festive, but minimal hair and makeup when teamed with rich Indian clothing looks modern and fresh. Opt for a sleek bun parted down the middle, a clean, dewy complexion, nude lips, and lightly lined eyes with pronounced lashes and eyebrows.
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