The mere mention of festive dressing inevitably brings lehenga, saree and suits to our mind. But there are ways to alter these traditional attires to get a unique look. Fashion designer Ankita Chaudhary explains you how. Also, a look at the festive collections of renowned designers.

Fashion designer Ankita Chaudhari opines that young girls face the biggest dilemma during Diwali. “They do not want to wear ethnic dresses. Even I went through this phase. I always keep this in my mind while designing dresses for festive seasons. Western dresses with an ethnic touch is what youngster’s like.”

“I use too many bright colours. Also, colour blocking and contrast mix and match is in vogue these days. Something like teaming up simple t-shirt with ethnic skirt. The length of the skirt can vary from short to long. Use bright coloured and different accessories depending on the occasion to enhance the look. Pair heavy embroidered corset top only with light flowing fabric skirt. Wear patiyala salwar made of banarsi silk fabric with fitted top.

If your kurti or tunic is filled with heavy embroidery work, it is not necessary to wear it only with a churidaar. You can pair it up with lehenga or long ankle length skirt. Another simple option often experimented by fashion designer Nida Mahmood is to drape sari over bright coloured leggings or jeans.

Fashion designer Manish Malhotra

Golden coloured brocade trouser has been worn with heavy embroidered paneled kurta. This net kurta has been enhanced by Lucknowi and zardozi work. The hemline has been decorated with broad borders.

Fashion designer Ashima-Leena

Here heavy embroidered short kurti has been teamed up with brocade churidaar. To impart an Indo-western look, designers have draped Chanderi saree on the churidar by making frontal pleates and a sidha pallu.

Fashion designer Varun Bahl

If you want to grab public attention, just play with the blouse paired up with a simple saree for a Victorian look. Use heavy floral top with embroidery work. Full sleeves made of net fabric will add zing to the outfit.

Fashion designer JJ Valaya

If you want to a traditional look, wear heavy embroidered short kurti with leggings and carry a net dupatta with it. You can use a crystal handbag for a more girlish look. Stay away from jewelleries. Mojari (footwear) suits this kind look of traditional look.

Fashion designer Adarsh Gill

Here designer has draped lehenga in a saree style. This mermaid-cut lehenga is co-ordinated with corset and the dupatta has been worn like saree pallu.

Fashion designer Anju Modi

To create a balanced effect wear white coloured flowing lehenga. You can wear maroon coloured ‘umrao jaan’ style blouse made of velvet or brocade fabric.