Holi is around the corner which is synonymous to the colours, the vibrancy and playfulness of the festival. It marks the end of winter and arrival of spring; which means it's time to ditch your winter wear and pull out your brightest and most colourful pieces. Simple, non-fussy, light and breezy outfits are ideal for this season as well as ethnic ensembles in vibrant hues.
Gone are the days when playing Holi meant putting on a torn, battered T-shirt with shorts or an old kurta teamed up with a salwar. Styling up for Holi calls for a perfect attire in pretty prints with a splash of bright shades to go with it.
So read along for we have curated a compilation of styles that will make you look cool and utterly fashionable even though you are drenched in colour.
The colour white signifies the victory of good over evil and also the arrival of spring. The colour also represents peace and prosperity. But in a practical sense of view, the colour white is worn on Holi so that all the different shades of gulaal on their clothes pop out!
A white kurta can be worn with a bright coloured leheriya or bandhej dupatta. If Indian wear is not your thing, wear a white dress with a colourful head scarf which will also protect your hair. Complete the look with bold lips and sunglasses.
A white outfit is like a clean canvas just waiting to get painted. At the end of the day, you’ll end up with a new colourful outfit!
Tie and dye
Or you can go crazy with a riot of colours! Tie and dye is an art of creating resist before the application of colour. A pattern or a design is secured with the help of thread or rubber bands before the application of dye(s). the dye is prevented from penetrating the portions secured by thread, thereby acquiring the design through non-coloured portions.
A colourful tie-dye T-shirt with shorts or loose, comfortable cotton pants or a kurta or a kaftan with leggings or palazzos will add a fun element to your look and make you look uber stylish. Do nor wear chunky jewellery to avoid any discomfort. Keep it simple with pearl or silver studs for a clean and minimalistic look.
Leheriya is another traditional form of tie-dye printing which is unique to the state of Rajasthan. It is the oldest form of resist printing and is still practised and carried out in india. Leheriyas are fabrics with a single or multi-coloured diagonal stripe pattern. It is rolled diagonally from one corner to the opposite corner and is tied at required intervals and dyed.
It is totally apt to wear leheriya on Holi as it brings out the true spirit of the festival. A leheriya kurta and salwar set or even a dupatta with a white or pastel colour kurta with embroidery or gota work and we’re sure you’ll be turning heads!
Bandhani is back in trend and we are going gaga over it. Also known as bandhej, the technique is loved by all and this year has gotten even bigger. We declare that it’s a must have in every woman’s closet. And what better excuse to get one this Holi?
As the name suggests, the cloth is pinched into small bindings in a random or linear manner which is a laborious process. It is then dipped into the dye solution. The binding prevents the dye from absorbing into the cloth giving you a beautiful, colourful fabric.
Bandhej was common on saris in olden times but not anymore. Take the print on a spin by teaming a chic bandhani dress with comfy juttis and delicate jewellery. You can also pair a bold and a multi shaded stole with a simple kurta.
Ombre is a French word for ‘shaded’. It is the gradual blending of colours in either same or different tones generally moving from light to dark. The beauty lies in the soft amalgamation of colours giving it a dreamy and romantic effect.
The magnificent blend of colours makes it a perfect Holi outfit. An ombre dress, an ombre dupatta with an embroidered or printed kurta or even a crop top makes for a stunning Holi attire. Keep your accessories and makeup minimal and let the colours speak for themselves.
Did you ever put your old clothes away and kept them safe for playing Holi? We’ve all been there. But it's time to give your wardrobe a glam makeover and bring in some colour. Check out Zola’s most beautiful and colourful pieces and stand out from the crowd this Holi.