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The modern Indian woman – between breaking grounds, defying odds, and conquering new heights is also extremely busy balancing a family and a career. With Diwali around the corner, shopping splurges might take a backseat. But that shouldn’t stop her from stealing the spotlight. In fact, she can do even better by improvising different styles with her current wardrobe. That beautiful kurta? It can do wonders with a floor-length skirt. No time to get the stitching done? Let a crop-top substitute for a sari blouse. Sound interesting? Here are our top 5 styling tips to create extremely functional looks without having to interrupt a busy schedule.

1. Lehenga + Crop top

Lehenga with crop top

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When you need an outfit that suits a friendly gathering or a family dinner, this is a good bet. Pick a crop-top from the wardrobe and pair it with a long, motif-printed skirt or a lehenga. Take it up a notch with a long chain and chandbalis – and you’re good to go. Like Chandler from the popular TV series, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. would say, “could this BE any easier?”.

2. Saree + Jacket

saree and jacket

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It’s surprising as to how this smart trick was undiscovered through the ages, until now. It’s the ethnic jacket that’s been doing the fashion rounds. Jacket on and you could look like Sonam Kapoor did for the Cannes. Jacket off, and it’s Plain Jane. So the next time uninvited guests come over or it’s time to visit the family right away, be sure to get that jacket on.

3. Skirt + Kurta

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Want to stand out from the crowd? This incredibly modish attire could get you there. It combines traditional elegance in a modern way. Don a bright coloured embroidered kurta and team it with a contrast coloured skirt. This look is easy to carry and lets you continue with the festive duties, in style.

4. Pallazo + Shirt

pallazo and shirt

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These have become something of a lifesaver for the modern, working woman. Create a number of smart and festive looks with a palazzo. Wear it with a sleeveless blouse or a full-sleeve shirt. Experiment with different colours, prints and styles. To add some glam, grab a trendy clutch and a long chain with a gold pendant.

5. Skinny Jeans + Kurti

skinny jeans and kurti

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This is what one would call the ‘black dress’ of Indian attires. Find a kurti that has all the bling – intricate embroidery, small stones and pearls or funky Indian prints. Team these with a pair of ankle-length denim. Deck up with a cocktail ring or long earrings and you’re left with a chic casual look – perfect for when you’re hosting a party at home.

And that sums up all the tricks up our sleeve. Do let us know if you have more styles that could help a sister celebrate a vogue and wonderful Diwali.

Happy Diwali!



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