What to wear?

What to wear? With festivities in the air and a spirit to celebrate in our hearts, how can we not dress up in all the beautiful colours and fancy clothes this navratri. Here are different traditional and fusion ideas for one and all...get ready and dress to kill this season!



How to get the fusion look this navratri

Since navratri is a festival of colors, celebrations, god and galore…you can pick a cotton ghagra from choicest of the departmental stores these days in a vibrant color of red, pink, green, yellow, purple, green or blue and match it with a tube or a tank top in a basic colour. This works cheap for your pocket and gives you a fusion look at the same time. You can team this outfit with chunky bangles in bright colors and traditional earrings.

Men who are looking to create a fusion look to go for dandiya nights or dress up for navratri theme based parties, the best idea is to team a dhoti in a bright colour along with a waistcoat. This is a brilliant way to showcase some abs and go with the desi look at the same time.


Fusion is the fresh wave in dressing for Navrata celebrations. Since the festival is celebrated every year there is an obvious trend to mix and match. Traditionally ghagra choli has remained the best choice for girls; they are preferring halters over the conventional cholis of late. For boys, kurta along with a chudidaar pajama looks best. Stoles are optional but they give a very traditional look to the whole attire.

However, one should also know that during the nine days of Navratri there is a custom of wearing 9 different coloured traditional outfits.

The nine Navratri colors for 2011 are:

Pratipada - September 28, 2011 (Wednesday) - Blue

Dwitiya/Tritiya - September 29 (Thursday) - Yellow

Chaturthi - September 30 (Friday) - Green

Panchami - October 1 (Saturday) - Grey

Sashti - October 2 (Sunday) - Orange

Saptami - October 3 (Monday) - White

Ashtami - October 4 (Tuesday) - Red

Navami - October 5 (Wednesday) - Purple

Vijayadasami - October 6 (Thursday) - Pink

Since gajra’s made of jasmine are easily available in Chennai, so girls out there can team them up with their chanya choli’s. Leaving your hair open while dancing might not be a good idea, so make a bun and roll a string of gajra around it. That will look great! And the men can wear a dhoti with designer kurta and a nice shimmering duppata tied around their waist.

Ghaghra Choli is an indispensable wear on Navratri. But to look and feel different from the crowd, you can drape Mysore silk in Gujarati style. Accessorise your saree with some matching metal bangles and try kundan earrings. It’s an unusual combination though, but kundan jewellery goes fabulously well with all kinds of Indian wear. The men can slip into a stylish kurta and a choodidaar and may even tie a stole around their forehead to get a rustic feel.

Ghaghra and choli’s might sound cliché. So the girls can wear a bright coloured dhakai jamdani saree or a baluchari saree in the Gujarati style to look and feel different. Teaming up a regular ghaghra choli with jewellery made of terracotta will add that Bengali touch to the outfit. And the boys can opt for their readymade dhooti and punjabi. They can even use a Uttoriyo to put in around their neck. That will look smart for sure!