6 key pieces that will help you build a festive wardrobe on a budget
According to the top celebrity stylists
With multiple festivals and even more weddings already slotted into your hectic social calendar, it’s never too early to get a head start on your festive wardrobe. Especially if you don’t have the budget of an Ambani heiress. So is there a way for you to stand out in every Instagram post and family album without busting a gigantic hole in your bank balance? Yes, insist stylists to the stars Karuna Laungani and Allia al Rufai, who’re responsible for making sure that celebrities from Sonam Kapoor to Anushka Sharma make it to the top of those best dressed lists.
And it all begins with the right investments.
Rather than spend time hunting down head-to-toe looks that aren’t versatile, both stylists advise you to spend your money on statement pieces and key accessories that can be styled differently, depending on the occasion.
Here’s a cheat sheet.
Key pieces to invest in this festive season
Splurge on rich Indian textiles. Laungani says, "Handwoven crafts will always be in fashion." Take cues from Dia Mirza, who wears this beautiful Banarasi silk skirt with a shirt for a modern update on the lehenga choli. Complete the look with minimal earrings.
Indian ethnicwear tends to be heavy on drapes and low on structure. Bridge the gap with an elaborately embellished jacket — Anamika Khanna, Arpita Mehta and Sabyasachi are masters at mixing Indian craftsmanship with western tailoring — and wear it with lehenga skirts, dhoti pants or even with your favourite tailored sheath.
Invest in a versatile sari in a block colour, then experiment with the style of draping. Sonam Kapoor ensures her sari drape looks right at home in 2017, pairing a white cotton sari with a striped shirt and big, bodacious pearl jewellery. Al Rufai wants you to learn from Sonam: "Go monochromatic with your outfit. It doesn't always have to be black and white, but it can be any two complementary colours that work in combination."
A beautifully embroidered cape will look just as good thrown over an LBD or paired with a sari, as Deepika Padukone so ably demonstrates. This is a tricky style, so if you're top-heavy, choose a sheer cape to avoid adding bulk to your frame.
Karuna tells us, " Without a doubt, invest in a good Polki necklace. Polki jewellery is a classic and must-have." We suspect Sabyasachi's latest jewellery line will steal your heart.
Silver jewellery is another favourite, that can even be worn in less formal settings. Karuna says, "Silver jewellery pieces are neutral and blend with anything and everything."