APRIL 2018
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PASTELS ARE IN THIS SPRING!

Kiran Bahl

By KIRAN BAHL

Happy Easter. The weather is warmer, the sky is sunnier, and the latest looks reflect. Pastels are the color palette this spring, particularly shades in blue, pink and yellow. Follow these tips so you look like eye candy, not Easter candy!

Icy, sky blues

Become an ice queen! Cool blue hues are the “in” color this season. Sky blue, periwinkle, and even soft blue gray combinations are highlighting designers’ showcases throughout. A sky blue sari with gold foil work or a blue gray anarkali gown/pantsuit with silver sequins can add some extra sparkle to an occasion.

To accessorize, old is gold, literally. Tradition is still in, but it’s naturally hesitating to pair baby blues with gold – we rush to match with silver ornaments. Try gold and flourish with extra élan.

Bright, sunny yellows

Sunny days are here and yellow is probably the IT color of the moment. Yellow strikes a mood of happy and hope, a perfect feel for springtime. A pale yellow sari with white chikankari work or a lemon yellow lengha with floral motifs or gold adornments look just lovely.

Keep accessories light and minimal when showing yellow off. Matching lots of gold with the shade can be too yellow (think Easter peeps candy) and too much silver can equal too much of a distraction to the eye. Balance is key here.

Springs pinks

I’m surprised, honestly, to confirm that hot pink, the super bright, almost blinding kind, is so now! I have been used to the more recent subtle mauve, rose gold and baby pink hues. They’re all still in, yes, but the rani/hot pink palette is most wanted. A bright magenta lengha is beautiful. A palazzo suit in rose and hot pink combinations is glamorous. Too bold? Wear a neutral shade outfit in beige or black with hot pink accents and matching lips for some edge.

Accessories (another surprise to me) are bold too, with this shade’s comeback. Large statement necklaces or earrings in gold or pearl keep the fabulousness levels high. Heels and sandals, too, are being contrasted in turquoise or orange for a pop of extra color for the spring mood!

Easter time is beautiful, a time to spend with family and friends, to cherish and remain grateful for all. Spread kindness, dress lovely and, as always, remember to ‘gro with style’!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail kiran@grostyles.com or visit www.grostyles.com

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