Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Happy 2020!! It’s a new decade, a new year and a better you! Let’s resolute to create and maintain overall happiness in our lives for ourselves and those around us. Any positive goals, big or small, create a path for us to feel good. Let’s look good too following the newness around us with the latest in Indian fashion!


The Christmas/New Year’s festivities may be over, but red is still the chosen color of the month to wear. Designers and celebrities alike are showing off this bolder shade on many a runway and movie screenings/promotions.

Sabyasachi, Payal Singhal, Masaba Gupta and so many other designers are going back in time to rediscover this ‘red dot’ shade and put it on display all over saris, lenghas and suits. Deepika Padukone, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Sara Ali Khan are just some of the celebrities showcasing red among their pretty wardrobes at events.

To avoid actually seeing or feeling red in anger or embarrassment instead of just wearing it, do not complement your red ensemble with red lips, jewels, heels, and all else. Instead, for a bit of balance, choose a sharp contrasting hue such as navy blue or neutral black. Day events can feel trickier. Red is noticeable when worn. Choose pastel pairings or coordinate with wear-with-all beige to look put together and polished, not overly ornamented.


This month, we celebrate the longest and usually the coldest night of the year, summoning longer days ahead (yay, springtime is near). Lohri, Basant Panchami, Makar Sankranti, and Pongal, from north to south India are all being observed. And so many people mark the occasions with bonfires, kite flying contests and comfort food feasts. What’s on trend while celebrating this? Color!

Bright bold colors are back (I’m personally and happily over the pastel/beige and dark/black trends of late last year) and now include yellows, turquoises, pinks, and don’t forget the reds we ‘read’ about above (pun intended!).

Patialas and salwars in contrasting vivid colors are perfect! A yellow suit with turquoise bottom and dupatta or yellow suit with turquoise bottoms and pink dupatta is so pretty. Try an allover red sari, even a silken one, to have all eyes on you.

Remember to choose from the rainbow, not become the rainbow. Two to three bright colors at a time is right, beyond that and you’re screaming your style; and it’s not a good look.

Not comfy with being louder in your ensembles? Opt for muted tones of these bright lights. Try mustards instead of yellows or blue grays instead of turquoise. You’ll still feel fresh with your look and shine too.


This is my favorite section to write about because men are the most into Indian fashion than ever! More are choosing kurta sets and sherwanis over dress shirts/pants and tuxedos, and I’m loving this and admiring you all!

To coordinate and not be too matchy matchy (or super loud looking) with your counterparts, colors fresh right now are deeper, darker and jewel toned. Plums, maroons and oxidized metal sheens are the colors to look for and show off in.

Scarves and dupattas have taken a backseat for now, so store them for seasons later and focus on more embellished tops with stonework or embroidery for those not too willing to sparkle some. Metallic churidar or salwar pants can add some shine too.

Happy New Year to one and all! When we wish all a ‘happy’ this or a ‘happy’ that, remember the one recurring word in your greetings – happy. So, choose happiness above all, 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.facebook.com/grostyles

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