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Hello all. With the weather warming up, everyone is outdoors, and that means clothes and jewels for this month get lighter, brighter and much easier to handle!

With rising humidity and pollen count, comfort becomes a huge factor in most peoples’ wardrobes. A light kurti or cotton/linen embroidered ethnic top, paired with jeans or capris, is the perfect fashion staple. Just be sure the kurti is fitted, and not too frumpy looking. Kurtis almost always look flattering on anyone. Kurti designs have changed as well. Gone are the traditional double-shaded patterns. Abstract designs, bold colors and light, solid colors with little work, are the trend, especially now in American fashion as well.

Another now-famous Indian fashion accessory, lately seen in American runways (besides those huge jhumkes or chandelier earrings), are kadas or chunky bangles. Oxidized colors, or simple wooden or glass looks, can do wonders to an understated outfit. Focus on wearing just one to three of these on one hand, instead of distributing the look throughout both wrists; a little can go a long way.

Keeping in mind how hot it can be in Florida, hair is all about being hassle-free. Keeping your hair pulled back midway or a ponytail suits everyone’s face frame beautifully. To sport a trendy twist, sweep your hair up in a high, spunky ponytail. Low ponytails are too common, and heat up the neck too quickly. “Bedhead” or the “messy look” is in with hair, meaning casual waves and tousles are in. Hair should be the most effortless thing you should worry about now.

For get-togethers or picnics, ladies, continue focusing on lighter, more embroidered churidaars and salwar kameezes/pantsuits. Colors such as lime green, bright orange and neon yellow are in much demand, and look great on darker, more wheatish complexions. White is still the most popular spring color, prominent in all kinds of clothing, ranging from suits to saris. Saris are becoming more and more lightweight, but at the same time, heavier and heavier in work. Spring doesn’t always have to equal simple. The new light saris, offer bright, bold colors, and lots of embroidery, sequins and flash. Heavy jewelry to match is a must, especially two-toned or metallic sets. An all- silver or copper set can look great in contrast to a bright, bold look. Match bangles to the set as well, trying to keep in mind with the new, trendy chunky kada look.

Gentlemen, you already have the general lightweight and comfortable trends in mind. We know how much men despise dressing up for any event, and when things get warmer, their clothing gets more and more at ease. Keeping this in mind, opt for a linen kurti with slacks for a sexy but casual look. An easy kurta pajama look in sea green or baby blue can make you feel and look super. Remember, no silks. Silk is too difficult to breathe in. Unless you’re getting married, there’s no need to suffer through this hot material. Go for light sand silk, cotton and linen.

Enjoy the weather. With Daylight Savings Time coming up, look forward to the longer, sunnier days. And as always, remember to gro with style!

Kiran Bahl
Gro Styles, "An Indian Boutique"
on Fowler Avenue in Tampa
(813) 903-8334 / (813) 843-9040

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