Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


It’s back to school time! With our new routines settling in (and settling into our new shop location), we are also getting ready to celebrate the holiday season with Raksha Bandhan, Janamashtmi, India’s Independence Day and Ganesh Chathurti. With so many joyous occasions coming our way, let’s read about the DO’s and DON’Ts of the latest Indian fashions that won’t weigh you down too much or overheat. These looks also work as fusion, daily wear–perfect for the summer weather!


DO pair your long kurtis with full skirts. The newest trend includes wearing your long cotton kurtis/tunics with a cotton or silk skirt. Casual but fancily so, you can wear this look to a dinner gathering, pooja or even to your workplace. Feel beautiful in your everyday wear too!

Do opt for bangle sets again. Thick kadas had taken over the fashion scene, eliminating the need for beautiful bangles. Full sets ranging of a couple of dozen bangles on each hand look pretty and more ornate. Wooden bangles covered in multicolor pompoms, embroidery and mirrorwork are more ethnic and can be worn with even western outfits!

Do wear an Indian statement necklace minus the earrings. Indian jewelry sets come usually with the earrings, necklace and even tikka. But, now, to look and feel a bit lighter, wear just the necklace over a tank top and skirt or palazzo pants.


Don’t over exaggerate your jewelry. Multiple earrings, necklaces, rings, bangles all look beautiful, but all together can create chaos, too! Balance is key! Choose the earrings and bangles together or the necklace with lots of rings. Both looks are beautiful and not overdone!

Don’t choose weight to equate a formal look. The lightest chiffon sari with silver embroidery or gold all over block print can look wedding ready. Heavy stonework or kundan styles are definitely more traditional, but also heavier to carry in the sunshine state’s heat!

Don’t forget to smile. The trendiest, most apt outfit can pair with the finest jewelry yet still look off when you don’t have a smile on that face. Your smile is the best accessory you can wear – wear it proudly!

Enjoy the upcoming holiday season with zest, love and happiness. We are all hard working, but do make time for your loved family and friends to enjoy each occasion and share our culture with each other and future generations. 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 or visit

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