Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Happy August! This beautiful (and HOT) month marks so many of our beloved holidays with Rakhi, Janmashtmi, Independence Day, Ganesh Chaturthi and Onam. That’s a handful! With the heat and Covid-19 cautions, let’s focus on tips and tricks for simple, clean but also embellished looks for this holiday season.


Do opt for light shades even for nighttime events. Neutrals such as whites, creams and beiges are in. Pastels like sky blues, baby pinks and pale yellows are pretty. An allover lilac sari is perfect with a cream blouse for any celebration!

Do opt for natural hair looks. Those pink blue and even silver hair dye looks are not in. Natural hair color and sun kissed highlights or balayage are just right.

Don’t mix too many neutrals together, stick from one to three hues to look classy and not confused!


Do opt for a streamlined ensemble. Those fancy ruffle saris are taking a backseat. Stick to soft and flowy fabrics, nothing too stiff or high maintenance. Suits, too, are straight and neat with or without the dupatta.

Do choose minimalistic jewelry. Pick earrings or a necklace. Heavy bangles or rings. Too much is too much especially in tropical weather, in Florida or India!

Don’t make clean boring. Going completely makeup-less because it’ll feel melty is not an excuse. To compromise, a swipe of eyeliner and touch of tinted lip-gloss is enough and pretty too.


Do find ornaments in unexpected areas of your outfit. A lengha with hangings like tassels or big beads on the skirt or dupatta make the simplest outfit stand out.

Do choose easy ensembles with a pop of work at less noticed places. Pant bottoms are having their moment with embroidery and sequin work towards the ankles. Unusual, unexpected and also pretty!

Don’t embellish your accessories. Bangles with folk designs or anklets with hanging charm ghungroos are just not in. At all.

Let’s please still celebrate these good times and one another. Keep in touch, open up with and to your family, friends and community to remain a part of something that truly matters. Love and laugh, 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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