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  FASHION: Color Rules During Holiday Season
By Kiran Bahl

Happy Holidays! With the holiday season approaching, it's time for Christmas and New Year parties galore. Here's what to watch out for in the latest fashion trends.

It's all about color this month. Forget dark, traditional blacks, blues and browns. Focus on clothes that radiate bright whites, sultry reds, baby blues and ice pinks. The orange spectrum seems to be the most popular, targeting mustard and yellow tints. Pantsuits are on top of everyone's lists as best wardrobe choice, with the kurta or shirt part becoming shorter in length.

Chiffon and silks are still predominantly being shown off on runways worldwide. Women, keep in touch with all that's feminine, and concentrate on flowy, flirty looks. Lenghas and other skirt sets are including more tissue and softer, more moldable fabrics. Be sure to avoid looking too monotonous. Dressing all in orange or in red may be too much of a good thing; even finding an outfit with a double shade of the same color can do wonders.

'Tis the season for saris. Elegant white saris with intricate borders and classic burgundy saris with all-over embroidery are hopelessly romantic and perfect for any holiday party. With all outfits, the higher the heel, the better. Platforms and stilettos of all shapes and sizes are taking center stage, flats are absolute no-nos.

Jhumke, or heavy bell earrings, are the rage. Heavy, sets in silver and oxidized or antiqued gold and copper are what women want!! Bindis take a break, and tikkas take over, from simple crystal designs to fancy kundan and beaded ones. Bangles and chudiyaan are the ultimate accessory this month. A full set of bangles should adorn each hand, in two or more matching shades.

Gentlemen, for pre-parties and simple get-togethers, opt for shiny silk kurta pajamas. Light designs and materials are most comfortable. For the big events, shop for a trendy sherwani in light neutral colors such as tan, beige and white. Also, look for a silk Jodhpuri, preferably in black or navy blue. The more adornment on them the better, including embroidery, foil work and crystals. Pair up the jacket piece with a solid v-neck tee shirt underneath for a classic, sleek look,

Dress well, but most importantly, enjoy the holiday season. Here's wishing all a great month and happy 2005 full of love, peace and great fashion. And as always, remember to grow with style!

Kiran Bahl
Gro Styles, "An Indian Boutique"
(813) 903-8334 / (813) 843-9040

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