Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Happy holidays! As we get ready for Christmas and the New Year, we say to ourselves, “Where did 2018 go?!” This year flew by so fast, that we barely have had time to breathe from Diwali, much less prepare for the festivities to come again. Let’s welcome 2019 and keep in mind, today and always, that each day should be celebrated with as much zest and motivation as every day. Feeling good is the key to all. Looking good makes the key more decorated!


Santa may have us adjusting to cooler temperatures, and fancy outerwear is fitting into this change too. Ladies, when wearing a sari, to keep warm we usually wrap ourselves in a thick, durable shawl. The trend lately though is embroidered long sleeved vests or jackets. Even bolder is the half jacket. Vest/jacket on one side, simple waistband on the other half, all the more to show off your ensemble better. Neutrals are worn contrasted together now. Black/beige and gray/white combos look just right. For a pop of color, red/hot pink lips are perfect! Avoid a monochromatic look with a neutral, that’s strictly reserved for bright colors this month!


Another interesting look that has even surprised me is the gharara/palazzo suit with crop top. Long kameez styles in this outfit have been in trend all summer/fall and shorter kameezes were sure to follow, most assumed. But cropped looks, including cropped vests even being layered are earning their demand. Of course, one may feel more self-conscious exposing their midriff if wearing a look too cropped. Opt for a top a few inches longer then and still be on the mark in fashion’s bullseye!


How bright and bold colors have been become the focal point of outfits is another fashion surprise for many. While neutrals are still fine for the safe, a designer like Manish Malhotra, known for his ethereal angelic hues is even going fierce and opting for traditional deep jewel tones in neon fuschias, royal blues and emerald greens.

Lenghas are still the rage and saris are classic but dropping a little down in what ladies are choosing to prefer to wear at parties. Beautiful lenghas in monochromatic looks of all vivid shades of the color spectrum are turning up. Just remember, tighter skirt styles, including slit and fishtail looks are not in. Stick with flared, a-line and asymmetrical bottoms.

Cholis, in lenghas or saris, are shorter due to dupattas/pallus being more ornate. Ornate can definitely equal more coverage too, in any problem areas we feel we may have!

We wish one and all their merriest Christmas/holiday time yet, and Happy New Year! We wish you peace, love, and happiness. Pay your kindness forward, because love spreads love. And when you show up, show up looking good – it does make a difference, in and out. Make your moments memories with family and friends and be sure to appreciate each and everyone in your life, today and always. Thank you too to our readers, 2018 has been a fabulous year for fashion couture and trends. 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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