Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Happy New Year! As 2018 begins for us, we want to make positive changes all around us in perhaps our spiritual views, diet plans, finances, or even the company we keep. Fashion forwardness, too, should be a priority. After all, it’s proven that if you look good, you just feel good too.

The latest looks for this winter season include soft shades, fusion wear and floral prints just about everywhere! Let’s take a look at how to incorporate these tips into our ensembles to have us proudly embrace 2018!


Such pretty, soft hues are in this season! Pale and rose pinks, sea foam greens and beige/cream shades are all over runways and beyond. Mixing soft shades, too, is a fashion plus.

A beige and pale pink lengha is ethereal. A sea green suit with silver or gold embroidery is beautiful. Sometimes, however, the look can end up looking a bit too plain, faded or washed up, no matter how ornate when attending larger gatherings. To offset and stand out, accessorize with deep, dark jewels and makeup. A light yellow sari with ruby or emerald jewels and red lips will have you looking graceful and on trend.


I’m not completely “in” for this look for Indian weddings, parties, or gatherings, but its popularity is increasing, so we’ll give it a go. Long, ornate kottis, or heavy vested jackets, with a slit down the front is super trending these days. Pair with a multitude of options, such as palazzos, long skirts, or churidaars. Even skinny jeans and miniskirts can be mixed and matched! No dupatta, no extra fuss. Honestly, I’m still not 100 percent in, but maybe I’ll get there.

Another popular look in the now includes the dhoti pant or tulip pants. A fitted kurti or a tucked in top or crop top would look great along with a light capelet or shawl dupatta. A true east meets west attitude!


Now this is a look I am completely in love with, particularly since the men are involved too! Floral work is everywhere in Indian designs lately. Ladies, anarkali gowns, saris and lenghas are all coming in with full floral looks, floral accents, and even floral appliques. Coordinating jewelry sets in floral designs, heels in floral patterns and even clutches/bags with floral lace or crochet embroidery is in. Get the point?

Gentlemen, I’m especially pleased to see a distinguished floral look added to your wardrobes. Full sherwanis and Jodhpur blazers with floral print or gold sequin work, and pagris and dupattas in bright, colorful patterns are “flowering.” For a more concealed, not too bold look, stripes or blocks of florals on a solid kurta pajama can be just right, just enough.

Happy New Year to all cherished Khaas Baat readers. Please look onwards and upwards in all you do this 2018, as well as the circumstances around you. Easier said than done, I know, but even the smallest smile through the bad can make you and others around smile back even more through the good! Stay safe, happy 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 [email protected] or visit www.facebook.com/grostyles

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