JULY 2016
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Eid Mubarak and Happy Independence Day to our beautiful America! We have two beautiful occasions to celebrate together, as one! Style wise, let’s focus on quick tips to keep you fresh, on point and feeling fashion forward!

Layer Light – So many new churidaars, salwar sets and even casual kurtis are incorporating vested looks. Short and long, open vests are popping up designers’ summer/fall catalogs for a more traditional, olden times feel. But keeping this look from looking too heavy and wintery is the key to the coveted fashionista treasure chest. Try an outfit in a one or two color and pastel or light, neutral palette. A white or pale yellow suit with white or beige silver shaded vest will look trendy and elegant. Darker shades will weigh you down! Also, try breezier fabrics and textures. Lakhnavi, or chicken work as some call it, looks summery every time. Cotton and linen transforms a heavier georgette or net version into the now ensemble to wear.

Modern Maharani – Jeweled accessories are everywhere and were flaunted boldly on summer runways. It’s also part of the Bohemian, free spirited coolness factor being worn globally. Moghul age forehead tikkas, ring to hand bracelets, belly chains and anklets demanded to be seen and worn. Wearing these metals practically in 100 degree Florida weather in 2016 might present a challenge … unless you have me to help of course! A major tip is to choose jewelry that is delicate, light and easy to put on. Heavier pieces will be a hassle maintaining during an event, the sweat levels will also intensify. So, instead of a kundan and stone ring to hand bracelet for your whole hand, opt for a thin gold or silver strand with one ring, maybe covered in rhinestones even for a shinier effect. Anklets don’t need to have two layers dripping in jingly ghungroos. They could be one beaded layer with a charm or a ghungroo here and there – simply beautiful.

Saucy Saris – Okay, don’t panic. But saris have decided to become the go-to look-at-me outfit of summer/fall, and much racier too! Regular blouses/cholis have become halter, backless and bikini tops. The sari itself is lighter in feel, more sheer and see-through. The ultimate look is a sheer all-over floral sari with halter or sleeveless blouse. Another is an all-lace sari. A graceful style indeed, but more transparent to the eyes, too! To regulate the look a bit, try a beige sari covered with floral or lace work. Sometimes, a bit of tweaking is necessary to finish your look comfortably and just right.

We at Gro Styles wish all a loving, laughing Eid and July 4th to you and yours. Celebrate, pray and party! Don’t forget the fireworks, too! And as always, remember to gro with style!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa and Orlando, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail kiran@grostyles.com or visit www.facebook.com/grostyles

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