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By Kiran Bahl

Happy spring, and for those of you celebrate it, Happy Easter! With flowers and plants blooming, and nature beckoning to come and enjoy the outdoors, everything is all about color, color and color this month.

March is quite an exciting month, especially for Indian fashion. Even Bollywood, in its movies, is beginning to represent the latest movement in Indian style, with clothing that is casually wearable by everybody. Churidaars and pantsuits remain the favorites, with bold contrasts. Take for an example, a fuschia or bright pink top, with a neon yellow bottom. Or a fire orange top paired with a lime green bottom. Two or more colors are essential to the outfit, all being vivid and fresh. Black is no longer the “it” item; white has replaced the classic favorite, with lots of colored embroidery and work.

A couple of Bollywood movies, as mentioned before, have displayed the new looks of today beautifully. The movie “Shabd,” starring Aishwarya Rai, is shot in Goa. Not only is the setting tropical, so is the attire. Rai glows in beautiful, cheerful Indian outfits, incorporating lots of turquoise and aqua shades for a beach look. In contrast to Rai’s Indian look, the movie “Insaan,” starring Lara Dutta, shows the leggy model with American outfits, also offering the same light color looks.

Saris take on a new twist. Double-shaded saris in the same intense coloring, such as red and pink, or royal blue and lilac, contain lots of embroidery. The embroidery, in fact, contrasts the colors of the sari. So that in the red and pink combo for instance, the embroidery on the red side has pink threading, and the work on the pink side has red threading. The overall, complete look is dazzling.

Jewelry is too simplistic this month, requiring little effort. A lightweight set or just a pair of heavy earrings is all you need, with of course, plenty of bangles. Thick wood or metal kadas, or bangles, are all the rage; one on each hand will work wonders for your look. A simple anklet (on the left foot, of course) can add some extra sass. Shoes need to be high heeled, especially when wearing churidaars or saris. A simple metallic gold or silver pair will be just fine. Keep hairstyles easy. Loose updos, or flowing, tousled hair with almost a messy look can be natural and romantic looking.

Men’s fashion, unfortunately, does not change this season. Clothing remains lightweight and light colored. Little embroidery in contrasting reds and greens to beige and white pieces can look exotic and “just enough” for any occasion. Simple kurtas, for men, worn with khakis or jeans, can be sexy and distinctive. From creams and cocoas, to maroons and navy blues, they are the must-haves of the month.

The most important thing to remember, especially during these warmer-by-day months, is to wear lightweight clothing that is easy to move around in. Spring always equals more fun in the sun, so why not celebrate all your events with family and friends outside? Enjoy the weather, enjoy great fashion and enjoy each other. 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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