MARCH 2020
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


It’s that beautiful time of year – springtime! Along with the warmer weather and renewed natural beauty also comes Holi, the most colorful occasion to celebrate! Full of color, vibrancy and fun, let’s get into the latest trends “rainbow style” for this fresh new season.


Spring is, after all, about spreading color and cheer! Like a fiery sunset, reds, oranges and yellows are alluring, exciting and at the same time, calming.

An all red ruffle or silk organza sari with a solid metallic or contrasting blouse is traditional but with a twist of trend. Bright orange lenghas with allover embroidery are eye catching. Yellow suits with stonework sparkle just right.

To bolden the feel, choose contrasts and embellishments with symmetrical hues in the color wheel. For example, a red sari with pink blouse or sequins will look oh-so-pretty!

Again, balance is important. When wearing a bright outfit, keep makeup, jewels and heels minimal and definitely not in the same shade. Monochromatic is good, wallpaper vibes are not.


2020 has become the year of greens and blues in fashion, home decor and even food. Indian ladies and menswear both are taking on this earthly feel too, especially since we love this peacock color combo already!

Green saris with self-sequin work take on spring with vigor. Blue lenghas and suits in all hues, even electric and neon, evoke freshness. I’m seeing greens and blues put together, especially in men’s’ kurtas too.

The one look that seems maybe too much is mixing patches of greens or blues together. A Shivan & Narresh show recently showcased a sea green lengha bottom with forest green choli and leaf green dupatta. Personally, I didn’t adore it. But I did adore the blue cocktails. A lengha bottom in sky blue with royal blue choli and navy blue dupatta looked almost ethereal and revived!

Remember, when wearing an outfit clearly meant to be seen, keep all else on you less. Too much of too much certainly doesn’t equal a proper balance.


I’ve always been indifferent towards these purple shades. Indigos and violets, however, are surprisingly versatile I’m finding out. Furthermore, mixed with white, you can choose a truly elegant, classy ensemble for the next occasion.

Indigo, or blue-purple, saris with floral borders paired with a white blouse is classy and great for a night out. A violet lengha or suit in chiffon (perfect for spring!) with white chikankari work simplifies without looking over casual.

Enjoy the warmer weather, the sunshine, and the newness of the season. Also, cherish and spread a rainbow of love and smiles. 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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