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FASHION: New season showcases classic colors
By Kiran Bahl

Let's proudly welcome autumn. Unfortunately, we in Florida don't have the luxury of experiencing fall's many adjustments around us. We don't see the colors of leaves changing, nor do we experience that crisp and distinct chill in the air that summons the new season. But we down South completely make up for things by displaying the change in our look and style.

For instance, tie-dye and bright colors shift to more formal reds, blacks and beiges. Burgundy and plum tones are more sought-after. A red lengha full of shine and sparkle add just the right amount of glitz and glamour to a formal event.

Get-togethers at home call for dark blues, purples and tan tones. The newest and freshest looks call for shalwar kameez suits with shorter tops. A solid-colored shalwar and chunni put together with a beaded or embroidered shorted kameez is the ultimate combination that would suit absolutely any woman.

Black is definitely gaining popularity, but watch out for this color more towards the winter months. The look for jewelry is getting heavier too. Kundan and stone sets are the newest trends, all set in oxidized, antiqued gold. Bright gold, like black, will definitely make a comeback later this year. Dark golds, silvers and intricate beading are popping up on the runways.

Classy braids, French twists and coiffed buns decorated with exotic hairclips look stunning for any occasion. The look for this season is fancier, more done, and more complete.

Men's fashion goes a bit more casual. Looks are leaning towards silk sherwanis decked with long vests, all of contrasting colors. Beige with blue, white with green, and beige with black are some of the striking combinations being showcased in shows all over India.

For less formal occasions, men are very much preferring simple kurta pajamas with subtle prints and lighter, more softer colors. Shalwars are temporarily taking the place of churidaars. Light blues, beiges and creams are in style now. The look is classy and simple.

So for this month, ladies, go for darker, more solid tones. And for all the guys out there, opt for a little less formal, but elegantly simplistic. And no matter what, as usual, stay stylish and always remember to grow with style.

Kiran Bahl
Gro Styles, "An Indian Boutique"
(813) 903-8334 / (813) 843-9040

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