Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Happy Janamashtmi and Happy Ganesh Chathurti! The beautiful Hindu holiday season is in full swing. While celebrating, let’s feel and look festive too!


Bright colors are super in trend now. Hot pinks, oranges, blues and purples are even being combined together to amplify the look. A sari with a neutral base such as beige or cream will pop with stripes of these bold neon hues. If you want to subtly show off an electric shade, accessorize your neutral or one/two toned ensemble with a bright dupatta or gharara bottom. Jewelry and makeup can also reflect this runway feel with turquoise eyeshadow or magenta lips.

White is all over the latest collections, even into fall/winter ’18. As a base with allover floral embroidery or sequin work, or as a monochromatic look with gold or silver accents, it’s a refreshing shade and actually makes you feel cooler in this Florida heat. Neon colors against a white base feel and look perfect, matching this upcoming season’s fashion forecasts. A black base would just feel too dark.


Welcome sari season is what we should really be announcing. Saris are making a serious comeback, and why shouldn’t they? Versatile, elegant and sensuous, this one piece of fabric wrapped just right has everyone always so intrigued.

Light fabrics such as chiffon, georgette and organza/tissue are at the forefront of favorites when choosing a sari. From bright yellows and pinks to sober pastels such as sky blue and lilac, so many shades are “in”. Neutral tones, however, should be stored for later. Color is back, let’s have fun with it!


I know, I know. Red is automatically assumed “bridal” in our mindset. It’s a wedding color, a color a bride should only wear. Things have changed a bit.

In all my current wedding wardrobes as of late for clients as well as runway looks, commercials and ads, red is the LAST color opted to be worn by the bride. Pinks, purples, oranges and rainbows of colors together are the new choices. What does this do to the fashion chain of things? The rest of us wear this shade of beauty!

A red gharara or palazzo set is lovely. Stronger than pink, more feminine than black, this shade is grace personified. Monochrome red outfits are in, too. Wear all red, head to toe. Wow!

Wearing a red lengha, fully red with gold embroidery or sequin work is trickier to handle. Many will assume “bride” and perhaps rightly so. To lighten the look, be sure there is minimal work on the lengha, the color red is enough. The choli or dupatta can even come in a contrasting color to offset the red of the bottom.

Celebrate all and celebrate with each other! Time well spent with your family and friends will give you a lifetime’s worth of content. Enjoy the holidays, 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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