MAY 2021
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WEAR BLACK, ALL-GOLD OR SILVER, BANGLES? HERE ARE THE ANSWERS!

Kiran Bahl

By KIRAN BAHL

Happy Mother’s Day! The weather is beautiful, Covid-19 is finally in a better situation and ’tis the month to celebrate all the beautiful moms in our lives. In honor of this, we asked mothers from all over their burning fashion questions. And we answered!

WHY IS WEARING BLACK SO FROWNED UPON IN CERTAIN GATHERINGS?

Not to be so superstitious, but wearing black at a festive occasion is considered unholy and bad luck. It’s something that’s told in the Indian culture from generation to generation. Scientifically too, black absorbs light and may make your face appear and even feel more heated, something uncomfortable during a pooja or wedding already involving a fire! But really, the color black symbolizes sadness or mourning in India. Go instead for bright jewel hues or pretty pastel notes!

WHY DOES WEARING ALL GOLD OR ALL SILVER FEEL WRONG IN OUTFITS?

Allover metallic looks are so in right now on Indian runways and fashion look books everywhere. But we understand, maybe wearing all silver head to toe can make you look like a crumpled piece of aluminum foil. Wear the silver gharara, just offset it with a multicolored or solid bright dupatta. Wear the gold Oscar statue looking sari, just contrast with matte makeup, heels and jewels – minimalism in jewels is important here!

FLORIDA CAN GET REALLY HOT AND HUMID. HOW TO FEEL MORE COMFORTABLE WHEN WEARING INDIAN CLOTHING?

Yes, the rainy season doesn’t help either! Let’s go from head to toe. Wear your hair up! A

ponytail or bun work beautifully especially with fuller outfits like a lengha or sleeved outfits in general for a balanced look. Go sleeveless and more open necked or backless on tops. Less layering overall helps too. Drop the vest on suits and the extra waist belts or arm bands with your sari. When you look lighter, you’ll feel lighter! For shoes, simple heels or juttis do the trick. Very embellished stoned or beaded shoes can weigh your outfit down.

BANGLES OR KADAS, BOTH HANDS?

We get this question asked a lot. Trend-wise, bangles are in, and lots of them too on both hands. But otherwise, preference is really the answer here. Some love wearing dozens of solid bangles on both wrists with their suit. Others love the ease and look of wider kadas, sometimes on just one wrist (dupatta side) of their suit or sari. These are one of those fun looks to play around with each and every time.

ARE CRAZY SARI FUSION TRENDS STILL IN?

Yes, we remember these, and they seem so far off into the past! The dhoti sari, the sari worn with leggings, even the sari worn with a blazer. Right now, with events and gatherings slowly and cautiously opening back up, foundation and tradition is at its best. Wear your sari with a regular petticoat – it is simply pretty!

Once again, Happy Mother’s Day to all. Love is not seen, it is felt. It’s not necessarily in the gifts we present, but the presence of having one another, together. Love those in your lives hard and, as always, remember to ‘gro’ with style!

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, an Indian Boutique (www.grostyles.com), can be reached at (813) 843-9040 or kiran@grostyles.com

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