Hey ! Happy Ugadi to you all. Once again a festival is up right there and I am so excited to post my pictures with #festivemodeon. For sure few of you felt like saying LOL. Just kidding.
I was just going through social network sites and could see that there are many festival today. Most of them are new year occasions for different regions of India celebrated in different ways with their unique names. WOW! Isn’t it amazing that we still remember our culture and follow our calendar too. I got introduced to Ugadi when I moved to Bangalore as a young undergrad student. It has been over a decade now and every year I have celebrated it with my friends who are an extended family now.
This festival typically falls in month of March or April (Chaitra) according to lunisolar calendar. Date of the festival is decided based on calculation of position of moon dating back to 12th century. Festival begins on the first moon after spring Equinox and is celebrated after sunrise. India is incredible and has lots of things hidden behind each and every celebration we Indians cherish.
This festival keeps me lively and happy. We start the celebration by drawing colourful patterns on floor with coloured rice flour. These colourful patterns are known as Kolams. We also decorate our main door with mango leafs known as Toran. We also exchange gifts with friends and family, give charity to poor, prepare dish called pachadi and visit Hindu temples on this auspicious day.
I could not get a helping hand to drape a sari for me this time (Yes, I admit. I do not know how!) I decided to go for a look which is a modern take on traditional Indian wear.This is what I wore.
I took out my boho printed skirt and and paired it with double slit kurta which has mandarin collar with a key hole detail. This yellow kurta makes me feel so bright this summer. If you love those boho princess look, pair your maxi skirt with a kurta and team them with your favourite jewellery. You can choose any of you floor grazing skirt and kurta to create this look.
To accessorise I am wearing my Tanishq uncut diamond jhumka, Tanishq gold bangles and traditional Gujrati handwork clutch. This pink bag looks so pretty with yellow and green work over it.
This particular combination is so ethnic yet stylish in a modern way. I always like unusual ethnic more because ,“Life is too short to wear boring clothes”. Play around with different prints, patterns or solids for this noteworthy look. Make your own style statement with your long skirts and well stitched Kurti. You can pair them with any style of kurti. be it long or short, solid or printed.
Some of you must be wondering why am I so much emphasising on skirt? The answer is because it’s summer and I love to wear stylish outfits, but at the same time I want to feel free and relaxed in them. Remember, if you are not comfortable in what you are wearing, you will never get the confidence.
Trash the old school, hard and fast rules and create your own look book. Start this Ugadi with a colourful outfit. This look is not only time saver but also allows you to move with confidence and grace.
Once again, happy Ugadi. Celebrate this festival with love and joy.
What I wore:
Photos by Candid Snaps