Dress up for Diwali
When you are invited to a Diwali party or bought tickets to attend a Diwali celebration for the first time, you wonder about what to wear to a Diwali event and whether there is a dress code. This post adresses these questions for Diwali parties or celebrations in US college towns. There are usually a large community of Indian students and may be several professors.
What to wear at Diwali as a men
At Diwali parties in college towns, most men wear casual party outfits. However, you can see Indian men or men married with an Indian woman wearing everything from a plain western jeans and shirt look over Indo Western outfits to traditional Indian looks from various regions. You can see men in sherwani, kurta pajamas or a Jodhpuri suit, and occassionally a Nehru jacket.
“Best Jodhpuri Suits Available Online In 2019” by Vicky Shukla is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 4.0
My friends and I in traditional clothing
Women outfits celebrating the festival of lights
What to wear at Diwali as a women
Most Indian women wear sarees. Only a few of them dress in kurtis, salwar kameez, anarkali suit or lehengas. It’s rare to see one of them wearing a head-to-toe western outfit. Non-Indian women wear something along the lines of a fancy dinner party or an upscale restaurtant. Some wear traditional Indian clothes mixed with western items like a global trend inspired Indian embroidered blouse with skinnie outfit or wear a fancy panjeree. Once in a while you see one in a saree.
Young women in colorful lehengas Woman in traditional clothes
Women in embroidered sarees
Munaz style wrapped black embroidered saree accessorized with Indian style belt, pendant necklace, short necklace, three multi-color bangles on each wrist, multi-color earrings (all own), and glamorous statement necklace c/o Happiness Boutique Burgundy silk with gold hand painted embellishment panjeree
When in doubt, wear something new
It’s a tradition to wear something new. Doing so is related to Diwali indicating the beginning of a new year. Thus, you don’t want to wear something that has old (painful) memories of the past. In other words dressing in new clothing has some symbolic. It’s a nice gesture to commemorate this tradition when you attend Diwali. When you follow my blog already for a while, this tradition once stressed me out what to wear for Diwali. I had nothing new and my friends expected me to attend in traditional clothing.
Can I wear black on Diwali?
Diwali is about fun and happiness. Thus, would it be inappropriate to wear black, which is associated with mourning in many western cultures? Diwali is a special, auspicious event. Black is a special festive color. Go for traditional wear if possible.
Stylist’s tip: Black is the most suitable color to wear on Diwali.
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