Christmas is sassy- New Year is fun- the holiday season is simply amazing. The weather, the bonhomie, the cheer, and warmth all around and well, not to forget those late-night parties – everything is stunning and dazzling about December. And then there’s the thrilling anticipation of a brand New year! Are you too all primped up to party hard and enjoy this time of the year to the hilt? After all, dressing up is so much fun – and in the Indian weather – this is the time when you can groom and preen without worrying about heat and sweat.
We know you invariably pull out (or better still, buy) a stash of gowns, dresses, western-style formal wear, suits, and swirly skirts for your Christmas, New Year, and holiday parties. But, we would like to give a happy twist to some of your wardrobe plans this year by suggesting ways to incorporate chic and trendy Indian wear in your Christmas party dressing! So when almost everyone is flouncing around in western dresses, imagine how gorgeously you can stand out in a sensuous saree! Are you still contemplating? Well, then you do need to go through our fashion tips for impeccable Indian style Christmas dressing.
Best Christmas Party Dresses
1. Introduce Indian Elements
If you don’t wish to trade off your regular Christmas dressing for an ethnic wardrobe, consider introducing Indian elements to your Christmas party dress or a holiday season party outfit. You can add an Indian waist-coat or a long embroidered jacket to a flared LBD, or pair brocade trousers with a ruffle top or a peplum tunic. Give in to tie-and-dye prints accented with sequins, hand-embellished floral collars, and zardozi shimmer.
A long flared Anarkali gown in Christmas colors- red, pink, golden, or green and Indian style embroidery is also worth considering.
You can introduce ethnic elements by adding Indian style accessories only, like Indian juttis with a dress, adding bangles, and an embroidered clutch to your gown ensemble. You can also be a little more experimental and pair a short Indian tunic with a western skirt or trousers! A gown paired with a designer dupatta – like a wrap – draped lightly over one shoulder – will turn out as a perfect amalgamation of Indo-Western sensibilities. Go by the idea of being different to stand out!
2. Indo-Western Fusion Wear
Adding a little more than elements of traditions, you can go all out with your fusion game strong and flaunt styles that give you the best of both worlds. Swish Palazzo sarees, crisp-crafted trouser suits, Indo-Western gowns, floor-length Kurtis, and fusion Anarkali suits will impressively keep up with the dress code for your Indian-style Christmas celebration. Consider a jewel palette for the occasion- ruby reds, emerald greens, and mystifying sapphire tones are perfect for the season.
3. The Suave Factor
You can smartly carry off a complete Indian garment that speaks elegance and have an uber-chic feel. Join the Christmas bandwagon with a pastel organza saree or a fluid chiffon drape. Pre-stitched sarees also count in as apt festive dressing for Christmas 2020. For the blouse, you can stick to Western elements, like Victorian flounces, sheers, and glam-back detailing. Trousers, narrow, straight-cut kameez, frock styles, abstract prints, capes, waist-flaunting fit-and-flare are some of the elements to look out for a suitable pick in the salwar suit category. Channel a gorgeous cinched-at-waist gown made in embossed fabric and feel like a princess!
Plain silhouettes look flattering and go well with all body shapes. They usually tend to be more versatile- so you can style them in multiple ways.
4. Keep it Simple
Indian ethnic styling and colors are a bit too strong for Western sensibilities. So, if you are attending a Christmas party with a typically western vibe – keep things simple! Stick to one key bling element. You can opt for an imposing party-wear saree and play low-key with the accessories, or a plain saree with a designer blouse and statement earrings. Similarly, don’t mix too many boisterous colors! You can also experiment with gorgeous designer blouse designs, which are the toast of the season!
You can work all Indian colors nicely for any Christmas party too. For example, if you wish to wear your favorite rani pink, Fuschia, or mustard yellow – then style it some way that there are supporting neutrals, like black, white, or beige. Or take the monotone route – with embellishments and borders in no-bling feel.
5. Colors of the Season
There are a few colors that represent the Christmas spirit like nothing else! Wear reds and whites for a real Santa feel, or say yes to vibrant greens and plush golds. All shades of the red family – including maroons and deep pinks make for happy Christmas colors. But if you are not the one to go for the usual or refuse to look like poster book adverts of Christmas parties – choose any of the in-vogue intense palettes – that also agree with the season. Wine or deep purple is one color family that’s a party must this time – so choose your Indian style party dresses in this hue family.
However, Christmas, New Year, and Holiday season parties are rarely complete without the western staple – black. Just like an LBD – the little black dress – rules any party season, including the Christmas parties, you too can choose black splendor in an Indian style, maybe an Indo-Western suit or an all-black ethnic gown – to steal the show at a Christmas party
6. Keep Ostentation in Check
This one is much like the Simplicity Rule we spoke of earlier. Never over-do or pile on everything that comes to your mind while dressing up for a Christmas or New Year party. Leave home your embroidered dupatta when you choose a party-wear lehenga choli to give it a crop top – skirt combo look! Choose dresses or Indian outfits that are either plain or subdued in terms of dressy embroidery or ostentation.
Choose artfully done, trendier pieces, and for infusing luxury, focus on the luster of the fabric or embellishments with a more contemporary touch. Pick silks, gossamer, velvets, or chenille for the lush appeal of an Indo-Western gown or a saree blouse – but keep the details minimal. You can also rely on prints and colors instead of going the whole Indian way with embroidery overindulgence, which goes perfectly well for occasions like Diwali, Karva Chauth, and the wedding festivities.
7. Sequined Charm
Sequins certainly rule the charts on the list of dazzling embellishments that work perfectly in a Christmassy theme. They look stylish, lend a very balanced or under-stated sheen, especially if they are not in metallic hues, and are amply in tune with the western design elements.
Sequins look spectacular in Indian ensembles like sarees and blouses, and even floor-length gowns and Kurtis, giving them a chic and youthful appearance. Sequin sarees and blouses with sequin work are one of the top trends of the season!
8. Stick to Layers
It is December, and unless you are in the Southern hemisphere, this time of the year will, invariably, be cold. In many parts of India and most areas across the globe, the weather is chilly around the year-end. So, ensure you layer well for your Christmas or year-end party. And, you pretty well know that layering is not an issue in Indian dressing. Also, there is always the option of wearing a kameez that is full-sleeved!
Most Anarkali suits also have a lining and cancan layer for added flare, which is going to save you from the chilly air. Plus, there always will be a bottom separate – worn underneath, even the floor-length dresses and suits. Sorted and ready to face the wintery Christmas party!!
9. Planning to Dance?
Invariably, you will be dancing at a party. Won’t you? Always choose your dress, keeping in mind what your activity schedule will be like at this probable gathering. Will you be on the dance floor for the evening? Don’t wear anything floor-grazing, with crazy flare, or something that would leave you feeling hot and flustered. Keep things light, choose a paneled, gown-like suit in a fitted silhouette, or go for shorter tunic styles with cigarette trousers.
Would you rather stay glued to your group and indulge in holiday eating and drinking? Or, yours would be more of an academic style – talk and discuss, as kids sing carols at the Christmas party? Then, of course, you may choose something else too, but do keep this aspect in mind that you may also have to dance – even if a bit!
10. The Accessory Quotient
Accessories can be your savior when trying to get a specific look or theme right. In the Christmas context, too, you can easily de-construct or tone down the Indian look with smart accessorizing. For starters, even with a saree, avoid heavy Indian jewelry or traditional neck-pieces. Choose chic danglers and keep desi-style bangles at bay. Wear a classy bracelet and a watch, and maybe a statement ring to get your Christmas look right. Keep your bag and shoes western in styling too.
Trendy accessories or statement pieces can instantly glam up an Indian style Christmas look. So if you wish to avoid ethnic dressing, you can still introduce Indian spiciness in your wardrobe by wearing ethnic accessories or jewelry with your western-style Christmas outfit. How about styling your princess gown with a floral matha Patti or a statement nose ring with a little dress? After all, innovation is the key to a unique style statement!
There’s no limit to the ways you can blend these sensibilities and achieve unique and gorgeous looks for the Christmas week. Just remember to balance your wardrobe elements appealingly! Don’t forget to share your experiences with us – in the comments section.