Aye halo, halo, garbo ramva aao!
You will hear these shouts in every nook and corner of the city because the festival of zeal, enthusiasm – Dandiya and Garba – is just a few days away. The country, will be flooded with pandals, and the societies will glimmer with the halogen-effect of the season. There will be prayers and there will be raas, and more than anything, there will be dance and masti. Public, irrespective of their age, will deck up, do the enthralling moves and at the end of the day, there will be prizes for the best-dressed and the best dancer.
Those gearing up for the festivals, can enhance the dance moves with a tad-bit of practice but it can consume a lot of your time when it comes to dressing up and picking the right outfit for the Dandiya nights.
Nine days, nine dresses and a stiff competition to outshine your competitors. Keeping this in mind, we went on a Navratri shopping spree. We dug in a few outfits and accessories that are pocket-friendly and traditional.
Folks here’s what you can pick up this season.
Rather than being conventionally dressed with embroidered, shimmering, backless chaniya-choli one can try short/long, plain/printed kurtis teamed with denims, leggings, palazzo pants or dhotis of a contrasting color.
Bringing Rajasthan to the city, the shops now offer you oxidized jewelry for as cheap as 100 bucks. Lightweight accessories give an edge to the simple outfit making you look unconventionally traditional.
One can also purchase chaniya-cholis, kediyas and chhatris for less than a 1000 bucks. You will only have to improvise on your bargaining skills.
Miami Pond once asked, “What do woman want?” to which the answer was spontaneous; “Shoes”. The outfit will do well with a pair of mojris for which you are likely to shell out INR 200-300.
Taking unconventional to another level, you’d find many wearing a Bandhani suit. But it’d make a great outfit if you could just chuck the suit and make a bandhani dupatta your best buddy for the season.
One can even rent the kediyas and chaniya-cholis to cut costs and yet shimmer through these nine Garba nights. With the deposit amount ranging from INR 500-1000, the clothes are likely to cost upto INR 2000/- depending on various factors. For great picks what’s important is that you shop in the vicinity that offers you multiple options. So without the season being heavy on your pockets, one can enjoy the festive fervor with glee.