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How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party

By Sara . Updated: January 31, 2017
How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party

Party on the eve of the festival of lights; this calls for the brightest colors. Diwali party offers the chance to dazzle up in beautiful ethnic and traditional Indian outfits. Bright colored clothes reflect the joy and excitement of Diwali.

So, thinking about how to dress up for Diwali Party? Read on…

  1. Saree
  2. Lehenga-choli
  3. Anarkali
  4. Kurti
  5. Wide-legged Sharara
  6. Maxi Dress
  7. Kurta Pyjama
  8. Churidaar
  9. Denim and Kurta
  10. Dhoti
  11. Jodhpuris
  12. Waistcoats
  13. Pathani
  14. Other Diwali preparations
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The traditional saree is the most versatile dress which is absolutely perfect for the traditional look during Diwali party. The classic combination of red and gold brocade saree will look fabulous. You can also try various other colour combinations. You can try colours like fuchsia, tangerine, violet and green. Choose fabrics which suit your body type. Also add a piece or two of jewellery to complete the look.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Saree


Bright coloured, midriff baring choli and a low cut lehenga will definitely up your style quotient. You can also put on a sequin embroidered, thread embroidery or mirror embroidered lehenga. Sheer dupatta will definitely add the elegance to this beautiful ensemble. Do not forget to add some bangles.

You can also learn how to wear Lehenga Dupatta in Sari style!

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Lehenga-choli


Choose a bright coloured anarkali. You can pick one with a gold brocade border. An-empire line will accentuate your bust and stream line your torso. Wear a pin-striped one to slim down your waist and add length to your frame. Anarkalis are also comfortable for dancing, so you can wear them in such occasions as Sangeet nights too. Nowadays you can find anarkali in every possible colour and design. So, pick the one that suits your skin tone and accentuates your best features if you want to look great for a Diwali party.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Anarkali


A beautiful kurti will also be a great way to make a stylish impression. Pair it up with a gorgeous churidar and you are good to go. Choose the kurti in the hues of red, bright pink, purple etc., with chanderi and zari butta. You can also go for kurti having zardozi and kundan work or having brocade and gold print.

Need more advice? Take a look at our tips on how to mix and match Kurtis.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Kurti

Wide-legged Sharara

You can try a short or low-back kurti with the classic sharara. Sharara is a fashion heritage which is from the 16-th century Mughal period.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Wide-legged Sharara

Maxi Dress

Pick a lovely maxi dress with Indian embellishments and you will look beautiful and elegant.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Maxi Dress

Kurta Pyjama

For men, a silk kurta in a single bright shade coupled with a plain payjama will bring out your ethnic and traditional side for special occasions. Kurtas are also available with delicate prints which look very suave if carried off well.

You might also be interested in our tips on how to get Ranbir Kapoor hairstyle to complete the look.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Kurta Pyjama


If you are going for a sophisticated look with your Kurta then pair it up with a well-fitted churidaar. This attire would definitely be able to grab the eyeballs of the fairer sex.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Churidaar

Denim and Kurta

If the party is a casual gathering of friends then team up your Kurta with your favorite pair of jeans and make a cool impression at the get-together.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Denim and Kurta


Looking for an absolutely traditional look which had been carried on for years by our ancestors? Then pair your Kurta with a dhoti. It will definitely make you a stand out in crowd.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Dhoti


Bandh gala Jodhpuris matched with camel skin ‘jootis’ and you are ready to make the grand entrance at the Diwali party.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Jodhpuris


Totally suave, opt for one in a material that matches the festive mood. Get the waistcoat in silk or brocade, with a colour that goes well with your complexion.

How To Dress Up For A Diwali Party - Waistcoats


Pathani suits can give you an easy relaxed look. It is available in a wide variety of fabrics and colours.

Other Diwali preparations

Preparing for an unforgettable Diwali? Take a look at our DIY crafts you can make for a perfect Diwali Party:

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Amazing website I found lots of different clothing ideas. It helped me with my Diwali project. Thanks So much!
Hey dear Sara, Thanks for this lovely collection. I agree with you to wear traditional dress like Saree blouse designs and wearing Lehenga in Diwali is not a bad idea.
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