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The night jasmine gracing our doorsteps with its enchanting beauty and exhilarating fragrance beautifully serves to  remind us that it is that time of the year when we welcome the Goddess of power and strength – Devi Durga. Durga Puja is celebrated with immense joy and high spirit. And no celebration in India comes without excitement of dressing up in our best possible selves for the occasion and with Durga Puja blessing us with 6 days to be our best dressed selves, who would not be thrilled?

Here are my 6 festive look suggestions that will get one through these 6 days like a goddess herself!

Maha Panchami:

With this day beginning the celebrations, the outfit can be joyful but not necessarily too heavy. Patched work skirts with Indian regional prints and vibrant colours, gives easy and ethnic vibe. Paired with a plain shirt in white or black can do all the magic.  Add some “chaand bali” as accessories and your Maha Panchami outfit is sorted.

Maha Sashti:

Kurta and straight cut pants with a complimenting dupatta is one of the trends this season. This look is festive, stylish and very experimental in terms of colours from pastel to dark and dupatta options from silk to organza to net. Pick your colour and dupatta and steal the show on Maha Sashti with this stylish, well curated look. Accessories can be matching bangles, payal, a bindi and a pair of studs.

Maha Saptami:

By this day, we are in high spirit of our celebrations and our dress should reflect the same. A layering of outfits gives a well styled look. A solid coloured kurta and straight trouser set in silk or semi silk fabric can be layered with an overcoat with mirror work or embroidery or any heavy work on it that makes the entire look grand. The accessories can by matching oxidized heavy jhumkas and Kohlapuri chappals.

Maha Ashtami:

This is one of the most sacred day of the 5 days of celebrations and I would recommend a saree for this day. A saree brings eternal elegance and, when styled well, makes one look divine. Pick your festive colour or print or combination of both or type of saree fabric you find festive. Wear that saree, pair it with a complimenting blouse, give some thought on the design of the blouse,  neat pleats, a bold bindi, bangles, a necklace and a pair of studs. In this look, one will feel like a celebration herself.

Maha Navami:

There is an unmatched grandeur of a full length heavy ghera ( more folds, flowy) kurta with fancy back or side tassels/tie ups. With pretty Jaipuri Juttis, a pretty dupatta in silk or organza and some heavy earrings to go with, the Navami can be celebrated with a ravishing style.

Vijaya Dashami:

The last day of Durga Puja, filled with colour play, energy and joy. This day can be about ease and ethnicity than style. Wear anything that defines ethnicity to you. It can be a pretty earthy toned kurta and trousers with an oxidized statement choker or a cotton handloom saree with bangles, a simple bun and flower dressing on it.

Let’s make this Durga Puja about styling looks with ease and ethnicity glamorously! Happy Durga Puja to all you lovely people.

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                  Stories unveils to us the world full of different characters, places, moments between the characters in those places, the words spoken and even the ones unspoken. Bollywood does master not just presenting these amazing stories in the most delightful and engaging way but it also takes us on a ride with all its charm of head turning looks, glamorous clothing, jewelry, overall styling and what not. “Trend setter” is what some of the great movies with iconic characters give us. By the very nature of trends, they come and they go but there are sure a few amazing looks or outfits or fashion trends that stayed and became a regular fit.

                 Sarees and salwar suits have been an integral part of an Indian wardrobe. However, with westernization making its hold stronger everyday, jeans, skirts and shorts are what girls prefer to wear and still is an everyday ensemble. But there have been a few super hit movies that made a breakthrough in the fashion game of the country and itched itself on our choice of wear so much so that is has become a basic go to look for an everyday rush/comfort wear.

                 Will we ever forget that epic scene from the movie “Jab We Met”, Geet’s introductory scene as she catches the train. Classic white shirt, blue denim and a vibrant Phulkari dupatta/stole, accessorized with jhumkas and bangles is never going to go out of fashion. The Indo-Western fusion has never been done this better. The oversized graphic T-shirt with a fabulous Patiala pyjama is as iconic as Rabina Tandon’s yellow saree in “Tip Tip Barsa Paani….” song. Also, those amazing songs in the voice of Shreya Ghoshal in the movie where Kareena wears Chikkankari lucknowi kurta with a jeans, can that ever be not working! The fusion look is here to stay and I being a fan girl will never be able to put a time for this to go out of fashion.

                      This Indian girl loves sarees like billion others. The thing to think about is when did this apparel became not just for our mothers and aunts but also for us. Sushmita Sen with her eternal grace in “Main Hoon Na”, redefined saree. The minimalist look with a saree for teaching, well, that worked for us. Who wouldn’t love to drape a lightweight saree, style up minimal and slay the work look. With many businesses growing on Instagram, it has become evident that the current women workforce are open to wearing sarees to work. There are businesses that makes sarees having this elegant, minimalistic look and these enterprises are flourishing. Soft, light weight comfortable saree is a power dress and we love it. After all, who wouldn’t love to look like Sushmita Sen everyday at work.

                  The ultimate diva of Bollywood, Deepika Padukone has owned the fashion game for over a decade now. From various global film fests, prestigious red carpet appearances to many a glamorous looks in her movies she has rocked it all. It is intriguing that what became a revolutionary look, the one that has completely changed how girls dress in India now, is rather a simple one. The “kurta and leggings” look, the basic, the one that stayed and will stay for many a more decades. The vibrant desi printed kurtas with complimenting, comfortable leggings owning the silver screen in the movie “Love Aaj Kal” changed how the Indian girls dress. The way Deepika glamourized this desi look of kurta and made it simpler with a flexible, comfortable leggings which completes the look without the load of wearing a dupatta is everything an Indian girl needed. Like Deepika in the Delhi metro, looking fabulous in those amazing kurtas in the movie, today one will spot a thousand like her in the metros going to college, work and where not. Deepika’s on screen looks rather took a more impactful turn with her “boss lady”, “ power dressing” avatar in the movie “Piku”. Those earthy toned cotton kurtas, complimenting stoles, cotton palazzos and huge leather handbag, kohled eyes is everything stunning we want in our work look. That desi dress is for all to unleash the boss lady in them, to seize the day, to feel as if they are wearing their ethnicity up their sleeves as they start the marathon and wins. That’s what fashion is about, the one that stays and creates a space for itself in everyone’s life.

                    Well for now, this Bollywood fan is drooling over the MET GALA looks of the Hollywood celebrities and waiting eagerly for the next Bollywood fashion game. I think the current summer season is perfect to try those “Gehraiyyan” looks of Ananya Pandey and Deepika Padukone. What do you think?

Cheers to the fashion that stayed for all Indian fan girls.

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With fast fashion overwhelming our wardrobes, no one gives much thought to the designs and artistry of fabrics anymore. After all, why pay more to get authentic material if you can buy some contemporary fashion at a lower price, right? Well, wrong. No matter how catchy, fast fashion comes with a lot of aspects that you might not like if you are ‘one of a kind’ type of person. These clothes designed and fashioned in mass lack the authenticity that a garment usually denotes. Hence fashion is becoming common and cheap. But if you like to invest in style and quality, it is a handloom that you have to choose. Why handloom, though? Well, for starters, it creates products that are not mere chunks of mass production. Instead, it is a unique and detailed piece specially crafted for picky souls like you and us.

Moreover, being from a country that has such a versatile demographic, it is a crime not to invest in handlooms and our weaver’s magical artistry. If you are still not convinced, we give you five solid reasons why you should pick handloom clothes and apparel. Please wait until the fifth one (it’s a game-changer!)

Reasons to choose handloom materials

1. Handlooms Are Local And Traditional

Handloom materials are locally woven fabrics. Hence it reflects the regional sentiments of the people and their ways of life. Since we are giving importance to locally made products, handloom materials are a great way to invest in local communities. There are several startups that are promoting local weavers and their handloom materials. The S Way is one such platform where we bring together the ancient and authentic handloom fabrics–designed by our local weavers and artisans.

2. Handlooms Empowering Small Artists

Handloom materials are created not just by weavers but also by immensely skilled artists. They put a lot of detail and effort into weaving each piece. Hence a lot of innovation and design thinking create every handloom apparel. Although there are several handloom retailers, these small artists don’t get the platform to show their talent. However, if demands rise, these local artists will boost to create and sell their art through their handlooms.

3. Handlooms Come With Unique Designs

Another great reason to choose handlooms over fast fashion is that the former products come with unique and uncommon designs. Handloom materials come from regions that follow folk and traditional designs. These make the products unique and quite unusual–especially when compared to mass-produced products. So if you are a sucker for quirky and distinct fashion, handlooms are the way to go!

4. Handlooms Come With A Story

Remember the episode of the FRIENDS TV show where we know how Phoebe prefers her furniture to have a background story? Well, it’s because Phoebe, as a personality, tries to invest in stuff that has a story and throwback scene. Similar to her rustic furniture choices, handlooms come with a background fable that will connect you to the story of the region where they belong. And thus, every piece will let you into a place you may have never been or a story you haven’t heard yet! With every handloom piece at The S Way, you will get the touch of North Eastern’s traditional way of living.

5. Handlooms Are Sustainable Materials

Now that we are becoming an eco-conscious society, it is imperative that we choose our lifestyle as per its impacts on the environment. Handloom fabrics such as silk, cotton, and khadi are naturally produced. Handloom printing is also done with natural dyes–making them suitable for a conscious environment. While mass-produced products involve a lot of colorant chemicals and synthetic by-products to the environment, handlooms are green and sustainable.

There you go, five reasons to say yes to handlooms. The thing is, choosing your clothes is one of the most critical choices that will mold your personality. So we say why not choose something that you are proud of! Isn’t it?

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