If you didn’t steal your mom’s bandhani dupatta and role-play your favorite Bollywood actress, were you even a cool kid? There is just something about the mash-up of bright hues and those iconic puckered up patterns plastered all over the dupatta that make everyone’s eyes pop. And we are no better. We drool.
The styling for this season is hugely inspired by the colors and drama of the bandhani and translating it into modern pieces in rich traditional colors, pom-pom trimmings, and watercolor prints.
Living out our brightest outfit fantasies from our childhoods, we put together a few looks worth experimenting with:
- Tighten-up: What you’ll need is a pair of palazzos or dhoti pants in bright pink, a sleeveless or full-sleeved crop in orange, a long bright dupatta in bandhani or watercolor, and a wide belt in camel brown. Drape the dupatta around you as you would with a saree but with more focus on styling the top and not the bottom as the dhoti pants will maintain focus at the bottom. Accessorize with gold hoops, or a chunky watch. Platform wedges or kitten heels are the perfect shoe to complete this look.
- Let it go: A kaftan kurta in an over the top watercolor or abstract print inspired by bright wedding colors is what you will need at the center of this look. Accessorize it with shoulder grazer earrings in the most neutral color of your kaftan and complete the look with dark gold pumps. Keep your hair straight and slick instead of waves.
No matter which look you decide to zero-in on, keep your make-up light and fresh. A solid sunscreen, a dab of matte fixer, kohl-rimmed eyes, a streak of highlighter on key areas on the face, and a nude lipstick is all you need. A minimal face with maximal effect is always our goal.