Why do we love florals? Besides being romantic and fuss-free, a floral print is emblematic of optimistic fashion. As we celebrate the festive season, there’s no better time than now to incorporate bright and happy prints into our wardrobes. A floral print is easy and foolproof – and no one knows this better than Lashkaraa whose collection of saris and lehengas is the perfect lesson in how to sport a botanical print. If you have a penchant for florals, Lashkaraa’s floral ensembles are bound to win your vote.
As we enter the festivities with Dussehra and Navratri that have already made their way to our festive calendar only to lead us to Diwali and the wedding season, this means some amazing festive wear inspiration is going to float around. From your classic saris draped in a traditional fashion to some contemporary takes for those who want to experiment, there is an option for everybody on the style spectrum. In 2023, these sartorial choices seem to be blooming and growing alongside.
Incorporating Florals in Diwali Wardrobe
Flowers represent grace and freshness. Lashkaraa brings forth festive floral ensembles that not only enthral with playful pink accents but also pay homage to Indian craftsmanship. A perfect cozy winter look inspiration as we head into the cooler months, is this comfortably cool Purple Embroidered Brocade Saree. From the festive edit ‘Rang’, this one transcends imagination and artistry transferring elements of fantasy onto sheer canvas. The small florets in gold throughout the saree give a subtle floral touch to an otherwise regal ensemble. Another calming hue is the Blue Embroidered Brocade Saree that is pure poetry.
If fiery red is your vibe, the Red Embroidered Brocade Saree with intricate gold patterns add a timeless charm to this classic silhouette. An apt festive look for the upcoming festivities, Red and Gold Embroidered Pant Set with Jacket is for those who want to stay away from absolute traditional styles. Fuss-free yet graceful, this look is a must-have for occasions when you want to leave a lasting impression without being too obvious about it. To ensure that nothing took away from the look, one can keep their beauty look sweet and simple with soft curls hair, rosy cheeks, a nude lip and subtle smoky eyes.
Yet again, there’s nothing like a good old floral suit set like the Red and Gold Hand Embroidered Straight Suit combining the brightness of red and the grace of gold work. Another option is the White and Gold Hand Embroidered Straight Suit that is an ode to the contemporary woman who loves to embrace her traditional roots. Perfect for day time parties and particularly a poolside function, a printed floral lehenga like Lashkaraa’s Orange Floral Printed Lehenga is a timeless piece that will always have you looking graceful and beautiful. As you elevate your sartorial sophistication quotient in scrumptious georgette, this one makes for a stunning piece. Lashkaraa’s Green Floral Printed Lehenga crafted in exquisite Upada silk is another stunning Diwali party ensemble.
If you’re someone who likes to channel the ‘less-is-more’ vibe, you can invest in Purple Floral Embellished Anarkali from the range ‘Gossamer’. Another stunning ensemble that whisper the secret of opulence in graceful pastels is the Dusty Lilac Floral Embellished Lehenga. If coordinated sets are what you’re crushing on, the Light Peach Floral Embellished Crop Jacket Set showcases romantic florals, a harmonious blend of grace and beauty that deserves a spot in your closet. If you’re relying on a lightweight fabric for zero discomfort, the Soft Yellow Floral Embellished Saree will embrace the joy of light as air fabric and the joy of floral drapes. The ultimate festive ensemble, perfect for any Diwali party is hands down the Black Embroidered Brocade Lehenga from Lashkaraa’s latest collection ‘Rang’.
Types of Floral Patterns
Floral patterns come in a wide variety of styles and designs. From rose patterns that are classic and timeless to elegant tulips and cheerful daisies, each type makes for stunning design elements to be placed on traditional Indian garments. While there are no floral patterns restricted to a particular season, spring usually sees patterns like cherry blossom, sunflowers and tropical florals. However, this doesn’t translate to designs on fabric and when to wear them. Florals like orchids, lillies, poppies, hibiscus and daffodils are commonly seen. These floral patterns can be found on a wide range of items, from clothing and accessories to home decor, making them a versatile and popular design choice. The type of floral pattern you choose can convey different moods and styles, whether it's a romantic rose print, a tropical hibiscus design, or an abstract interpretation of flowers.
Styling Floral Outfits
There are no hard and fast rules to styling florals. When styling florals, the first step would be to balance it with solid colors – a floral saree can be paired with a plain solid color blouse. One can also mix and match patterns like with stripes or polka dots, for a trendy and eclectic look. Just make sure the colors complement each other.
A print heavy ensemble can be paired with soft, shiny waves, bold eye makeup, pinkish bronze eyeshadow and lots of rouge. Finish the look with nude lipstick, a tiny bindi and a pair of stunning silver earrings. For that additional romantic factor, one can keep their makeup in soft tones of rose pink and leave the hair open. Add statement jewellery to complete the look. When in doubt about the footwear, neutral-colored shoes often complement floral outfits well. But if you're feeling bold, you can pick a shoe color that matches one of the colors in the floral pattern.
Pairing Floral Outfits with Traditional Diwali Jewelry
During Diwali, people often opt for jewelry that complements their festive attire. The choice of jewelry can vary based on regional traditions and personal preferences. While many prefer gold and gemstone-studded pieces to add a touch of elegance and sparkle to their festive look, one can even go for oxidised silver jewellery to add an Indian touch to any and every festive ensemble.
Elaborate necklaces, known as "haars," are a common choice for Diwali. These can be made of gold, silver, or other metals and are often adorned with precious and semi-precious gemstones. Polki and Kundan necklaces are particularly popular during the festival. Traditional jhumkas, chandbalis, and other ornate earrings are widely worn during the festivities and they come in various styles, including those with intricate filigree work, gemstone embellishments, and enamel detailing.
Married women often wear the mangalsutra, a sacred necklace symbolizing their marital status. This piece is typically made of black beads with a central pendant, often featuring gold or diamond accents. Bangles (Chudi or Kada) are an integral part of dressing up for the festivities, especially Diwali, a time when women adorn their wrists with an array of bangles. These can be traditional glass bangles, gold or silver kadas, or even designer bangles with intricate designs. A nath is a nose ring, often in the shape of a hoop, is worn on one side of the nose and is a traditional piece of jewelry, especially in North India. Other jewellery pieces like maang tikka, diamond rings, waist belt, haath phools and hair accessories are worn to add a traditional touch to the entire look.