24 August, 2018
Finally, the time of the year has come which was long awaited. The festive season is knocking at our doors and I am already exhilarated. Are you? Raksha Bandhan marks the inception of the glorious festive season and we kit ourselves out with the imminent merrymaking. We all know that Raksha Bandhan is the celebration of the bond between brother and sister, but in my case, I am blessed with a geekiest sister (actually, it's the other way round, she is blessed and I am kinda stuck, lol). During our childhood days, both of us desperately wanted to have a brother on Raksha Bandhan. We would do anything to get a little brother and you would not believe if I tell you that my sister was my biggest rival back in my childhood days. Normally, siblings fight with each but in our case, it was almost as if you are witnessing World War III. So, there is no question in celebrating Raksha Bandhan at all. As we gradually get older and wiser (just kidding), we have left behind our enmity and now we are totally inseparable. We still fight on the silliest of the silliest things, but we stand beside each other always.
You must be thinking that Raksha Bandhan has an important role in dissolving the rivalry. I must tell you that you are completely wrong here. There is only one thing that brought us together. It has to be our wardrobes. I am sorry if you were expecting a sob story, but I don't have any. We set aside our grudges and focused on evolving our closet, though she wears the same clothes repeatedly, carries off the same look almost every day, but our fashion choices are indistinguishable. And that is the time when we bonded as siblings and there is no looking back. One other thing, that is in our genes, is procrastination. Yes, we wait for the last nanosecond to choose our dresses for any occasion. So, if you are a part of the same tribe, then you are in the right place. Stop bombarding your mind with questions like "What to wear on Raksha Bandhan", "How to look fashionable on Raksha Bandhan", "What are the latest trends for Raksha Bandhan" and so on. I am here to help you with two last-minute outfit ideas that you can create with outfits that are already in your wardrobe. No need to go break the entire internet and search for Raksha Bandhan dresses. Because I am bringing the answer to you. These two Raksha Bandhan outfit ideas are certainly the ones that you can sport effortlessly. So, let's get started.
For this look, you need to dig out the lehenga which you wore at your distant relative's sangeet ceremony, zillion years back. To be honest, we all have one lehenga which we just wore once and then it got lost somewhere underneath the pile of the daily-wear in our closet. If you don't have a lehenga, then you can go for a long A-line skirt. Next get yourself a solid coloured tee shirt. Here, I have got myself a hot pink and red lehenga. All the Indian festivals are vibrant and full of colours. So, hot pink and red suits the occasion just perfect. Considering, that we celebrate Raksha Bandhan in the light of the day, I found it necessary to team up the lehenga with something subtler. So, to tone down the colour scheme, I chose a classic white tee to pair it up with the lehenga. Now, you can either choose two contrasting colours for the upper and lower half or you can also go with the same colour family. The choice is yours. Bonus point of wearing a lehenga is giving the impression of a slimmer silhouette.
Moving on to the next chapter of the look, it's the accessories. What good is an Indian festival without traditional Indian jewellery? As you can see that I have adorned myself with these chunky charms to channel the bohemian vibes and to make it look traditionally pleasing. One thing, that I would like to add on is that you can go ahead with either golden or silver jewellery. It totally depends on what colours you are wearing. But don't mix and max golden and silver jewellery together. Stick to only one colour, like I have worn silver oxidized jewellery here. Finally, you can get your sling bag (to keep the collected token money from your brothers) to complete the look. Here, I have gone with a red embellished sling bag to match the aesthetics of the festivity.
Lehenga - Mohini Gupta Label
White tee shirt - Myntra
Red Sling Bag - Topshop
Silver Oxidized Earrings - Carat Pearl
Silver Oxidized Neckpieces and Bracelets - Thrifted (Janpath Market, New Delhi)
Next look is for the lady bosses who want to keep it simple yet look sassier than the girl next door. Grab a knee-length dress for yourself and pair it up with culottes. As you can see that I got a beige coloured embellished knee-length dress and paired it up with the same coloured culottes. This made the attire look uniform and perfectly coordinated. If you don't have colour coordinated dress and culottes, then you can go ahead with colours that belong to the same colour family. Additionally, you can go ahead and get an embroidered dupatta to bring the ethnic side of yours on the platform.
Turn on to the next page and you know what's the headlines. Accessorize. For accessorizing, I kept it simple with wooden earrings and jute sling bag (you see a bag is must, after all, where would you keep all that money girl). Finished off the look with flats with multicoloured jute straps. Matchy-matchy with the bag, yeah. Since the look was subdued, I made the makeup dazzle up. I curled my hair to instantly glam up the look and add that little oomph factor.
Beige Dress - Thrifted (Sarojini Nagar Market, New Delhi)
Beige Culottes - Ajio
Flats with multicoloured jute straps - Ajio
Jute Sling Bag and Earrings - Delhi Haat
I hope all your fashion dilemmas for choosing the Raksha Bandhan special dress is off the charts now. If this is not enough for you, then try out these Indo-western festive looks. Don't procrastinate more and get going. Discover the hidden treasures in your closet and create the perfect look for Raksha Bandhan. Do let me know, which look you like the most and will try out this Raksha Bandhan, in the comments section below. You can also share this blog post with the procrastinator in your squad and help her charm the atmosphere on Raksha Bandhan. Keep the festive spirit on and enjoy the upcoming festive season. Happy Raksha Bandhan!
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