12 October, 2018
I am the happiest kid in the world right now, as I pen down my thoughts about something very special to my heart. I waited one whole year to write this blog post eagerly and as the day has come I cannot be happier. Since childhood days, this is my favourite time of the year. After reading the title you must have guessed it by now. It is the time of the year, which is very special for the Bengali community as it’s officially The Durga Puja season. For those, who do not know about this festival, Durga Puja is the most celebrated festival of the Bengali community. All the bongs (Bengali people), celebrate Durga Puja with great pomp and show. Basically, we hop Pandals, seek blessings of Maa Durga, dress gorgeously for the occasion, eat lavishly and enjoy like there is no tomorrow. That is how crazy we get during Durga Puja. What makes this festival more special is that it is a 5-day festival (Sashti, Saptami, Ashtami, Navami, and Dashami) which makes it a whole week of fun, entertainment, and absolutely no work. Yasss!
We start the preparation for Durga Puja at the beginning of August and there is literally no stopping in between. Males take up the responsibility of putting their thinking caps on and coming up with the most unique and creative ideas for decorating the Pandal and Deity. For females, the responsibilities are much bigger. Yes, we get the task to look our best in these five auspicious days of Durga Puja. Generally speaking, it is a kind of “Best Looking Female” competition, a totally healthy one. You would never see two bong girls fighting, never. But what we do is passing on cold looks. So, the girl getting the greatest number of cold looks is generally the winner. And I intend to be the winner every year (the only time when cold looks are kinda praiseworthy), so generally this time of the year I go through the trend charts and make sure that every look of mine stands out in the crowd. This year the Durga Puja is different because of a few reasons. First, I am at a new place and I get to attend Durga Puja ceremonies at two Pandals now. One new location to my Pandal hopping list. Secondly, this year I am associated with a few renowned Bengali Bloggers from all over India and we are together celebrating #BloggersDurgaPujo virtually. I have never lived in Kolkata with my relatives and so I would say that I know my community not very well. But thanks to all my #BloggersDurgaPujo friends who invited me to be a part of this wonderful virtual Bengali community. Now each day, I get to know them and how they celebrate their Durga Puja in terms of fashion, food, themes, pandals, and cultural grounds. Stay tuned, because I will be introducing each one of them and you can also get to know them with me.
But before we begin talking about my new friends, I have something in store for my fam. I know, by now you would have done your Durga Puja shopping. I know I again got late in publishing this post that would have helped you to jazz your sassy side up for the festival but fret not. You can still go ahead and try out these very basic yet impactful looks. So, today I am showing you 8 different festive outfit ideas that you can go ahead with, without adding much efforts and money. Whatever, you have shopped for will be utilized to its full potential in this post. Don’t believe me? Then scroll and look for yourself.
Look 1 - Add little flares to your dress
Now it is no surprise, be it any occasion, we crush on our black dresses. For me, there is no celebration without my black dress. So, here is me styling my pretty black dress. Now I paired it with blue coloured palazzos, with multicoloured embroidery at the edges. I added a chiffon dupatta with beads to level up my ethnic game. Finally, I accessorized with silver oxidized jewelry and I am good to go. Indo western is something that I love to play with and trust me it is so much fun when done right. Both the Indian and western components of the look shall be balanced, and you will find that you are doing it the right way. Now since the black dress was overpowering the entire outfit somehow, I chose to go with ethnic elements to tone down the western side. The output is a perfect balance between ethnicity and modernity.
Look 2 - Make your regular saree look sensuous
To be honest, I do not know how Durga Puja is celebrated throughout the country in terms of fashion. I surely know that for us Delhiites, Durga Puja pretty much looks like a fashion runway. You will keep turning heads all around and every other girl you see is making a bold fashion statement on her own. Now, we never had any restriction on what we wear on Durga Puja. It is not mandatory for us to flaunt only ethnic ensembles during this period. We have the freedom to choose. And so, I never give up on making things a little sensuous. Take this look, for example, I wore a very regular mauve satin saree. Simple isn’t it? But, to add on a little drama, I wore a black corset over it, instead of going for the usual blouse. Now that's what I was talking about. Make heads turn. As far as accessorizing is concerned, I again made friends with my favourite silver chunky charms and concluded the look with a silver clutch. A saree definitely glorifies your beauty and adding a little aesthetic can make things only better.
Look 3 - Go denim on denim
Durga Puja is all I wait for the entire season and how can I not don my favoured Denim on Denim. We always go for Pandal hopping and that is when a denim on denim look comes to my rescue. If you have ever been to CR Park, New Delhi, you would know how it gets difficult to walk from one Pandal to another. No matter how much you would wish to go for ethnic, you may regret it when you roam through different pandals in a heavy saree or suit. For me, denims are the most comfortable options and it can never go wrong. Plus, you get free pockets to keep your phone and extra stuff. I mean imagine wearing a suit or saree and taking out your phone every time from your purse to click a picture. Uneasy right? So, denim on denim is my way to simplify things for the better and look voguish at the same time. Coming back to the look, I wore a boot cut jeans and paired it with an oversized denim shirt. To enhance the festive vibes, I added a dash of colour by wearing a mustard coloured top. To make the look harmonious I wore mustard colour mules too (btw I always carry a pair of flats, in case the heels start being a pain). For the accessories, I simply wore heavy silver oxidized earrings with intricate design. For the hair, I preferred a top-knot bun, because that is the only way to protect your hair from all the sweat and dirt.
Look 4 - Add oomph to your basic dress
I am sure every bong girl adds a very basic and traditional dress to her closet every year during Durga Puja. Now, I got one same ethnic dress with puff sleeves and button-down detailing, which is nothing fancy at all. It is simple and sober and can be worn as a cape too. Amidst the Puja ceremonies, sometimes we get tired of doing something extra (especially on Navami and Dashami days). By then, most of us get so overwhelmed by the Puja frenzy, that we want to look good deep down, but we don’t care. Now for such days, I have this outfit ready where I wore a simple dress and took a fanny pack around my waist. Nobody got happier with the comeback of fanny pack than I did. It is kinda multitasker. First, it is snazzy, lets you carry all the necessary stuff hassle-free and lastly it gives an impression of slimmer silhouette when wrapped around the waist. How cool is that now? For the accessories, I wore a face shaped golden earring that blended well with my overall look. For footwear, it becomes obvious that I wore embroidered strap flats to level up the ethnic game (and comfortability matrix too, shhhh). For the hair, I added the much talked about hair accessory, a scrunchie over my side bun. Yes, you got it right. I am so wishing to get my Peter Kevinsky while jumping from one block to another during the Puja craze.
Look 5 - Add life to your regular kurta
Next up is adding some spice, I mean life to your regular kurta. Wearing your ankle length kurta with palazzos or leggings is so mainstream. I say ditch the leggings and instead do something unconventional. How about uniting it up with a denim jacket? Well, I would suggest it to wear during nights as it gets chilly around this time of the year. The denim jacket not only will add on the glamour but would keep you warm throughout. For footwear, I chose sneakers, white sneakers, my favourite of all. Finally, I finished up the look with braided bun and little silver ethnic earrings.
Look 6 - Make your dress festive ready
Again, a dress seriously? Yes, absolutely yes. Don’t fret over the dresses. I mean they are gorgeous and comfortable. They are the best when they have Indian prints on it. Because now you can go for a fusion look effortlessly. Just like me, you can club your dress with palazzos. Mine is an embroidered palazzo, that elevates the ethnicity factor in the overall look. Wait, there is more. Can you see the jute bag out there? Yes, adding more ethnic aesthetics. Again, for accessories, I went ahead with silver oxidized earrings, necklace and bracelet. For footwear, I kept it simple and went ahead with Kolhapuri flats. For the hair, I have the usual side bun. Talking about the overall look, it is a fun fusion and effortless. Something I would totally recommend trying out.
Look 7 - Get edgy and bold with your saree
Raise your hands if you are the one who wears a saree on Sondhi Puja just like I do. It is one of the most important ceremonies in Durga Puja. Now for this special occasion, I have a special way to wear your regular saree. As you can see, that I wore a very simple saree over a crop top with sequins. Instead of the usual drape at the back, I placed it in the front and then wrapped a fanny pack on my waist to secure the drape. For accessories, I added a beaded choker necklace and beaded hoop earrings which are in sync with the crop top. I also wore a watch with white strap and my favourite white sneakers to make a bold statement. This look is undoubtedly bold, edgy and on top of it comfortable. Have you ever thought that saree could be this comfortable and stylish at the same time? Being comfortable makes you look more confident and beautiful, trust me. And a saree can also be comfortable if worn in the right way.
Look 8 - Accentuate your style game with double side slit kurta
Here is my final look. This is probably the simplest one too. I got one double side slit kurta and wrapped a belt on my waist. A high ponytail, heavy silver earring and black block heeled sandals completed my look. Isn’t this the simplest one? All you got to have one kurta and you are all ready to create a stir. It does not need to be always complicated when it comes to playing ethnic and traditional. Simplify things and still make a fashion statement, is something I totally believe in.
I hope you like all these looks and surely gonna try out one or two. I think your questions “What should I wear on Durga Puja”, “How do I look best on Durga Puja” and “Last minute outfit ideas for Durga Puja” are all answered. If I helped you even I tiny bit, I would really be the happiest person on this planet. I mean what is the fun in any festival without trying out some bold fashion choices. Do let me know in the comments section below which look you liked the most and why. But before you leave, would not you want to know about my blogger friends? Here is the list of all the 19 participating bloggers.
If you want to get swayed away with all the Puja frenzy and want to our culture a little more, then do visit their blogs too as they unveil many secrets and fun facts about Durga Puja in terms of fashion, food, lifestyle, themes, pandals and many more.
Happy Durga Puja to your family from me and my family.
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