A Colour A Day: All The Fashion Inspo You Need For Navratri 2023

Wondering what to wear this festive season? Match your outfits to the colours of Navratri this year for easy ethnic looks.

Published On Oct 14, 2023 | Updated On Mar 04, 2024


As the festive season soon kicks off with Navratri, we can’t wait to dress up and hit the dance floors. May it be garba fests, or smaller intimate dandiya parties, looking your festive best is half the fun. That said we understand that planning the outfits, finding the right accessories, and ensuring you look festive without compromising comfort can be quite the task. Thankfully, with Navratri, you can choose to plan your outfits according to the colours associated with the days.

Every year, there are daywise colours for Navratri, signifying the virtues associated with the form of goddess Durga worshipped. For example, the form Brahmacharini that is worshipped on day 2 signifies wisdom, peace, and compassion. The colour that marks the day this year in Navratri 2023 is pristine white, and what better way to channel your inner goddess than to be decked in a white outfit!

Here is some outfit inspo for you keeping in mind the nine colours of Navratri

Starting the festivities with orange, the colour for day 1 of Navratri 2023, you can opt for an understated saree like Bollywood actress Sanya Malhotra. Traditionally draped, she has styled the vibrant Torani saree with a simple yet glamorous gold blouse. Keeping it simple, she has gone minimal when it comes to accessories. 
You can alternatively style it the way the brand originally did, with a contrasting blouse to create a dramatic look.

On the second day of the Navratri 2023, when the colour associated with the goddess is white, you can opt for stunning chiffon sarees with subtle borders, paired with heavy accessories. The classic Yashraj heroine look makes for a stunning and easy-to-opt-for outfit for poojas. 

If you’re going dancing, however, and want something bright and vibrant, you could take inspiration from this Anita Dongre skirt set worn by Bollywood actress Khushi Kapoor. With a white base, the blue motifs make this look fun and festive.

While red is all about making a strong statement, here’s an outfit that will make you stand out without being over the top. Opt for fusion looks like this for evening soirees and parties. 

If twirling is on your mind, and plans, look no further than a printed set from Darzya by Ridhiiee Suuri. Fun, chic, and super easy to move around in, this set is bound to get you all the compliments on the dance floor.

As you get ready to go pandal hopping, channel the Navratri colour of the day, royal blue with a glamorous, yet easy-to-drape saree. Like this Sabyasachi number, which is chic with its sequined borders, you could go for no-nonsense styling. 

If however, you prefer a slightly more traditional look, here’s another look from the designer sure to blow your mind. In contrast to the clean bling in the first attire, this is maximalism at its festive best. Dress it up, or dress it down, a royal blue benarasi saree in Navratri will always turn heads.

Splendid like the sun, Janhvi Kapoor stuns in this Manish Malhotra saree. Demure and lovely, the saree is perfect for days when you want to feel festive without going blingy. 
Pair this with a gajra and minimal makeup like the Bollywood actress does, and you’re good to go.

Anarkalis are evergreen, and this Punit Balana ensemble on Karisma Kapur is the proof. On the 6th day of Navratri 2023, the colour is green, and this festive look is just the inspiration you need. Styled with lush wavy hair, and dangling earrings, this look is sure to get you showered with compliments.

Ever versatile, the Navratri colour for day 7, grey is a delight to style. You could easily pair it with another colour, breaking the monotony, as stylist Neha Sharma does. This simple ethnic outfit goes perfectly no matter where you’re headed, a pandal, garba night, or just a small home puja

If bling is your thing, however, this metallic ensemble donned by Malaika Arora is what dreams are made of. The actress balanced the OTT Manish Malhotra outfit with minimal accessorizing and that’s made all the difference.

As the festivities peak, this beautiful lehenga worn by Isha Borah is just perfect for your dandiya and garba nights. The embroidered lehenga with heavy sequins work has just enough flare for you to dance your heart out, and pair it with juttis like Isha does for maximum comfort.

Associated with the Goddess Sidddhidhatri, who is worshipped on the last day of Navratri, peacock blue is the colour to go for here. And what better than a silk saree perfect for pujas, gatherings, and if dancing is on the cards, then we suggest trying a different drape than the regular. Pair the saree with chandbalis or a pair of jumkas for a sophisticated look. 

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