10 Good Reasons Why You Should Go Ethnic This Diwali

Whether you choose the sari or the quintessential salwar kurta, here's how you can look traditional without being old fashioned.

Published On Nov 06, 2021 | Updated On Mar 06, 2024


It’s that time of the year again where we get to hang out with our loved ones, binge on mithai and farsan, and pose in front of diyas and rangoli. Among the best things about Diwali is dressing up. We’re talking beautiful lehengas, anarkali, statement earrings, jazzy juttis, and much more. There are so many amazing festive pieces of clothing and trends to get yourself in the spirit of Diwali, no matter the size of the celebration. Here, we’ve rounded up 10 of our favourites to help you wear during your Diwali 2021 celebrations – from classics to fresh off the runway.  

Trust traditional Indian textiles like brocade and Chanderi to make a statement during the festive season or go for Bollywood’s favourite – a pair of dhoti pants. For those who want to keep it simple yet festive, you can pick a mul cotton saree with a thin zari border, and if you are all up to go glam for ‘gram, hop on the colour blocking trend with a saree. You can add a touch of drama to your celebrations with a ruffle saree too. 

Want to deal with the slight nip in the air, cover those love handles, or simply want some flexibility to your overall look, layering with lighter pieces is a good idea. Layer up with this saura pink jacket and sharara set with dupatta, which is enhanced with Gota work, sequins, and handcrafted tassels. 

Saundh India

Brocade, a beautiful Indian textile, continues to be in trend year after year. If you are bored with the traditional red, green, and pink? Opt for this deep aqua tussar silk shirt, embellished with Marodi embroidery, with a flared brocade sharara

Gopi Vaid Designs

If you thought red is only for brides, think again! The classic red is a great pick for glam nights – be it Diwali or a wedding. This red ghagra-choli set with statement sleeves, enhanced using intricate gold embroidery and sequin work, is a chic option for those who prepare ethnic wear that’s light in weight. 

Vark, Westside

Ruffles, a decades-old fashion trend, has been a big hit among Indian designers in recent times. One of the popular ways of wearing ruffles is by merging them with traditional wear like a saree. Channel your innate elegance in this poppy mango floral print ruffle sari with a hand-embroidered blouse. 

Arpita Mehta

A popular fall-winter fashion trend in the international market, chevron, which is a retro-inspired pattern of connecting Vs, makes for a great choice for the festive season. Make a statement in black and white anarkali this Diwali featuring a chevron pattern. 

JJ Valaya

Comfort over style is what many Bollywood celebs are choosing this year and dhoti pants are proof. This Diwali, pick a pair of dhoti pants and team it up with a short top or an A-line tunic like this made using green Chanderi silk, accentuated with enamel stone details. 

AMPM Designs

Drive all your draping woes away with a ready-to-wear saree. These are not only easy to wear and comfortable but also promise elegance, no matter what the occasion. Shraddha Kapoor’s favourite, this ready-to-wear sari comes with a stunning peplum blouse with mirror work. The Bollywood actor suggests you pair it with mirror jewellery for a more stylish look. 

House of Indya

Style meets comfort in this beautiful mul cotton sari. What takes the drape to the next level is the subtle sparkle of zari shining through the sari. 


Trust Indian textiles to earn you those extra brownie points during the festive season. Our pick is this handwoven lilac Chanderi anarkali and pant set with Printex pattern. 

Shanti Banaras

What’s better than a handwoven silk sari from West Bengal? A reversible silk sari that can be worn two ways, like this scarlet and magenta one that comes with chartreuse silk textile for the blouse. 

Payal Khandwala

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