7 Celebrity-Approved Ethnic Ensembles For Rakhi

Dress in style for Raksha Bandhan with these celebrity-inspired outfit ideas.

Published On Aug 09, 2022 | Updated On Mar 07, 2024


The pandemic has changed many things in our lives – from the way we eat to the way we travel, not to mention the way our fashion choices have been affected. While it’s all good to pull out all the fineries, it’s comfort and fuss-free most of us want, without compromising on style, of course. With  Rakhi just a few days away, lightweight suits and kurtas are what make for an easy sartorial solution. 

The starting of the festive season with Rakhi means acing ethnic fashion in the best way possible. Based on your agenda for the day, you can opt for a heavily embellished sharara or lehenga set or go down the minimalistic route with a kurta-pant set. 

Still don’t know what to pick? Have a look at these Bollywood celebrities for inspiration:

© Instagram/Mrunal Thakur

Actor Mrunal Thakur makes quite a statement in this sharara set by Sureena Chowdhri. Looking radiant in white, her choice was a full-sleeved kurta with a plunging neckline and a pair of sharara pants. Her striking dupatta with detailed mirror work at the borders made quite an impression. 

Styling tip: Accessorising an all-white ethnic outfit with a piece of silver jewellery, like a studded choker, or dangling earrings is how you can add definition to your look. 

© Instagram/Alia Bhatt

As far as easy ethnic wear is concerned, actor Alia Bhatt has a wardrobe to envy. Wearing a stunning black anarkali set from designer Punit Balana, the kurta featured cape sleeves, delicate marodi and mirror embroidery all over paired with a pair of straight pants. The actor looked enthralling as always.

Styling tip: For the true personification of glamour in your ethnic wear, wear your hair in soft waves to create a more relaxed dishevelled style to let both your outfit and hairstyle do all the talking.

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Pretty printed sarees are also how you can amp up Rakhi fashion. Sanya Malhotra’s pink saree by designer Shehla Khan is eye-catching andsubtle at the same time. Look for lightweight ensembles in bright single-tone hues for maximal effect.

Styling tip: There's no better way to elevate your outfit than a pair of statement earrings - they are easy to style, fuss-free and look good on everybody. When working with a minimal look, the key is to not do too much, but never too little and hence, just a pair of earrings as an accessory does the work.

© Instagram/Vaani Kapoor

This Rakhi, take your ethnic wear game to a higher level as Vaani Kapoor did. The actor chose an electric blue kurta set. The Varanasi silk brocade kurta came with golden motifs all over styled with a pair of matching flared pants. She accessorised the look with a gold bracelet and hoop earrings. 

Styling Tip: Vaani’s sleek low bun with deep middle-parted hair lent an air of sophistication to the look. If you’re going for a straight-fit ensemble, just tie your hair in a low bun to elevate things up.

© Instagram/Dia Mirza

It is simply magnificent to see Dia Mirza's collection of sarees. Wearing a tusser georgette Banarasi silk saree in ivory from Shanti Banaras, the actor’s hand embroidered ensemble was gorgeous. She teamed the classic drape with a sleeveless blouse and completed the look with a choker necklace and earrings.

Styling tip: If you’re on a hunt for something that will elevate the neckline of your saree blouse or your heavily embroidered lehenga, chokers will help you tie your festive look together. 

© Instagram/Lakshmi Lehr

Kiara Advani’s yellow lehenga set is how you can set the tone right ahead of the festive season. Like the versatile actor, pick a stunning yellow lehenga for Rakhi celebrations. The lehenga featured intricate embroidery and mirror work with a plunging blouse.

Styling tip: Advani’s simply ironed-out centre-parted hair styled with just the minimal accessories - a pair of dangling earrings - makes a case for an instantly luxurious ensemble for a night out of celebrations. 

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Pre-draped sarees are all the rage and make the perfect fit for the festive season. Not only are these silhouettes easy to carry but also so much easier to drape and move around in. Take cues from actor Athiya Shetty who looks gorgeous in a pearl white pre-draped saree from TarunTahiliani. Its embellished blouse compensates for the simple saree look. 

Styling tip: This particular hairstyle - the middle-parted low bun with straightened wisps of hair at the front - is a classic. Especially when it's a low-rise bun, it can give your ethnic look a fuss-free yet statement-making look. 

Photo: Instagram/Alia Bhatt; Instagram/Karisma Kapoor; Instagram/Lakshmi Lehr