A Diwali outfit is something we can spend hours, even days, mulling over. This year, things are a bit different as we practice social distancing, however. Depending on where you are, your situation might entail either a Diwali celebration of 1, or otherwise, a Diwali celebration of a few people (still probably much fewer than you’re used to). Regardless of how you’re celebrating, I want you to imbibe the colorful and bright spirit of the holiday and feel empowered by dressing up, even if you’re celebrating alone in 2020!
“Clothes can transform your mood and confidence.” –Alice Temperley
Now, I debated for a bit whether I should do a YouTube video on Diwali outfits, which brought me to remember one of my first ever videos on YouTube which was a Diwali GRWM. Needless to say, it wasn’t my best work–by any means. I looked back it while writing this and told myself: “Malvika, you’ve come a long way. And thank goodness for that.” Since mistakes are best not repeated, I figured I’d show and say what I had to within a blog post, so here we go!
Outshine the Crowd in Orange
If you are, indeed, celebrating with others outside of your immediate family, I’d of course urge you to be safe and wear a mask, but also steal the show in the brightest shade of orange you can find. Orange is one of my favorites during the festive season, and I’ve seen how beautiful it can look on all different shades of brown skin. Bonus points if it’s got hints of gold and red in it!
White and Bright
White net sarees make my eyes light up every single time. While I acknowledge the fact that in Hindu tradition, white is worn in mourning, I will also say that some of the best Bollywood celebrity traditional looks on red carpets and beyond have been when they’re wearing a white colored saree. In fact, I think white leaves so much more room for accessories and bold makeup to standout. If you’re going to have fun with makeup and accessories, might as well do it on Diwali, right? I experimented with electric blue mascara when wearing this white saree.
If you are celebrating alone or very intimately, it might not make the most sense to go all out and wear a decadent saree. The next best alternative is a linen pastel Diwali outfit, paired with fun earrings and a bold lip. Similar to what I said above around styling white sarees, I’d definitely use the opportunity of wearing something lighter to have a bit more fun with accessories and makeup. Diwali is a great time to bring out your favorite red lipstick, and keep it out because Christmas isn’t too far away! I actually did a close up on this full makeup look here.
As Diwali is the celebration of the victory of good over evil, I would like to remind you that the positive energies within you are always there. It might take a little bit to bring it out, especially in a time like this, but the glass is always half full. The inner lights inside of us can shine just as much as the candles on Diwali if we truly desire, and one great way to tap into those lights is feeling confident after putting on your best Diwali outfit!