12 Bollywood-inspired Diwali Outfits for Your First Diwali!

With the festival of lights around the corner, it’s a lot of stress to dress for all the newly engaged. It is their first Diwali as a couple and one must not underestimate the importance of a couple’s “Pehli Diwali” after getting betrothed. Elevate your Diwali outfits with the best that Bollywood fashion has to offer – no one slays like B-town after all. 

Here are 12 enchanting Diwali outfits that are going to put you in the limelight: 

Diwali Outfits
Diwali Outfits

1. Diwali Shararat with Pastel coloured Shararas

The release of Kalank (although failed in terms of box office numbers) saw much appreciation in its royal display of ethnic wear from the Mughal era. The teaser alone got people already scribbling notepads on festive outfit ideas! Alia Bhatt’s light coloured embroidered shararas with short Kurtis is a true depiction of elegance for anyone wanting to make a style statement this Diwali. Beautifully paired with sheer white dupattas and opulent jhumkas, chandabalis and finger rings- this full-on Bollywood inspired Diwali outfit is sure to turn heads. 

Alia Bhatt in a Sharara
Alia Bhatt in a Sharara

2. Skirts and jackets- Not your mainstream Desi Outfit 

Going against the very traditional, Karishma Kapoor almost always has been seen opting for rather different fashion routes to styling her Diwali outfits.If you’re bored of the conventional sarees and anarkalis– take cues, ladies! Team up an embroidered gold skirt (dull gold or silver would look equally fabulous) with a matching jacket giving this look a final touch with some jhumkas.

Karishma Kapoor in a Jacket Lehenga
Karishma Kapoor in a Jacket Lehenga

3. The ‘All black everything’ Outfit – Pathani Edition

For the to-be grooms who aren’t a fan of dressing up, here’s some good news! You can still look movie fabulous sporting the traditional (and) trendy ‘Pathani kurta and Salwar look’ that was inspired from SRK in the movie Raees earlier in 2017 and made a comeback with Varun Dhawan’s Black on black attire in Kalank this year. Typical 80’s style, big collars and Kajal – simple and still a very off-beat Diwali outfit designed to kill. 

4. An All-white bandhgala – The Diwali cliche with a twist 

There is the all-black rugged look to rock but nothing says royalty like an all-white bandhgala kurta with a Nehru jacket. Effortlessly acing this Pataudi look, Saif Ali likes to pair it up with a matching churidar and a maroon pocket square and you should too! 

Saif Ali Khan in a Bandhgala
Saif Ali Khan in a Bandhgala

5. Have a Monochrome Diwali- Much like Btown’s Leading ladies 

Break the Diwali outfits cliche of having to sport a colourful attire with excessive use of pastel shades on your first Diwali as “officially taken”. Who said you cant absolutely slay in a monochrome desi attire? Take inspiration from Sonam Kapoor’s flared skirts, Chitrangadha’s stunner saree and Soha Ali’s two-piece Indo-western lehenga! This Diwali, break the monotony of pinks and oranges and go checkmate!

Monochrome Diwali
Monochrome Diwali

6. Spruce up your Diwali saree game

Bollywood divas have been spotted with uniquely draped saree styles that are sure to amp up your saree game this Diwali season. Sonam Kapoor has been the Queen of saree draping in Bollywood off-late and the biggest ambassador of the dhoti-style saree. This is a very quick and easy look to adorn look and makes for a very classy style statement. Another super-easy way to step up your saree look is the belted drape. Kamar bandhs are THE perfect ornaments to show-off your waist. Pro tip: Both these styles look classy if you go plain and accessorize all gold!

Sonam Kapoor in Dhoti Saree
Sonam Kapoor in Dhoti Saree

7. Embroidered Jackets to rescue average outfits 

There is quite literally NO bland piece of clothing that a really stylish jacket can’t fix. Bollywood divas are seen sporting traditional jackets- embroidered, embellished, zardosi work- not only over pantsuits but also over plain, Anarkalis, Lehengas and even sarees. For all of you new engaged divas who don’t want to take too much of a fashion risk- this has got to be your go-to Diwali outfit this year. Note: Jhumkas and Jackets make the perfect OOTN. 

Embroidered Jackets
Embroidered Jackets

8. The Plain Khadi Diwali look

For all the simple grooms with a sober taste- there isn’t a thing you can go wrong with a plain Khadi kurta and dhoti look. If you prefer comfort over fashion but still want to look stylish on your first Diwali as an engaged man, put on this simple outfit and get a little Bollywood with accessorizing. A simple vest and kohlapuris (Or lace-ups) would do wonders you couldn’t imagine! 

Amitabh Bachchan in Khadi
Amitabh Bachchan in Khadi

9. Use Flower (NOT Flowerpot) Power this Diwali

Nothing like a crisp kurta with a bandhgala and a floral jacket to make you look your best this Diwali. Pair these with ankle gliding pants and your smartest brogues and you’re good to go – or at least our leading men of the hour (And unfortunately taken) – Virat Kohli and Ranveer Singh would think so. Floral jackets (if you can pull these off) would really bring out the bold in you whilst carrying out the cheerfulness that the festival has to offer. Why should girls have all the fun?

10. Outfits inspired by the Sanjay Leela Bhansali costume craze

Every bride has taken a moment to appreciate the royal outfits depicted in almost every Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film. Recently trending Padmavat and Bajirao Mastani Deepika’s look has a lot to take away from this festive season. If you like to be ‘extra’ especially since it’s your first-ever Diwali after getting engaged, this might be a good trailer to your stunning wedding outfits. Nothing says GORGEOUS like authentic Rajasthani jewellery, long flowy lehengas accessorized with a nose ring, head tikka and two-tier earrings. 

Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani
Deepika Padukone in Bajirao Mastani

11. Plain top with a rich banarasi or chanderi skirt

This is for all the casual-classy to-be brides who like their office attires way too much! You can pair up your inner businesswoman shirts with a rich banarasi or chanderi skirt like our B-town fashionistas to give yourself that festive touch. 

Shirt and Lehenga Look
Shirt and Lehenga Look

12. Diwali Outfits are meant to be Hatke 

An outfit that broke the internet this year is Varun Dhawan in a signature Kunal Rawal sherwani-like outerwear that’s open at the front during the promotions of his movie Kalank. The longline shirt paired with the dhoti pants is an enigma of style plus comfort so you don’t have to worry about the “Taash” after-party that follows the Diwali pooja. What you could really take inspiration from and shock your to-be bride is a pair of suede cowboy boots to go with the outfit. Extra but makes for one of the most ravishing Diwali outfits!

Varun Dhawan - Kalank Promotion
Varun Dhawan – Kalank Promotions
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