It is Diwali: turn down the noise and turn up the swag!


Diwali is an ever-changing festival. Once there were diyas and simple food, and then there were hardcore gambling parties and free-flowing booze. Today, Diwali has gone back to its traditional form: people are encouraging diyas instead of lights to conserve power; pataakas are frowned upon because of pollution. But, that don’t mean you can revamp your Diwali wardrobe to bring in full on fashion fireworks!

These celebrities have perfected the art of giving a modern twist to traditional wear, and are the perfect inspiration for your festive outfit!

Kokonkana Sen

Koke sure knows how to put together a perfectly interesting sari look with minimal jewellery and killer blouse choices. Just goes to show you can pretty much mix and match to your hearts content and no more trips to the blouse matching centres. This gorgeous blue/grey Anavila sari has me all shades of green.

#KonkonaSen looking beautiful in @anavila_m. Available at #Bungalow8

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That armour-like blouse in traditional fabric really modernises Konkona’s look, doesn’t it? Give it a try. The statement earrings spruce up the simple sari too!


Vidya Balan

No one does vintage elegance like this lady and makes it look so effortless. Pearls and red are an unbeatable combination. Just raid your mom’s closet, she knows.

Muse #3 #vidyabalan… Goddess of sarees and jewellery 💖 #soignne

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Take a cue fro Vidya and go backless for add trendy twist to your traditional sari. Nani may not approve, but you won’t care while you’re feeling sexy as hell!


Kangana Ranaut

With her USP being understated elegance, Kangana Ranaut is a master of muted colours and bold makeup. Take a page from her book. The contrast works magic on this Masaba number.


Deepika Padukone

For when you wanna go all out glam, Deepika is the lady to follow. Capes, lace, and braids : it’s drama with hard core style.

@deepikapadukone's look for the day is an absolute classic! This one is taking our breath away! Doesn't she look gorgeous? #ootd

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Sonam Kapoor

Ms Kapoor has perfected the art of a bit of both. She perfectly blends the western and indian sensibilities to create unique looks.

In @anavila_m for the #kashih @rheakapoor @mallika_bhat @alpakhimani @thehouseofpixels

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In the amazing @payalkhandwala and @apala_by_sumit earrings for #umang !

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Neha Dhupia

#BecauseWeSaySo! Like the girl herself, Neha’s style is effervescent and effective. Not one to shy away from making a statement, I’d say her perfection comes from the mantra: less is always more. These looks are styled by me for Dhups! (love ya, you Big Girl, you!)

In @manishmalhotra05 #delhi #event #dressup @divarose21 @sohaya

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To help with the shopping of these lovely looks, I recommend checking out the festive collections of these designers.

Anavila Misra

Anavila’s linen saris and boxy blouses are oh-so-earthy and just, simply, beautiful.

Repost from @vogueindia Summer greys at @Anavila_m #AIFW #SS17

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Repost from @graziaindia Anavila. Need we say anything more? @anavila_m #aifw

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Repost from @idivaofficial .Sari for the Springtime Soul at #Anavila 🌾

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Payal Pratap Singh

Edgy silhouettes with an interesting flow. I love out-of-the-box looks that don’t try too hard.

Ikai by Ragini Ahuja

A retro edge on Indian prints. Bas, I’m sold.


Malini Ramini

She had me at Monochrome.

Black and white forever #indiamodern #bandhini #aifw #fdci #maliniramani

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Flow -Forever #maliniramani #indiamodern #fdci #indianfashion #loungewear

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So have a super Diwali and smash your look outta the ball park while your at it !

Written by

Creative Director, Pyjama People

She got her start working on Manisha Koirala’s costumes for the 1999 movie Mann and hasn’t looked back since! A veteran of the business, Cho’s styled films like Calcutta Express, to numerous national and international advertisements. She’s also a personal stylist to stars like Neha Dhupia and has two clothing brands — Bachcha Party for kids, and Chola(!!) After her debut collection The Pyjama Tribe Sohaya was named the Grazia's Young Designer of the year 2016.

Twitter @chola_is_me / Instagram: @sohaya