Kick off Holi with style!

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On Holi, people do the opposite of what’s done on other festivals — dig out the oldest clothing from the depths of their closets. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have to look fashionable and chic on this lovely day! Here are a few tips from celebrity stylists who tell you how not to look like a tramp on this colour-filled day.

Stylist Archa Mehta believes in keeping it traditional. “I like to stick to ethnic wear. Don’t wear any deep hues because it will look like a mess with all the colours. Go with white. You can either pair a spaghetti white top with an old skirt, or wear a white kurti or a t-shirt with old salwar pants or printed dhoti pants. Sunglasses are the best accessory. Keep the look Indie-boho style,” she says, while adding “Oiling your hair and tying it up in a high ponytail will look decent. My mother used to make us use homemade ubtan. Mix besan, turmeric and curd and apply it all over your body after you wash off the colours with soap. Then rinse it off.”

Shravya Varma insists on dressing according to the kind of Holi party that a person is attending. She explains, “If I were to celebrate with my friends, I wouldn’t care about how I look at all. But if I am attending a Holi party in Tollywood or socialite circles, I may have to put in a little bit of an effort. Sporting glasses and bandanas will look classy.”

Preetham Jugalkar has some tips for men too. “Don’t just wear a boring t-shirt. Go for floral prints in a t-shirt, a light hued kurta or a jacket. I’m all about sustainability, so I wouldn’t buy new clothes, but for those who do, you can get a vintage fabric from the old city and get an inexpensive tapered jacket made. For women, stick to basic neutral shades with white or ivory leggings or culottes.”