By Drishti Sachdeva

Need styling tips for SMU’s upcoming Diwali Celebration? We got you!

Diwali is one of the biggest Indian festivals and SMU’s South Asian Student Association is bringing it to Dallas Hall. Symbolizing the victory of good over evil, Diwali is every desi’s excuse to go all out with fireworks, gifts, decorations, dance performances, and best of all, exuberant outfits. And you better match the vibe. 

Step 1: Get into the mood

Start with putting on an awesome playlist and channeling your inner Bollywood star. Desi Blasts, made by yours truly, is a great blend of Bollywood classics and fusion-pop songs.

Step 2: Pick the fit

Bring on the bling and the loud colors, Diwali is no time to be shy.

Kynah is a women-owned South Asian label based in L.A. Kynah specializes in bridal, resort, and guest wear from an assortment of well-known designers. Here are some options for all personality types:

On the down-low

Keeping My Tabs! By Papa Don’t Preach Photo Courtesy of Kynah

If you love having fun while staying classy- this is the look for you!

The beautiful pastel colors are far from quiet, and the geometric pattern gives it the perfect modern glam, so you’re not just limited to desi events! Bonus points for making your mermaid dreams come true. 

Loud like a pataka 

Rayna Lehenga by Seema Gujral Photo Courtesy of Kynah

The bold magenta and the dazzling mirror-work are sure to draw all eyes on you…and why shouldn’t they be looking? You’re the life of the party after all.

A sprinkle of sexy

Silk, Cape, Slink by The Little Black Bow Photo Courtesy of Kynah

It can be difficult to look sexy at a family-friendly event. Difficult but not impossible. 

The low neckline and pleated skirt create an hourglass figure, while the leg slit leaves a little less to the imagination. With this on, all the aunties will be gossiping about you in no time!

A curse and a blessing to have so many options. To narrow it down, make sure the outfit is: 

  • Sparkly enough to make you feel like royalty
  • Not too heavy so you can throw it back on the dance floor

Short on time? Check out Kynah’s Ready-to-Ship line. 

Step 3: Accessorize

I recommend layering minimalist jewelry to let your outfits speak for themselves. Mantra and Co. did a South-Asian revamp of their affordable jewelry, just in time for Diwali. 

Here are some of my favorites:

Muthu Photo Courtesy of Mantra and Co.

Photo Courtesy of Mantra and Co.

Saon Photo Courtesy of Mantra and Co.

Keep an eye on @SMULook and @smu.sasa for more Diwali content!

Lucy Ladis

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