Elegant styling tips for this Raksha Bandhan by Parika Rawal, Design Head, Madame

The onset of various festivals and traditional celebrations is adding a positive cheer to the air. People have started shopping and celebrating festivals leaving behind the apprehension of the pandemic. However, as we all like to call it, the new normal will have a redefined approach towards styling.






At Madame, we understand the constant need to change styles and recommend what is trendy, comfortable, and elegant. The upcoming festival of Rakhsha Bandhan, in India, is a beautiful festival that defines the bond between a brother and sister. People engage in shopping for new clothes, accessories, gifts - all of this with a respect to keep the traditional value of the festival alive in style. Last year most of us hardly got an opportunity to dress and celebrate, but this year we are slowly seeing positive signs of celebrating the upcoming season. We have listed some styling tips, outfit choices, and a variety of options that you can explore to make a fashionable choice to dress up for this Raksha Bandhan.





Skirt paired with a crop top


Skirts always add to the festive vibe and are easy to handle when paired with the right kind of tops, blouses, or shirts. You can opt for a pleated, A-line, full-length umbrella style or an ankle-length skirt. An upcoming trend is to pair skirts with collared shirts. The shirt can be a plain white one or a colour of your choice while you can go for a heavy-looking skirt. The plain shirt allows the vibrant colours or the skirt to pop out. This style, paired with the right kind of accessories and a high ponytail for your hair will make you feel comfortable at all times.


Kurta with Trousers or Jeans



A most common style of pairing a kurta with pants has been sought after for decades now. If you want to look traditional yet feel comfortable then this is a pairing you must try. It helps is retaining the elements of comfort, modern and classy vibe required for a festival dressing. You can complete this look by adding a bindi, bangles, and oxidized jewellery that allows the outfit to stand out while also keeping it simple and stylish. Also, if you are running short of time, then this outfit will be the easiest for you to pick. Kurtas can be straight fit, V-neck, sleeveless or three-quarter sleeves.



Ethnic Maxi Dresses



A full-length maxi dress is more like an urban look designed to look more traditional. It often gives an impression of a gown or a lehenga that adds its elegance through the flow of the fabric and a flared hem. It is often a minimalist look with subtle designs that adds a dash of royalty and class when worn along with jhumkas, heels, and light make-up. You can also opt for indo western ethnic maxi dresses like a self-design sleeve, woven maxi dress with an attached lining, and flounced hem. It is easy to accessorize this outfit with a good neckpiece and matching heels.



A-line dresses



If one really wants to stand out among others during the festival then choosing an A-line dress is a strong style statement. A solid print A-line dress with features like a V neck, bubble sleeve, flared hem, and slit on the front can give a very upbeat look to the outfit. You can also experiment with bright colours which is often a unique choice paired with long earrings and high heels. Another pattern in A-line dressing is a blouson dress that often is available in pastel, earthy and beige shades with a blouse pattern in the upper half of the dress, with a clinch on the waist a flattering fit below the waist. This look can be completed with chunky bangles, gold heels, and minimum make-up.




Ethnic Jacket



You can also consider a big cape over a lehenga and blouse and ditch the regular dupatta. The ethnic jacket look can also be combined with your favourite Indian saree by accessorizing it with a waistband, edgy belt, or a funky look to give it a western twist. The colour combination of pairing jackets with another outfit always adds a creative touch to the outfit.



Twinning Outfits



Twinning with your partner is a major trend these days and another way to style and stand out from the crowd is to coordinate your outfit with your brother’s which definitely grabs the attention of everyone around. There are a lot of twinning sets easily available which helps in defining the fun, jovial bond between siblings. You can also opt for quirky prints, cotton sets, or a theme-based outfit, designed specifically to match the taste of a brother and sister. Pastel shades like mint, pink, grey, peach have been preferred by most for indo-western outfits and abstract prints. If the weather in your location is humid and hot, you can prefer cotton Kurtis with mirror work, maxi dresses in georgette and chiffon materials.



It is important to dress comfortably and the combination of pairing outfits with the right kind of footwear, jewellery, and accessories increases the elegance. If you like experimenting the key is to keep things simple including make-up by keeping the look simple and adding one bold colour either as lipstick or for your eyes. India is exposed to international culture, but the love of our country and traditional outfits cannot be overlooked. It is interesting to wear traditional outfits in the festive season with a bit of style, trend, and fashion.


About Madame



Madame, a women's fashion brand of western wear was launched in 1993. It caters to a wide range of apparel, handbags, footwear, and accessories for women. The brand provides fast fashion in-trend merchandise, casual wear, and party wear. In-Line with its global image, currently, Madame has 150+ exclusive stores in metros, Tier I & Tier-II cities. Ever since the start of its first store in 2002, the brand has briskly grown across India the brand is available in over 500+ retail outlets across the country. The brand is vended through online markets including Myntra, Ajio, Flipkart and Amazon, and its own online store, Glamly.com.