By Risa Gambhir
A puja is all about worshiping deities, but who’s to say you can’t look at the top of your style game even while praying? Check out Masala’s tips on how to look Puja Perfect.
Say yes to fun colours
Indian attire, much like our culture, is ﬁlled with bright colours and gorgeous patterns. A puja can be a great time to break out of your mundane wardrobe and spice things up a little, so don’t be afraid to go all in with the bling!
It is certainly auspicious to put on a few dainty pieces of jewellery that complement your outﬁt. Metallic jhumkas are currently super in and can give your OOTD that extra #glam you’re looking for.
White can be stylish, too!
Sara Ali Khan, B-town’s cutest newbie, is the perfect example of how any simple, white churidar paired with some traditional golden earrings and ethnic juttis can make you look eﬀortlessly elegant. As they say, classic is always classy!
Ladies should always carry a dupatta
Dupattas are a must. Most indian ceremonies requires you to cover your head. You don’t want to be asking the host for a spare stole that would spell fashion disaster when paired with your outﬁt.
Avoid skin-ﬁt tops and jeans
Not only do they get uncomfortable when sitting cross-legged, but they can leave nasty bumps on your skin by the end of the ceremony, too. Instead, we recommend swapping them out for breathable, loose-ﬁtted palazzo pants that combine perfectly with trending high-slit kurtis.
Walking, talking Diwali
We know it’s easy to get carried away with gorgeous ghenas, but in fashion, remember that balance is key. You don’t want to be blinding people with too much jewellery and highlighter! If you’re donning a heavy outﬁt, balance it with minimal jewellery and subtle makeup. Similarly, pairing a red lip with a striking piece of statement jewellery and a chunky ring can work wonders with a simple salwar kameez.
Be mindful about length
Although the weather can get unbearably hot, it is considered disrespectful in most Indian cultures to wear shorts above knee-length and spaghetti-strap camis during a puja ceremony. Also, sitting for hours in a short top and low-cut trousers may give everyone a view they never asked for!
More than anything else, see-through clothes take ﬁrst place on our ban list. No gorgeous sheer kurti is worth having all eyes on you instead of the pundit!
As much as you might want to ﬂaunt your new Gucci handbag this season, it is probably made of cowhide, which is a no-no during prayers in a cow-worshipping society! It’s best to leave it for a night out with your friends, and go for a vegan option instead.