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Diwali Fashion – Blogger Speak

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Diwali Fashion – Blogger Speak

Pink is our favorite festive color as we speak to uber blogger Miss Pink Shoes aka Sushmita Agarwal on what’s hot and what’s not this Diwali.

For Chennai blogger Sushmita Agarwal, Diwali is the perfect platform for sartorial experimentation. The twenty-two-year-old NIFT  student who has over 10,000 Instagram followers and over 20,000 Facebook fans who look to her for shopping and make-up advice is also an upcoming stylist.

Go with The Flow

She tells us, “The growth of fashion has been immense over the last year and with so many upcoming trends you don’t wanna stay behind with the typical anarkalis.” Miss Pink Shoes suggests that women ‘opt for dhotis or palazzos with asymmetrical kurtis, floor-length kurtas with long slits and/or a lehenga with a crop top/shirt’. Agarwal, who has also been vocal about promoting healthy body image, says that all of these trends work well on all body types.

Color Coding

As for her preferred colors, the avid V-logger unsurprisingly professes a love for rich Indian (rani) pink! “A bright colored kurti is a must-have for the festive season. And when its pink, how can I say no?” she laughs. Agarwal styles her floor-length pink kurta with print pink palazzos and a pink net dupatta with gold detailing.  Miss Pink Shoes advises on other color options, saying, “Fall is all about bold sultry colors, so don’t be afraid to put on the deepest tone of maroon or brown that you can find.”

For the Love of Gold

Don’t forget to complement your dazzling outfit with great make-up and accessories. The blogger, who also offers make-up counselling, suggests, “Keep the eyes simple and fresh with a hint or gold and loads of mascara! Don’t forget to put on that blush on your cheeks and accessorize with a single bold piece of jewelry like a huge mangtikka or shoulder length jhumkas.”

Cocktail Idlis

Micro bags were all the rage last year, with monogram handbags, clutches and minaudieres seen everywhere. Diwali, however, is the perfect occasion to bring out your hand-crafted ethnic potli bags. If you don’t have one, then head to your nearest handicrafts emporium or ethnic boutique and pick up one in gold or black. Remember that you support local artisans with your patronage.

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Shibi Kumaramangalam
Shibi, like the song in ‘West Side Story’, is oh so pretty, witty and bright! Modest too, but we can discuss that later. A Chennai native (34) who now dwells in the capital, there is nothing she loves more than a good story. Except for a good handbag. A self-professed shopaholic with impeccable taste, the young women’s rights lawyer and mother was ‘discovered’ by an Indian Express editor in Chennai at a famous boutique eight years ago and she has not looked back since. Fashion writing allows her to combine her two greatest loves and Shibi has been published in The Hindu, the Indian Express, Femina, Scroll, Bodahub, Hi-Blitz Magazine and many more. A militant optimist, Shibi abhors armchair activism and suggests that everyone ‘Be the Change’ instead of complaining about Modiji. Or run for POTUS – anybody seems better qualified than Trump. She also loves animals and has orchestrated many a doggy/kitty rescue; her most fervent hope is to see the status and treatment of both animals and women improve in India and the world over. Also, she requests you to RECYCLE and to REUSE. Climate change is real, people. Jai Hind!