Ganesh Chaturthi is just around the corner and it is one of the most celebrated festivals in India. Lasting ten whole days, people gather either at home, in street tents prepared specially for the occasion or travel to a different city or state to observe the rituals and festivities.
For all you women who cannot figure out what to wear (since it is an almost life altering decision), we're here to offer a helping hand and show you how you can turn into a glam goddess yourself this month.
To inspire us we have the gorgeous Deepika Padukone, India's sweetheart and fashion diva; here are some of her most iconic looks in Bollywood for us to try!
1. Naina Talwar's Sheer Seduction. When Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani hit theatres in 2013 the towering posters had Deepika Padukone clad in a navy blue chiffon saree having gold detailing paired with a black glittery blouse. The look became so famous that many websites began offering replicas to glam-greedy customers and still do!
Now if you don't want the exact same saree, fear not, you can simply drape any similar blue chiffon saree you can get your hands on and throw on a sequin blouse. Large antique gold juhmkas will add to the charm but avoid statement neck pieces as they will take the attention away from the face and the saree.
Bangles are a must though! Style your hair into lose waves and tease the crown a bit for volume. This look is for you bold and beautiful girls who aren't afraid to step up their game this festival season. Get your dancing shoes on because it's Badtameez Dil all the way.
2. Leela Sanera's Gujarati Glamour. Who can ever forget the ethereal moment when Deepika Padukone entered the screen in her pale yellow lehenga? Running from a 'gulaal gang' and into Ranveer Singh's hungry gaze, she had our eyes glued and our mouths open. Goliyon ki Raasleela Ram-Leela became one of the biggest films of 2013.
The look we're decoding today is the one she carried off in Lahu Munh Lag Gaya, a romantic, flirtatious number. Set during the festival of Holi, Anju Modi (the costume designer) decided to go with a black, red and white dress rather than a typical all white one. The layers of the skirt, her delicately embroidered blouse and the heavy chandbalis make for one stunning vision.
If you think you have what it takes to pull off this feminine yet fun silhouette go ahead with a traditional red, black and white lehenga with a black blouse; chandbalis are the cherry on top. Make sure your make-up is soft and light, finish the look with a loose hair bun.
3. Mohini Joshi's Marathi Marvel. Ranking among the highest-grossing Bollywood films of all time, Happy New Year was one adrenaline rush! The 2014 film displayed a range of brilliant actors but it was no surprise that Deepika Padukone stole the show. It doesn't matter if you're one of those homebodies that prefer subtlety or the diva who's always the showstopper, festivals are the time when everyone looks their best.
Mohini Joshi is your typical Maharashtrian woman and what better way to depict her than in the yellow anarkali in Manwa Laage. The dancing Mohini let her flowy dress do the work as she swirled around in the sunlight, the look is very simple yet youthful and suits almost all women. So go ahead, get yourself a traditional yellow and white anarkali and shine brighter than ever. Don't forget the matching accessories and a pink bindi.
4. Meenamma's Southern Splendor. Hey you south Indian traditional girls, this one's for you, also, it's for anyone else who'd love to sport a Mennamma wardrobe. Deepika running barefoot to catch her train in her yellow and green half saree makes one wonder how anyone can look as beautiful as she did. The half saree has definitely made a comeback with Chennai Express. There's nothing more to say than state the obvious: Half sarees are a must-have for an Indian wardrobe this festive season.
If you want to embody the quirky but lovely Meenalochini get into a simple half saree this Ganesh Chaturthi, team it up with gold jhumkas, coloured glass bangles, and a cute little bindi. For the hair, feel free to let it down, do a traditional half up-half down, or a long braid. Again, don't forget the bindi!
5. Shanti Priya's Retro Religion. Some people revisit the 1960s and 70s ever so often that we wonder if they came out of a time machine. True, the retro era was a wonder in itself and we are obsessed as well.
The most memorable look of Deepika's from Om Shanti Om (her Bollywood debut) was the fuchsia pink dress she wore in the song Ajab Si as she stepped onto the red carpet. With on screen and off screen fans cheering for her, she gazed at them through surreal eyes and that was enough to get Deepika Padukone soaring to great heights in the industry.
If you love this look as much as we do, get yourself into a retro style lehenga choli and heavy, ornate jewels. Shanti Priya's hair and eyes are another important feature to note, try on a bouffant hairstyle and elongate your eyes with a dramatic cat eye look with any dress for the perfect retro glam look. Always remember to smile gracefully and tread in a royal fashion.
6. Piku Banerjee's Urban Utopia. 'Ye paani hai, ye aag hai. Ye khud likhi kitaab hai. Pyaar ki khuraak si hai Piku.' She's all that and more, she's you and me, she's Piku. This year Piku was one film that gave you family, comedy, love and life in a simple journey of four. The film also sported fantastic music, cast and crew however, each time Deepika Padukone entered the scene we couldn't concentrate on anyone or anything else.
This month try adding Piku to your collection of festival clothes, after all, all the girls want to be her and all the boys want to be with her. Her character is all about fashion and functionality, her simple silhouettes give you an air of style while allowing you to move and groove as you could in pyjamas.
Try her impressive black, red and gold saree with heavy gold earrings and khol lined eyes or her simple kurta looks with tiny accessories, ponytail hairstyles and nude make-up. Either way you can't go wrong; Piku's looks are very doable and versatile allowing you to look fabulous all year round.
Here are a final few tips to truly get her look. Always remember that with a festival wardrobe comfort is king, dress appropriately for the place you're going to and the time of the day, natural make-up is best and don't forget smile or pout for unbeatable selfies.
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