Be stylish but safe!

Let Diwali be a truly happy time by dressing up suitably so as to avoid any untoward incidents.

With Diwali just around the corner, all of us are busy shopping for new clothes and accessories. Beautiful lights, sweet treats and firecrackers also add a lot of colour to our festive excitement. However, experts say that it’s important to take precautions while indulging in certain festivities, especially those involving fire. And while most of us like dressing up in ethnic wear, very often, we are not sure about what fabrics to choose — many fabrics tend to catch fire in the blink of an eye, while bursting crackers or lighting diyas at home for example. But safe dressing doesn’t mean you have to compromise on your style quotient.

Wearing synthetic or loose-fitted clothes should be avoided. Designers tell us more about preventing any accidents that may be caused because of clothing. “Everyone should opt for tight-fitted clothes. Choose fabrics such as cotton, handloom and linen. Men, women and children should wear glasses while bursting firecrackers. Not only is it safe but also stylish. Try to avoid long and flowy clothes, keep it simple. Most importantly, wear alcohol-free perfumes. Even if something catches fire, it’s safer that way. Keep ice around too. Women can wear handloom and cotton kurtis, while men can go for chinos and long kurtas. Women need to avoid heels and go for shoes,” says celebrity designer Shravan Kumar.

Wearing a tight fitting dress like Kriti Sanon will not just make you look stylish, but will keep you safe too!Wearing a tight fitting dress like Kriti Sanon will not just make you look stylish, but will keep you safe too!

Experts add that while men and women can go grand with their costumes during Diwali parties, they need to wear another set of clothes when bursting crackers. “Wear all your heavy clothes during Diwali parties — go for silk, chiffons and georgettes. While bursting crackers, wear cotton and linen with some embellishments. Go for Indo-Western wear and avoid saris and lehengas. You can wear a salwar suit or jeans and a long kurti. You can even wear dhoti pants with crop tops and jumpsuits,” says designer Althea Krishna, adding, “Avoid uncomfortable clothes as they bother not only you, but also others around you!”

Vijay Rana, DesignerVijay Rana, Designer

Althea Krishna, DesignerAlthea Krishna, Designer

Simple clothes in maroon, wine, mustard yellow, orange and navy blue are in this season, says designer Vijay Rana. “Men can wear simple sherwanis and kurta-pyjamas. Women can opt for straight-cut clothing, kurtas and pencil pyjamas and salwar suits. Avoid synthetic clothes at any cost. One can also wear long ethnic dresses like Kriti Sanon does,” he adds.

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