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A Gen Z Bollywood Celebrities' Guide to Styling Indianwear

From modern printed styles to thigh-high slits and avant-garde blouses, Janhvi, Tara, Ananya give us cues to update our wardrobe for the upcoming festive season. 

Gen Z Bollywood celebrties are re-inventing everything these days, from movie roles to fashion looks. While we do agree that nothing matches the allure of traditional saris and lehengas, our girls from Bollywood are adding their unique touch of cool to the outfits they wear. From fuss-free silhouettes to modern, updated styling, here are a few ways in which Janhvi, Ananya, Sara, Tara, Shanaya, Khushi and the others are updating their Indianwear game.

The Monotone Shimmery Sari

If a glamorous, modern look is your objective, try opting for one colour from head-to-toe. Sheeted sequins or shimmer make you look party-ready. Case in point: Janhvi Kapoor dressed in Manish Malhotra.

An Avant-Garde Blouse

Backless (Like Sara's above), bustier or wrap-around styles as seen on Shanaya Kapoor (wearing Arpita Mehta in this photograph), take your outfit from regular to fabulous. Pro Tip: Get on board the rewear train. Pull out your mom's old lehenga skirts and pair them with a modern, well-cut blouse. Not only do you save some moolah, but you will also grab eyeballs thanks to the intricate, old-school embroidery and lovely fabrics.

Shanaya Kapoor wearing Manish Malhotra

Exciting Sari Drapes

Opt for an interesting, pre-draped sari that offers you comfort and style, all at once. We love this toga-style drape seen on Tara Sutaria, created by designer Punit Balana.

Prints Please !

The Gen Z cheat code to looking dressy while keeping it breezy? Layered, printed Indianwear, sans any embellishments, marrying traditional motifs with modern silhouettes. Take a page out of Khushi Kapoor's book as she gives us a twirl in her Anita Dongre lehenga.

Frills, Ruffles and a Slinky Stole

Add drama to your traditional Indian outfit with victorian details, like this ruffled Ritu Kumar look seen on Tara Sutaria. Instead of a traditional dupatta, opt for a slinky, neck-hugging stole.

Slit It Up

Designers are offering up Saris and Lehengas with slits these days, adding some oomph and mobility to your look. Seen here on Ananya Pandey wearing Arpita Mehta.

Keep it Casual With a Boho-Chic Kurta

Channel your inner-seventies flower-child with a printed, kaftan-style kurta worn over loose trousers or cigarette pants. Flared or billowing sleeves like Tara Sutaria's Sabyasachi X HM style don't need to be paired with a dupatta either, leaving you footloose and fancy-free.

Swap Traditional Motifs With Delicate Embellishment

Stonework and tonal embellishments replace traditional embroidery patterns for a more couture-inspired take on Indian wear. Both Janhvi Kapoor and Sara Ali Khan show us how in Manish Malhotra.