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.