Top 20 Dandiya Dresses to Impress this Navratri

From beautifying your house to dancing up to the beats of Garba numbers, the nine-day navratri festival means all this and more. With every other night demanding your best look ever, it can get difficult to choose clothing that is trendy enough to turn heads and comfortable enough to get down.
Here are my top 20 dandiya dresses that can make you chic, trendy and fashionable for Navratri, and also have an air of tradition about them. There is something in this list for most body types.

Lehengas Galore

Lehenga, Ghaghra, Chaniya Choli….whatever variant you fancy, Dandiya nights are the perfect time to show off your traditional attire. Although you can wear pretty much anything to Dandiya and Garba events, I find them to be the best excuse to deck up in Indian attire. Let’s start off with some gorgeous lehengas for the season.
Suneet Varma Lehenga withEmbroidered Jacket - Decorative Arts of India
Suneet Varma Lehenga withEmbroidered Jacket – Decorative Arts of India
Jacket Lehengas are turning out to be the next big thing. Suneet Varma’s ‘Decorative Arts of India’ collection has myriad hues of traditional Indian motifs and embroidery. Mirror work and lots of exquisite embroidery make this a must-have piece for Navratri.
Turquoise Georgette Lehenga with Sequined Blouse
Turquoise Georgette Lehenga with Sequined Blouse by 9Rasa
I love this turquoise lehenga from 9Rasa for its sheer simplicity and eye-catching color. Sometimes, that is all you need to stand out in a jungle of prints and embellishments.
Yellow Stone Work Silk Lehenga by Niket Mishra
Yellow Stone Work Silk Lehenga by Niket Mishra at Indianroots
‘Tis the season to experiment with your cholis. Longer Cholis look fashionable and keep out of sight your little secret stretch marks, love handles, tummy fat and the likes. To top that, this stunning piece has an ombre effect and beautifully blends from yellow to orange finishing off with a broad band of silver at the hem. What’s not to like?
Green Net Layered A Line Lehenga Choli
Green Net Layered A Line Lehenga Choli CBazaar
The lightest mint green tiered skirt goes beautifully with the bold black high-neck choli in this design. A-line or flared lehengas will make movement easier if you plan to get down on the floor.
Blue Embroidered Jacquard Lehenga by Chhabra Bros
Blue Embroidered Jacquard Lehenga by Chhabra Bros
Blue and red has been a favorite color combination in Lehengas. This A-line jaquard patterned lehenga gives it the touch of 2015 by adding in a solid yellow dupatta. The motifs are traditional, but not too loud to take away the focus from you.
Another lovely thing about this lehenga is the recent trend of longer half and three-fourth sleeves. Flabby arms are misery to all of us. As much as we love to have perfectly sculpted arms, we only too frequently realize that we have a Dandiya night event to attend, and nothing suits those arms. One important thing to do here is to stay away from halter necks; they create a little fold up around the armpits.
Aari Embroidered N Tikki Work Chaniya Choli
Aari Embroidered N Tikki Work Chaniya Choli at CBazar
Going traditional this season is what every girl wants. The plethora of Chaniya Cholis with gota or zari (brocade) or kodi (conch shells) and aabhla (an embroidery style), available online and in local stores never fail to make great choices for Garba fashion. But if you like to create your own style, you can pair plain gota border skirts with a vest or tee and accessorize. One little tip: If you have a heavy bust or an apple shaped body, tie your ghagra a little above your navel to remove the unsightly love handles from sight.
Blue Thread Work Satin Silk Lehenga by Purple Oyester
Blue Thread Work Satin Silk Lehenga by Purple Oyester
Keep it classy and simple in this satin lehenga while you are busy dancing the night away to the beats of ‘Pankhida’. This lehenga style is perfect for pear shaped bodies as it flows along with your body instead of giving it extra volume. Needless to say, dark colors also make you look slimmer.
Orange Net Mirror Work Lehenga Choli
Orange Net Mirror Work Lehenga Choli CBazaar
Ok…so I am officially a fan of mirror work. This beautifully detailed Lehenga and Choli would equally good in all black as it does in the festive orange.
Bubblegum pink lengha with mirror and sequins by Manish Malhotra
Bubblegum pink lengha with mirror and sequins by Manish Malhotra
If you are planning a pre-wedding Garba event or do not mind splurging for no reason (who needed a reason to splurge, anyways!), this exquisitely embellished pink and silver lehenga by none other than bollywood favorite Manish Malhotra should be a no-brainer for pink lovers. ‘On Wednesdays, we wear Pink’, remember?

A Saree Never Fails to Impress

Electric blue silk bandhani saree by Keya Designs
Electric blue silk bandhani saree by Keya Designs
Maybe you don’t want to buy a lehenga at this point or are saving it for the wedding season ahead, a saree is always a foolproof choice that you can rinse and repeat to any occasion all year long. Creative Indian designers have given the traditional bandhej a glammed up makeover in this electric blue saree with bright yellow blouse.

Salwar Kameez – Chic and Comfortable

No matter how jazzy your salwar kameez is, you can always count on it to keep you comfortable enough to want to shake a leg. Anarkalis, Kurtis, Patialas – take your pick and create the perfect Dandiya outfit.
Ice blue anarkali set with mirror work falisa vest by Arpita Mehta
Ice blue anarkali set with mirror work falisa vest byArpita Mehta
Jackets have become the must-have for this season. I love this ‘India meets Queen Elsa’ look for winter party nights. The ice blue will immediately set you apart from the crowd and the mirror work vest can be paired with many more items in your closet to create new looks. Layer it with vests over skirts and shorts for more fusion outfits.
Crimson Red Kurta Set with Embroidered Pants by Anita Dongre http://www.exclusively.com/product/crimson-red-kurta-set-with-embroidered-pants-v-ad27aug15r254-anita-dongre
Crimson Red Kurta Set with Embroidered Pants by Anita Dongre
Show your glamorous side this Dandiya season by opting for this unusually refined, yet sexy look by Anita Dongre. The high slit crimson kurta beautifully shows of the gold embroidered straight pants.
Payal Kapoor Dark Green Mirror Work Suit
Payal Kapoor Dark Green Mirror Work Suit at Limeroad
I love pretty much everything by Payal Kapoor but chose this outfit for its sheer effortless elegance. You will not need much to accessorize this lovely anarkali.

Dhoti Pants – The Ultimate Fusion Wear

Navratri might be the time to show off your Indian spirit but in no way does it imply that you cannot create style statements. If you have been there and done it all and are looking for something new this season, look no further than dhoti pants.
Embroidered teal green dhoti suit by Abhilasha and Abhishek
Embroidered teal green dhoti suit by Abhilasha and Abhishek
High neck and sharp dhoti bottoms will give you a lovely frame. If height is not a problem, skip the heels and pair them with traditional flats.
Bandhani Drape Saree With Silk Dhoti Pants and Blouse by Couture by Takshila
Bandhani Drape Saree With Silk Dhoti Pants and Blouse byCouture by Takshila
A saree and dhoti rolled into one. The bandhani drape makes this the perfect glamorous look for Dandiya parties.
Midnight Blue Dhoti Dress with Mirror Work
Midnight Blue Dhoti Dress with Mirror Work by Aadira Couture
Sparkle and shine with Blue and Gold. Go ultra glam with this midnight blue dhoti pant outfit with a bodice embellished completely with mirror work.

Indo Western

If lehengas, sarees and salwar kameez are getting too predictable for you, create your style with these inspiring designs. A very modern twist to Indian wear, they combine the best of both worlds and are perfect when you simply want to stand out this Navratri.
Asymmetrical Yellow Silk Dress With Aari Work on Yoke and Border
Asymmetrical Yellow Silk Dress With Aari Work on Yoke and Border by SVA
Silk gives this dress a distinctively Indian look and the asymmetrical hemline is played up with aari work.
Blue Ombre Georgette Halter Neck Gown with Phulkari Bodice
Blue Ombre Georgette Halter Neck Gown with Phulkari Bodice
Another lovely example of fusion – this dress has a Phulkari emroidered halter neck bodice.
Suneet Varma Mirror Work Top and Shorts
Ignore the bored woman in the background, please. This outfit ROCKS!! Mirror Work Top and Shorts by Suneet Varma
We have a real head turner all right! The coral sweetheart neckline tube top coordinates perfectly with the lime green embellished shorts in this outfit from Suneet Varma’s Decorative Arts of India collection.
What have you planned for your Daniya night? Drop your comments to share your outfit ideas with other Dot Com Women.
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