Baby It’s Cold Outside
It’s been a pretty mild winter in the T dot (aka Toronto), but for most of us dffs it’s still a little chilly in our desi wear. Those sleeveless Indian suits and the cold draft that creeps up sarees is a little much for some of us to handle. In some cases, there are a few fashion faux-pas’ that surface in the winter months (I admit it). So to give you all a little help on how to still look glam and be warm, yes it is possible, here are a few tips on staying warm in your fine desi fashion:
1. Sweaters – recommended on top of Indian suits for religious events only (eg. gurdwara – akand paat, or mandir – pooja). You could throw in the odd house party, but chances are you’ll be warm enough once all the guests arrive. Other than that, sweaters with an Indian suit are a no-no. And don’t even think of ever wearing one with a saree or lengah (seriously, please stop). Wear delicate cardigans, not big chunky-i’m-going-to-my-friends-house-for-cha-tonight type sweaters. Not every sweater goes with a suit.
Best colours: black, white, cream or light grey.
2. Shawls, pashminas – these are your go-to items for warmth. They look fab with Indian suits, sarees and lengahs. Just make sure you pick a highlight colour in your outfit - it needs to match, otherwise go for staples like a pale gold, grey (doubles as silver), or cream as they will match most outfits and keep you within budget. Don’t put together a busy multi-coloured outfit with a multi-coloured shawl because you think you’re the next big thing – it’s not, you might be, and it still doesn’t make it match.
Best colours: pale grey, gold, cream – they match almost everything.
3. Winter Coat – now we have our ultimate dilemma. Our friends across the pond (aka the UK), gasp at the horror of wearing your winter coat with a suit. Reality is, it’s damn cold outside. We say coats are fine, as long as they are a wool dress coat, NOT parka’s (honestly, this hurts me deeply). Yes put away your Canada Goose for one night – people don’t need to know you dropped an obscene amount of money on one at the upcoming lohri party, plus you don’t want it to go walkies when you get up to get your bhangra on. Opt for a dress coat that is longer (eg. knee length) as it looks much more elegant when the coat is longer than your kameez. For lengah’s and sarees we recommend an almost floor length coat (budget permitting). These are hard to find, but look fab as they cover the entire outfit and don’t make things look awkward. A budget friendly alternative is a shorter waist coat, almost like a blazer, that can be worn with a lengah. Use your chunni as you would your scarf to protect your neck and chest from the cold until you get indoors, then redo your chunni for the big reveal before you make your glam entrance.
Best colours: Camel, cream, or black.
Remember the kameez needs to be shorter than your coat. It’s a cleaner look. Just like most of you wouldn’t wear a long sweater under a short jacket (right?!). Shawls go with anything.
All three looks go well with a lengah. But please don’t wear a short jacket with a saree, not the same! Instead opt for a long coat or shawl.
Stay warm my friends.