KOLKATA, DURING THE DURGA PUJA, IS THE BIGGEST FASHION PARADE IN THE WORLD. But how do you look your sharpest during this festive season? Let us help!
We hear tons about the carnivals from Rio to Goa – the world goes there to be amazed while standing far away from the street performers in their sparkly costumes & marvel at the gaudy splendours from the sidelines! We rarely talk about Kolkata. But, now just read the next sentence & let it sink in – “KOLKATA, DURING THE DURGA PUJA, IS THE BIGGEST FASHION PARADE IN THE WORLD“. Rings true?
Durga Puja is the grandest festival for a Bengali (maybe even for the rest of the world!). It means a lot to every Bong, but the top 5 prerogatives have remained the same for the last 5 centuries –
“ADDA-EYARKI-KHILLI”, “KHAWA-DAWA”, “GHORA”, “MISHTI PREM” & most importantly “NOTUN JAMA”.
Buying an entirely new set of attires is the most exciting build up to this festive season. The amazing thing is – not only do Bongs buy spanking new clothes but they wear them while walking in stifling heat, while standing in mile long queues outside pandals and being jostled by impatient, million strong crowds!
Now let us help you dress up for this mega fashion fiesta – sit back, window shop at supersonic speeds, choose, discard, chose again and finally order! Pujo Shopping done while sipping gorom-cha from your EAJY CHAIR.
WOMEN (our lovely lolonas)
My dear ladies, we know you want to be the centre of attention during the all important Maha Ashtami anjali. That’s no mean feat when the rest of the city is bedecked in their traditional best, Here’s what you do – arm yourself with a sari that steers away from conventional prints and patterns but is still soothingly ethnic.
We were floored by these drapes this season (the WE here means we girls at BONGFeed, our maa-bons & our besties)
But now what about Nabami evening, when you’re out partying at Plush or Afraa with that SUPURUSH Bhodrolok (or good looking CHOKRA). We are wearing these jackets to heat things up under the neon lights.
Now, you must have specialised gear for your jaunts to the pandals under the hot sun & in 90% humidity. Thus we heard about silk PALAZZOS, which The Guardian describes as “A palazzo pant is a wide, elegant, swooshy trouser. It has to be a bit grand, because that’s what makes it a palazzo pant and not a pyjama pant.” We literally threw our purses at these, especially when we found pairs with an ethnic flair.
MEN (aka BHODROLOK & DUSHTU)
Dada, it’s time to get rid of that black t-shirt and unwashed pair of denims. Grow up & be a BENGALI BHODROLOK! If you are still bereft of a proper PAANJABI then buy these, please.
In case you are the ENFIELD-riding, GALE-DARI-BUKE-LOM-WALA Bong stud, then this might be your macho choice.
So this was our little boost to your Puja shopping sprees. We know, we missed a lot, so please share your list in the comments.
Fashion Credits ~The generous & stylish folks @ FashionPiper.com.
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