by Aarti Kapur Singh
This Lohri- all you new mommies out there, amp up your style statement with these 18 amazing and extremely stylish outfit ideas!
The Lohri festival for a new mommy is a beginning of a new auspicious cycle. It is a festival of everything new – from the season (that is all set to change) to the new life that is the centre of your universe – your baby.
As a first-time mom almost nine years ago when my son was born, Lohri was a very important cultural milestone in my big fat Punjabi family – comparable to the first birthday. The first Lohri for a newborn is a monumental occasion as friends and family gather to pray for the child’s good health and prosperity. Some even dance together to the beat of a ‘dhol’ (drum).The mother is dressed up in new and gorgeous clothes and heavy jewelry, and sometimes (depending on how cold it is!) Mehndi is applied on her hands in an elaborate pattern. She is asked to sit with the new born baby in her arms and family, relatives and friends gift her with fruits, sweets, clothes, jewelry and money.
Here are some practical and trendy new mommy fashion outfit ideas for you to look like the perfect radiant mom on Lohri…
1. Pakistani Salwar Suits:
A Pakistani long kurta in rich fabrics, embellishments, and gold and antique embroidery with a flowing sharara style salwar is a great way to look fashionable and yet dress practical to guard yourself from the cold. Choose a thick fabric (velvet is perfect) that will also allow room for thermals underneath.
2. Punjabi Suit:
Go full on with the festive spirit in a Punjabi style Patiala salwar kameez in bold colors with zardozi work. Tie your hair into a plait and attach parandi (Punjabi hair accessory) to look like a traditional Punjabi muteyaar. And as a new mom, you have the license to go all out with colors.
Another practical way to stay snug while flaunting your fashion choices would be to mix and match from Indo-western looks. You can choose ethnic jackets (short or long) in silk or tussar silk with heavy embroidery like kantha stitch, phulkari work or patch work. You can team it up with a pair of leggings or cigarette pants. Alternately, you can also try wearing an ethnic blazer with stone work. A straight cut dark colored pant with a brocade long jacket or a velvet lehenga skirt with a turtle-neck skivvie paired with a heavy (and warm) phulkari bagh or a pashmina shawl, or a stole in Kashmiri embroidery will make you look awesome!
4. Heavy Silks:
You can never go wrong with a silk saree. When in doubt, always pick a silk saree in bright colors. Go for a Banarasi silk, Kanjeevaram, or opt for a raw silk one, but make sure they are in bold colors. Team your outfit with traditional jhumkis in gold or silver, statement neck pieces, or a simple maang tikka leaving your hair open.
5. Heavy lehngas:
Upcycle your heavy bridal lehnga by simply wearing it differently. The heavy work on the lehnga can be offset with a solid colored dushala or a big shawl in the same or even a contrasting color.Here are more options. Let us know what you chose to wear for your Lohri celebrations…
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