Your kitty party is drawing near and along with the excitement of meeting friends is the little bit of healthy stress about 'what to wear' -- healthy because it forces you to be creative and innovative with your dressing. If you haven't had the time to go shopping for something new this month, read on below for ideas on how to reinvent your existing looks. All these ensembles have been shown at the latest fashion week in August, and there are a whole lot of great ideas for you to pick from.
Mix-and-match that salwar-kameez: Take a cue from Fashion101.in panelist Ritu Kumar's latest collection, which was an ode to Banarsi weaves. Mix and match your existing salwar-kameezes and dupattas, to come up with a fresh new look each time. The days of matchy-matchy suits are gone, meri jaan!
A look from Anita Dongre winter-festive 2015
Skip the churidaar: Are you bold enough to leave out the churidaar under your anarkali? Take inspiration from this look by Anita Dongre. A sleeveless anarkali paired with patent moccasins gives an edgy modern western look to what could otherwise be a traditional anarkali kurta. (Here are 12 amazing anarkalis to wear to a friend's wedding.)
A look from Ashdeen winter-festive 2015
Shrug it: Why wear that pretty sari with the same old blouse? Pair it with a short shrug or a jacket shrug instead, like this look by Ashdeen. The designer, who specialises in the elegant Parsi gara work, has added a modern touch to the age-old craft by styling the sari this way. (Click here for dazzling new choli styles.)
A look from Divya Sheth winter-festive 2015
Print-on-print: This is totally the new trend! Take inspiration from Divya Sheth's unconventional styling and pair a long kurta with a dhoti skirt or pants. Don't be afraid to use contrasting prints and colours! (Read about 5 smart ways to wear print-on-print.)
A look by KaSha winter-festive 2015
Layer it up: Layering is another cool trend for winter. (Read all about it here.) Take a cue from young designer Karishma Shahani of KaSha and add a shirt, scarf and belt to your kurta and churidaar. Make sure you have the confidence to carry the look with panache!
A look by Loom 1905 winter-festive 2015
Kurti on sari: So you have a pretty kurti and another pretty sari? Wear them together! Check out this look by Loom 1905, and be inspired to pair a collared thigh-length kurti with a bordered sari. The contrast between the geometrical kurti print and the ethnic sari border is just so cool.
Leave out the lining: Sometimes -- and especially if you've just lost some weight -- you're in a mood to show off your slim waist. Leave out the slip from underneath a sheer kurti, we say, and pair it with wide pants or palazzos to add volume. And don't worry, it's not nudity if it's embroidered. Check out this look by Fashion101.in panelist Ridhi Mehra. Her new show presented some dazzling ideas for the red carpet, and there's no reason you can't take a cue too!