Flaunting the Boishakhi colors!

Courtesy: The Daily Star Bangladesh

April is that time of the year which promises us with celebrations and colors. With the occasion of Pohela Boishakh, Bangalis aspire to make their new year a joyous one. The conventional tradition of wearing red and white still exist, but that does not mean you cannot play with colors this Boishakh. The following tips might help you to perceive Boishakhi fashion from a different angle. Explore the following options and take your own pick!

Ek Paech Sari
Ek Paech Saree

To bear with the Boishakhi theme, you can always go with cotton, Garad, Kota or handloom sarees and drape them in the Bengali style. Famously known as “Ek Paech Saree” , this is sure to bring out the Bengali beauty within you. If you are trying to bring in the innocent village girl look go for Maggie short sleeves, or if you want to settle for Zamindari look, go with full sleeved blouse with deep back. Three quarter sleeves for blouse and white frills in the end will definitely bring back the 60s theme this Bengali New Year, and help you stand out at the same time! To complement this overall look even further, make sure both the hands are completely adorned with glass bangles which go with your outfit; either matching or contrast wise. A little heads up: good news for all the Chunri print lovers. They are back in trend! You can use Chunri in any way you want, whether a saree or as a duppatta for your kameez. Fashionistas, bear in mind that this attire of yours is completely incomplete without silver jhumkas! To beat the heat, consider a tight bun with gajra around it or a plain braid set in the front. To bring about the Bangaliana feel, apply a tiny bindi on the forehead.


Haunted by the fear of not being able to handle the 12 yards of cloth? You still have other favorable options, one of the most favorite being Kurtis. Do not be afraid to experiment with loud colors because you can always settle it down with printed palazzos. Or, go the other way- put on that screen printed kurti of yours and pair it up with solid, bold colored palazzos. Personally, I like linen kurtis as they are light and comfortable which is convenient in warding off the summer heat rays. Georgettes can always be an option; also they come in various shades of green, blue and red. Get some chunky neckpieces and matching rings to pull off the diva look. Opt for light make up and let your hair down to correspond with the entire outlook.

Long Kameez
Long Kameez

Long Kameez can merge the traditional and modern fashion trends into one. According to the material of your convenience, you can create combinations of red and royal blue, hot pink and orange, yellow and lavender and the most popular choice of the event, red and white. Sleeves can range from sleeveless to bell bottom/fitting full sleeves. You can team it up with Palazzo or Churidaar. Colorful long Coaties or bright stone studded buttons can act as an additional glamour to your Boishakhi wardrobe. Gujrati lace is an in thing now, therefore do not hesitate to try them in your kameez. Rusted trinkets will blend in perfectly with whichever kameez you choose to wear. When it comes to your hair-do, go messy! Since you are the best judge of your own attire, it’s completely up to you to decide whether you want to settle for high heels or go otherwise. In case of wedges and block heels, trend and comfort go hand in hand. Considering heels isn’t of your type, I present you the option of Nagra!


Mujib Coat
Mujib Coat

For all the gentlemen out there, don’t lose heart! There’s a whole range of attire options for you, too. Decide between your white or beige Punjabi and the color of your Mujib Coat you want to wear because it is taking over the fashion industry. It’s best if you choose any one from loafers or Kohlapuris, depending whether you want to stay traditional or stick to modern fashion trend. So guys, it’s high time you gear up and pay a visit to Manyavaar, Artisti, Yellow and Aarong to build your Boishakhi closet.


A message for all the ladies, there are numerous available options for you to go on a shopping spree and pick out your Baishakhi best. Shops like Aarong, Yellow, Mantra and Mansha, or you can get a variety options under one roof in Deshi Dosh. Another option could be surfing through online facebook pages and attending exhibitions held for the occasion of Boishakh.

By now it is safe to assume that the fashion conscious crowd worried about their wardrobe this Boishakh has wiped away the creases on their forehead and is now looking forward to get their desired outlook from the tips provided above. Happy Boishakh Hunting!