Bring That Festive Look Home With These On-Point Brands

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    That time of year is rolling around again, when the festive season is almost upon us. That means shopping for new outfits. Though most of our functions might be taking place over video calls, that's no reason that we shouldn't find the perfect outfit, right? Let's dive in deep.

    Purple Panchi

    Purple Panchi

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    If you love traditional designs - think floral and Mughal patterns in beautiful handblock prints, then you will love Purple Panchi, Their collection spans the gamut of ethnic wear from kurta sets to lehengas, shararas, anarkalis and palazzos and are inspired by the different regions of India. 

    What We Like: Use of traditional methods like khari printing, handblock printing, and aari embroidery

    Price: Anarkalis from INR 5,990, kurtas from INR 3,500, lehengas from INR 7,990

    Shree The Indian Avatar

    Shree is an ethnic wear brand that's geared for daily wear, but we also liked their collection of ethnic sets. Their styles are simple and wearable and if you, like me, don't enjoy the bling factor too much, this might work well for you.

    What We Like: Jaipur-style printed sets in pastel colours, jacket and palazzo sets in gold and white. Bonus - they've even got a line of sustainable clothing

    Price:INR 2,499 upwards for sets, kurtas from INR 899 upwards

    Khara Kapas

    Khara Kapas

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    If you love breathable and pure fabrics, then you'll love this minimalist brand that features cotton and natural fabrics in their handcrafted clothing line. We love their relaxed vibe which extends even to their festive wear with its flowy silhouettes and delicate decorations and embroidery.

    What We Like: Comfortable cotton fabrics in wearable yet stylish designs with traditional elements like Gota work

    Price: Sets from INR 15,000 onwards

    Varanga

    If you prefer your ethnic wear to be contemporary and wearable, as well as being affordable, Varanga might just be for you. This brand's got a great selection of kurtas and sets that feature elegant designs in silks, cottons and rayons - most of their clothing is pretty bling-free if that's your go-to look.

    What We Like: You can get a complete Indian wear set for below INR 5,000

    Price: Sets between INR 3,000 to INR 5,000

    Abhishti

    Abhishti

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    We're crushing on Abhishti's collection of chic ethnic wear. We're loving their sleek silhouettes and simple lines. If you're a fan of fusion styles too, you'll find skirt sets, tunics with dhoti pants, and palazzo sets too.

    What We Like: Skirt sets, dhoti pant sets

    Price: Prices start from INR 999 for tops and kurtas and sets from INR 2,499

    ZNX4EVER

    ZNX4EVER

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    This versatile brand does both Western fusion wear and ethnic clothing. We're loving their printed sets - both kurtas, layered dresses and lehengas - for festive occasions. And if you prefer to mix and match, you can also choose individual pieces and create your own set.

    What We Like: Ethnic sets and fusion outfits

    Price: INR 899 onwards for kurtas, sets from INR 1,999

    Chungi Store

    Chungi Store

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    If you, like me, prefer to go the saree route for special occasions, then Chungi Store is a great bet. All their sarees are handcrafted and come in beautiful styles from plain with elegant zari borders to Chevron print and even solid blocks. Chungi also has a beautiful collection of stoles and dupattas if you love to mix and match.

    What We Like: Handloom sarees in block colours, with zari border and ethnic prints

    Price: Sarees start at INR 1,155

    Psst! If you love decor, they also make awesome cushions

    Pro-Tip

    Love sarees? Here's where you can shop awesome Indie brands online. And if you're into understated fashion, these local brands do it well.