Comfortable yet considered, we can't think of an easier way to dress up for a special occasion than throwing on a scene-stealing sharara set. With Diwali and wedding season around the corner, it would be a good idea to invest in a striking pair to add an instant sparkle to your festive looks. What else could equip you for a puja, a cards party, a poolside mehandi or a friend’s destination ceremony? 

Fans of the silhouette include Sara Ali Khan, Aditi Rao Hydari and Karisma Kapoor among many other Bollywood A-listers. Khan recently opted for a destination wedding-ready Arpita Mehta sharara set that was complemented with a versatile gold bralette—the blouse style that we think will serve more than just once, and in ways more than one. Aditi Rao Hydari leaned on a turquoise block printed gharara set with delicate marodi work from designer Punit Balana’s latest #FestiveEdit21 collection. Unlike Rao Hydari’s traditional ensemble, Kapoor put a twist on the conventional sharara set with her red Ritika Mirchandani peplum top and fit-and-flare pants. Kiara Advani took on the trend with a sexy open back kurta and gharara pants.

From OTT sharara sets courtesy Manish Malhotra and Seema Gujral, to more feminine takes by the likes of Nikita Mhaisalkar and Limerick by Abirr n' Nanki, Vogue picks the best styles you can get your hands on based on the mood, personality and occasion. 

If you like to keep it traditional 

From classic crafts to handloom weaves, you have a penchant for keeping things timeless. The mint sharara set from Gopi Vaid’s latest Marigold collection comes alive with intricate marodi kaam of Gujarat and gota patti of Rajasthan, perfect to solidify your classic aesthetic. We love how the ensemble is teamed with a short kurta, which adds just the right amount of playfulness to the set. For someone who’d like to prioritise comfort, check out Raw Mango’s Lavender Preeta & Asha sharara set that is crafted with lightweight woven organza and Anamika Khanna’s coral design that is doused in romantic floral embroidery. If you’re on the lookout for a statement creation for your engagement, you’ll appreciate Jayanti Reddy’s purple Benarasi set. 

Coral embroidered sharara set by Anamika Khanna


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If you’re bohemian at heart 

If your personal style is more relaxed than structured, then chances are you're on the lookout for a bohemian sharara set. Rest assured, carefree doesn’t mean casual. Arpita Mehta’s Poppy mango floral print gharara and blouse set is proof. The ensemble is paired with a gorgeous cape with mirror and cowrie shell detailing, which will give you the freedom to ditch a dupatta. Aseem Kapoor’s short printed kaftan paired with grey sharara pants is another great option for a puja or an intimate occasion. Sunira Designs’ flamboyant gharara is created with a mix of hand-block prints and hand embroidery.

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If you don’t mind making a bold statement 

OTT defines your style mantra, so pick a style such as Seema Gujra’s bright yellow flowy georgette sharara. The strappy kurta and pants are completely doused in sparkling mirror work to add to the glamour. Part of Manish Malhotra’s Nooraniyat edit, the pastel sharara set is another look that’s perfect to steal the spotlight. The look is enhanced with multi-coloured metallic sequin work and a nifty dose of feather detailing on the drape.

Metallic sequin sharara set by Manish Malhotra


If you’re a minimalist 

Like to keep it low-key yet elegant?  printed sharara set will make an investment-worthy addition to your stash. Showcasing a beautiful floral print and intricate embroidery against its serene pink fabric, the stunning outfit will take you places, from the next cards party on your Diwali calendar to a friend’s pre-wedding ceremony. Nikita Mhaisalkar’s pretty ivory set is another look we are completely crushing on. The ensemble comprises a romantic embroidered front open jacket top that’s complemented with crush sharara pants. You can also consider Payal Singhal’s stunning achromatic set from her latest Suroor line, consisting of a cropped top and flared pants, both delicately embroidered and edged with tassel and pom pom detailing. Or pick Saundh’s olive green Qalb Angarakha kurta with sharara