It’s mid-October and the festive spirit is high. With Diwali celebrations coming down the pike, it's the perfect time to plan your wardrobe. Forget the fully-embellished, overwrought outfits, this year an easy silhouette that allows freedom of movement and delicate detailing, is what we're looking at. Whether you’re attending a puja, a festive dinner or any socially distanced events, an elegant kurta, promises to be our fail-safe. It's also the apt choice to ditch the dupatta, and have fun with your jewellery. We suggest getting creative with your accessories—mix and match pieces to create a unique look. Temple jewellery and pearls make for an out-of-the-box pairing. If you'd rather go the classic route, a vintage choker with some colourful bangles is all you need to make a statement. 

The focus should be on fabrics, from traditional weaves and soft-to-skin silks to lighter-than-air chanderis and organzas, juxtaposed with a smattering of intricate workmanship. If a classic palette is what you're after, you will love the off-white chevron kurta by Gulabo by Abu Sandeep  accented with gota and just a hint of colour, or a mirror-work and ikat Simar Dugal set that adds just the right amount of sparkle. If you’d rather impress in rich jewel-tones, there’s plenty on offer, including the Kamal silk set by The Jodi Life emblazoned with lotus motifs in emerald against its rani pink base, the Orange zohra kurta with salwar by Aikeyah, the brocade pant set by Kshitij Jalori or the Sushma Bandhej (Bandhini) silk kurta by Raw Mango. 

Shop Vogue’s edit of uplifting fuss-free festive kurtas that are both future-proof and Diwali-appropriate. 

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Yami Kurta Set by Aseem Kapoor
Ivory Mehar Kurta Set by Simar Dugal
Mridini Emerald Green Kurta Set by Place The DotAsymmetrical Cotton Kurta Set by Sureena Chowdhri
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