Indian festivities call for yet another reason to deck up and to look your stylish best. As all happy occasions include dressing up, so does Raksha Bandhan – a festival celebrating the unbreakable bond between a brother and a sister. The auspicious festival will fall on August 26 this year. While the preparations are in full swing, from selecting the perfect rakhi for your brother to brothers picking out an ideal gift for their sister, deciding what to wear is one of the toughest tasks even on normal days. Although, there is no dress code for Raksha Bandhan, donning a traditional attire is preferred by many. Below we help you with ideas, for both boys and girls, to select a perfect attire suitable for the occasion and your comfort. Why Do We Celebrate Raksha Bandhan? 5 Legends Associated With the Festival of Rakhi.

Raksha Bandhan is usually celebrated on a small scale unlike Ganpati or Diwali. It is mostly a small gathering of family where sisters tie rakhi on their brother’s wrist, apply tilak, feed them their favourite sweet (easy home-made traditional dishes recipes) and the brother gifts his sister an adorable present. While some prefer to stay indoors, others might choose to celebrate the festival by going out for a lunch or dinner. And this would require dressing up. Read on to know what you can wear this Raksha Bandhan.

1 Traditional Outfit

Traditional outfit for Raksha Bandhan. (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Girls can up their fashion game by wearing a traditional Indian outfit like a salwar kameez, anarkali dress or even a saree. You can never go wrong with an Indian wear during festivals. As Raksha Bandhan is a small family affair, you do not need to go overboard with your dressing. Therefore, it is important you pick a light traditional outfit. Girls can even wear a saree, but nothing too fancy. It is better to keep it simple for the occasion.

2 Indo-Western Outfit

Indo-western outfits for Raksha Bandhan. (Photo Credits: Instagram)

Now if you want to give a twist to your traditional attire and follow the latest trends, opt for an Indo-Western outfit. For example, you can choose a salwar kameez with a cape dupatta. It will give a nice edge to your Indian wear. On the other hand, pair a long skirt with a blouse (skip the dupatta). Select a nice floral print or pastel shades since they are the current trends. As for accessories, you opt for delicate jhumkas.

3 Kurta-Pyjama for Men  

Traditional outfit for boys on Raksha Bandhan. (Photo Credits: Instagram)

When girls are dressing up for the occasion, it is only fair that brothers match up to their suave. If you are the kind of guy who doesn’t like dressing up too much, keep it simple with a kurta pyjama. An off-white monochrome set looks great for any occasion. If you want to add colour, choose from pastel shades, as Raksha Bandhan will be celebrated during the day. To take your style a notch higher, you wear a semi-formal Nehru jacket.

Dressing up for any festival is all about balance. Picking the outfit is half job done, but it does not end there. To complete the look, you need to pair it with right makeup and hair. Since it is a day event, keep your makeup elegant. Instead of using full coverage foundation, settle with a BB or CC cream to get that flawless look. For eyes, it is best to go for nude shades and finish it off with either a nude or pink lipstick (shade complimenting your outfit). Give your tresses a straightened look or style it in smooth beachy waves, again styling will depend on your hair type and quality. Make sure that you do not go overboard with you whole look. Be ready to be showered with compliments from your family with our dressing tips for the festival. Happy Raksha Bandhan!

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