Stunning Outfits Other Than Lehenga To Wear This Festive Season

Oct 12, 2022

We are sure among all the things that you are worried about, the outfit and jewelry are one of the primary concerns whenever there is a festival nearby, and why not? It is a special day for you and your partner and family, and you would like to look your best. For the newlyweds, the first festivals are always more special and they look forward to it. 

Festive Ensembles Other Than Lehenga

For different festivals, you need different outfits. For instance, for Karvachauth many ladies prefer wearing their wedding outfit by styling it differently and some buy new outfits. Whether it's Diwali, Karvachauth or other upcoming festivals, if you do not want to rewear your wedidng lehenga and want to rather try something more comfortable, then here are some festive emsembles other than lehenga for the special events.

1. Saree

There is a reason saree is also known as the six yards of elegance, and during festive season, you can take out your favorite saree that you have been wanting to wear for a long time.

A Classic Red Saree

Whether it's an auspicious event like Karvachauth or any other, a classic red saree is a go-to option for you!

Source: The Loom

Organza Saree

A sleeveless blouse with a printed organza saree- just beautiful! Go for a choker neckpiece and a sleek hair bun and you are good to go. Your partner will surely lose his senses looking at your gorgeous avatar.

Source: Mehak DhawanSabyasachi

Ruffled Saree

To add a modern vibe to your saree, go for a ruffled saree with a cape blouse. The heavy embellishments on the cape and the blouse are the highlight of the whole look. 

The Red and White Saree

Take a cue from fashion influencer Sonam Babani’s look here. It is a perfect look for an event like Karvachauth or Diwali.

Source: Sonam BabaniSabyasachi

Kanjeevaram Silk Saree

If we are talking about elegance and grace, a kanjeevaram look is the best on any festive occasion. Go for a contrasting blouse to add an oomph factor.

Source: Roliana Weaves

2. Pre Draped Sarees

Sequined Saree

If you need a bit more bling for the season, take cues from Janhvi Kapoor who is giving #fashiongoals in this sequinned Manish Malhotra saree. 

Source: Manish Malhotra

Midnight Blue Chiffon Saree

Athiya Shetty opted for a midnight blue chiffon pre-draped saree with a pearl embellished blouse designed by Ridhi Mehra. It is an apt festive ensemble for the upcoming season!

Source: Ridhi Mehra

3. Anarkali

Another ethnic wear that can be anything from minimal, light-weighted to heavy, in whatever form an Anarkali looks very pretty. If you are looking for an outfit with comfort, there are Anarakalis that would be perfect for you. There are so many options from which you can choose, floor-length, knee-length, short Anarkalis, etc. 

Red Anarkali

A red Anarkali for Karvachauth or any festival is a perfect choice and for inspiration, have a look at Sonam Kapoor's pretty outfit designed by Masaba Gupta. The golden jhumkas, sleek hair bun, and kohl eyes with a bindi on the forehead look picture-perfect!

Source: Sonam Kapoor Ahuja

Embroidered Anarkali

Powder blue folk printed and embroidered anarkali paired with net ruffled dupatta with an embellished pearl drop belt

Source: Ridhi Mehra

Off-shoulder Anarkali

For the ladies, who love to mix modern with ethnic, check out Alia Bhatt’s outfit. She is wearing a printed Anarkali by Sabyasachi with the signature Sabya belt that is giving a flare to the dress. What is making the look a bit ethnic is the print and Alia wearing that huge chandelier golden earrings. 

Yellow Anarkali

Yellow is another auspicious color that you can opt for festivals. There is a warmth in this color that looks beautiful on all skin tones. 

Source: Punit Balana

Floral Anarkali

A beautiful floral Anarkali in a lightweight fabric is also a good option for ladies looking for a comfortable option.  

Source: Ensemble India

Silk Anarkali Set

This Rani pink silk anarkali set with mirror hand embroidery paired with an organza dupatta is an ideal pick for the festive season.

Source: Punit Balana

4. Sharara Suit

After Anarkali, if there is any ethnic wear that can be comfortable and look pretty at the same time, it is the sharara suit. Shararas are pants that almost look like a skirt. It is fitted at the waist and flows down freely without any joints. You can wear it with Kurtis- long & short, Anarkali Kurtis, angrakhas, etc. 

Embroidered Sharara

Go for a pastel shade fully embroidered sharara set with a nice hairdo and statement jewelry for the upcoming festivals.

Sharara with Frock-style Kurti

This outfit has a certain old-school Mughal charm to it and the short Anarkali Kurti with the empire waistline gives shape to the outfit. If it is well-fitted, then it will look stunning. Go for a half pony or a flower-adorned messy side braid to complete the look. 

Off-shoulder Sharara Set

An off-shoulder kurta with sharara pants is another ethnic choice you can go for on this auspicious occasion. The full-sleeve gives a sophisticated vibe but the off-shoulder makes it a bit modern.

Embellished Sharara Set

Source: House of Kotwara

5. Gharara

This peach and cream Knee-length net handworked shirt with a farshi gharara in raw silk in gold work is a great pick this festive season. You can go for a heavy peach Mukesh dupatta with an elaborate head border just like it's shown in the photo or go opt for a light weight, plain dupatta with border work. 

6. Suits

Ladies, another best ethnic outfit apart from the lehenga is a Patiala Suit. The salwar has a loose fit with several pleats at the bottom that goes well with a fitted kurti. 

Suit with Patiala Salwar

A classic Patiala suit with embroidery or print looks elegant. You can go for monotone or contrasting bottom or dupatta to add an oomph factor to your festive look.

Source: Punit Balana

Patiala Pants with Anarkali Kurti

The short Anarkali Kurti and the Patiala pants are a good pairing. Go for a pastel-shade Patiala suit with a heavily detailed kurti ot dupatta to enhance the whole look.

Hot Pink & Green Patiala Suit

The hot pink & green color combination is to die for and with that go for a dupatta with zari work. For hairstyle, make a fishtail braid and tie a paranda to the braid for bonus compliments. 

Silk Kurti with Churidaar

Aditi Rao Hydari wearing a kalamkari appliqué work silk kurta set with intricate work and an organza silk dupatta will get you several compliments this festive season

Source: Punit Balana

7. Three-piece Set

Three-piece sets usually consist of a cape or a jacket paired with a co-ord set like a dhoti skirt or a palazzo and a crop top or a blouse. It is a perfect blend of modern meets ethnic or in simple terms ladies who like to add an Indo-western touch to their looks. 

Draped Skirt and Crop Top

Ladies, you will look absolutely sexy in this three-piece set! It will be a unique choice of outfit for an event like Karvachauth where women mostly prefer classic ethnic wear, and this lavender skirt and crop top with the floor-length cape will look chic. 

Source: Kalki Fashion

Palazza & Crop Top with a Cape

Another three-piece set that will not only earn you his full attention and compliments but will be so comfortable for you too. This beautiful embroidered crop top or blouse with palazzo and the long jacket will be an ideal choice for the night.

Source: Pure Elegance


Newlywed or not, the upcoming festive season calls for unique and pretty festive looks. You do not always have to wear a lehenga for every occassion, there are several ethnic or traditional options that are more comfortable and looks great as festive ensembles. Look your best and enjoy every bit of the festivals. 

Co-Authored By: Neha Garg Ahuja

About Author

Gayatri Guha

Her love for fashion, weddings, and lifestyle is the inspiration behind her unfiltered writings. Most of the time, you will find her looking at the happy, twirling brides and being in awwww of them. 

Loves her me-time, and mostly sleeps while watching movies. 

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