Every year at around this time, a million fashion articles pop up in every magazine around town with the same suggestions for the upcoming celebrations of Pahela Boishakh- white and red. Of course, it has been a cherished tradition for years and people love having this sense of unity through the same coloured sarees and panjabis but 2013 seems like the year of change. So why not make a change in every aspect including fashion? This year, let’s change things a little bit and play with colours.
Let’s consider the time of the year- April. In most places, it’s the end of spring, it’s breezy and nice, not too warm, not too cold, and it’s just perfect. But this is Bangladesh and there is nothing called ‘perfect’ in terms of the weather here. It’s always too hot or too cold, mostly too hot. And rest assured, this Boishakh will be even more hot and humid than the last, apart from the kalboishakhi jhor and all the rain throughout the nights.
Bright colours like yellow, orange and red could really sparkle up your Boishakh. But let’s not scream out joy and think of blending in some cooler colours to contrast well with the boldness of your attire. A light blue saree with a bright yellow border would look stunning on a bright sunny day, or a purple saree with an orange border would look even better.
The boys have always had the option to go for different colours for Pahela Boishakh instead of just the regular red and white. So let’s keep at it and pick some funky colours. A yellow panjabi with white trousers will look like summer itself. Although, make sure you know the right shades to pick for your skin tone. Yellow would look pretty disastrous with a particularly dark skin tone. For those with darker complexion, blues and greens would look appealing.
Pahela Boishakh is not just any occasion, it’s the one people wait for all year around. It’s bigger and better than any other day of the year and beats January 1st any day, in terms of celebration. For an occasion as special as this, it is alright to spend a little more than usual on your attire. Look for your perfect saree and panjabi in stores like Aarong, Jatra, KayKraft, Rong and the many other ‘desi’ outlets around town. But you will find your best bet in Piran when it comes to authentic designs, bold colours and reasonable prices. You can pick out some ethnic jewellery for yourself too from the store.
This year, we have seen changes in many ways in the country, both positive and negative. To gel in with the new trend of change, let’s brighten things up and greet the New Year – 1420, with some colours and spunk!