The Riya Edit: Holiday 2021 Fashion

Nothing says “holiday season” quite like jewel tones, sparkly embellishments, and other bright and festive details— and these happen to be some of the very same colors and features that are widely associated with Indian formalwear! So whether you’re celebrating Diwali, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, or another holiday, we've found the perfect Indian garment or accessory for you. Click through the below selections to acquaint yourself with our holiday 2021 edit.

Holiday Glam

Whether you're lighting lamps and setting off fireworks for Diwali, attending concerts filled with Christmas hymns or Chanukah music, or simply dressing up to celebrate at home— we've found bedazzled South Asian pieces that will get you in a festive spirit. Check out Nupur Kanoi's jacket-and-dhoti set or one-shoulder cape jumpsuit, or our beaded, crimson JODI dress. Or, take this opportunity to embrace Shloka Khialani's eye-catching styles: The Mumbai-based designer is known for her swanky holiday-friendly attire, such as the stunning CASCADA set.


Heading on a far-flung getaway this holiday season? Why not pack one of our favorite South Asian designers' kaftans or sundresses in your suitcase? We recommend block-printed resortwear by Sunira Designs in green and brown, Anushree's lightweight palazzo-pant set, or a floral set by paulmiandharsh. Or, discover vacation-friendly pieces that we currently offer on our site: the gauzy green saree dress by Saaksha & Kinni, a dress version of the label's pixel lehenga, a flowing maxi by The Jodi Life...

We've also got modern dyed and embroidered co-ords by Aapro Bahrain, and Rang Amer's off-shoulder cape.


Tick off all your holiday menswear needs, whether you're gifting the item or wearing it yourself. South Asian men's attire is getting the holiday treatment on our site, as well as others' sites. Two of our favorite picks include the Horizon shirt and Cloud bomber jacket by menswear go-to Countrymade.


Pantsuits are a fantastic choice if you're attending more serious, subdued, or professional seasonal events, such as dinner parties or holiday charity balls. Try a red or pink set by Anushree, or our Blue Berry Twist set by 431-88 BY SHWETA KAPUR. 


Jumpsuits are a truly versatile holiday piece, that can be worn to a range of events— from low-key potlucks to chic cocktail parties or even holiday balls. We love this fuss-free teal number by 431-88 BY SHWETA KAPUR and the Rang Amer multicolor jumpsuit.


A saree is an ideal pick when you're attending South Asian holiday events or representing the region at other celebrations— after all, it's the national dress of Bangladesh. Many consider it one of the unofficial national dresses of India, as well. Try Aapro's Giza saree set, which has a sweet and feminine quality, with floral motifs and tie-dye; Bhaavya Bhatnagar's Unravel set, offering an elegant take on winter white; or Bhaavya's blush-pink Star Fall set. 


Sparkling South Asian jewelry will add the perfect finishing touch to your holiday outfits— or if you're gifting rather than wearing them, they will delight your giftees. Try a dramatic choker or embroidered earrings by Amama Maahi, or Anisha Parmar's bright doorway earrings or drop earrings


A charming and festive bag is a perfect gift or ensemble for a holiday soirée— perhaps a colorful Banjara clutch in salmon, turquoise, or peach? Each is hand-crafted from vintage or unique, one-of-a-kind patches—often worn or thread-bare—so no two bags are the same. They also feature luxe touches, such as silk thread.


A jacket is a winter essential, so keep warm with an intricately embroidered option by Rajasthan's Vipul Shah. Popular picks run from the high-collared Hibiscus Jacket and fringed Paisley Kimono to the Banjara-style bomber.


There's nothing quite like a pair of Indian mules peeping out beneath your lehenga or saree set, or Western ensemble, to set a holiday-friendly tone. So whether you're wearing the shoes yourself or gifting them to friends and family, consider a pair by Needledust. We love the Celestia pair, which vaguely evokes the night sky; the Reverie pair, with French knots and fringe; the pastel-striped Chandellier pair; and the dramatic Folk pair, created with leading Indian costume designers.