At this year’s festival of lights, here are five ways to keep it stylish and stand out from the crowd.

1. Keep it classic

A classic kurta pajama will never go out of style. Simple yet elegant, a silk kurta in a single shade is both festive and luxurious and coupled with plain silk trousers can make a man look traditional yet suave. A kurta in a basic colour like beige, blue or black can be dressed up with bandis in brocades and pure silks. Asymmetrical kurtas with unique bottoms allow one’s individuality to come to the fore.

2. Shine bright

Experiment with colours and accessories to add a slight sparkle as you celebrate… anything from traditional reds and golds to unusual blues and greens. Darker shades look elegant while minute details add a decadent touch. Pair the outfit with customised smoking shoes and a complementing pocket square to complete the look.

3. Gold star

For a casual gathering of friends, why not wear a draped kurta in solid black with gold finishing? It’s just the right amount of bling to make an impression. The more adventurous man can dare to be different and truly stand out in a short kurta and a pair of gypsy pants.

4. Dapper does it

If you are the style icon of your circle and want to cement your reputation as a trendsetter this Diwali, a well-fitted bandhgala is a perfect addition to your wardrobe. This sophisticated jacket brings together the western cut with Indian hand-embroidery and is the perfect complement to silk kurtas and pants this festive season.

5. It’s all in the textures

Play with fabrics — anything works this season from hand-woven silks and silk blends to linens and jacquards. So step out in style this Diwali and truly shine bright!

— Kanika Mehra is the designer at menswear label Vavci, with stores in the UAE and India. Call 04-3855527 or 055-5825072.