How to Style Yourself for ‘The Vermilion Game’ i.e. Sindoor Khela

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It is a well-known fact that Durga Puja is the biggest and most important festival for anyone of Bengali Hindu descent. When the Navratri period concludes with Vijaya Dashami, married women perform a set of rituals bidding farewell to Goddess Durga and once that’s done, they get into a celebratory mood and apply sindoor on each other’s forehead and faces—reminiscent of Holi—except this time only a deep shade of vermilion is used. This set of rituals is referred to as Sindoor Khela, literally translating to Vermilion Play.

sindoor khela

It is believed that Sindoor Khela brings good luck in the lives of married women and grants long and happy life to their partners. Think of it as a symbol of womanhood. However, these days, the event has become more inclusive, with single women, womxn, and even men engaging in the festivities.

Bengali Sari

Traditionally, on this day Bengali women usually wear the iconic white sari with the red border and they accessorize their outfit with shankha, pola, and noa: three bangles, made of conch shells, coral, and iron, respectively. But in modern times, everyone wants to inject an element of flair and personal style into their festive wardrobe. Keeping that in mind, we’ve curated four eclectic styling options you can choose to pair with your traditional saree.

Let’s start with the classic white and red saree, we’ll use this as the common foundation for all the looks:

Look 1: Traditional

Durga Pujo

If you value your culture and don’t wish to steer too far away from the norm, consider accessories that stick to the red, white, and gold color palette.

Red Motif Potli

Red Potli

All That Glitters Juttis


Coin Choker & Stud Set


Look 2: Elegant

If you think your red and white saree is too maximalist, tone things down with minimal and elegant accessories. A pearl encrusted potli bag, matching pearl set and champagne hued juttis—it doesn’t get any more subdued and elegant than this.

White Potli

white potli

Matte Gold Juttis

Gold Juttis

Kundan & Pearl Set

kundan set

Look 3: Trendy

All fashionistas know how chic red and pink look together. How about incorporating some rose tinted accessories to your Sindoor Khela look?

Tie – Dye Batua


Pink Crystal Flats

pink flats

Kundan Choker

kundan set

Option 4: Quirky

Now this one is for the ladies that don’t follow any rules. You might be wearing a conventional outfit but that doesn’t mean you have to style it like everyone else. Go wild with your imagination, pick colourful accessories and ditch the necklace for a quirky haathphool.

Multi-colored Batua

mutlicolor batua

Multi Color Mules


Kundan Floral Hath Phool

So are you going to style your saree with minimal accessories or are you planning to go all out? Whatever you pick, make sure that you wear something that’s comfortable and remember to have lots of fun!


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