In Bangladesh, Ramadan is not only a month of religious observance; rather it is also a month of feasts and festivities. Friends and family regularly come together to break their daylong fast, and it is often broken with a mini feast of delicious and decadent food. In fact, the breaking of the fast (known as ‘Iftaar’) often becomes a social occasion, replacing dinners and dinner parties.

For this reason, what to wear during the festive month of Ramadan becomes a common query. Whenever I am in Bangladesh, I almost always dress in traditional attires during Ramadan. This is not due any religious or cultural reasons, rather it’s simply because I spend a large proportion of my time in Melbourne, Australia, and sorely miss dressing up in my colourful and vibrant traditional clothes.

This look is one that I love for small to medium gatherings during the month of Ramadan. It’s simple and clean, yet the bold and contrasting colours still makes it a statement piece. I am big fan of bold colours, especially since I believe pastels and lighter colours sometimes wash me out. That’s not to say that I never wear them, I just tend to be pickier when selecting clothes that come in those colours.


Dress: Nabila

The dress that I’m wearing is called an anarkali, which comes in three parts: the dress, the bottoms (trousers or leggings underneath the dress) and the dupatta (scarf). This particular dress, however, has an additional part, which is the white bolero jacket that you can see in the photo.


Dress: Nabila

The current trend is the full-length anarkali, where the length of the dress goes down to the ankles. The dress is lined with a thick, dark gold border in the bottom but the rest of the dress remains largely plain with only a few crystals around the neckline. What dresses up the outfit, is the net bolero, which has been embroidered with a bold white design, and has a gold and green trimming. The dupatta has been kept simple, and only has a gold trimming that mirrors the one on the bottom of the dress. If I ever want to dress down the outfit, I can simply take off the bolero and wear the green dress on its own with the dupatta and bottoms.


On my way out of the house, I managed to grab a few pictures of my generally camera-shy mother.


Dress: Nabila

She’s is also wearing an anarkali, however, it is of a completely different style. My anarkali has an A-line silhouette whereas her anarkali has a straight cut. Her dress has no sequins or crystals and is perfectly suitable for a look that’s fancy sans sequins or crystals.

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