Nippy evenings, festive lights, diyas aglow with the warmth of love, and mithais filling the air and with the much-awaited heavenly whiff –Diwali is finally here! The Festival of Lights is truly special for us Indians, and even more so for kids, who eagerly look forward to this break from school. When the Fashion Month has just recently come to an end, we are all feeling heavily inspired to amp up our Diwali style right off the runway –and the little ones are no exception! We have culled out a few trends that will make your little ones fashionable attendees of those glittery Diwali soirées and card parties:

1. ‘Mirror Mirror’ on the runway

Summer 2016 runway was dominated by mirror-work cholis, lehengas, tiaras and sashes for women. Men also didn’t shy away from adopting this trend, flaunting mirror-work collars, belts and footwear. And we know very well how kids love every opportunity to prance around in their flamboyant, head-turning costumes, so this designer fashion kids wear trend is right up their alley!

2. The Colour Swap

The festive time also presents a great opportunity to challenge gender norms! Let your kids truly embrace the festive spirit by encouraging them to experiment with colours, and break away from stereotypical colours and patterns. Don’t hesitate to have your boy dressed in a pink sherwani and definitely don’t panic if your daughter isn’t into ‘girly’ pastels!

3. Say Hello to the 90s

Bell sleeves and ruffles are back in trend and certainly here to stay! Bell sleeves blouses and kurtis for girls make for a cute twist to the traditional silhouette. Since the 90s were all about quirky prints, it makes sense to get your hands on festive print shirts and pants featuring diyas or lights. It’s an eccentric but fun outfit idea perfect for both boys and girls. After all, there is no better time than Diwali for kids to be colourful and add to the festive ambience!

4. The Filmy Bug

Bollywood’s place in trendsetting fashions can’t be overlooked. This year has seen a plethora of super glam outfits on the silver screen that definitely demand emulation and are sure to please your mini-cinephile. From Anushka’s desi gorgeousness in ‘Sultan’ and ‘Ae Dil Hai Mushkil’ to Katrina’s fun with florals in ‘Baar Baar Dekho’, inspiration is all around us. And of course, let your kids call the shots on colours and patterns!

5. The Royal Snub

If your kid is a ‘Nawab’ or ‘Begum’ in-the-making, sticking to timeless fashion is a good idea! Bandh galas for boys and Jodhpuri pants for girls would be our go-to picks. Don’t forget to accessorize these looks by adding a pair of Jodhpuri juttis that are just as traditional as they are glamorous!