Want some ideas on Onam dress for women?

The Onam season is soon approaching, so here are some amazing  style ideas and  useful tips and tricks to creating stylish and fashionable outfits that you can sport, not just for Onam or Vishu but for any traditional or ethnic festivities.

We have also done a similar post for men- Onam Dress Code for Men (5 Easy to wear Onam Styles).

So, we couldn’t resist giving our beautiful women folks a simple and evergreen Onam fashion guide.

The new age Onam fashion

Onam is all about fun, food and festivities and now fashion too! How often have we wondered and struggled to find the right outfit to wear to an Onam celebration at college, office or with friends and family? And most of the time, we end up wearing the traditional Kerala saree or the Set Mundu (women) or a shirt & Mundu (men). Or at least that was the case till a couple of years ago!

How are women taking up the Onam fashion game?

But today, we see our usual and authentic attires taking a fashionable and stylish streak. When it comes to women’s Onam ethnic wear, you have so many different choices available- Kerala sarees now come with intricate threadwork, embellished patterns or even embroidery. And designer blouses are trending like anything! Apart from sarees, we also have beautifully designed kurtas, skirts and even crop tops that keep up with the Onam or the Kerala theme that you can easily style to create the perfect Onam attire.

Thanks to designer boutiques and fashion stylists, even the most traditional Kerala saree has evolved impeccably to suit the tastes of the modern young women. With intricate gold thread work, tassels, colorful borders and other similar patterns, combined with the beauty of designer and fancy blouses, kasavu sarees are now an all time favorite. And if you are someone who is not a saree enthusiast, worry not, because you have a lot of other options like lehengas, dhawanis, salwars, anarkalis, dresses and even gowns in ivory and gold to keep with the kerala saree theme. Its not just the gold kasavu thats in the forefront, silver kara or silver kasavu in kerala saree or set mundu are equally garnering the attention of women. It adds a rustic charm and is the epitome of simplicity.

Some of the best options for the fashionable divas out there:

Skirts & Tops

No sarees or salwars for you? Want to wear something more youthful and trendy?

Embellished tops and skirts to resemble authentic kerala pattu pavada is a great choice. In contrasting shades, you could customize the top and skirt depending on your choice and have simple embellishments to make it look more ethnic and unique.

Skirt & Top


Salwars with kasavu are yet another great option for those who aren’t very keen on draping a kerala saree but still wants to try something ethnic. Kasavu salwars can be customized as per your choice, you can choose between golden or silver kasavu and further add a uniqueness to it. You could try a adding simple mirror works, floral patterns, embroidery or even Ikkat prints on the yoke part of the salwars.

Floral Embroidered Salwar

Dhawani- Kerala Saree with a twist

Dhawanis or half sarees were a popular trend among young women in the yester years. And just like most vintage styles making a reappearance, dhawanis too are back with a bang but this time with a kerala saree twist. Ideal for those who want the best of both worlds, this one is a combination of a saree and long skirt. And to sport for Onam or Vishu, pair a bright log skirt (in pop colors) with a kasavu mundu (kerala Set mundu) and you would be the ultimate fashion diva, at any ethnic occasion!


Floral Kerala Saree

Floral is the latest trending design, be it in sarees, salwars, skirts or dresses. So boring kerala sarees can now take backseat with floral patterns strewn over the simplest of kerala sarees to create a subtle yet elegant Onam attire.

Floral kerala saree

Evergreen Onam Styles to sport for on any Ethnic festivals

Here are a few evergreen styles that you can get inspired from and recreate for an Onam celebration or any similar ethnic festivities.

Priyanka’s Onam look

Priyanka Onam Look Kerala Saree - ethnicwear

‘Veyil’ movie fame South Indian actress Priyanka’s traditional and simple Onam look is definitely a winner! Staying true to her roots, she has paired her simple mirror worked kerala saree (kasavu saree) with a matching kasavu blouse. Adding to the oomph is the heavy temple style neckpiece and jhumkas, that are the perfect addition to complete the Onam look. All ladies out there, take the cue!

Nyla Usha’s Onam look

Nyla Usha, popular RJ, anchor and actress, has always charmed her fans and listeners with her acting and anchoring. And more so often, she is seen sporting stylish and fashionable modern and ethnic outfits.

Both the looks featured here (above) are very simple yet beautiful. In the first look, she sports a creamy beige saree with gold motifs and a multi colored kasavu border, which is the main highlight of the saree. The black, gold and red combination looks gives it a unique appearance. With minimal accessories, the saree remains the focal point.

The second look sees in her in a typical kerala saree but with really wide kasavu borders. Matching it with a bright orange blouse, she has perfectly accessorized the outfit with a gold necklace and jhumkas and a matching clutch.

True to the Onam spirit, she has completed both the looks with some gajra on the hair.

Asin’s Kerala Saree Look

A very popular look, the fashion world and her fans had fallen head over heels in love with her all over again, when she looked like a dream in this kerala saree look.

Paired with a matching golden blouse, the beauty of the kerala saree was heightened by accessorizing it with a traditional (Kerala style) gold necklace and earrings. Complete with gajra, this is definitely an evergreen look for all you women.

Jacqueline & Mridula Murali’s Dhawani Style (Half & Half)

Want to break away from Sarees? Try the dhawani style like Jacqueline and Mridula Murali (above).

While Jacqueline has opted for an elaborate look with full on accessories and intricately embellished skirt and dhawani, Mridula has chosen to keep it simple and minimal.

Isha’s Assymetrical Outfit in Kerala Kasavu

Who knew you could whip up a Kasavu outfit so stylishly? Perfect for women who do not want to drape a kerala saree for Onam, this look can be chosen for weddings or any othet ethnic or special occasions as well. The asymmetric flares of the top gives it an extra charm.

Samantha’s Stylish Kerala Saree

A very recent look, Samantha has given us fashion goals by sporting this Kerala saree so stylishly. Paired with simple mirror work, the blouse is quite catchy and the contemporary style earrings complete the look!

And more Styles

Here are a few more styles that are worth recreating and some tips to whip up some great Onam outfits.


Crop tops in ivory shades to match with the skirts, embroidered patterns on the yoke etc are some simple and minimalistic yet fashionable ways of styling your Onam ethnic wear.

Women today are more keen on creating a contemporary look, combining both ethnic and modern elements in their everyday fashion.

So for this Onam, try some amazing and unique blouse styles to match your Kerala saree and up your style quotient.

Jhumkas and neckpieces in gold and silver are some great way to accessorize and complete the look!


If you cannot experiment with the saree, explore with blouse,in designs and fabrics, like Shilpa Shetty (above) has opted for cold shoulders and bell sleeves!

Now you realise that the Onam fashion is getting as rich as our culture!

So hope you take these style tips and inspirations to whip up some amazing Onam outfits.

You can let us know your thoughts and share your views on Onam fashion in our comments section below. And if you have managed to get some inspiration from some of the tips and styles we have mentioned in this blog, do share your pics on Facebook or Instagram and tag us!

Disclaimer: We do not own or sell any of these outfits or images shown in this blog, and are purely for illustration purposes only. All image sources have been mentioned and duly credited below.

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  1. Onam is just a few days later and I am worried I have nothing to wear. these celebrities are giving real fashion goals to meet this Onam. I really liked these outfits.


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