I always seem to get these fixations with anything fashion related. My latest obsession is the “big round bindi”. For those of you who don’t know what a bindi is, it is a decorative mark (usually stickers) worn in the middle of the forehead, usually by Hindu women. Traditionally, it is round and red, but these days bindis come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes. Maybe one of the reasons my mind has been preoccupied with the bindi, is because we are in the swing of all the big Hindu festivals and many more are coming up like Navaratri and Diwali…a perfect opportunity to get dressed in our ethnic best. I have been noticing that big round bindis in various colors (especially vermilion red) seem to be all the rage right now among ladies dressed in traditional Indian attire. All the Bollywood actresses and fashion forward girls seem to have caught up with this trend. Unfortunately, I gave what’s left of my big round bindis to my husband’s aunt who was running out of bindis (she wears bindis every day unlike me). The funny thing is, even for her standards she thought they were a little too big. She had planned to cut them into thirds and wear them. When I gave them to her, I didn’t think I would make use of the big bindi fashion trend since I wasn’t feeling bold enough, but after I gave them to her, I realized that I could give them a try. If the ladies on Facebook and various fashion blogs are wearing them, why not I? And since Navaratri, Durga Puja, Dassara, Karwa Chauth, and Diwali are coming up–what a perfect chance. I think I’ll buy some in various colors at the Indian stores here. Here is what I have in mind:
I’ll try something medium-big and work my way up to something bigger since I am not a very bold type of person–it’s hard for me to jump into things. Hopefully, I’ll post a picture of myself soon, embracing the “big bindi” trend in traditional Indian attire!
As for now, here are some pictures of Bollywood actresses sporting the big red bindi…