When it comes to the desi section of our wardrobes, kurtas have always been a top choice (not that we’re complaining)! These versatile babies can be worn to cocktail parties and even business conferences without big effort. Play with a few accessories and you can go from sexy to conservative, casual to formal just like that. How can we not gush about them? Available in a plethora of styles, the latest kurta designs come in fascinating colours and different prints too. Style your kurta with a lehenga and be the stunner at your sister’s sangeet or put a fresh twist on your look by wearing it with dhoti pants. There’s a whole world of options to dabble in when it comes to styling kurtas! But how can you really be sure that your style choices are actually working for you, and not against you? Don’t worry; our fashion guide explains 5 different ways to style your kurtas. Follow our suggestions and unravel the key to fashionable ethnic wear.
Pretty in Palazzos
Flirty with oodles of feminine charm is how we describe the palazzo pants trend! A pair of solid peach palazzo pants, a short white kurta, sandals, and messy hair is a look that is bound to get you noticed. A favourite look of several Indian designers this season, this ensemble is sure to be a stylish hit anywhere you go. Add a silver toe ring and funky nail paint and you’ve got a youthful look. Think of the stunning Bollywood beauties who have sported similar looks and take note of their personal styles. Pick palazzos and choose one of the new kurta designs that have quirky prints for a more edgy effect. Give your eyes a smokey look, add a pair of golden slippers, and french braid your hair for a sultry look at a party. Bring back the ’60s and ’70s with a poufy retro hairdo, powder blue eye shadow, winged eyeliner, and a polka dotted headband. Women loved their stilettos as much as their platforms back then! So, pick your favourite pair in a bold colour and team it with a kurta and palazzo pants for a themed party or birthday bash.
Pop Goes the Blazer
A good blazer is a wardrobe necessity; it complements many Western and ethnic looks. Go for bright colours or dazzling prints. The more offbeat the better! Buy an orange, red, or embroidered one. Then wear it with a long kurta and cigarette pants. The kurta styles that go best with such bright coloured blazers are essentially ones in neutral and muted colours. However, if you’re a bit adventurous when it comes to fashion, go for a blue and white paisley print blazer, and wear it with a white knee-length kurta, chevron print palazzos, and blue heels. Alternatively, juxtapose a yellow blazer with an asymmetrical hot pink kurta. Match the pants with the colour of the kurta. Wear this to a fancy Sunday brunch and you’ll be overwhelmed with compliments. Opt for printed pants to go with your peplum style blazer and team it up with a kurta. Give this look some quirky flavour by styling it with aviators and peep-toes. Men, do not shy away from giving this look a try too! A maroon blazer, churidar pants, a white kurta, and loafers would make any man look dashing. Let the ladies swoon while at your friend’s engagement ceremony in this attire.
The Short Game
Shorts are the perfect comfort clothing on warm days. Wear them with kurtas and take laid-back dressing to a whole new different level. Team a short kurta with acid wash denim shorts, round reflective sunglasses, and a dazzling smile for a day exploring a new city. Fuel a trend by half-tucking your knee-length kurta into your high-waist shorts and wear pointy-toed booties for an edgy meets ethnic look. We suggest you sport this with a Sonam Kapoor-esque nose ring on the Indie music night at the local night club. Be the cynosure of all eyes! Lounge by the poolside on a weekend dressed in a relaxing khadi kurta worn with patterned shorts. Finish the look with a metal strap water-resistant watch, a fedora, and a pair of mirrored sunglasses.
Put a Jacket on It
Get ready to master the art of layering your kurtas with jackets and trench coats! Opt for kurtas that are longer or shorter than the length of the jacket during the cooler months. A Kashmiri style stitched jacket would be ideal for winter weddings. Layer it on top of your ankle-length kurta and leggings. Add a patterned scarf, embellished earrings, red lipstick, and glittering high heels to complete the look. Always go with a shorter jacket when you are wearing a long kurta. Be the star at your cousin’s birthday party dressed in a pale blue jacket and chiffon kurta with a scooped hem. Keep the look interesting by adding sharara pants and oversized hoop earrings. Bolero jackets are perfect for empire waist kurta styles. Put on a long trench jacket on top of a knee-length kurta. You can team up this look with opaque tights, matte red lips, and pumps. Don’t hesitate to wear it to a cocktail party or an art gallery opening. Glam up the look further with golden hair accessories.
The Dress-Me-Up Kurtas
Long kurtas are perfect for doubling as cute dresses. Talk about being versatile! Opt for a printed kurta that falls more or less straight to your ankles for best results. Belt them up, wear a shoulder chain, or add a vintage brooch; accessorise to your heart’s content! Look for kurta styles with collars for an ethnic take on the T-shirt dress. Wear them with metallic-toed oxfords. Alternatively, go for a long pretty pink or blue kurta, wear your hair in curls, and slip on your favourite gladiator sandals. Wear a navy blazer around your shoulders like a cape. Don’t forget to accessorise with a chunky necklace, a braided bun, nude lips, and a tan envelope clutch. Throw on your special occasion heels and flaunt an impactful look in no time.
Let Me Count the Ways, O Kurta
How you style your kurtas says a lot about your sartorial choices and the trends you like to follow. That’s why it’s important that you follow our fashion guide and ace your style game easily! Get set to add colours, styles, and textures to your wardrobe with our styling suggestions. Wear short kurtas with shorts for a fun and flirty look at a beach vacation or don an electric red kurta with a pair of distressed jeans and heels for a dinner date. There are gazillion ways a kurta can change your look.
Just keep our style tips handy and prevent those ‘I have nothing to wear’ moments altogether! Happy kurta shopping.