November 11, 2011

The kurti gets a makeover!

Posted by Chandana M at 4:33 PM
Whoohoo! I am finally free and at last I decided to grace DOV with my presence. Maithili first approached me to write for this blog saying "Who else going is going to write about fashion if not you?". Sadly only two of my posts until now are related to fashion. Then I got caught in all the girly-ness of this blog and forgot all about it. But wait.. isn't fashion one of the biggest aspects of any girl's life? I thought clothes, shopping, love, cribbing-about-men and being bitchy were some of the things that brought us girls together! 

One year back when I changed jobs, I realized the new place did not have any strict dress code, which was a relief at that time. I was beginning to get sick of churidars and kurtis, and so jeans from Monday to friday was a welcome change! Before I knew it, I started shopping for more and more western outfits and now I have a huge cupboard full of churidars and kurtis simply lying untouched. But the fact is that kurtis are the most comfortable piece of clothing for both our weather and errr… roads a.k.a - useless men on the roads

They suit every body type, they are good enough for a date with your boyfriend or for a movie with your friends, for college/work and even for walking around on the streets. And they are perfect for every weather. Personally I am bored fed up of wearing kurtis over jeans or with cream/white/black leggings. Here are a few ideas that I personally follow on an everyday basis.

Contrast colors :

I've chucked away my cream/white/black bottoms and I suggest you do the same! Pair grey + purple, blue + red, pink + red, orange + green, black + yellow. Pick up combinations that you can never imagine yourself wearing and wear it.

Kurti with a jacket : 

And I don't mean just any jacket. Not the sweater that your aunt bought for you or the hoodie that you bought in Pantaloons or while street shopping. Maybe a leather jacket or something equally boy-ish and rugged. Even a well fitted blazer would do! Blazer with a kurti? Yes! Think out of the box.

Kurti with a belt :
This is one of my personal favorites. I like belting anything and everything! You can go for a casual belt like in the pic above, with a broad belt over an anarkali kurta or something dressy like the one below. Cinch it right at the waist or slightly lower at your hips. 

Kurti on a skirt :

Have you ever tried this? Such an easy-breezy alternative to a baggy loose tee. I absolutely love this look on a short skirt. Don't belt it though! If you are wearing a mid-length or a long skirt then tuck it in for a perfect finish!

Kurti as a dress :

Come summer and you can forget about those bottoms altogether! Wear a bright colored kurti with comfortable flats, or add a belt to make it look more dress-like, or just add a pair of heels and you are good to go!

Kurti with chunky/funky jewelry :

Wear long chunky chains in contrasting colors, mix but don't match, wrap a floral choker around your neck, or you could even tie a thin scarf around your neck as a chain.

And of course... big chunky earrings!

Kurti with shorts :

So you are done with skirts too? Then move on to shorts. Give the same old shorts + tee routine a break. Try pairing a long-ish kurti with shorts and start looking amazing!

Different silhouettes :

Now for this you need to explore the markets a bit. Apart from collared necks, A-line kurtis and anarkali kurtis, we don't usually find much variety. But you will if you know where to look. If you don't have time to shop-hop then browse the internet for designs or unleash your creativity and design one yourself. Catch hold of a tailor whom you can pester and make him stitch it for you. Which reminds me I need to pay a visit to my tailor (who is being very clever and avoiding my phone calls *hmmm*)

These are just some of my suggestions/ideas. Hope this helps all you girls in college or with jobs!

p.s - My post on this time's topic of discussion is a little late but on the way!


PeeVee™ on November 11, 2011 at 5:44 PM said...

I don't have the balls to try most of those designs, body issues and all that:P But the one with the jacket, I most certainly will! Brilliant idea that...

And I like the style with the no bottoms, so dressy but pretty simple.

Thanks Chandana, I was getting pretty tired of the kurti-leggings-jeans routine myself:)

Mystical Skeptical Me on November 11, 2011 at 7:41 PM said...

Welcome, Our Fashionable Lady! :D :D And this was one makeover post! Kurtis are worn by almost everyone and the styles you mentioned here... pretty darn trendy! :D Love it! :D

Smita on November 11, 2011 at 8:50 PM said...

I don't really know the different style names of kurti's (what a shame for me! and am a girl ;) )
When I go shopping, I just pick what I like and what fits me the best :P but surely did Ilike the whole post about kurti's ;) Time for me to learn some names and things ;)
Loved the pics, and my fav one was the red style on the jeans, that looked fab!
NIce post, keep the fashion posts coming :)

Aathira on November 12, 2011 at 1:19 AM said...

Kurti with harem pants! :)

Paanipuri Lover on November 12, 2011 at 2:48 PM said...

Aah! Using kurti as a dress! Who knows it better than girls?! :P

I've used that ides like so many times! And I'm a big fan of kurtis!
And pairing contrast colours, its my favourite! Give a new look altogether na?!

Nice post! :D

The life-a-holic on November 12, 2011 at 7:38 PM said...

Lovely post!! Especially loved the one with a belt near the hip, the white kurti and the ones worn as dress!!

TheGirlAtFirstAvenue on November 12, 2011 at 10:22 PM said...

Nonsense..! I've seen your pics and you have no reason to have issues at all! That warm friendly smile that you have is your best accessory. So wear them all and flaunt it :P

Thank you..! Although that title doesn't really apply to me. I can be pretty plain and boring too ;)

You dont have to know names as long as you know what suits you. And these people keep coming up with new meaningless names just to boost their sales :|

YES! Forgot to include that! :)

Yes.. it looks bright and cheerful! :)

@The life-a-holic-
Thank you!!!

Apoorva Nanjangud on November 12, 2011 at 10:27 PM said...

yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! brilliant post! Love it!
will try everything for sure! :)

Viya ;) on November 13, 2011 at 1:39 PM said...

Loved the post!!! :) :)
i liked the idea of kurti and jackets :)
I'm soooo getting bored with the sane old monotonous stuff..
I quiet liked the idea of kurti and shorts too :D

Archana Chari on January 26, 2012 at 12:24 PM said...

Real nice stuff :)

amie fazulbhoy on July 19, 2014 at 12:28 PM said...

I found this post while googling innovative ways to wear a kurti. I always wonder, the kurti being such a versatile piece of clothing, why don't more women play around with it. I myself have tried the shorts+kurti combo; a very chic look:)

Loved this article<3

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Nikvik on May 20, 2017 at 1:35 PM said...

Thanks for sharing post about how to style short kurtis with jeans.
Your kurtis different-different types are very nice collations.
I love your collection of designer kurtis.

ronn on October 18, 2017 at 1:11 PM said...

nice collection and among all i like cotton salwar suits as they are really trendy to wear in all season and breathable fabric

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