Is there a more versatile wardrobe item than the glorious creation that is the kurta/ kurti? However, with great versatility comes great… indecision. After all, options are fantastic but when bombarded with too many, they can get a tad overwhelming for a girl whose sole wish is to look chic. Well, if you’ve been struggling with pairing that gorgeous and, mind you, comfy AF kurta for your next outing, then worry not. We’re here to the rescue! The following are six classic and not-so-classic kurta combinations that will have your Instagram notifications flooded with #OOTDgoals. Read on!
1. Kurta & Leggings
This is the go-to style for most fashionistas, and we have no complaints! How could we when the look never fails to impress? If you’re ever in doubt when it comes to choosing the bottom for your kurta, you can never go wrong with a pair of good old leggings for this style will probably never go out of vogue. The tight, seamless fit of leggings never detract from a kurta’s fit and are especially essential when you want all the focus to be on a statement, vibrant kurta like the one above!
Pro tip: Always watch out for the fabric of your leggings for see-though or net leggings are a cardinal no-no. Also, never pair your leggings with a short kurti as regardless of how shapely and lithesome your legs may be, they never look elegant together.
2. Kurta & Palazzo Pants
Palazzo pants are a new trend and we certainly hope they’re one to stay! I mean, aren’t they simply gorgeous? Whether they’re in solid colors, printed or with lace, these wide flaring trousers instantly elevate even the humblest of kurtas to haute couture status. And the best part? They’re shockingly comfortable! In fact, we might even deem them more comfortable than a kurta, really.
Pro tip: Pair palazzo pants with mid-length to long kurtas that always end below your knees. This gives an overall contemporary yet classically ethnic look at the same time. For an effortlessly stylish look ensure your kurta and palazzo pants are of contrasting colors. A simple white kurta with a bold or popping solid yellow pair of palazzo pants scream elegance and fun, all at the same time!
3. Kurta & Jeans
The kurta & jeans ensemble epitomizes millennial Indian fashionista wear. This look is classic yet contemporary and oh-so-sexy! There’s nothing like a pair of washed out blue jeans and a solid or even a pastel colored kurti. This is the go-to look for a casual lunch with the girls or a brunch with the family.
Pro tip: For this comfy yet chic look always pair short kurtis with your denim jeans and you’re good to go. If you’re headed for a casual outing, accessorize your ensemble with fun earrings and pretty ballerinas or printed juttis. If you’re headed for a date, ditch the flats for a pair of pumps and you’re sorted!
4. Kurta & Patialas
It was Kareena Kapoor’s beloved character Geet from Jab We Met, who can be credited for bringing patialas back in fashion. These traditional bottoms are the conventional (and comfiest!) way of styling all your kurtis. In fact, during the summer months this wardrobe item will probably become you and your kurti’s best friend.
Pro tip: If you’re looking to invest in some patialas then you can never falter with purchasing a staple white patiala and a black one. They will flatter literally any kurta be it solid colored or printed.
5. Kurta & Skirt
This particular combo would have sounded downright bizarre a few years ago; however, today it happens to be one of the hottest trends! Though kurta and skirt ensembles take a lot more fuss and planning than kurta advocates may be accustomed; nevertheless, the finished, stunning look is well worth it, don’t you think?
Pro tip: When pairing kurtas with skirts, always opt for long kurtas with crisp side slits that can play peekaboo with the underlying skirt. Additionally, always settle for flared, maxi skirts that fit the color theme of your kurta. Complete this darling look with a pair of ethnic juttis and don’t be too surprised when you begin to notice heads turn all evening!
6. Kurta & Trousers
Pair that mundane and rather unremarkable kurta with a pair of A-line trousers as you head for office and see just how sharp and crisp you’ll appear! This particular ensemble, as compared to all the lovely combinations mentioned earlier, is possibly the classiest way to pair a kurta!
Pro tip: When adopting this style always team your trousers with a mid-length kurta – neither too short nor too long.
So, there you have it, folks – six stunning ways to style your kurta that every self-respecting desi fashionista should be aware of. Which is your go-to kurta combination? Let us know in the comments below!