Stylish and comfortable, this designer attire continues to be a rage, says
latest clothes to have invaded the wardrobes of women
across the country are kurtis. Team them with a pair of
jeans, and you can exude a casual charm; or, don your kurti with
a pair of formal trousers and an elegant stole, and you are all
set to light up the evening with your formal attire.
With a little
imagination, with kurtis, you can lend your clothes an aura of
charm and plan a wardrobe that is trendy and flattering. It is
your office party today, and you are faced with the dilemma of
what to wear. A tough choice to make. Your favourite outfit
seems too formal... or, maybe not. Familiar scenario? Fret not,
for the Indian fashion world has just the right attire for you
in the kurti.
From collarless babu
cuts to V-necks and Mao collars, kurtis are being jazzed up
with intricate resham (silk thread) embroidery in both
tone-on-tone and contrasting. Colours this season are mauve,
turquoise, ecru, magenta, red and black. Designers like Abu Jani
and Sandeep Khosla are changing the look by focussing on the
There are various
types of kurtis coming into existence. Some of them are long
kurtis, short kurits, cotton kurtis, raw silk kurits, printed
kurits, georgette kurits and party- wear kurtis. Cotton kurtis
are available in many colours and styles. Some have embroidery,
or are embellished with beads, sequins and mirror work, while
others have traditional Indian block prints, batik prints,
tie-and-dye prints, or other prints on them.
are becoming one of the latest trends in the fashion industry.
They are not only elegant. Such garments are comfortable and
easy to wear. These are usually embellished with stunning
embroidery work, and are ideal for casual family gatherings and
wedding ceremonies. The most ordinary kurtas are given a
personal touch with the button. But for some strange reason,
these fancy wood and bead buttons have remained the prerogative
of men and are not as popular with women.
Special kurtis are
mid-thigh length ones. These take a break from the usual ones
through their asymmetrical cuts like diagonal, uneven cuts. Many
of them are being offered in an overlapping cross-cut at the
bottom and puffed sleeves. Indo-western kurtis in georgettes
sport a bias cut with double and triple layering, which adds
drama and romance to regular fit kurtis.
Then there are the
Mughlai kurtis, which have acquired the reputation of being
tents for the way they cover the body down almost to the ankles.
Fashion maestro Bharti Rao opines that that kurtis are here to
stay, and adds. "We have to plan new designs for kurtis
every summer because women of all ages find them comfortable to
slip into. Kurtis are easy to wear and suit Indian bodies."
available in different styles for different seasons. They gel
well with the billowing Patiala salwars and with churidars or
leggings, a tight-fitting variant of the churidaar. Designed
adequately to team them with jeans or trousers or even with the
latest Turkish pants, the best part of this apparel is that it
is utilitarian and comfortable, camouflaging many flaws in my
external figure, says Menaka Rao, couturier of Mumbai.
But in order to
look fashionable in the kurti, you have to take into
consideration your body. A large person should stick to
the traditional kurta. It is advisable for overweight people to
wear a kurta with a Chinese collar as it helps cut down on the
A woman with an
average body would look best in an elegant chiffon kurti (either
self coloured or shaded), which is embellished with floral
motifs or sequins.
A strapless kurta
would look beautiful on a lean person. The strapless nature of
the kurta helps you show off your collar bones and shoulders. It
should be worn with a dupatta and, preferably, a churidar.