Post by Admin, Aug. 5, 2016, 1:24 p.m.

**Check a wardrobe of a desi girl and you’ll find that it will be loaded with a whole lot of kurtis.** Such has the popularity of the Kurti come to in the past few years. And it isn’t surprising, they are comfy, stylish, ethnic and come in a whole different range of shapes and sizes. Amidst the flimsy tops, breezy skirts, flowy dresses and sheer breathable fabrics, the versatile kurti-leggings is one set of clothing that never seems to go out of style and I’m not just talking about here in India. Women abroad are seen wearing this comfortable casual wear as well. They’re a superb option to the usual salwars suits where you have to match and often wear a dupatta. Depending on the style of the kurti and cut, it can look quite trendy and dressy on any body type. In fact if you are on the heavier side, I would say avoid very loose kurti’s and wear a fitted one or one that has some structure or straight lines. Kurtis are the most preferred upper garment for women of all ages. It does not have any attachments and can just be slipped from over the head and can easily be maintained. All age girls and women love to wear kurti, and why not? It is affordable for every one, very comfortable & easy to wear, and can be worn for any occasion around the year. You can make a style statement just by wearing fashionable kurti, however don’t forget to pair kurti with right bottom, jewelry, shoes and other accessories as they are also vital part of your look. Right pair enhances the look of whole outfit. Gone are days when kurtas/kurtis were paired with salwar or churidar only, now you can look different every time by trying different styles of bottom for a favorite kurti. Even, you can modernize your look with bottoms like dhoti salwar, Aladdin salwar, harem pants, cigarette pants, palazzos, long skirts, etc. You can transform your downtown look into fabulous fashion glamour by trying some indo-western style bottom wears or put on some traditional bottom wears for that charming indianness, choice is yours! Girls and Women are often confused as to what and how to pair up the bottoms or the garment for the lower half of the body while wearing kurti. We are presenting a guide here to help you understand how you can try matching yours. # I do steer away from too baggy kurtis . So I like to wear them either tapered at the waist or bust line or straight cut, but it has to be tailored right. Not tight, but comfortably fitted giving me enough room to breathe in. So bear this in mind ladies and don’t be afraid to don a kurti that has a nice close-fitted shape to accentuate your strong parts even if you’re not slim. If you’re skinny, then by all means wear the baggiest of them all if you have too, but then ensure you don’t look like a clothes hanger. # For healthy arms, avoid sleeveless and half sleeve. Instead opt for ¾ or full sleeve ones that will makes your arms slimmer. Kaftan-like kurtis also look great whatever body shape as despite being loose, when worn with leggings they look classy, especially with a pair of heels. # The length is important as they come in as short as just below your waist or sometimes skimming your waist and even knee length, calf length or longer. With short ones, you do need a damn good butt and toned legs as you don’t want a flabby out-of-shape lower half exposed in your leggings, so wear wisely as per your body shape. # Long Pakistani kurti’s teamed with leggings will not only make you look tall, but looks very elegant and apt for any occasion. With longer kurti’s, the leggings need to be ankle length and only wear calf/knee length leggings if you’re wearing one that is well above the knee. For more conservative environments, stick to the ankle length leggings only so your whole leg is covered. If you are short, then opt for kurti’s that are longer rather than the shorter ones and pair with full length leggings that will not slice you in half, thus making your body look shorter. # Kurtis and leggings come in brilliant hues, prints and fabrics and you have a dozen designs to choose from. The shorter leggings can also be seen with some lace detailing at the bottom. The kurti also come in variations of with or without side slits depending on the length. # A novel way to wear your kurtis is with dhoti pyjamas. They’re futuristic and yet, have a very desi touch to them. Make sure that you choose dhoti pyjamas which are of either the same colour as the kurti or a colour that complements them. Unlike leggings and patialas, you can’t just wear white or black dhoti pyjamas under all your outfits if you want to bring out their beautiful best. # If the kurti has a lot of design on it or embellishments make sure the leggings are in a solid colour, as too much of chaos will look hideous. I prefer plain leggings and that way I can wear any style kurti I want. I never match the leggings with the kurti in terms of the same colour, so try to contrast and that way you can mix and match from a handful of tops and lowers. However, black on black looks good no matter what, but do wear some pop of colour either on the collar/sleeves, in your makeup or in the accessories. # Ethnic printed kurti’s are popular across the globe and contribute to the boho style statement. If you like printed leggings, by all means go ahead, just try to choose a solid kurti to highlight the leggings and maybe pair it with a more western styled kurti than an Indian one. # A whole lot of celebs have been pairing up their kurtis with palazzos lately and there’s every reason why you should try it too. For one thing, they can make you look very urbane and ethnic at the same time. # Let’s say you work at a corporate firm and power dressing at your workplace is restricted only to formal trousers, skirts and business suits or maybe the allowance of a proper salwar kameez/churidar, what then? What you can do, is pair a solid mid-calf or longer kurti which is preferably straight cut, with some black plain leggings and instead of sandals wear pumps with heels. It will look very stylish and perfect for work. You can even add some delicate jewellery like earrings or a pendant or a string of pearls and be more power dressed than the boring business suits. Try to opt for full/¾/half sleeves if you may. Sleeveless will depend on how comfortable you are at your workplace environment, but do avoid bright funky prints etc. and save them for casual do’s. # When worn with trousers, kurtis look classy and work-ready. The length of the kurti, however, should not be too long when worn with trousers. When teamed with white, light brown or off-white trousers, kurtis look their elegant best. # For more casual events, do try a host of flats, sandals etc. and even don heels to make it look dressier. You can even wear wedges as they team well with kurti-leggings. You might even get away with wearing pointy heeled ankle boots, but do so with the right kurti to ensure the whole ensemble comes together. # If you thought kurtis are too Indian, then why not opt for some western styled kurti’s that have a belt or buttoned down all the way in the front and look more like shirt dresses with collars. They look smart and contemporary too. # There’s one thing we got to love about kurtis and that is that they can be transformed into dresses as well – and gorgoeus ones too! All you have to do is pick the right kurti (preferably, ones with defined waist lines) and wear it as a dress. You have to be careful to team it up with the right footwear, however, or it could go wrong. # Kurtis and patialas – an age-old combo that women of our country have been wearing since a long time now can never go wrong. Patialas bring out the best in kurtis and kurtis, the best in patialas. A white patiala, for instance, can go with pretty much any kurti that’s lying in your wardrobe. # As kurti-leggings are versatile, you can wear any jewellery that you fancy. Depending on the style of kurti (if it’s Indian/western/fusion) choose the appropriate jewellery, like maybe a statement ethnic neck piece for a more Indian one. Or you can have your hair tied in a bun and wear some stunning dangling earrings. You can also wear a ton of bangles for a more hip look or maybe a single bracelet if you’re looking for a sleek refined look. Choose well and don’t overdo the jewellery, but restrain to one statement piece or a smaller delicate neck and earrings set. # Just like with other clothing, pair your bags as per the kurti you are wearing and instead of going all matchy matchy, try and contrast. For an evening out, choose a plain hued kurti or a bright printed one, which is almost ankle length and opt for a fabric that drapes well giving a streamlined yet flowy effect. Wear a contrasting coloured pair of leggings, which will only show through the long waist-high slits and a couple of inches beneath the kurti or invisible. Pair this with some heels (pumps or heeled slip ons) and a smart clutch bag and hey presto your evening wear is sorted! Try a sleeveless one or a halter neck one as that will look stunning and show off your arms and shoulders. # If you’re the kurti jeans kind of girl, try a pair of denim leggings or jeggings with your kurti. It will give you the best of both worlds and can be worn with any kurti. Kurtis and jeans have always gone perfectly well with each other and this is one look that can never go wrong. You should however, make sure that your kurti isn’t too bright or loud. A plain white or black kurti is what goes best with denims. # Want to impress your hot date this evening, and yet be comfy or cool while dining under the summer moonlit night? Here’s a tip on how to style a kurti. Flared pants with a white kurti or a kalidar top should be your choice. #Kurtis with Skirts: Oh yes, you can wear your kurtis with a skirt and we assure you, it won’t look odd if you know just how to do it. Here are a few times our celebs pulled off the kurti-skirt look with much elan and see how gorgeous they looked? Young girls love to wear skirts at collage or at party. You can make a nice pairing of simple short cotton kurti with a long graceful skirt. # Capris go well with short Kurtis : You can wear your kurtis with capris as well. This works best when the kurtis are shorter in length and when the colour of the capris goes well with the kurti. White and black cotton capris go well with some kurtis while some of them will need you to pair them up with the same colour as the kurti. # Tuck the kurti into your trousers and press your pants to a crisp note. If the kurti is white, you could choose white linen trousers or dark ones too, wear heels and flaunt the chic attitude. # The white kurti with a Chinese-collar and embellished with a dark black embroidery, along with dark leggings for an overall crisp look, makes MIL happy and you all sexy! Altrenatively, you could pair up your white kurti with jeans too. # Wear it like a Kaftan for the beach :Don’t want to show too much skin while sun-bathing at the beach; simply throw on a see-through white kurti with a sexy two piece bikini under, and you would be the bombshell for sure! # **For a fun girl’s evening out**, the summer-hot-humid days shouldn’t bog you down. Pick a white kurti and wear it with white hot pants, ballerina flats and minimal make-up. Who said you cannot dress to impress with 100% humidity around! # Burn the roads and grab eyeballs as you walk and shop. Much on the same lines as shown below, replace the pink with the humble white kurti and a chunky metal belt to hold the waist. A simple scarf to keep the head protected, with a trendy tote, clutch or a handbag and heels for the feet. # Accesorize your kurti with a scarf, vest or a stole : One of the perks of wearing a kurti is that it goes well with just about anything. To add that zing to your kurti, wear a stole, scarf or vest to go with it. If your kurti is plain, accessorize it with bright, embellished and colorful scarfs and vests to make it look blingy and gorgeous. Hope this helps girls and you can try a zillion different ways to style your kurti-leggings and transform it from daytime wear to classy evening wear to runway fashionable wear. ADDITIONAL TIPS : * Make sure that fabric of the legging is heavy enough and stretchy enough like Lycra, PVC, rayon or spandex blend, otherwise you may get “elephant knees” by the middle of the day. * Do not wear tight-fitting kurti with leggings as it ruins the balance of clothing proportions. * Try some contrast or print instead of searching for same color pairing * Fabric of leggings should not be see-through * Don’t wear short kurti on leggings; instead go for jeans or jeggings. * If kurtis are flare up and of loose-fitting, then leggings work great. * Legging is the best comfortable cum stylist option for big belly women. * Pair nicely with Long kurtis and Anarkalis. Avoid short kurtis. * Collar neck kurti and full sleeves give professional look when paired with churidar. * Some kurtis (e.g. silk kurtis) look best with churidar rather than cotton leggings * Always wear Patiala salwar with knee-length or short kurti to highlight the pleats * 3/4 sleeves kurti looks good on Patiala salwar * Pair sleeveless short kurti with Maxi skirt for a decent look on outing * Wear shirt style short kurti with Knee length tight skirt for professional look * Straight cut wrap-around skirt makes nice pairing with A-line short cotton kurti * Opt for short hip length kurti for skirts and avoid long kurti * Straight hip-length kurti with side slit works great as slit gives enough flexibility * Skinny jeans are nicely paired with short tunic, knee length kurti and hip length kurtis * Sleeveless or 3/4th sleeves kurti look better on jeans instead of short or cap sleeves kurti * Don’t wear embellished or patterned kurti on patterned jeans; either bottom or top side should be kept plain * If you love boot-cut jeans, pair it with short and waist length kurti only * Don’t forget to wear bold hand accessory or chunky jewelry to complement your casual college look *** Pakistani style kurtis make nice pairing with wide-leg pants** * Sleeveless, long, straight, printed kurti gives decent professional look with matching plain palazzo** ****