How to style a long kurti?


Kurtis have always dominated the fashion arena not only because of their timeless appeal but also their versatility. They are equally popular for daily wear, formal occasions, as well as in festivities. However, you do not need to overburden your pockets to buy a new ensemble for each occasion.


You can style your favourite pair of kurti in distinct ways and ace a unique look for different occasions with just a few modifications. This goes for both traditional avatars as well as Indo-fusion looks. Read below to know more about how to style a long kurti. 



1.    Traditional Look 


Nothing can replace the charm and grace of traditional attire. You can easily create different ethnic looks with your favourite kurti. For starters, pair it with different traditional bottoms for different looks like churidars, pleated salwars, or pyjamas. 


You can further give your ensemble a stylish edge by experimenting with the accessories. For a minimalist look and formal occasions, pair it with small neckpieces, little jhumkis, pearl earrings, small danglers, bracelets, etc. For a more festive attire, pair it with layered necklaces, studded bangles, heavy jhumkis, mang tikas, or elaborate nose pins, among others. 


2.    Jackets


The jacket and kurti combination is becoming undeniably popular nowadays. For an ethnic look, you can wear cropped jackets over your kurti with traditional patterns, desi prints, embroideries, mirror work, zari designs etc. This is especially popular for festive occasions. 

However, if you want to stylise a jacket for formal occasions or daily wear, you can go for denim jackets or even plain cotton ones. Both unbuttoned and buttoned (or tied up) versions are popular. 


3.    Flared Skirts


When it comes to fashion, anything is possible! One of the most popular styling trends nowadays is pairing a long kurti with voluminous skirts. You can choose the skirts with contrast shades for a bold style statement or stick to the staples like black and white or pastels. While plain skirts make a popular choice, you can also go for designer ones with heavy patterns, mirror work or embroideries for festive avatars.


4.    Shararas and Gararas


Channelise your inner diva with this timeless fashion combination. Lying somewhere between skirts and palazzos, shararas and gararas are a style statement in themselves. They add an overall flared fit to the ensemble. These complement well ladies of all age groups as well as body types. Furthermore, this combination is super comfortable to carry for long hours. 


5.    Shrugs


Another choice is to pair your kurtis with a fitting shrug. You can choose from shrugs of different fabrics like cotton, satin, silk, georgette, polyester etc. If you want a simple look, go for plain shrugs. Sheer or net shrugs are also a way to go for an elegant makeover. Be it short sleeves or long sleeves, flaunt at any occasion with this combination. 


6.    Dress


Give a contemporary touch to your kurti by styling it as a modern dress. The trend is particularly popular among full-length kurtis, anarkalis, asymmetric picks or flared kurtis. 


While some kurtis have well defined waistline with proper fitting, you can customise the fitting as per desire with belts for relatively looser apparel. You can choose from broad belts, rope belts, corset belts, braided belts, fringed belts, and many others. Slip into a pair of heels or boots for a voguish touch. 


7.    Jeans 


Jazz up your kurti look with a pair of jeans for a perfect Indo-western avatar. You can give this combination a try for different styles of kurtis such as A-lines, anarkalis, asymmetric kurtis, and slitted ones. You can further spice up your ensemble by trying rigged jeans. You can also pair your kurti with cigarette pants, the contemporary cousins of jeans.