If styled properly, ethnic clothes can help you unlock a stunning look for all occasions. These versatile apparels exude a timeless appeal and can be worn to casual outings, conferences, parties, festivities, tours, or even dinner dates with equal charm. 

They have been even been time and again flaunted globally in many ramp walks and beauty pageants — besides being cherished by stylists throughout the history of fashion. 

However, you do need to burn a hole in your pockets to fulfil your fashion goals. While acing that perfect ethnic look might seem cumbersome at first, you can easily create them at home with just a few tricks. Here are the top 5 tips to look Attractive in a kurta or ethnic set, that’ll help you stand apart! 


1. Choose the fabric wisely 


The fabric of your outfit sets the overall tone of your look. Given that ethnic wear comes in a wide range of fabrics – such as cotton, velvet, satin, georgette, and silk – it becomes even more important to pick a dress with the complimenting fabric. For instance, cotton kurtis, chanderis, and chikan embroidered apparel make a good choice for semi-formal occasions. Similarly, chiffon and georgette are perfect for festivities. Furthermore, choosing the right fabric as per the weather is also crucial – e.g., velvet dresses work better in winters.


2. Accessorise well 


Accessories can add a whole new look to your outfit. If you lean more towards sober makeovers or are going for a formal gathering, go for minimalist accessory pieces like a watch, a pendant, small studs, or loops. Similarly, you can level up your fashion game by pairing your ethnic set with belts and heavy or detailed ornaments such as layered necklaces, antique chokers, big jhumkis, statement bangles, mang tikas, hair accessories, kardhanis, and anklets. If you want to strike a balance between a festive look and simpler appearance, you can pair plain kurtis with heavier jewels. 


3. Experiment with Indo-fusion style 


If you want to spice up your outfit a little, you can go for Indo-western styles. However, you do not need to overspend and buy a new fusion dress for different occasions. You can easily create a fusion look with clothes already present in your wardrobe. Some tested combos include: Cigarette pants and slit kurtis, crop tops and gararas, tunic tops with dhoti pants, kurti and palazzo pants, buttoned-down shirt and shararas with dupatta. 


4. Layer your outfit 


The trend of layering ethnic outfits is becoming increasingly popular nowadays. You can go for capes, drawstring jackets, cropped jackets, stoles, shawls or shrugs. For instance, the combination of sheer capes over silk kurtis can be a stunning choice. If you are looking for a festive look, stylists usually recommend ditching earthy tones and going for vibrant or pastel shades. You can also go for dresses with necklines or hemlines that already create an illusion of layering such as wrap kurtas. 


5. Customise fitting 


Half the secret of looking smart and confident in ethnic wear lies in its fitting. Since your body weight can fluctuate (not to forget the bloating that follows a hearty binge eating session) it is safer to go for slightly loose fits that do not cling to your body while gracefully defining your curves. Moreover, custom-fit outfits run a chance of lasting longer by minimizing the risk of wear and tear.