It may sound ridiculous, but haven’t you ever felt guilty about all the old and neglected clothes lying at the back of your wardrobe? It’s even worse when it comes to Indian wear, because the options to reuse are few. Well, that’s where you’re wrong. We all have so many types of old kurtas we’ve barely used – from forgotten salwar suits, anarkalis and what not. Here are some awesome tips on how to revamp old kurtas in so many trendy ways. Read on to transform your desi staples into super stylish looks.
1. The Cape
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The cape is having such a moment because it’s so easy to slip on over anything and it can amp up a regular outfit in an instant– even if it’s just jeans and a tee. We love the flowy silhouette it brings. Just split any anarkali or salwar kurta down the middle to turn it into a totally on-trend cape jacket. You can add cute tie-up tassels on the opening to give it a more polished look.
2. Tuck It In
Wear your kurta as a top by simply tucking it in. Tuck it into cigarette pants and add a blazer on top for a formal, office look or simply half-tuck it into a pair of jeans for some laid-back style. You can also knot the kuta to one side for a unique spin. Yes, it’s that easy!
3. Palazzo Party
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Ladies, palazzo pants have become quite a rage in the Indian wear scene and can automatically give a completely new avatar to your old kurtas. They’re oh-so comfy, have a lovely layered effect and can look super chic. Pair them with long or short kurtas for an outfit you’ll never want to get out of. If palazzos are not your thing, feel free to wear an old kurti with bell bottom jeans for a retro chic style.
4. Add A Maxi
Another way to wear a kurta in an unexpected but stylish way is to ditch the leggings and wear it on top of a maxi skirt. It’s such a summer appropriate combination that is effortlessly stylish. Plus, it will make for such a comfy outfit, you’ll want to mix and match your kurtas and maxi skirts all the time.
5. A Summer Dress
Just slip on your long kurta sans any pants and pair with pretty heels or cute flats. Wearing your kurta as a dress can look unique and stylish and is such a great way to beat the summer heat. You can cinch it at the waist with a skinny belt if you like to bring some shape or add a bright scarf if it’s a plain kurta. Make sure you hem the side slits and you’re good to go!
6. Give It A Makeover
You can pay your tailor a visit to update an old kurta and transform it into something new. Add printed vertical panels, a colourful border, stitch on lace panels or sequins – the options are pretty endless - just get your creativity hat on!
7. An Avant-Garde Blouse
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Gone are the days of a classic sari blouse, our desi fashion is getting more and more experimental and avant-garde. If you don’t know what to do with an old kurta, definitely think about how you can convert it into a stylish blouse. We can’t help but feel super inspired by Sonam’s head-turning ensemble and feel like a kurta can lend a nice cut for a blouse that is frilled like hers, even if you don’t want it to be strapless.
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Published on May 14, 2016