Almost half the year has passed. Winter has gone and summer is at its peak. All our jeans have been dumped into a corner where they can’t be seen. Yet, fashion is not getting any easier to get through. So, let’s give our western wear a rest and switch to Indian wear for a pretty year ahead. Here are 15 different types of kurtas that have been helping us sail through the summer in style.
As the name suggests, a high-low kurta is characterised by the kurta’s hemline where the front of the kurta is higher and the back of the kurta is lower. A play of hemlines can change your look manifolds. Give your look a new dimension in style.
An asymmetric kurta is usually an A-line kurta with an out of symmetry hemline which is not going to be consistent at all. Pair it with narrower bottoms like a churidaar or cropped trousers instead of wide legged bottoms to emphasise the style statement in your outfit.
A flared kurta is a kurta that’s super wide at the hemline. These make for a great summer staple thanks to their flowy fabric and easy-breezy look and feel. Pair it with whatever you like, we prefer narrow bottoms to make that twirl count.
Front Slit Kurta
Traditional Indian wear with a stylish twist, slit kurtas are the new sexy and there’s no denying it. A traditional kurta has two slits on the side while this has one huge slit running right on the front. Pair it with high-waisted palazzos and heels for high-street fashion feels.
Anarkali is a form of women's dress originating in Lahore, Pakistan. The anarkali kurta is made up of a long, frock-style top usually paired with a slim-fitted bottom, though, it can be paired with palazzos too. Its heavy flares make it an ideal option for special occasions like weddings. Our heart is set on this casual number in white with a delicate blue print for a fancy 9-to-5 life this summer.
A-line kurtas narrower at the torso and gradually widens towards the hemline making it a top choice for people with a muffin top as it hides the problem areas in the most graceful way. With an attractive cut-out at the back, this printed kurta can instantly transform any plain look into a classy one.
When the western favourite off-shoulder trend meets the traditional Indian kurta, the result is something pretty and to spend on. Ditch the sleeves this season and opt for an off-shoulder kurta. Would you dare to bare?
And while we’re on the subject of statement sleeves, here’s a fancy cold-shoulder kurta that you should definitely give a try this season. When your regular outfits won’t cut it, give a cold-shoulder kurta a shot.
Shirt Style Kurta
A shirt style kurta has to have two characteristic features - one, the typical shirt spread collar, and two, the button-down fastening. This one with roll-up sleeves in a solid rust colour is an elegant number that’s totally office-approved, even Deepika Padukone agrees.
An angrakha kurta or angarkha is derived from the Sanskrit word angaraksaka which means a garment that is worn to protect the body. Think of it like a wrap dress. It overlaps and is tied usually at the left half of the upper body. Stylish, isn’t it?
Kurtas that can double up as dresses aka kurtas that can be worn without any bottoms are called kurta dresses. They’re range between a midi to maxi length and don’t have any slits. A kurta dress is the most stylish answer to all your summer fashion woes.
Poncho Style Kurta
Remember at the beginning of the year we made a fashion forecast for Indian wear in 2018? Well, ponchos have successfully replaced the good ‘ol cape style kurta and they’ve summer written all over it! A poncho style kurta looks like a poncho only longer. Add this bright number to your closet already. At this price, it’s a steal!
A tiered kurta, as is evident, is a kurta where the frock is made to look as if layered on top of other like tiers. This type of technique works best with flared kurtas to add more drama to the outfit. We picked this ombre-dyed number which lends a denim-like look and enhances the tiers in beautiful shades of blue.
Straight Fit Kurta
A straight kurta has a sharp straight hemline and fit, which makes it the most appreciated number for office thanks to its crisp formal look. Pair it with palazzos, trousers, jeans or a churidaar, a straight fit kurta will go with all. Opt for a longer length to give yourself a taller and slimmer figure.
Basic White Kurta
Is there anything that a simple white kurta can’t do? A basic white kurta is an Indian wear must-have. Experiment with colours, throw in some black for #MonochromeMonday at work or keep it serene with matching white bottoms, you can do anything with it to brighten up your day.
What is your kurta type, ladies?