The seemingly inseparable trio of salwar, kurta and dupatta is in for a surprise this summer. The three distinct components of this attire have been thoroughly investigated by our fashion experts, and we have come up with a range of fusion numbers to break out of the traditional salwar kurta. So, if you are looking to do something new and fabulous to the country’s most popular attire, this is the ultimate cheat sheet you have been looking for. Be it formal, casual or party fashion, we have you covered with ethnic fusion trends that have been making waves on the fashion scene.
1. Do it with denims
We all love our denims as much as our kurtis. Then why keep them apart? Pair up your kurtas with ripped or washed ankle-length denims. Front slit kurtis work perfectly with denims. Heading out for a casual evening with friends or a semi-formal meeting? Do it with denims this season.
2. The caped kurta
Straight cuts are so last season! With this season being all about the perfect balance of fit and flare, cape kurtas fence the line perfectly between style and comfort. Pair these up with harems or fitted pants, culottes or any sort of bottom wear, and leave a lasting impression. Keep your makeup light and just breeze through the day.
3. Cool culottes
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With summers threatening to hit you in all its glory, culottes are one of the coolest options you have this season. Loose and ending at the knee or right below it, it is a refreshing change from skin-tight leggings or heavy weight patialas. Mix and match in interesting colour combinations as you show off those pretty ankles!
4. Ditch the dupatta
For some of us who are kind of allergic to the flitty, highly unmanageable dupatta, this fashion season has a tonne of options. From the billowy cape to the fitted jacket, opt for hands free options and ditch the dupatta completely. Be it Kutchi kotis, brocade jackets or sequined capes they are a wonderful accompaniment to the traditional salwar kurta and definitely give your attire a fancy flair.
5. Flirt with the skirt
Switch to skirts this summer instead of the salwar. Choose from beautiful indigo prints, tie and dye prints, block prints or choose to colour block with monochromes. You cannot possibly go wrong with this one on a casual evening out when comfort and style are your calling.
6. The jacket style kurta
Who said kurtas have to imitate a long top? With jacket style kurtas, show off that midriff you have been working on, pick up styles that imitate the Jodhpuri jacket or even a bandhgala. This ethnic androgynous style is perfect for occasions like weddings with its inherent glamour. Top it up with a chic hairstyle, smoky eyes, nude lips and statement jewellery, and you are ready to rock the show.
7. Dare to dhoti
This trademark Indian wear is doing the rounds again, but this time on gorgeous Indian women. Light and airy, preferably in cotton, this can be paired with short kurtis or even ethnic tops and boy, does it look fabulous! Keep the top and bottom similar to create a homogeneous look and top it off with a sleek ponytail.
8. Frock-style kurti
The super long anarkalis can retire for a while now as the shorter frock-style kurtis take the front stage. These frilly fancies are super cute and girly and perfect for young ladies who are looking to make a statement this season. Pick up ethnic prints and embroideries to match with the traditional theme of a salwar kurta.
9. Shirt-style kurtis
One of the most chic statements of the year, the shirt-style kurtis are trending on top this season. Look effortlessly stylish in these when you pair these up with salwars, palazzo pants or patialas. While these look great in sheer, you can always pick up these in cotton, silk, viscose, etc.
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