Kurti & Kurta

Q1 - WHAT IS THE KURTI?


A – The Kurti is a feminine garment worn from shoulder length upto waist or slightly above the knees. Also known as the Indian tunic it is like the conventional Kurta but shorter. Compared to the kurta, the Indian kurti is of lighter material, mostly worn tighter and is generally paired nicely with jeans, skirts or lehengas.

Q2 - WHAT IS THE KURTA?

A – The conventional Indian kurta is worn both by men and women with differences only in neck styling, designs, borders and certain other features specific to womanly taste. The women’s kurta is generally worn over a loose fitting pyjama, a salwar, a skin tight churidar or a wrapped around dhoti of silk, cotton or khadi. However there could be other personal preferences too.

Q3 - WHERE ARE THE KURTI AND WOMEN’S KURTA WORN?

A - The Kurti and women’s Kurta are worn mostly in the Asian sub-continent in countries like India, Bangla Desh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and countries where there are pockets of NRI population.

Q4 - WHAT ARE THE BODY TYPES FOR THE KURTI?

A - Five different body shapes define the structure of the body

1. Apple Shape - Apple shape body usually carries the weight around the mid part and has medium or large bust size, no waist definition and has a fairly large tummy.

2. Pear Shape - Pear shape body is characterized by smaller shoulders and bust with heavier hips and thighs with waist definition. Many Indian women have pear shape body.

3. Inverted triangle shape - Large shoulders, upper body broader than hips, skinny thighs and little or no waist definition.

4. Square Shape - Square shape body has slight waist definition with same width upper body and hips. Square shape is lacking in curves.

5. Hour Glass Shape - Upper body and hips have almost same width with waist definition. This body shape called curvy figure is very popular among teenage girls


Q5 - WHAT IS THE CRITERION GENERALLY FOLLOWED FOR A GOOD-LOOKING FIT FOR THE KURTI?

A – Based on the body shape, the following tips could be closely followed.

For Apple shaped

Preferred

Dark Color kurti that make one look slim in cotton or silk. The neckline should be simple shaped, V shaped and embellished with embroideries and light design. Flare and cuff sleeves improve matters.

To be avoided

Shapeless or loose fitting kurti, that falls away from the tummy or a yoked style one that draws attention to the upper body. Kurti does not go well with Patiala or shalwar.

For Pear shaped

Preferred

Light coloured Kurtis with dark coloured Patialas for a balanced look. Kurti with collar pattern, boatneck, square neck with bishop or roughed sleeves and slightly longer kurti.

To be avoided

Body hugging fabrics, tight bottoms that highlight the lower half.

For Inverted triangle shape

Preferred

Kurti with soft sleeves, like raglans and defining the waist. Collar-less Kurti with horizontal stripes and prints, flaring at the waist. Low U, V necklines.

To be avoided

Shoulder pads and strong shoulder details. No high necklines and bulky collar pattern.

For Square shape

Preferred

Kurtas suit this body type. Belted Kurti or one that tightens waist or torso to define waist shape. Anarkali style kurti with slim bottoms but what centrally tighten at the waist line. Kurti with front panel detailing and pleating.

To be avoided

Straight tight kurti and loose fitting one too

For Hour Glass shape

Preferred

Waist defining kurti giving proper shape to the curves. Fit and flare kurti with classic work. Low and bust enhancing necklines to slim down upper body. Kurti should extend just below the hips. Bottom should be straight and hugging around the hips.

To be avoided

Loose ill-fitting kurti that hides the curves, bulky pattern fit that makes the wearer look fat.


Q6 - WHAT ARE THE SUGGESTIONS OR TIPS FOR GOOD COMBINATIONS WITH KURTI?

A - 1. Knee length and long kurti with matching leggings, Patiala, suit almost any age of woman and almost any occasion.

2. Kurtis and jeans mostly worn by mid-age women and college girls. Hem length and hip length kurtis go well with skinny, fitted denims. Black and blue denims are easily matched with any kurtis.

3. For the trendy and modish, nothing like formal print waist length loose kurti tunic paired with shorts.

4. Short skirt goes well only with short kurti. Long skirt does well with short and waist length ones.

5. Short knee length kurtis combine well with leggings to make the wearer look slim and trim.

6. Adventurous fashion has evolved the tunic or kurti as a dress. Frock style kurtis serve for fashion at college parties and on informal occasions.

Q7 - WHAT SHOULD BE FOLLOWED TO LOOK GOOD WITH KURTI?

A – For striking it right with kurti, the following ideas could be adopted.

1. Kurtis of linen, cotton, khadi fabrics are ideal choice for office and regular wear

2. Party wear kurtis are crafted with flowing and graceful materials like silk, georgette, brocade, chiffon etc.

3. For wedding and evening bash, Kurtis having embellished neckline, heavy work along with stone, beads, pearls and sequins and fancy lace work design at finish line, suit.

4. Alternatively to go simple and sober, plain kurti detailing with beautiful motifs and patches, would be the right choice.

5. Full sleeves, sleeveless, ¾ sleeves kurtis are for semi formal occasions. Choice in necklines could be sweetheart neck, patterned neck, V neck etc.

Q8 - WHAT OTHER IDEAS COULD MAKE THE WEARER LOOK STUNNING?

A – 1. Long kurti goes well with tight skinny jeans, trouser and legging. Short, waist length kurti looks good on boot cut pants.

2. Plain goes well with patterned jeans, pant and trouser. Embellished kurti does well on plain legging, churidar and leggings.

3. For eye-catching look, kurti and bottom colours must contrast.

4. Short kurti suits a skirt. Embroidered kurti over adorned skirt adds class. Additionally dupatta or stole elevates appeal.

5. Heels with kalidar or Anarkali style kurti provides perfect style and fashionable appeal, the perfect look for parties.

6. Flats go well with a pair of tight jeans and kurti, making you look ultra cool and modern. College girls and working women prefer this style.

7. Dark kurtis plain and single colored give a lean look.

8. Kurtis that are thick, shiny and heavily textured make the wearer look out of place. Instead they should be of soft cotton or thin fabric and figure friendly such as silk, polyester and wool.

9. Perfect fit of kurtis adds appeal with shapely and curvy look. Loose or tight makes the wearer look ill at ease.

10. Short is good for average build. If bottom part and hips are heavy, long single kurti is great.

11. Accessories play an important part in dressing up. Mix and match jewelry, right cosmetics, elongated and asymmetrical shapes that make the face seem slim and long help. Round shapes, sunglasses etc. are to be avoided.


Q9 - FOR WHOM DOES THE SHORT KURTI SUIT?

A – Short kurtis suit certain types of females and in certain situations.

- Short kurtis look good on long-legged females. - Jeans, trousers or Capri are a sure hit with the short kurti.

- Slim females look good in hemline kurtis and leggings combination

- Cuts and patterns of kurtis are important especially for the college going crowd. It elevates them to trendy chic and stylish.

- In addition, accessories like stole or scarf, funky jewelry and sling bag give the jazzy, ultra-mod look

Q10 - FOR WHOM DOES THE LONG KURTI OR THE KURTA SUIT?

A - Long kurtis are meant for the tall types.

- Anarkali suits of ankle length or three fourth ankle length suit just about any woman

- Bottoms like leggings, chudidars, pyjamas combine well with the long kurti.

- Stylish and elegant, long kurtis spell class and look good for wedding ceremonies and receptions.

- Accessoried long kurtis with heels, the designer clutch diamond and gold ornaments make the wearer the cynosure of all eyes.

Q11 - WHAT IS ENDEARING ABOUT THE KURTIS OR INDIAN TUNICS THAT WOMEN LOVE TO WEAR THEM?

A - There is a special kind of appeal of the kurti that makes women young and middle aged to go for it.

1. Universally accepted – Indian society is traditional yet modern in outlook. Similarly the kurti despite its modern look has an ethnic appeal to it. No wonder college girls and middle aged women are equally comfortable in sporting the kurti. It finds favour as apparel for college wear, get-togethers, family functions or even social gatherings. In choice colours and a touch of the golden colour that finds approval with elders of the family, kurtis are a sure hit wen it comes to Indian apparel.

2. The USP of the kurti is comfort. Not the suffocating embrace of tight fitting fabrics, nor, the loose drape that sets off dowdy looks, the kurti in its range and variety suits different occasions and all situations. Working in a kurti is heaven to most women.

3. Cost wise the kurti is just a couple of hundred rupees to the costlier ones in silk and sequined at a few thousands

4. Availability is in a range of colours, cuts and designs. Pastel shades or glossy tones, satins or cottons, a few inches above knee or just touching the waist, kurtis cater to all tastes.

5. Easily accessorized with junk jewelry or gold and silver, chained or beaded belts, worn with ballet shoes or sandals the versatility of the kurti is awesome.

6. Kurtis are easily customized at most places to one’s taste and fit. And goes well with a line of bottoms, be it a Patiala, leggings, salwar or chudidar or even harem pants. Whether you wear something in crushed lycra material for a perfect body-hugging fit or a loose cotton kurti to enable your body to breathe, leggings in contrasting colors and jeans in blue or black look great!

Q12 - WHAT ARE THE TRENDY VERSIONS OR MODERN AVATARS OF THE INDIAN TUNIC OR KURTIS?

A - Kurti on denim is a much preferred combination that has been doing the rounds in fashion. You actually have denim, cotton and blend kurtis with artistic prints, innovative designs, textures and motif patterns. Denim kurtis do well with all sorts of shades including black, brown and green. Sleeves – short, sleeve less or puff type, neck patterns with leaf, round, square, mandarin or shirt collar types, pairing with jeans, trousers, Capri, leggings, make the denim tunic a fashion statement.

You have prominent fashion designers reviving old designs with a twist. There is also a touch of regal grandeur in some introductions with heavy embroidery, varied stitches and fabric. Some times, regional or local flavor also creeps in the designs and patterns.

Q13 - WHAT ARE THE POPULAR TYPES OF KURTI?

A – There are many popular types of kurti and more which have engaged the attention of Indian women.

1. Tail Cut Kurti – short from one side, tail like effect on the other side. Layered pattern is trendy for parties. Pairs with leggings and jeggings, looks good with modern jewellery, sunglasses, pumps or flats. Versions could be short, knee length, long. High on glamour quotient.

2. A-Line Kurti - reaches to the calf or ankle and it has flare from the waist for making ‘A’ shaped panel. Pairs with leggings, jeggings, churidars, looks good with chunky jewellery, matching or contrast pumps / flats, flatters apple or pear shape bodies. Versions could be short, knee length, long.

3. Trail Cut Kurti – trending kurti style, different from c-cut kurti even though it has C-cuts on both sides of it. It has materials like georgette, chiffon, silk, crepe with border embroidery to enhance the look. A sure hit during big occasions like dinners, dates, parties etc. Pairs with printed leggings, jeggings, skinny jeans, looks good with fashionable or classic jewellery, pumps or designer shoes, bracelets. Versions could be short, knee-length.

4. Anarkali Kurti – a perfect dress for all shapes of bodies i.e. Hourglass, pear, rectangle etc., almost any occasion from casual to formal to wedding since it looks good at all times. Does perfectly with leggings or churidars. Looks good with ethnic jewellery, flats, Indian Juti, clutch. Versions are knee-length, ankle-length.

5. Angrakha Kurti – modern version of tunics once worn by royal court musicians. two similar or contrast flaps lie on each other and are tied with the help of straps at the side. To give it a traditional appearance, it could be adorned with beads, hangings or stylish pom pom. Angrakha kurti in Anarkali style is the latest trend which Bollywood divas love because of its feminine and stylish look. Paired nicely with jeans, churidars, leggings for ankle or ¾ length. it looks good with long earrings, traditional jewellery, jutiya, classy clutch and again flatters any body shape. Versions are short, knee length, long.

 

6. Dhoti Style Kurti - In women fashion, the dhoti style is high in fashion trends, because the traditional garb assumes a modern avatar. Loose and comfortable, its designer look makes the wearer magnetic in parties. In dhoti style, drapes begin from yoke or bodice with designer cuts and creative patterns and attached belt to make it look fashionable. Mostly georgette, chiffon, silk are used to beautify the drapes. Does nicely for parties, social functions, weddings etc. Paired nicely with leggings, tights, printed stockings, it looks good with Bohemian jewellery, designer shoes. Versions are knee-length, ankle length.

7. Flared Kurti – Wide-flared kurtis in Anarkali style does wonders for the wearer. Gives that feminine look, a rich and gorgeous appearance; right enough for parties. Flared hemline is good for tall women, short women would look awkward in it. Pairs nicely with skin tight-leggings, looks good with trendy jewellery, high heels. Versions are short, knee-length, long.

8. Indo-Western Style Kurti – For that Indian and western look combo. The dress is eastern, the neckline, sleeve styles, interesting cuts are western. Brilliant fusion apt for informal get-togethers, office-parties, casual meets etc. that pairs nicely with leggings or even no bottoms. Looks good with chunky fashionable jewellery or no jewellery at all, scarves, hats, casual shoes. Versions are short, knee-length, long.

9. Floor length/Gown style kurti – Indian equivalent of evening gowns. A favourite with Bollywood for the style statement it makes, especially at red carpet events, award functions, ceremonial functions. Available in styles as embroidered, printed, designer, anarkali etc. Meant for the exclusive occasions. Pairing not needed, looks good with just beautiful earrings, bracelets or bangles and heels. Flatters all body shapes. Version is full length only (floor-length).

10. Long Straight Kurti – In vogue and in full demand. The straight hemline gives a taller look, a commanding demeanour, a professional presence. Looks good in full sleeves, can be worn almost anywhere, paired nicely with leggings, churidars and simple good earrings, flats or heels would do. Looks good on anybody any shape. Versions are knee-length and long.

11. Pakistani Kurti – Generally long, straight and baggy, would do well for change-wear to office, party, casual occasions. Paired well with ankle length leggings, tribal printed jeggings, jeans and looks good with long neck pieces, heels and flatters rectangle and pear body shapes. Versions are knee-length, long.

12. Colour-block Kurti – Contrast colors in bold blocks for the adventurous and flashy. Does well if colors are chosen appropriately. Suits during fun time and summer holidays for that different look. Pairs well with contrast leggings, jeggings, and looks good with funky jewellery, matching pumps or sandals and goggles for the stylish summer look. Good for apple shaped bodies. Versions are knee-length, long.

13. Printed Kurti – Simple block to digital, it is prints all the way. Wear with leggings, Patiala, jeans or trousers; anything will do. Stay simple, minimum jewellery, trendy flats, wedges and stylish eye-wear. Versions could be short, knee-length, long.

14. Shirt Style Kurti – Called the fusion version of East and West. Looks are stylish and professional, so both casual and formal. If the fabric is smooth and soft nothing like all-day comfort. Paired nicely with jeans, jeggings, tribal pants it looks good with modern earrings, designer belts, pumps or flats, quality leather purse. Suits rectangle and hour glass shapes. Versions are short.

 

15. High-low Kurti – the front hem is shorter compared to the back. Not only does it look stylish, it adds a feminine touch to the attire. Good for weddings, parties and also formal wear. Pairs nicely, with leggings, jeggings, treggings and skinny jeans and looks good with modern jewellery and heels. Versions are short, knee-length, long.

16. Kaftan Style Kurti - Loose fitting clothing with wide drop sleeves that looks glamorous. A must for summer casual wear, beach parties etc. Pairs nicely with skinny jeans, leggings, jeggings, treggings, ankle or full length tight slacks and looks good with modern jewellery, goggles, heels. Looks great on rectangle-shaped bodies. Versions could be short or knee-length.

17. Princess Cut Kurti - Princess seams are created on kurti for flattering feminine curves. They are known as shaped seams which can start from the shoulder or armhole and end at the waist or continue down, shaping the full length of the garment across the waist and hips. It is used for pattern fitting as well as design elements. Generally, there is no side opening in princess cut kurti. Collar neck with button down pattern or embroidered yoke and ¾ to full sleeves complete the royal look of the kurti. Pairs well with contrast leggings, churidars, skinny jeans and looks good with classy jewellery, bracelets, long earrings and clutch. Flatters shapely bodies. Versions are short. knee-length, long.

18. Asymmetric Kurti -If you get bored of straight hemline, just try kurti with asymmetrical hemline. It gives illusion of height. Glam Divas of bollywood love to wear such kurtis to stand out in the crowd. Generally, these kurtis are made of light weight fabrics like chiffon, crepe and georgette. Great for daily wear to parties to weddings. Pairs nicely with designer bottoms, contrast leggings, churidar, Patiala or anything else for that matter and looks good with trendy handbag, fancy earrings, colorful bangle set, designer shoes, sunglasses, jutis. Versions available are short and knee-length.

19. C-Cut Kurti – Similar to the high-low kurti, the difference being the front hem being ‘C’ in shape. Excellent wear for tall women to look slim and stylish. Pairs nicely with matching & designer printed leggings, jeggings, treggings, skinny jeans and looks good with fashionable or classic jewellery, pumps or designer shoes, bracelets, watches. Versions available are short and knee-length.

20. Tulip Kurti – Good flattering style for young college girls. The trendy tulip shape hemline design is extremely attractive. It would do very well for functions, parties, weddings where you want to get noticed and leave an impression. Pairs nicely with matching & designer printed leggings, jeggings and looks good with fashionable or classic jewellery, pumps or designer shoes, bracelets, watches. Versions available are short, knee-length, full length.

21. Overlay Kurti - uniquely stitched, the kurti features light weight full length overlay starting from the waist. Good for light breezy times like romantic dates, parties, weddings. There is no need for bottom. Looks good with fashionable or classic jewellery, pumps or designer shoes, bracelet, watch. Version available is full length.

22. Double Layered Kurti – They are double layered as mentioned with the extra layer. Double layered kurtis are exactly as they sound. Designed with an extra layer, these kurtis give a gorgeous ready-made layered look! Nowadays, a wide range of double layered kurtis are available in the market with both undetachable and detachable layer versions. Nice to wear for parties, festive occasions. Pairs nicely matching leggings and looks good with trendy handbag, funky earrings, bracelets, sandals. Versions are knee-length, calf-length, full-length.

23. Reversible Kurti - Reversible kurti is like getting two pieces for the price of one! It can be worn both inside-out creating two different gorgeous looks. Of course, it’s a great way to expand your wardrobe. Does nicely as both formal and informal or casual wear. It pairs nicely with leggings, jeggings, treggings, jeans and looks good with fashionable or classic jewellery, heels and trendy handbags. Versions available are hip-length, knee length and calf-length.