While there are a myriad of ways to style the Indian outfits lying in your wardrobe, why not add a contemporary twist to the traditional ensembles? When it comes to Indian wear, it isn’t just about heavy-weight occasion wear or floor sweeping lehengas. Indian ensembles can be smart, fuss-free and empowered, with the right styling.
Don’t let dust gather on your stunning and expensive designer lehengas and saris. One can experiment with Indian ethnic wear on so many levels! It can be as simple as styling your traditional kurta and churidar set with high heels and embellished accessories. Here are some ways to contemporize your ethnic wardrobe.
Exquisitely Embellished Sarees for Special Occasions
From high-shine sequins to tonal embroidery, you can up your modern Indian wedding outfits by elevating your saree game. Spruce it up further with an embellished blouse. If you’re looking for proof, just visit Bollywood’s best dressed celebrity Instagram handles – Actor Janhvi Kapoor is often seen wearing a strappy blouse with a plunging neckline. Lashkaraa’s Ombré Pink Ruffled Chiffon Saree, made for the spunky fashionistas, comes with a bralette style blouse. Lashkaraa’s embellished sarees come with a contemporary twist in fresh hues like soft mint, dusty blue, periwinkle and Ombré shades. Another way to make a statement is by adding a belt to cinch the waist.
Mixing and Matching Traditional and Modern Accessories for Everyday Wear
Festive styling can leave even the most sartorially forward dresser into a state of limbo – you want to make a statement yet lean on something effortless to carry through the celebrations. The best way to amp up any outfit or contemporize it is through jewelry. Mix and match the two aesthetics, traditional and modern and create a look that is a beautiful blend of the two. There’s no way you won’t stand out with this combo! It can be as simple as styling your traditional kundan choker with a smart satin shirt and a lehenga to add that traditional yet ultra-modern touch.
Re-imagining Traditional Salwar Kameez with Western Silhouettes
Remix your salwar kameez to pant suits and a crop top style. It's edgy, interesting and perfect to wear to the festivities. Lashkaraa’s Lilac Embroidered Crop Jacket Set is a beautiful traditional piece in this western silhouette. Another variation of the pant can be the pant saree. This half and half style is effortless to carry and a definite style statement. The sharara style can also be modernized with a strappy kurta or top. Actor Janhvi Kapoor has worn Lashkaraa’s Periwinkle Embellished Crop Sharara Set which comes with a stunning bralette blouse and a matching dupatta.
Achieving the Perfect Fusion Look by Layering Different Fabrics and Textures
If you’re on the lookout for a traditional-meets-modern piece, then look over to concept sarees or pre-draped sarees. One can also look at sarees with ruffles as it adds an edge to the traditional silhouette. Lashkaraa’s Ombré Blue Ruffled Chiffon Saree is made of lightweight chiffon with ruffled tiers infused in an array of soft summery hues. Our Peplum Gharara Suit is a refreshingly light mix of a gharara pant and a peplum top, matched with a dupatta.
Styling Elegant Kurta Pyjama for Festival Season
There is nothing more classy than an elegant kurta pyjama set for the festivities. Traditional styles can either be worn traditionally, giving that perfect royal look or in a modern way by pairing it with stiletto heels, western jewels and a chic handbag perhaps. Lashakraa’s straight suit styles are so regal that you’d look straight out of the movie when styled right. Ethereal styles like our Dusty Peach Embroidered Straight Suitor the Dusty Green White Floral Printed Straight Suit (ideal for when attending light events), are stunning straight suit styles.
Kurta Pajama suits the perfect glitzy outfits without being OTT. Easy to dress up or down depending on the invitation in your mailbox, kurta sets are the very epitome of versatility. They work well for everything from a pre-wedding lunch/dinner to Bhai Dooj, Diwali party or a festive season soirée.
How Does One Choose the Perfect Outfit for Different Occasions?
There can be many Indian wear staples in your ethnic wardrobe. Styling them in a versatile manner will elongate the life of your outfits, without really repeating the same pairings again and again. Take a kurta set for instance. It works well for so many occasions. One can turn to sharara sets when you need to elevate your style. Be it your distant cousin’s mehendi or your own pre-wedding sangeet night, this ensemble works well. Choose a lighter version when you need to keep it simple like our Light Blue Embroidered Sharara Suit and a heavily embroidered one when you need to glam it up, like our Cream and Lavender Embroidered Gharara Suit. Printed sharara sets also work well for simpler occasions like a puja. Our Pink Floral Printed Sharara Suitis a great pick!
Anarkalis are another ethnic wardrobe staple that give the maximum impact with minimum effort. Floor-length versions are incredibly wedding friendly, too. Some exquisite embroidered options include our Light Mint Embroidered Anarkali Style Lehenga andLight Pink Embroidered Anarkali Palazzo Set. For those seeking a touch of contemporary allure with some slightly less traditional styles, our anarkali collection also includes our Light Green Embellished Velvet Anarkali and Off White Floral Printed Anarkali, among other styles.
One can even add that extra edge to their lehenga by pairing it with a blazer on top. Just by swapping your regular blouse for a stylish one can change the entire look and feel of the lehenga. Our chic lehengas with trendy blouses, can aid you in making a fashion statement. Our Light Grey Off-Shoulder Embellished Velvet Lehenga comes with a stunning lehenga paired with an off-shoulder blouse with beautifully tailored netted straps. Our Mint and Purple Embellished Lehenga comes with a super short blouse, ideal for those who’re unafraid to show off their abs. Lashkaraa’s flirty head-turner Light Purple Embellished Velvet Lehenga features a hookup blouse with halter straps that expose your bust and midriff in the most flattering way.
No matter which style of Indian ethnic wear you choose, there are multiple ways to wear and style them!