~Fashion is what is served to us 4 times a year, but style is something that remains evergreen~
The same holds true when it comes to ethnic wear. There is always a list of staples you can infinitely count on, whether it’s a day at work or a celebratory occasion.
Punctuated by current trends and modified by modern sensibilities, we present the must-have ethnic wear styles to have in your wardrobe!
A Pastel Anarkali Set – Made famous during the Mughal rule, the elegant Anarkali has earned an evergreen status in ethnic wear for women. In recent times, there has been a shift from dark or bright colours to a pastel palette. Indeed, we’ve come to realise that there couldn’t have been a better marriage than the luxe appeal of an Anarkali and the subtle power of pastels! Boost the elegance and grandeur by teaming your outfit with a pair of jhumkis or chandbalis.
A Sheer Saree – Only an Indian woman can relate to the beauty and practicality of a saree when she’s facing an outfit dilemma. And, when it comes to the must-have piece from the variety of patterns available, it’s always the sheer saree that most certainly stands out. Pair it with a luxe velvet blouse or an ethnic crop top and voila! Keep the accessories to a minimum like a bracelet or stud earrings if your saree is exquisitely detailed.
A Chikankari Suit – Intricate details and unique cuts best describe the chikankari. This popular Lucknowi material is lightweight, while still beaming with elegance and make stunning party wear salwar suits. The beauty of this material finds true meaning in the relaxed silhouette of a salwar kameez suit. Although available in many colours, a white piece is something that will never go out of vogue. The accessorising options are also endless starting from gold and silver to shiny pearls that will perfectly fit the bill!
Solid Palazzos And Kurta With An Exquisite Dupatta – This combination is always a winner, be it a traditional ceremony or a sangeet. This effortless look is only a couple of wardrobe basics clubbed perfectly in conjunction. Nail the look by teaming a kurta and a pair of palazzos in a solid colour, so your exquisite dupatta can be the cynosure of all eyes. We cannot stress enough on the inclusion of a heavy dupatta in this case to light up the look. Nothing looks better than a pair of metallic earrings when it comes to this combination!
A Floral Print Lehenga Set – Our favourite summer print is now a perennial wonder! The floral lehenga has emerged as more than just a summer trend and it has certainly gained evergreen status. It exudes that striking boho-chic look, while still keeping the ethnic spirit alive. Try experimenting with two different floral prints together if you’re not ready for a full-fledged co-ord ensemble. A full lenght skirt with a crop top is another option you can try. You could also choose a party wear ethnic gown if lehengas are not your thing. With so much going on in the outfit front, you can play safe with the accessories by opting for large hoop earrings to go with your outfit.
An Angrakha Kurta with Dhoti Pants – Here’s one brilliant combination that is borrowed from the men’s fashion department yet works exceptionally well. With a few subtle alterations to suit the sartorial taste of the modern woman, the dhoti pant and angrakha duo are a package of functionality and style. Opt for a wraparound angrakha to go with your comfy dhoti pants for a day at work. This fusion look can be best supported by metallic bangles and earrings.
A Designer Ethnic Wear Sharara– The sharara is one of the most glamorous ethnic wear for women. Since the silhouette of the sharara is its main highlight, go subtle on the colour palette by opting for soothing neutrals and pastels over dark shades. The best part? The classy sharara offers umpteen ways of accessorising, right from sparkling diamond necklaces to glittering earrings.
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