As soon as the cold winds start blowing, we stow away our kurtas in the corner of the closet and bring out the trusty old jeans, tee and jacket combo to stay warm!
But this year, forget about reserving this summer essential for, well, summers.
With the right styling tips up your sleeve, you can flaunt your ethnic side even in the winter chills without getting the goosebumps! And since wintertime is the wedding season in the country, you may even find the secret to staying toasty and still looking glamorous AF sans the sheer sequined saree.
So, ladies, allow us to show you how to style the kurtas you love in the season of steaming mugs of hot chocolate and all-night long parties!
1. Jacket It Up
Heading out for an occasion for which the invite says, ‘Ethnic only’? Then put that saree back in and take out your favorite Anarkali kurta! Whether it’s made of flowy georgette or raw silk, your floor length Anarkali still has the power to look great in winters. All you have to do is jacket it up! A waist-length ethnic jacket or a long cape will effortlessly add a dash panache to your outfit, keeping you cozy at the same time.
Looking for inspiration? We suggest you take a leaf from Raveena Tandon’s lookbook. Her black embroidered cape jacket with a floor length Anarkali kurta gets brownie points from us for being comfy and stylish at the same time!
2. Put Your Chicest Foot Forward With The Kurta Dress
Sometimes you’re just in the mood to flaunt a cool Indo-Western look but the winter season deters you from doing that. It doesn’t have to anymore as kurta dresses are here and they’re ready to rule winter fashion! If you haven’t got one yet, go ahead and invest in one already!
This versatile piece can be teamed up with either leggings or palazzos when you haven’t shaved your legs and can even be slipped on as a pretty dress for when you want to look ultra-feminine! We suggest you pick a kurta dress with a dainty flower print and match it up with a sharp blazer to achieve a laidback yet classy look à la Sonam Kapoor. Suede loafers and a trendy shoulder bag complete the look.
3. Go Completely Ethnic With The Quintessential Shawl
One of the most underrated items in any girl’s wardrobe is the humble shawl. Easy to drape, this piece of clothing can be styled in so many ways that you’ll end up achieving a new look every time you try it!
Besides that, what’s great about shawls is that they look like the epitome of simple sophistication when teamed up with a kurta. Whether it’s an embroidered Kashmiri shawl you bought on your last trip or the shiny silk one in your mum’s closet that you have been waiting to steal!
So, if you’re off to a soiree or even a romantic dinner date with your bae, pair your long kurta with matching palazzos and a soft delicate shawl to look as fresh and easy on the eyes as a dewdrop. Keep your makeup and accessories light too to get that ultimate romantic, dreamy girl look.
4. Throw In A Belt
The problem with loose flowy kurtas is that they allow too much of air circulation, giving you the chills if you try to pull them off in winters. But if you belt them up, what you get is a warmer, cozier kurta with a rather stylish twist! And when it gets too cold, simply throw on your trench coat or belted cardigan over your kurta to get heads turning your way. A belt is also a great way to highlight your waist (if that’s your biggest asset) and to add a contemporary flair to an otherwise traditional outfit.
Extra bonus tip for this style? We recommend you do this with floor length kurtas only as it can look awkward with shorter ones. Also, a lace belt with a solid plain kurta can give it an instant feminine and elegant makeover!
5. Layer It On The Lower Side With A Skirt
When trying to pull off a kurta in winters, most of us think of layering the upper half of the body and totally forget about the lower half! Well, layering the lower half is as important as many of us ladies feel cold in the legs too. Here’s where the skirt comes to the rescue!
A full-length skirt is the easiest way to hide a warm pair of legging underneath and yet look like a million bucks! If you don’t know how to pull this outfit off, take a look at Aditi Rao Hydari’s simple white and silver skirt and kurta ensemble to get inspired!
So, who said you have to be an old auntyjee to wear kurtas in winter? Try out these looks, and we’re sure you’ll be able to carry them off with élan.