My Love For Ethnic Wear

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Look Trendy In Ethnic Wear

One scroll through my fashion section or Instagram feed and you can guess how much I adore ethnic wear. There’s something about these comfortable, vibrant and elegant clothes that always gets me. From ethereal sarees to beautiful suits, ethnic wear has always been an integral part of almost every Indian woman’s closet. The fashion world is undoubtedly dominated by western wear with models strutting the runways in beautiful dresses, gowns, overcoats, jumpsuits etc. But have you ever got a chance to witness an array of ladies striding elegantly in ethnic sarees, lehngas and suits that seem to have come straight out of your dreams? Believe it or not, ethnic wear is special, it always has been.

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When I talk about ethnic wear I consider the Indian and Pakistani fashion together. It’s so interesting to see how much alike they are with subtle differences…both influencing one another at the end of the day. I remember my mother looking angelic in cotton sarees, in my childhood. For her saree was the most comfortable garment and how beautifully she used to drape it. I was never a saree person because I’m still not skilled enough to drape it as nicely as my mother used to but I admire it so much.

Ethnic wear let’s me experiment with colour combinations like no other garment. I can wear a fuchsia kurti with yellow bottoms without any hesitation. These clothes are a reflection of the vibrant and dynamic culture of the Indian subcontinent. It won’t be wrong to say that Indian women are one step ahead of others in their fashion game because of the options we have in our closet. Go ethnic during the day and wow in a gorgeous dress in the evening….it’s entirely up to you!

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One of my friends had a party to attend and she was pretty confused as to what to wear. It was quite obvious that most of the women would arrive in their best partywear dresses. When she asked me for some ideas, I suggested her to go ethnic. Well, she agreed to it and no wonder stood out of the crowd in a gorgeous saree. She was so delighted with all the compliments she received that evening!

How it has changed with time?

The thing about ethnic wear like all other kinds of clothing is that it changes with time and then all of a sudden it’s back to where it started from. It’s hard to believe that Anarkali kurtas were nowhere in the picture before 2012 for a number of years. Bottoms were dominated by salwars and tapering pants with folds at the bottom, known as chooridar, when suddenly the markets were full of wide leg palazzos and flared skirts a couple of years back. Nowadays, ethnic wear has become very versatile. You can pair your kurtis with almost any kind of bottom and call it in vogue. The cycle shall always continue.

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Now, there is absolutely no limit to the types of stereotypes drifting in the society and one such involving ethnic wear is that women wearing Indian clothes are considered less ‘modern’ than those in western wear. How ridiculous is that! How empowered a woman is has nothing to do with the kind of clothes she’s wearing. It’s the confidence, the mentality, the personality she possesses which makes her powerful and modern. And if someone can embrace his/her culture and alongside all this, that person is automatically above the others.

If you are following me on Instagram, you must have seen my recent collaboration with the ethnic fashion brand, Imara, which has filled my feed with their stunning pieces. I thought with the festive season lingering around, this time is perfect for flaunting some gorgeous ethnic garments. Today’s look, also ethnic, is not from Imara though. It’s something I bought in August for Eid but didn’t get a chance to wear it then. I wore this colourful kurta with a metallic green pleated long skirt.

Coming to my outfit

Now coming to my outfit today, I want to mention here that I had bought this outfit for Eid and I was quite excited to wear this. I bought this beautiful kurti from Myntra. I must say that I fell in love with this charming long kurti at first sight and ordered it without hesitation because I had bought many ethnic wears from this brand before and had never any complains about the quality. The fine fabric, so smooth and soft, beautiful colours and design and great fitting. I wanted to pair it with a skirt and after ransacking a lot of different stores, I got this one is from a boutique. Everything was ready to wear but unfortunately, I fell ill on the day of Eid and couldn’t wear it. Anyway, I wanted to show my outfit to my readers so wore it for you. I wore jhumki(earrings), bangles and a pair of pink heels. I kept my makeup a bit bright keeping in mind the coming festivals. Hope you like it!

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I’m wearing:

Kurti – Sangria

Skirt – From a local boutique

HeelsAmiclubwear

Bangles – Gold bangles from Tanishq

36 Comments

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:02

      Thank you so much, my dear friend. So happy that you liked it <3

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:24

      Thanks dear <3

  1. October 1, 2018 / 05:22

    you look so fresh and radiant in all pics! Love the combination of outfit!

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:25

      Thanks my dear <3

  2. Jackie Harrison
    October 1, 2018 / 07:33

    You look beautiful and I love learning about other cultures and respect how you are proud of it.

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:26

      Same here Jackie, I also love to know about other cultures 🙂 Thank you for your sweet comment!!

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:27

      Thanks my friend, so happy you liked it <3

  3. October 1, 2018 / 09:34

    The colors of this kurti are stunning! You look beautiful Rakhshanda!

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:29

      Thank you so much dear Kat <3

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:31

      Thanks a lot, sweet Paola <3

  4. October 1, 2018 / 11:23

    Wow, what beautiful colors! This is an amazing outfit.

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:33

      Thank you so much dear 🙂

  5. jodie filogomo
    October 1, 2018 / 11:51

    I adore the fact that you embrace the ethnic wear Rakhshanda!!
    Truly, the colors are amazing, and it’s nice to stand out and be noticed while everyone else is in western wear!!
    XOXO
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:44

      Thanks, Jodie, our Indian culture is so beautiful. I also love other cultures too <3

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:45

      Totally agree, these colours make you cheerful, no doubt about it.

  6. October 1, 2018 / 13:27

    That is the prettiest aqua and pink outfit. I love all the colors swirled around in it. Your hair is so lovely. I have long brown hair also, but as I get older, I usually just swoop it up with a clip. You are very photogenic. Wonderful pictures.

    Happy first day of October!

    ~Sheri

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 05:48

      Awww, thanks Sheri, you are so beautiful and you should keep your hair open sometimes. I would love to see you with open hair <3

  7. October 1, 2018 / 15:06

    I love how you combined that beautiful kurti with that skirt, I was convinced they came together but now I read that you bought the skirt separately. It is such a stunning outfit you have put together and I do like the colours you wore. Pink and blue is always such a great combo. The green and blue flower details on that kurti are so eye-catching.

    I’m sorry to hear you have fallen ill for Eid, I’m down with a bit of fever today. I hope I will recover by tomorrow because I don’t want to miss work.

    I agree with everything you said about ethnic wear. For me traditional clothes is always a great source of inspiration. Ethnic and traditional clothing items preserve our culture and history. That makes them not only beautiful but also important!

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 06:34

      Thanks, Ivana, yes, I have paired this kurti with the skirt. These kurties are so versatile, you can pair it with leggings, pants, palazzo pants and even with jeans. These are super comfy in all season. I’m happy that you liked my outfit.
      That was really frustrating when I got myself ill on the day of Eid but what to do.
      Really sorry to hear about your fever, please take care of yourself and take your medicine at the time. I hope you will recover very soon.
      Agree with you that ethnic and traditional clothes preserve our history. It’s so important for all of us.

  8. October 1, 2018 / 19:55

    You look gorgeous in this outfit Rakhshanda! The vibrant combination of colors is so uplifting not to mention the silhouette is so flattering on you. I agree with you on wearing ethnic style clothing especially when it comes to styles which also have a personal cultural significance. You are the perfect example that a female empowement has nothing to do with the kind of clothes she’s wearing. I know you weren’t feeling well awhile ago. I hope that you’ve been taking care and feel better now my sweet friend! xo

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 2, 2018 / 06:41

      Awww, thanks a mullion my dear Rowena, you are so kind. Yes, I’m feeling good now. There was an error in my comment section but now I have fixed it. I hope we will keep in touch regularly. Love you <3

  9. October 2, 2018 / 09:19

    YOur outfit is beautiful! I love the bold colours and it looks so nice on you 🙂 We don’t have any traditional outfits like that here in Australia.

    Hope that you are having a good start to your week so far 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

  10. October 3, 2018 / 15:52

    The colors of your clothes are so beautiful and the pictures are wonderful.

    It’s Lizzie

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 5, 2018 / 05:18

      Thanks dear <3

  11. October 10, 2018 / 02:11

    This is such a gorgeous pairing! I love everything about it, especially the colors! You always look so beautiful! I hope you had a lovely weekend. <3

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  12. October 11, 2018 / 16:27

    Chamberofbeauty, The colors of your clothes are so beautiful and the pictures are wonderful.

    • rakhshanda
      Author
      October 15, 2018 / 16:27

      Thanks, I have visited your blog and try to comment it but there was an error there.

  13. October 23, 2018 / 03:27

    You know, I actually tend to like your regular outfits, but I seem to love a lot of your folk outfits like this one. You look amazing with this tunic, this skirt, and these sandals. Your beauty shines like the sun with your smile and hairstyle to compliment this outfit. If there was a “Greatest Hits” fashion lookbook, this has to be one of those Greatest Hits in my view.

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