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.
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!
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.
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!
Kurti – Sangria
Skirt – From a local boutique
Heels – Amiclubwear
Bangles – Gold bangles from Tanishq