Making the right choice

Shweta JaiswalBut in spite of new rules, there are certain outfits that remain constant in a woman’s wardrobe. These include simple handloom kurtas which can be worn on many occasions. Available in a variety of styles, these are a favourite among women of all age groups. Metrolife speaks to designer Payal Pratap Singh about the latest trends in ‘kurtas’ and how to look different and striking in one, this season.

Payal says one should keep it simple this season. “Go for handlooms with subtle detailing work in vibrant Indian colours,” she says. Payal informs that the garment is for everyone. “This garment is for the Indian woman of today and while buying, one should go for designs that are not too ornate,” adds Payal. Speaking about the various trends in the garment, Payal informs that layering of the garment is catching up. These include handloom overcoats which can be worn over the kurtas. “You can go for a bit of fusion and wear the kurtas with lycra churidars for comfort. This makes the look easy and light,” she says.

Summers are all about bright and cheerful colours and Payal says one should go for Indian tones this season. “You can go for emerald, mustard and deep red,” she says. “Other must haves in the outfit are ecru, a dash of gold and of course, black,” she adds. Since the outfit is for the whole day, there are certain things one must keep in mind while buying. “Wearability and comfort are two important factors,” says Payal.

Fabrics play a huge part in the comfort factor too. “Breathable natural cottons are the best bet,” she says. “The other options that you can go for are silk georgettes, chiffons and chanderis. All of these are easy to wear and also sustainable,” she adds. “Since they are understated, the look can easily be worn for any occasion,” says Payal. The accessories are also important when it comes to dressing up. “Go for Indian jewellery with the outfit. But try to keep it light,” she says. “As far as footwear is concerned, simple flats and kolhapuris work the best,” she adds.

For casual outings

Shweta Jaiswal, a professional, says she loves wearing handloom kurtas. “I buy new ones every few months because they are available in so many new colours and prints,” she says. Shweta informs that she usually wears them for work and family get-togethers. “The long kurtas look traditional and not too conservative. And they can be worn even if you are a bit on the plumper side,” she says.
 Shweta says that she wears them with lycra tights for more casual outings. “For more formal events, I go for a silk or cotton churidar,” she says. “I pair it with silver or stone earings, bangles and colourful flats,” she adds.
 

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