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Winter Layering: Go Indian (part 1)

January 25, 2011

Winter layering for Indian women is tricky, if not tough. The kurta-churidar/salwar-dupatta, the uniform of millions of women across the country has a very specific silhouette, cut and length. And unfortunately, most “western” wear is not appropriate to layer with them.

All of us have seen women wearing a buttoned sweater over a kurta, and we must admit can look kinda dowdy, and well… funny.

Here are a  couple of easy tips to get you started:

  • The trick is to play with length correctly. Most kurtas are close to knee-length so go for a jumper, sweater or cardigan that stops a few inches short of the kurta’s hemline.
  • Seek and you will find several ‘longer’ knitwear options to go with your kurtas.
  • For kalidar or A-line kurtas, wear a cropped sweater or jacket that ends just where the kurta begins to widen.

(Cropped cover-up from United Colors of Benetton).

Cropped knit jacket

Ditch the dupatta and drape a long stole or scarf in a fun way.

(Scarf from S. Oliver)

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Speaking Chic Tip: Here’s a video we like that explains the various ways you can tie a scarf:

Coming soon: Part 2

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 31, 2011 10:49 am

    Hey! Thks so much for doing this post! 😀

    I recently got a knee lenght cardigan from punjab in black to wear with indian wear 😀

    • January 31, 2011 11:45 am

      @Tanveer– You’re most welcome! I enjoyed working on this post. 🙂

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