Be it the ‘Indian Summer’ or the rising temperature anywhere in the world, one thing that always makes the heat bearable are kurtas. They come in breathable and summer-friendly fabrics like cotton, khadi, chanderi, linen and kota doria, can be worn loose or fitted, are available in a variety of colours, prints and designs, and can be mix and matched with salwar, churidar and even trousers.
With the mercury skyrocketing, it is now time to adorn this wardrobe favourite!
9 types of kurtas to beat the heat this year!
Kurta with Jacket
Ideal for casual outing and even festivals (depending on the work done on them like zardozi, embroidery, etc.), these kurtas are usually knee-length and come with a jacket giving the body a structured look. However, they should be avoided as workwear and if you are petite or plump as the jacket will add volume to your body.
Pick one in georgette, crepe, cotton, rayon, satin, kota doria, or raw silk for summers. Kurta with a jacket in solid colours go well with a hand block printed churidar, and a printed one with pants, palazzo, or a skirt will add some jazz to your look. Quite versatile, these can be accessorized with collar neckpieces, earrings with a little length, or cocktail rings. Wear heels or flats alike to complete an elegant and refined look.
Ornamental pleats weaved in the fabric are known as pintucks. Kurtas with pintuck having intricate designs on the neckline or sleeves are a must-have in a summer wardrobe as the pintuck makes them slightly loose from the waist down, thus fit for summers.
You can wear a pintuck kurta with churidar, trousers, pants, or jeggings. Fit for every occasion, be it formal or casual depending on the print and the handwork done on it, accessorize one with small chandelier earrings or simple studs. Complete your look with a tote, clutch or sling bag, and flat sandals.
Perfect for you if you travel a lot, reversible kurta with a refined finishing can be worn inside out, giving you the option of carrying two looks with the same kurta. They are mostly available in knee or calf length, but you can also try one till hip length with a pair or palazzo, pants or a skirt. Indian footwear like a mojari will look great with a block printed reversible kurta in fabrics like cotton, kota doria, lizzy wizzy, rayon, silk, or georgette.
Accessorize these with any type of earrings and a bold neck piece for a bold look.
Double Layered Kurta
Even though summers call for the least amount of layers, a double layered kurta in cotton, viscose, mulmul cotton, terry voile, crepe or georgette and similar fabrics are a must-have. You can pick one that is detachable to carry two different looks with the same piece.
Pair one in the knee or calf length with pants, churidar, etc. and even a skirt if the kurta has a side slit. Heels or wedges look great with them.
Overlay kurtas in block prints are a must this summer season. Buy an overlay kurta in lightweight fabrics like cotton, mulmul cotton, viscose, modal, georgette or crepe, pair them with churidars, or straight pants for a formal yet elegant look.
You can accessorize it with a statement jewel piece that stands out or simply wear studs and a thin bracelet. Either way, an overlay kurta will make you stand out!
While straight hemlines never go out of fashion, a kurta with an asymmetrical hemline in bold colours can brighten up your look this season. It also gives an illusion of height, thus preferred by people with short height who want to avoid heels.
Pick one in knee or calf length and wear them with skinny jeans, churidar, pants, or tights. You can accessorize a kurta with an asymmetrical hemline with any length of earring or a statement jewellery piece to wrap up your look. They are a perfect fit for every occasion depending on the fabric you choose.
Kaftan Style Kurta
Was there anything better than a kaftan for women in summers? Loose fitting and fit for every body shape, pick one in flowing fabrics like crepe, georgette, chiffon, soft cotton or rayon. The ultimate choice for beachwear, thanks to the growing popularity, you can adorn a kaftan for a casual get-together with tights and sandals, parties with a bold piece of statement jewellery, and even as workwear with heels, straight pants and stud earrings.
Indo-Western Style Kurta
Chic and elegant, you can uplift your look for every occasion with an Indo-western style kurta. While it mostly looks like a kurta, innovative and western-wear inspired necklines and sleeves give them a different, off-beat look. This style of kurta also gives you the freedom to experiment with cuts.
A great fit for casual events and evening wear, you can pair one churidar, jeans, straight pants, dhoti style salwars, or tights. Accessorize an Indo-western style kurta with ear cuffs or a statement necklace for an elegant look, or even sneakers for an utterly casual look.
Invest in one made from cotton, rayon, viscose, silk, or georgette.
Add a bounce in your style with a flared kurta this summer season. Team it with casual sandals or sneakers for a toned down look, or jazz it up with a pair of heels and jewellery, it’s feminine look won’t go unnoticed. Choose one that is long and goes below the knee for the best outcome. You can also wear one as a dress and pair with simple Kolhapuris, bellies or mojaris. When buying a flared kurta, look for a fabric like cotton, rayon, georgette, etc.
Although a straight fit kurta or even an A-line never goes out of fashion, you can always experiment with the styles mentioned above for a changed and refreshing look. So what’s the wait for? Look for an online fashion store that offers a range of kurtas in different styles and also has salwars, pants and churidars for sale in light fabrics for a skin-friendly wardrobe fit for the summer season.