If life came with a dress code, kurtis will always be our very first choice. We are obviously a country obsessed with kurtis and salwars - from block prints to mad colours and ones that come embellished with Swarovskis. But sadly, what we don’t know is how to make sure kurtis fit us right and look good on our bodies. Follow these 10 steps to get your kurti style right.
1. Always measure yourself well: The bad thing about us is the fact that we hardly know our size. In the Western world, everyone lives on sizes and fits. In India, we somehow ignore it and go with what we feel is right for the moment. So make sure you know your body, your size and your assets well. And always buy a size bigger (an inch loose, if you can) and wear fitted bottoms.
2. Don’t choose clingy material: Say no to fabrics like spandex, lycra and even tee shirt material. Anything that sticks to your body is a big no-no. Clingy material can unnecessarily make you look fat by sticking to your body and highlighting the wrong curves.
3. Say no to heavy fabrics and big embroideries: Materials such as starched cotton, chanderi or even those like khadican make anyone look bigger than they are. Big borders, gota work and heavy embroiderydoes the same. Stick to something simple, light and easy on the eye for maximum effect. Delicate embroideries, minimal Swarovski embellishments and thin borders work wonders. Georgettes and crepes along with cotton blends are the best choices. Simple mulmul or pure cotton can also work.
4. Hello, straight cuts: Anarkalis, A-line cuts and flare-cuts are popular but they they are not ones that flatter your figure (unless you have a pear shaped body). Choose straight cuts that instead keep you well-fitted, snug and chic. Plus, they give you the illusion of being taller. If your bust is a problem area, then make sure you don’t do high necks or bold embroideries there.
5. Sleeves and pet peeves: Full sleeves and 3/4th sleeves can add bulk to your look, so make it easier on your body with short sleeves that make you look younger. Five inches is a good and safe length to have.
6. Kurti rules: Kurtis are usually short so make sure your bottoms are as varied as can be. Go for dhoti pants, palazzos and patialas for maximum effect. Those who are on the shorter side can wear leggings too. Also, choose kurtis that have side slits, they can help make you look slim.
7. Buy good innerwear: A good kurti fits in well only if you invest in good
under wear. Make sure you have a good tee shirt bra and a good low-cut lace
bra to wear under every kurti to create a well-fitted look.