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Kurtis in the West

May 26, 2015

The sought-after versatile garment of the east has carved its niche in the west as well. The Indian culture has manifested its influence in the west and has alleviated the need for Indians to eschew their culture in order to blend in. The vibrant hues, flowing breathable fabrics keeping the scorching sun at bay and gorgeously enticing embellishments have caught the eye of the West.

Being an ultimate comfort ensemble, Indian kurtis complement every body shape, which explains their growing fame in the West. The uncanny appeal for Indian kurtis stems from their flexible styling options, trends and countless alternatives to choose from. Here is a closer look at kurtis in the west.

Popular examples of Kurtis in the United States

In the United States, it’s kurtis galore! Eastern wear is growing in terms of relevance and popularity. We have seen the hottest western babes emulating the sumptuous looks from their sisters on the other side of the pacific.

Michael Phelps’s mother was spotted in an Indian kurti as she stood on the sidelines watching her son compete in the Olympics. Oprah Winfrey is often publicly seen clad in an Indian tunic as homage to the country and featured on the cover of the Oprah magazine in a turquoise tunic.

 Meryl Streep comfortably carries Indian kurtis in myriad of movies as well. In fact, actresses like Penelope Cruz and Kiera Knightly have publicly spoken about incorporating Indian styles in their attires. In addition to Hollywood divas, mothers are comfortably seen in the US, clad in a kurti, as they shop for grocery, pick up their children from school, or even while going to work.

Why the Kurti Fad is Gaining Momentum

The classy loose fitting garb offers a great deal of legroom while appearing dressy and chic. When incorporated with a modern flair, traditional Indian fabrics provide a good flair for everyone in the U.S.

With the flexibility of pairing them up with jeans or leggings, dressing up becomes less of a hassle. Long, short, printed, embroidered, traditional, or designer decked out with beads, sequins or motifs provide both a laid-back and formal ensemble. The vibrancy of Indian ethnic colors, uncommon with western garb, is another driving factor for its momentum.

Western tunics with skinny pants are a take on Indian kurtis and churidaar. Festooned with embellishments, formal kurtis can be comfortably worn at a gathering or event. When paired with ethnic jewelry, another favorite in the U.S, it is reminiscent of an extravagant era, long gone.

Silk or chiffon sheer or shimmering fabric gives an air of lavishness and adds to the elegance of the wearer. Draped over with a complimentary ornately embroidered pashmina shawl for winters, or a neutral scarf tied around the neck in a knot, revamps even the dullest of occasions.

With the urge to stand out, festering young woman all over the world want to wear kurtis. Now, with so many driving forces, they are becoming very popular in the west. Indian kurtis and Indian tunics are now all the rage! Be it the cool white cotton kurtis to combat the debilitating heat or a formal tunic for an important occasion, kurtis are soon to become “clothes for everyone”!





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Size chart

Women's Apparel - Tops, Tunics, Blouses and Kurtis

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

General Size US Size Bust Waist Hips
XXS 00 32 26 34½
XS 2 34 28 36½
S 6 36 30 38½
M 10 38 32 40½
L 14 41 35 43½
XL 18 44½ 38½ 47
1X 16W 46½ 41½ 49
2X 20W 48½ 43½ 51
3X 24W 52½ 48 55
Petite
Petite-XXS 0P 31½ 25½ 34
Petite-XS 2P 33½ 27½ 36
Petite-S 6P 35½ 29½ 38
Petite-M 10P 37½ 31½ 40
Petite-L 14P 40½ 34½ 43
Petite-XL 18P 44 38 46½
Petite-1X 16WP 46 41 48½
Petite-2X 20WP 48 43 50½
Petite-3X 24WP 52 47½ 54½

Men's Apparel - Kurta Pajama, Kazeem Shalwar

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

General Size Neck Sleeve Chest Waist
XS 13-13½ 32 32-34 28-30
S 14-14½ 32½ 34-36 30-32
M 15-15½ 34 38-40 34-36
L 16-16½ 35 42-44 38-40
XL 17-17½ 35½ 46-48 42-44
Big 5'8-5'11
XXL 18-18½ 36 50-52 46-48
3XL 19-19½ 36-36½ 54-56 49-53
4XL 20-20½ 36½-37 58-60 54-57
5XL 21-21½ 36½-37 62-64 58-61
Tall 6'1 - 6'3
LT 16-16½ 35½-36 42-44 36-39
XLT 17-17½ 36-36½ 46-48 40-44
2XLT 18-18½ 36½-37½ 50-52 45-48
3XLT 19-19½ 37½-38 54-56 49-53
4XLT 19-19½ 38-38½ 58-60 54-57

Girl's Apparel - Kurta Pajama, Kazeem Shalwar

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

Age Size Height Weight Chest Waist Hip Inseam
3 - 4 4 XS 38 - 41 35 - 39 lbs 21 - 22 21½ - 22 22 - 23 15½ - 17½
4 - 5 5 S 41 - 44 39 - 45 lbs 22 - 23 22 - 22½ 23 - 24 17½ - 18¾
5 - 6 6 S 44 - 46½ 45 - 50 lbs 23 - 24 22½ - 23 24 - 25 18¾ - 20¼
6 - 7 7 M 46½ - 49½ 50 - 58 lbs 24 - 25½ 23 - 23½ 25 - 26½ 20¼ - 23¼
7 - 8 8 M 49½ - 52 58 - 68 lbs 25½ - 26½ 23½ - 24½ 26½ - 27¾ 23½ - 24¼
8 - 9 10 L 52 - 55½ 68 - 87 lbs 26½ - 27½ 24½ - 25½ 27¾ - 29 24¼ - 25½
9 - 10 12 L 55½ - 58½ 87 - 100 lbs 27½ - 28½ 25½ - 26½ 29 - 30½ 25½ - 27¼
10 - 11 14 XL 58½ - 61½ 100 - 110 lbs 28½ - 30½ 26½ - 28 30½ - 32 27¼ - 29¾
11 - 12 16 XXL 61½ - 64 110 - 120 lbs 30½ - 32 28 - 29½ 32 - 33½ 29¾ - 31

Bridal

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

General Size Bust Waist Hips Arms
2 32 23½ 35½ 13
4 33 24½ 36½ 13.25
6 34 25½ 37½ 13½
8 35 26½ 38½ 13.75
10 36½ 28 40 14
12 38 30 41½ 14½
14 39½ 31½ 43 14.75
16 41 33 44½ 15.25
18 42½ 34½ 46 15.75
20 44½ 35½ 47½ 16½
22 46½ 36½ 49½ 17½
24 48½ 38½ 51½ 18
26 50½ 40½ 53½ 18½
28 53½ 43½ 56½ 19½
30 56½ 46½ 59½ 20½
32 59½ 49½ 62½ 21½

Women's Pants

Following are body measurements. Apparel is stitched to fit the appropriate body size.

General Size Waist Hip Inseam
0 24 34½ 31
2 25 35½ 31
4 26 36½ 31
6 27 37½ 31
8 28 38½ 31½
10 29 39½ 31½
12 30½ 41 31½
14 32 42½ 31½
16 33½ 44 31½
18 35 45½ 31½
Plus Sizes
12W 33 42 31½
14W 35 44 31½
16W 37 46 31½
18W 39 48 31½
20W 41 50 31½
22W 43 52 31½
24W 45 54 31½
26W 47 56 31½
28W 49 58 31½
30W 51 60 31½
32W 53 62 31½
Petite
2P 23½ 34 29
4P 24.6 35 29
6P 25½ 36 29
8P 26½ 37 29½
10P 27½ 38 29½
12P 29 39½ 29½
14P 30½ 41 29½