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Kurtis on the Fashion Radar

May 27, 2015

Batool Zia

By Batool Zia

Batool is the owner and founder of EasternThings.com, which carries eastern clothing for men and women, decorative and religious items as well as books.

 

 

Gone are the days when Indian kurtis were considered a garb suited only for average women, worn on the most undemanding of days. This comfort oriented shorter rendition of Indian “Qameez” has quintessentially made a comeback to the wardrobes of opulent ladies.

A major hike to the popularity of kurtis was given by Bollywood divas by sporting them in major block blusters such as Deepika Padukone in “love aj kal” and “Arakshan” and Kareena Kapoor in “jab we met” and “Bodyguard.”

For the Love of Kurti!

These vivacious outfits won our hearts all over again and received a much delayed appraisal in an overnight hit. Jumping on the bandwagon, teens and Women all over India shed their tops and jeans for kurtis and churidaar in the height of fashion spree.

Kurtis incorporate our idea of versatility while accommodating fusions, cuts, aesthetics, colors and styles. Made to complement every body shape, the kurti fad has rapidly become the “IT” of the female world.

Having received a nod from fashion inspirations, seasoned ace designers are shifting their focus to styling multitude variants of these hip apparels and have thrown a whole new light on this vogue. Let’s take a look at some kurti styles that are a favorite amongst Indian fashion stream:

1.     Flower Power

Contemporary floral printed kurtis in bright vibrant colors give a perfect funk for an “up town” look. Inspired by blooming flowers and beguiling charm of colors, designers are seen defying conventional wisdom. Paired with a simple “churidaar” or monotone tights with minimal accessories, is enough to set you off.

At par with her bubbly aura, Deepika padukone has gone full floral in her movie “Love aj kal” and so did Nargis Fakhri in “Rock star” in which she elegantly used scarf knots to set off her kurtis. We adored them both. Here’s our pick of kurtis that best replicate their style: 

2.     Cotton Affairs

As any movie fanatic must have noticed, Deepika Padukone has donned a lot of white in the movie “Arakshan.” As summer in on the horizon, lightweight, and breathable white is the sure fire way to beat the heat while looking chic and trendy.

Turn your whites in to a chic affair by pairing them up with our orange floral printed scarf,  red paisley scarf  or blue printed scarf. In addition, Konkona Sen Sharma is spotted clad in a myriad simple cotton kurtis in the movie “wake up Sid”. Here’s what you can purchase to copy the actress’s elegant flair:

3.     Sequined fancies

As Kareena proved in “Gori tere pyar me,” kurtis can be worn anywhere, from college, to a corporate affair to a big event. These elite additions to wardrobe save last minute dressing hassles.

Done up in chiffons, silks and georgettes and embellished in ornate embroideries, kantha work, bead work, metallic adornments or fancy laces, these kurtis exude affluence. The famous “bunty aur bubbly” kurtis done by the designer Aki Narula are still the talk of the town. Here are our prized kurtis; we recommend you stock up on to stand out at events:





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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 34.5
XS 2 34 28 36.5
S 6 36 30 38.5
M 10 38 32 40.5
L 14 41 35 43.5
XL 18 44.5 38.5 47
1X 20W 46.5 41.5 49
2X 22W 48.5 43.5 51
3X 26W 52.5 48 55

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 - 29.5 32 - 33.5 29¾ - 31

Bridal

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

General Size Bust Waist Hips Arms
2 32 23.5 35.5 13
4 33 24.5 36.5 13.25
6 34 25.5 37.5 13.5
8 35 26.5 38.5 13.75
10 36.5 28 40 14
12 38 30 41.5 14.5
14 39.5 31.5 43 14.75
16 41 33 44.5 15.25
18 42.5 34.5 46 15.75
20 44.5 35.5 47.5 16.5
22 46.5 36.5 49.5 17.5
24 48.5 38.5 51.5 18
26 50.5 40.5 53.5 18.5
28 53.5 43.5 56.5 19.5
30 56.5 46.5 59.5 20.5
32 59.5 49.5 62.5 21.5

Women's Pants

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

General Size Waist Hip Inseam
0 24 34.5 31
2 25 35.5 31
4 26 36.5 31
6 27 37.5 31
8 28 38.5 31.5
10 29 39.5 31.5
12 30.5 41 31.5
14 32 42.5 31.5
16 33.5 44 31.5
18 35 45.5 31.5
Plus Sizes
12W 33 42 31.5
14W 35 44 31.5
16W 37 46 31.5
18W 39 48 31.5
20W 41 50 31.5
22W 43 52 31.5
24W 45 54 31.5
26W 47 56 31.5
28W 49 58 31.5
30W 51 60 31.5
32W 53 62 31.5
Petite
2P 23.5 34 29
4P 24.6 35 29
6P 25.5 36 29
8P 26.5 37 29.5
10P 27.5 38 29.5
12P 29 39.5 29.5
14P 30.5 41 29.5