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Choosing the Right Kurti for Your Body Type

July 07, 2015

Every woman aspires to look classy, fabulous, and gorgeous. Looking glamorous is as much about sporting the latest fads as being clad in attires that become you. We are all obsessed with the ingenious conception of Indian kurtis that has carved a separate niche in our closets. When you put on a gorgeous Indian kurti that complements your figure and style, you would exude radiance, confidence and an aura of high airs.

Women are blessed with different body shapes and it is indispensable for a woman to be aware of her body type before purchasing a Kurti so that it accentuates her perfections and conceals her flaws. Whether you are apple, pear, or hourglass-shaped, or have a beautiful column figure, the right Kurti can balance your features. Here’s a break-down of various body types and a style guide of which vogue suits which:

1)    Pear Shaped Body Type

A pear shaped body is categorized by the hips being the widest portion of the body. The fashion goal for pear shaped women is to elongate their bodies to appear less heavy around the hips. The key is to accentuate your top half, while emphasizing your waist, to take the focus off the bottom for a balanced look.

Try to purchase Kurtis with collars to supplement the volume towards neck and upper portions, and also kurtis with varying necklines, such as V-neck, boat-neck or square. Detailed embellishments on your shoulders and yoke draw attention to your slender upper. Always wear A-line kurtis as they minimize the lower proportions. Opt for Anarkali Kurti with embroidered bodies and elongated hemlines and wear your Kurti with a Koti jacket for an additional oomph factor. Steer clear of hip hugging fabrics and vibrantly printed bottoms as they add dimensions to the bottom.

2)    Apple Shaped Body Type

If you carry more weight around the middle with slightly leaner hips, you have an apple shaped body. Broad shoulders, ribs and back make you wide but your best asset is your slim legs and tender curves. Tight fitted kurtis do not complement your shape. Choose flowy cuts of kurtis to camouflage the mid region, such as pleats and gathers. Georgette, Chiffon and crepe kurtis would work wonders to conceal your tummy flab. A-line kurtis with churidar work best for you and also flaunt the tone of the legs. Avoid Yoke styled or mandarin collar kurtis as they draw attention to your broad upper portion. Avoid baggy and Patiala shalwar for the bottom.

3)    Inverted Triangle Body Shape

If you have broad shoulders and an ample bust but lean hips, you have an inverted triangle shape. Your goal is to add volume to your lower half to fabricate a balanced look. Keep all the details, ruffles, embellishments and fuss to your bottoms and keep the upper half uncluttered. Choose simple V-neck kurtis and pair them with beautifully patterned bottoms to elongate the torso. Avoid wearing kurtis that make a bold statement, even the ones incorporating a boat neckline. 

4)    Hourglass Body Type

Hourglass is the most coveted body type with a balanced upper and lower body and a delicately defined waistline. If you have got it, flaunt it! Don’t hide it under layer of fabrics. The perfect Kurti silhouette can rightly parade your assets and turn heads your way. Say no to the baggy voluminous bulks of Anarkali as its all-encompassing fabric would drown out your shape. Wear belted kurtis to accentuate your waist. Avoid donning pattered knits as they make you look bigger around the bust and hips.

So, know your body type and choose the right kurti for yourself.





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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