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How Designer Kurtis Entered Mainstream Indian Fashion

by Fashionlady


Originating from a Persian word Kurta, kurti finds its origin in Indian traditional outfits. Since it is one of the most commonly worn apparel by Indian women, this piece of Indian clothing has eventually entered into the mainstream Indian fashion. Because of the heavy competition in the market and high expectations by fashion-forward customers, kurta is constantly evolving to satisfy every individual taste.

Bollywood-inspired kurtis

Gone are the days when this piece of attire was confined to home makers and college going students or occasional outings to the neighborhood market complex. This comfortable version of salwar kameez was recently upgraded giving a heavy boost to its boost after Bollywood actresses wore it at large in their movies, especially Deepika Padukone’s kurti in Love Aaj Kal.


Indian fashion trends are hugely influenced by Bollywood or we may put it like this – Fashion in India is defined by what Bollywood actors & actresses wear in movies. If we analyze top 10 Bollywood movie outfits that became a trendsetter then we will find out that kurti churidar worn by Deepika has hugely inspired Indian fashion trends so much that the typical attire became an overnight hit. The teens and women in 20’s were seen ditching their tops for kurtis and jeans for churidars.

Not only this particular movie, but it has been made popular in other movies by Rani Mukherji in ‘Bunty Aur Babli’, Kareena in ‘Bodyguard’, Deepika Padukone in ‘Aarakshan’ and ‘Love Aaj Kal’ and Nargis Fakri in ‘Rockstar’.

Kurti – A versatile style statement

The churidar kurti pair has become a style statement lately giving it a new definition of beauty and grace. These Indian versions of tops are also versatile that they can be easily worn over anything from leggings, churidars, jeans, skirt, capri, trousers and salwar.


With both long and short lengths available, they can also be paired with boot cut denims, tights and even leather pants. This particular fashion element further enables with you an array of options such as ethnic jewelry, sandals and hand bags to create a fusion of traditional and contemporary look.


Earlier, the kurtis were considered as typical, simple and mediocre outfit worn by average women and girls across the nation. While it was mostly confined to the middle class, it got a major upliftment when celebrities started donning this apparel in movies and in public as well. Soon it got a nod from the Indian fashion trends, a multitude of styles were promptly created by the leading fashion houses and seasoned designers.

Another great thing about this traditional outfit is that just like sarees it looks great on every body type – from tall, petite, average built and slim to apple, pears, hourglass and triangle shaped bodies. All you need is to know a little trick in creating your own silhouette.


For instance, if you have a good height then you can pair short kurti with long flaired skirt just as Kareena Kapoor worn in Kurbaan. And if you fall under the petite group then you can either pair your knee length kurti with salwar or medium length kurti with capri to give an edge to your personality.

Kurti – Making its way to fancy events

Nonetheless, kurti soon found its place in the wardrobes of opulent ladies, who did not mind wearing it to their kitty parties and also social events where sophistication was dress code.




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