Just in time for the first wedding season of the year, we got all the inspiration you need to give your ethnic wardrobe, a contemporary update.
With a whole new breed of designers like Payal Khandwala, Jade, Raw Mango and Masaba having taken the onus of reviving the Indian wear space, the unconventional way, it’s time we ditch the classics and flaunt some indo-western charm.
For this season, we did love to place our bets on a pairing that seems to have observed much spotlight in the ethnic closets of our tinsel town fashionistas.
What appears to be a beautiful merger of grace and confidence, a long ethnic skirt worn with a shirt or a chic blouse did be our pick for the season.
With all the reigning trendsetters of B-town carrying the skirt and shirt fusion look, we are sure of this one to be the “it” outfit idea for the season ahead.
If you are still looking to validate our observing skills, then these celebrity spotting’s shall do the needful.
20 Times Celebrities Rocked The Ethnic Skirt
Posing for a magazine, Anushka exuded vintage elegance in an embroidered Sabyaschi skirt worn with a striped tee and layers of pearls. Styled by Sabyasachi himself, this one is our favourite.
For a birthday bash, Sonam Kapoor made a statement appearance wearing a fuschia brocade skirt with a turtle neck blouse, both from designer Payal Khandwala. We heart how easily Sonam translated an Indian look to appeal to a global audience.
Pairing a pure desi brocade skirt with a slit sleeve off shoulder white poncho from Payal Khandwala, Sonam Kapoor yet again proved that she is indeed the face of Indian fashion.
For one of her appearances on the Super Dancer floor, Shilpa Shetty donned a graceful and power packed ethnic look, wearing a gorgeous gold and red woven skirt with a golden shirt from Payal Khandwala. The lady accessorized her chic look with an Aquamarine neck piece.
M.S.Dhoni fame, Kiara Advani raised the bar wearing a pretty yellow skirt that boasted off a gorgeous floral embroidery, with a classic white shirt from J and V Couture. The lady elevated her fusion style wearing a layered beaded choker to add some extra Indianness to her look.
Malaika Arora Khan
Malaika Arora Khan played the definite ambassador to this trend by giving us back to back looks, with her varied interpretations.
Attending a wedding, end of last year, Malaika sported a look from Payal Khandwala’s A/W runway collection pairing a long golden skirt with a red blouse and a structured dupatta.
Adding some extra oomph to her festive look, Malaika Arora Khan upgraded her Payal Khandwala, golden woven skirt, and black blouse look with a chic coral neck piece from Apala.
Giving her pale blue Payal Khandwala skirt a contemporary update, with a flashdance off shoulder top from the label, Malaika gave us all new goals to wear an ethnic long skirt.
To take her skirt and shirt look to all new highs, Malaika opted to go for a yet another runway look from Payal Khandwala. A navy blue long skirt with golden temple weaving worn with a navy collared blouse got an instant update when layered with a green coat.
We are all hearts for this one, and we strongly recommend, you replicate the look for a winter wedding.
Stylist Pallavi gave her muse a regal and royal look, dressing her up in a beautiful skirt and shirt set from Raw Mango. We heart everything about this look, the color, the weave and the statement Sabyasachi clutch Samantha carried to complete this fantastic appearance.
You can blindly replicate this one.
Dia put up a stunning and graceful show at the Sanctuary Awards night, wearing a magenta Payal Khandwala brocade skirt with a handwoven silk navy blue shirt. A pair of golden earrings and a beautiful hair updo completed her look to perfection.
If you defy traditions then this look Mouni Roy carried, is for you.
A neutral skirt paired with a one-shoulder trail top from Ezra gave us all the motivation to dress up like a modern day princess. The Varun Raheja neck piece complimented the outfit well.
For her first ever Garba experience, Amy Jackson exuded elegance in Payal Khandwala’s limited edition brocade shirt and skirt set. The luscious emerald tone gave us all the envy. Amy completed her Navratri look with a chunky silver choker and a side braid that made for perfect finishers.
Mini Mathur looked fabulous and festive in Payal Khandwala hand woven brocade shirt and skirt set at the Eid celebrations. Mini wore it different from her peers, wearing her skirt with a short shirt with cap sleeves. This tucked out deviation looked impressive.
Daisy Shah wore the skirt and shirt look with a slight yet pretty deviation. The lady dressed up all gray in ann Esha Thirani ensemble wearing her embellished shirt tucked out. Carrying her top more like a short peplum coat, this one appealed to our fashion senses.
Stylist Shreeja Rajgopal elevated Rasika Duggal’s casual style files the desi way dressing her up in Payal Khandwala separates for the launch of short film, Chutney.
Now this look could be your excuse to ditch your distressed denim for exuding an Indian appeal.
Aditi Rao Hydari
At the Lexus Event last year, Aditi Rao Hydari looked an absolute royalty wearing Payal Khandwala separates. Stylist Sanam Ratansi styled the monotone look to perfection with a pair of golden jhumkas from Amrapali. Bold and beautiful this one definitely scored well.
So, in case you have done a skirt and shirt before, we suggest you wear the trend again, this time the monotone way.
In a complete desi mood, Swara dressed up traditional wearing a long embroidered skirt with a short polka dotted top, reminding us of the desi chaniya choli. In an outfit from the label Nautanky, Swara posed well for the shutterbugs. Styling credits to Rupa.
For an event in Delhi, the last year, stylist Sanam Ratansi styled up the dusky beauty, Chitrangada Singh in an elaborate pink skirt and ruffled navy shirt from Amoh by Jade. The subdued outfit balanced out the heavy Amrapali necklace to perfection.
If you too wish to go big on flaunting your jewelry then this one is for you.
Pooja Hegde swept us with her unconventional shirt and top spotting for a magazine shoot. Pairing a traditional heavy embroidered skirt from Anita Dongre with a wrapped off shoulder top from Payal Khandwala, stylist Shweta got all our attention. The red neckpiece and earrings from Just Jewellery India completed the look to perfection.
So be it with a simple collared shirt or a more voguish variant, wearing the ethnic skirt is almost a mandate this season.
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