When Contemporary Blends With Tradition, Fashion Gets Chic


The Bollywood glitterati and leading fashion bloggers are now the ultimate fashion influencers, more so when one is looking for a perfect Indian attire.

No matter how proficient you are with search, you are most likely to land on pictures of the customary lehengas, sarees, anarkalis and kurtas for Indian wear.

Yet, with a bit of tweaking, these traditional outfits can be transformed into a very customised and stylised ensemble, just the way these stunning ladies have innovated with the best of both worlds.

Lehenga with Shirt

Amruta Khanvilkar - Shirt and Lehenga
Actress Amruta Khanvilkar

When it is wedding attire time, the Lehenga is often the first choice but making it stand out from the crowd is still a challenge. Well, try topping your bright and embellished lehenga with a plain top, or simply a white silk or cotton shirt.

Team that with some chunky silver jewellery or a delicate piece of temple or traditional jewellery from your mom’s collection and you are ready to make heads turn at a sangeet or mehendi celebration.


Saree With A Contemporary Blouse

Image Courtesy: Instagram, Sonam Kapoor

A saree is an Indie girl’s most treasured piece of clothing that rests in her closet in anticipation for the right occasion. However for some, the wait isn’t too long since they get innovative with it and adapt it to simpler occasions.. Give a modern twist to your mother’s saree by teaming it up with spaghetti, tube or tank tops.

The latest fashion trend is to top it up with a short jacket or blazers in the winters. Cape style blouses are a thing of the past, replaced with T-shirts, shirts or even a peplum top.


Pre-draped Saree For A Win-Win

Image Courtesy -Instagram @ Swara Bhaskar

Despite our undying love for the five yards of elegance, draping a saree is quite a task. Thankfully, the fashion Gods have resolved these concerns. Pre-draped sarees or dhoti sarees are easy to wear and it is just like wearing a pair of trousers.

You can then adjust the ‘pallu’ as per your liking, put on your best lip colour, jewellery and high heels and rock the event. And yes, with no worry of a fashion faux pas.



Belted Saree
Image Courtesy: Instagram, Shilpa Shetty Kundra

Belts are a great accessory to amplify any outfit and it can do wonders for your Indian clothes too. It hugs the waist and give the body the desired shape. You can easily repeat your sarees, lehengas, or even kurta with it looking different, each time. To make your outfit pop with your belt, use this knock off Gucci belt for a classy look on a budget.

Just wear a chunky belt, probably made with fabric or just add a pop of colour by choosing a contrasting belt and flaunt your all new style. Faux leather sarees worn with belts are the latest addition to the saree world.

Gharara Or Palazzo Pant Saree

Red Sharara Drape
Katrina Kaif in Manish Malhotra red sharara drape

Gharara Or Palazzo Pant Saree? Your Call!

The Mughals had them too.. The traditional Lucknowi outfit- Gharara or Sharara have made a comeback but this time, with a modern twist.

Tinsel town has been combining this traditional piece of attire with modern crop tops, sheer or peplum blouses, matching belts and a skilfully draped dupatta to disguise it as a saree. The broad opening at the lower end makes it a comfortable choice for all the wedding rituals.


Traditional Kurta with Boots

Image Courtesy -Instagram @thatbohogirl

Kurtas and jeans are the new bffs in town. Now, what if you team a traditionally embroidered kurta, or a colourful Gujarat inspired one with a ripped boy friend jeans? They become the ultimate fashion fusion outfit.

Kurta, a dupatta and a basic sneaker can be found in every girl’s closet, but can we team them together you ask? Yes indeed. Add a plain dupatta along with a kurta and sport a pair of coloured sneakers or boots and we guarantee you an ample amount of attention.



Loveleen Kaur

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