5 Unique Ways to Style a Basic Kurta - LetsDressUp!

If you were to choose one outfit that you can wear at any time of the day, what would it be?


For us, it’s a Kurta. The heart and soul of Indian wear, the Kurta is the most versatile piece of clothing, ever. From a variety of fabrics, prints and contemporary designs to choose from, the Kurta can be styled in so many ways to suit different moods and occasions.


From casual office wear to an evening with friends, if you are wondering how to look stylish in a Kurti, here are some fun options to experiment with!



Ditch the bottoms! Kurtis make for great summer dresses. You can choose any kind from georgettes, cotton, and calf-length or above knee-length, A-lines – the choice is yours. Add a waist belt to add more style and heels or boots.


Hack- If you only have Kurtis with side slits, wear them over a thin bodycon dress or a body-hugging skirt which matches the length of your Kurti. Not only will this cover up the slits, but it’ll also add oomph to your Kurti! An excellent choice for parties, this breezy style will keep you looking stylish and airy through the day.

Alia Bhatt in a beautiful Kurta Dress

A-lines, Asymmetrical, and Straight Kurtis make for good choices as a dress.



One of the classiest choices is to pair your traditional Kurti with contrasting bottoms. They could vary from simple culottes to sassy silhouettes. Beautiful bold colours go beautifully with this orthodox Kurtis.


Try pairing it up with the perfect flared and long skirts for perfect evening attire. Skirts give your Kurti a different level of base and add the gorgeous flare to it. The combination is adventurous as you can pair them with any type of Kurtis you feel like. Combination of silk kurta with skirt is also making quite a fashion statement.

Kangana Ranaut posing in a Kurti with Skirt

To dress up for festivity, pair your flared skirts with Anarkali Kurti. They also go nicely with all your evening gatherings. If not a very festive occasion, short Kurta with a long skirt is a good option.



This one makes for a classic combination, that is great for office wear. If you don’t want to wear a typical Indian kurta to your office, try to infuse it with an indo-western touch by pairing your kurta-pyjama with a jacket.

An interesting layer of style, a jacket with light prints over a monotone kurta set adds just the right amount of flair. Morph office fashion with a breezy cotton kurta-pyjama with a jacket instead of the staple formals. Pair the outfit with tan loafers, a sling bag and sunglasses for a client meeting.

Deepika Padukone donning a Kurti with Jacket

Straight and A-line Kurtis look the best with jackets. 



These Indian originated pants, the Dhoti Pants, have come of age and numerous features are added to these pants like exotic prints, vibrant colours, innovative fabrics etc. to enhance the creativity.


With this great variety of colourful and casual looks of these pants, these can be worn anywhere irrespective of the occasion. Besides, these pants are light enough and therefore these allow the skin to combat heat and breath.

Parineeti Chopra in Kurti with Dhoti Pants

Pair a short Kurti with Dhoti pants for a trendy look. They’d make for a great Diwali outfit if you’re looking for style with comfort this Diwali. Short (above the knee) asymmetrical and straight Kurtis are good choices to pair with Dhoti pants.



Best and the coolest combination for college or casual wear. Whether you’re having a busy street day out, hanging out with some friends or heading to an evening party, all current fashion trends are calling for a clever mix of charm from both worlds, the old and new. 


Of all the Kurtis that you could pair with denims , the short kurtis for jeans are a crowd puller. There’s a wide range of short Kurtis you can choose from like keyhole style, puffy sleeves, Anarkali-style, peplum or jacket Kurtis in prints and patterns.

Asin styling a Kurta with Ripped Jeans!

Asymmetrical and A-line are great options to go with jeans.


The Bottom Line

Kurtis are the best outfit to experiment and play around with! Choose the styles that help you #BeMoreOfYou.

If you have any interesting ideas to style a Kurti, do drop them in a comment below. And if you found our ideas interesting, share them with a friend. 🙂

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