Think “party” and a spunky, western outfit instantly pops up before the mind’s eye. And think ethnic wear for women and images of boisterous family gatherings and festivals immediately float up. Well, despite the indescribable charms of ethnic wear, it has mostly remained confined to the section of the wardrobe meant for weddings and festivals, never quite achieving a real association with the “party scene”. However, the sartorial ideas you are about to read are sure to inspire you to dabble in ethnic wear’s woefully untapped versatility and rethink its role in your wardrobe!
So, here are four carefully curated party-wear looks to create with ethnic outfits:
LOOK #1 Elegance Unlimited
Why should only pantsuits and blazers define elegance? Conjure up a uniquely elegant look with an emerald green bamboo silk kurta adorned with Kashmiri gold tilla embroidery and a pair of solid black or gold cigarette pants. Ditch the dupatta for a black scarf wound around a low hair bun. Accessorize with oversized cluster earrings and top up the look with black peep-toe heels and a zari-embossed clutch purse.
LOOK #2 Funky Fusion
There’s more to the Indo-western look than just kurta and jeans! Go for a white satin full-sleeved Victorian shirt featuring scalloped-edged lace collars and pearl buttons, teaming it up with vivid magenta pink or purple Banarasi brocade palazzo pants. Tuck the shirt in to highlight your curves and finish your look with a rose gold bib necklace, embroidered potli bag, and gold kolhapuri tasseled sandals.
LOOK #3 Beautifully Boho-Chic
Put an ethnic spin on the boho-chic look with a navy blue paisley-printed maxi dress and an ethnic cotton-velvet full-sleeved jacket in maroon or yellow featuring subtle paisley embroidery. Since this look borders on the semi-formal, throw in a few elements of bling such as chandelier earrings and an ornate box purse. The fashionably fearless ones could sport a jeweled headband. Seal the look with pumps in a shade that complements the dress or jacket.
LOOK #4 Classic Desi
This is much more interesting than the all-too-familiar ethnic festive look! Go for a solid onion pink or pale red sari – wear it dhoti-style, pre-stitched or hand-draped – in net fabric and pair it with a floral, multi-coloured blouse. If you are feeling more intrepid, go for an all-over sequined blouse. You could use a metallic waistband to cinch up your waist. Spruce up the look with a choker necklace and understated drop earrings. Add the finishing touch with ankle-strap high-heeled shoes and a stone-encrusted envelope clutch.
Convinced of the enormous sartorial potential of ethnic wear for women? We bet you are! While these were just four fashion ideas, there’s many more you could create with a bit of innovation and out-of-the-box thinking. Though particular trends in ethnic wear may come and go (fashion is a fleeting phenomenon, remember?), style is highly personal and an idea or look you come up with may well be the finest one that could go on to inspire a multitude of fashionistas!