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25 Types Of Kurtis And Styling Tips Every Woman Should Know

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25 Types Of Kurtis And Styling Tips Every Woman Should Know October 27, 2017

Give me a few kurtis and a couple of trousers or leggings, and I am sorted for a couple of months at least. It’s a go-to for most Indian women because they are comfortable, versatile, and elegant. Not just young and middle-aged women, it has become a staple for females of all age groups. And, suddenly, my mom is now competing with me and gloating around in her kurti collection. But, do we know all the different types of kurtis out there and how to style them? Or, the type that suits your body type the most? No? Don’t worry – you will know it all, shortly.

Different Types Of Kurti Designs

There’s one for everyone and every occasion. But remember, no matter how beautiful a kurta is, if it’s not styled the right way and with appropriate bottoms, it can fall flat. To avoid any kurta gaffes, let’s look at the different types of kurti designs pattern and also some styling tips.

1. Tail Cut Kurti

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Tail cut kurtis are very similar to asymmetrical kurtis, except they are a little longer at the back. They bump up your style instantly. This style is trending for the last few seasons.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Tall women, petite, hourglass, pear, and triangle shaped body types.
Avoid If – You are attending a formal event or have a round body type.
Occasion – Parties and special occasions.
Goes With – Leggings, Jeggings – anything full length.

[ Read: 20 Spectacular Salwar Kameez Designs ]

2. High-Low Kurti

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High-low kurtis are another variant that falls under the asymmetrical bucket. Except these do not have a definition, and have a straight hemline.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – All body types.
Avoid If – You are attending a formal event.
Occasion – For an informal set-up.
Goes With – Leggings – full, ankle length or printed; Jeggings, Treggings.

3. Flared Kurti

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Flared kurtis are chic and elegant. They swing both ways, so you could wear them for both a formal set-up or just as daily wear. The hemline opens up on both the sides, adding a little bounce to the outfit, and that’s what makes these attractive.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Tall women, pear, round and triangle shaped body types.
Avoid If – You are attending a formal event or have a round body type.
Occasion – Office, college, daily wear.
Goes With – Leggings, jeggings – anything full length.

4. Poncho Or Kaftan Style Kurti

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A comfortable and airy kurti design that camouflages the unflattering flab (if any). It might seem a little consuming for small body types, but is, nevertheless, a stylish choice.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Tall women, pear, round and triangle shaped body types.
Avoid If – You are attending a formal event or if you are petite.
Occasion – College, daily wear.
Goes With – Leggings – full length.

5. Front Slit Kurti

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Your regular printed kurtis now come with a little twist, and that little twist makes a lot of difference to your outfit. The front slits instead of the usual side slits, paired with palazzos, will set you apart from the crowd.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Tall women, pear, petite, hourglass, and triangle shaped body types.
Avoid If – You are attending a formal event or have a round body type.
Occasion – Office, daily wear, party wear.
Goes With – Palazzos.

6. Straight Cut Pintuck Kurti

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Pintuck detailing is an elegant design element that adds charm and sophistication to your outfit. Looks great with cotton, chanderi or handloom fabrics. There are a lot of variants with this detailing, so there’s one for everybody.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Tall women, petite, pear, hourglass, and triangle shaped body types.
Avoid If – You are attending parties – it might be too simple.
Occasion – Office, college, daily wear.
Goes With – Straight cut pants, palazzos or culottes.

[ Read: Guide To Wearing Palazzo Pants ]

7. Shirt Style Kurti

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Shirt style kurtis are everywhere because they are both stylish and comfortable. A perfect blend of traditional and contemporary, these are easy to carry off and style.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Any or all body types.
Avoid If – You are attending parties – it might be too simple.
Occasion – Office, college, daily wear.
Goes With – Jeans, leggings, jeggings or treggings.

8. Angrakha Kurti

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Angrakha is a style that is inspired by the musicians’ dresses way back in the day. A big chunk of the dress side sweeps on to the other side like a flap, which can be embellished and decked up with pom-poms, tassels or anything of your choice. If you are looking for an ethnic-chic look, here’s what you need.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Any or all body types.
Occasion – Daily wear, parties, depending on the fabric and embroidery.
Goes With – Leggings or even palazzos if you can pull it off.

9. Denim Kurti

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The thing with denim kurtis is that they can be worn with leggings, or like one piece dresses too.

Suits – Young women.
Body Type – Any or all body types.
Occasion – Daily use or in any informal set-up, considering it’s denim.
Goes With – Culottes, ankle length leggings, treggings, and jeggings.

10. Printed Kurti

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We don’t know where to begin for this one because it’s a never-ending list of beautiful prints. From baltic to block, kalamkari to digital prints, there are so many – and one that matches every occasion, body type, preference, and budget.

Suits – Women of all age groups.
Body Type – Any or all body types.
Occasion – You can wear printed kurtis practically anywhere. Pair them up with rich and embroidered dupattas to wear them to parties.
Avoid – Matching printed tops with printed bottoms, it looks busy and distasteful.
Goes With – Leggings (any length), dhoti pants, palazzos, jeans, jeggings – practically everything.

11. Tunic Style Kurti

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Tunic tops touch the sweet spot between traditional and contemporary. They just slide onto your body easily and sit effortlessly, giving your body a beautiful outline.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Petite, tall, hourglass, pear-shaped, round, and inverted triangle body types.
Occasion – Daily use – office, college or kitty parties.
Avoid – Wearing short tunics with full length leggings.
Goes With – Culottes, chinos, half or ankle length leggings, treggings, and jeggings.

[Read: How To Wear A Leggings ]

12. Flared Short Kurti

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Flared up kurtis usually open near your breast line and billow down into a beautiful pirouette at the end of the hemline. They come in varied lengths and fabrics. A design that will help you camouflage your midriff region in a way that no one ever finds out that you have a paunch.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Petite, tall, hourglass, pear-shaped, and inverted triangle body types.
Occasion – Daily use – office, college or kitty parties.
Avoid – Wearing them with full length leggings. It can look pretty sloppy.
Goes With – Denims, chinos, half or ankle length leggings, treggings, and jeggings.

13. Overlay Style Design

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Overlays are multilayered – usually an embroidered or embellished layer that covers the inner transparent material. Since most of them come in flowing fabrics like chiffon and georgette, they are form fitting and flattering.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Petite, tall, hourglass, and inverted triangle body types.
Occasion – Parties, special occasions.
Avoid – If you have a pear-shaped body type, wear something that is relatively loose near the tummy area.
Goes With – Culottes, linen pants, half or ankle length leggings.

14. Anarkali Kurti

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Anarkalis have practically taken over the ethnic clothesline, and they are just everywhere. Plus with the kind of designs available out there, it’s better than ever. The best part with the Anarkali is that you can either dress up or down depending on the fabric and embroidery.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Any body type.
Occasion – Daily use – office, college or kitty parties.
Goes With – Leggings – ankle or full length.

15. Long Straight Cut Kurti

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All of us own these, and all of us love these. Long, straight cut kurtis suit any occasion and personality, and they also instantly make you look stylish.

Suits – Women of all age groups.
Body Type – Tall, hourglass, pear-shaped, round and inverted triangle body type.
Occasion – Office, college, parties (depending on the fabric and embroidery)
Goes With – Palazzos, leggings – full or ankle length.

16. Dhoti Style Kurti

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Dhoti style kurtis are a mix or high-low and asymmetrical with a cowl cut design at the hemline. These are in vogue right now and will set you apart in parties.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Petite, tall, hourglass, and inverted triangle body types.
Occasion – Parties.
Avoid – If you have a round or pear-shaped body type.
Goes With – Dhoti pants, leggings.

17. Indo-Western Style Kurti

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Indo-western style kurtis are a staple in every girl’s wardrobe, and are a must-have. They are comfortable, stylish, and easy to maintain. You just need a few of these and a couple of pairs of trousers – and you are sorted.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Any or all body types.
Occasion – Office, college, and daily wear.
Goes With – Linen pants, culottes, jeans, leggings, jeggings, and treggings.

18. Jacket Style Kurti

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A jacketed kurti adds an interesting definition to your outfit and amps up your style instantly. It can actually pass off as a dress as well.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Tall, pear, inverted triangle, and round body types.
Occasion – Office and party wear.
Goes With – Leggings and palazzos.

19. Floor Length Kurti

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A level above the Anarkali style, the floor length kurtis are an excellent choice for parties. If you have a petite body, go for sleeveless and a straight cut; it can otherwise look too consuming.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Tall, pear, inverted triangle, and round body types.
Occasion – Party wear, special occasions.
Avoid – If you have a petite body type.
Goes With – Leggings and palazzos.

[ Read: How To Dress According To Your Body Type ]

20. Princess Cut Kurti

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Princess cut dresses, blouses, and now, kurtis. This cut creates an illusion and makes you look thinner than you are. And, that’s why this is one of my favorite kurti designs.

Suits – Women of all age groups.
Body Type – Any or all body types.
Occasion – Office, college, and daily wear.
Goes With – Leggings, linen pants, and palazzos.

21. Asymmetrical Kurti

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Asymmetrical designs are everywhere – they are fancy, smart, and sophisticated. These usually come without side slits and add to the aesthetics of the outfit. Not just that, but your body silhouette too.

Suits – Young to medium-aged women.
Body Type – Any or all body types.
Occasion – Usually meant for office parties or office wear.
Goes With – Leggings – full length.

22. Double Layered Kurti

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Double layered kurtis are like your regular straight cut or long kurtis, except the hemline has an additional layer. It adds an interesting definition to the aesthetics of the dress.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Any or all body types.
Occasion – Party wear or office, depending on the fabric and work on the kurti.
Goes With – Leggings.

23. Reversible Kurti

 

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Two for the price of one – yes that’s what you get. Talk about value for money, people!

Suits – Women of all age groups.
Body Type – Any or all body types.
Occasion – Office, college, and daily wear.
Goes With – Leggings – ankle size, knee or full length, linen pants, jeans, and palazzos.

24. Side Slit Kurti

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Kurtis with a side slit are so in right now. Especially the floor length ones, with a thigh-high slit, take your style quotient to the next level. All you need are a pair of leggings or palazzos, minimalist makeup, and a messy bun.

Suits – Women of all age groups.
Body Type – Any body type.
Occasion – Parties or special occasions.
Goes With – Leggings, linen pants, and palazzos.

25. Tiered Kurti

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Tiered kurtis usually are slit-free and come in a combination of colors. Imagine a multi-tiered cake, that’s how these look. But, remember that they can seem dated if the right fabrics are not used or if the finish is sloppy.

Suits – Young to middle-aged women.
Body Type – Tall women, pear-shaped, and inverted triangle body types.
Occasion – Office, college, and daily wear.
Goes With – Leggings.

Wow, this opened up a whole new dimension for us, hasn’t it? I’m sure all of us would have tried most of these, but what are your other favorites? Which ones do you swear by? And, what are the types that you cannot wait to try? Tell us all about it by dropping a message in the comments section below.

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