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A Guide to Perfecting Your Traditional Attire

Elegance is the only beauty that will never fade.
- Audrey Hepburn

This timeless quote by a person who was the personification of elegance stands true for global fashion even today. And we cannot help but tie it back to our cultural roots. 

Indian ethnic fashion culture is a rich tapestry of the most elegant clothing worldwide. A woman looks and feels her best when she is dressed in graceful Indian traditional clothing. Be it the classic saree or a salwar kameez, one can rarely miss the mark with something so graceful. Now there is always the option to do more, and by doing more, it means styling your clothing in a way that all eyes are on you. And how do you do that? Let's explore. 


Choosing the Right Style

To get the style on point, one needs to figure out what that style is supposed to be. In other words, comb through the multiple options available to you and choose the one outfit that you are sure to turn heads with. Whether it is a casual business meet-and-greet or a wedding scene. 

For example, in a more professional setting, you could wear a breezy and fitted salwar kameez with palazzo pants in fabrics like cotton or linen. These fabrics make for the best ethnic wear for women. If it is a more cultural event like a wedding or a festive occasion, you can always go for the elegance of a Jaipur suit. The sophistication and intricacies of designs on rich fabrics are a surefire way to stand out. You can also opt for block print suits, perfect for both semi-formal and casual events. Softer hues and simpler designs in the morning and contrasting colors with bolder designs in the evening are the way to go with them.

Fabrics on Fabrics

One of the simplest ways to elevate your look is by using dupattas. While dupattas are by far the most versatile piece of traditional Indian clothing, these fabrics play a crucial role in styling. A cotton dupatta is stiff and holds its shape, while a gorgette dupatta is softer and flows well. Drape a dupatta on one shoulder for a salwar kameez that has a bold design and contrasting colors to showcase a classic style. Or do the elbow drape from behind you for a more refined and regal look. Need more embellishments? Experiment with embroidered dupattas for a touch of flair. If you have chosen Jaipuri suits, an Anarkali, or even a lehenga for that matter, then go for vibrant prints and intricate detailing on dupattas. These will act like the perfect canvas for you to enhance the elegance of the overall look.


Say it with Statement Pieces

Statement jewelry pieces hold the power to transform any look into a mesmerizing ensemble. From bold neck pieces to bangles, there are a lot of options that can easily overwhelm you. So strategise accordingly.

Neck Pieces

When it comes to statement necklaces, one needs to be very cautious so as not to overdo it. If your outfit has intricate designs and vibrant colors, a statement necklace is exactly what you need for that added oomph. Opt for pieces with bold colors like sea green, blue, or mint if your kurta, salwar kameez, lehenga, or saree is white or ivory. If you have a heavily embroidered outfit with a deep neck, choose polki neckpieces. While all-over diamond pieces are always a guaranteed hit.


Statement earrings are a go-to for many people, and they come in a variety of styles, allowing you to wear them in casual and professional settings. The best kurta for women is one that has bold designs or is vibrant with a mix of multiple hues. And you can style them with a big and bold statement earring of your choice. Multicolor gems for your lehenga, Jadau chandeliers for your silk sarees, or oversized studs for your business settings. Statement earrings can do it all. Just remember to go big.

Bangles or Bracelets

Unlike necklaces and earrings, bangles and bracelets offer you the chance to showcase your style, as you can mix and match traditional with contemporary and make a statement with your wrists. The best way to do that is by creating a fusion with different bangles and bracelets. Glass bangles for kurtas and kameez, gold for lehengas and sarees, metal and gold bracelets with a statement watch for professional settings, and pearly bangles or bangles encrusted with colorful gems for a simple attire. Choose the right mix, and you have the perfect look.

Carrying It in Style

When talking about bags, the two options that go best with Indian traditional clothing are potlis and clutches. Choose potlis for more cultural events and festivals and clutches for semi-casual, casual, as well as professional events, and you are good to go.


Step in Style

There are many options of footwear you can choose from, they can go with suit sets, salwar kameez, kurtas, and block print suits and could include shoes like Kholapuris, wedges, and even sneakers when trying to bring a more out-of-the-box look. But the most crucial thing to consider when choosing the right pair of shoes for your outfit is the comfort level. But for a more strategic approach, when thinking about styling Indian traditional clothing, the first option that comes to mind is undoubtedly the Mojaris. Beautifully handcrafted shoes adorned with intricate embroidery, mirrorwork, and details, these shoes make the best shoes to make a fusion look when donning an Anarkali, lehenga, or saree. Next in line is something more refined and chic: the stilettos. An image of grace and sophistication, a stiletto is a woman's best friend when wearing sarees and lehengas. 

At Kahva, we bring you the best ethnic wear to choose from. Imbued with style and elegant culture, each of our pieces is meant to make you look and feel your best. 

Amp up your style with the best kurta for women from Kahva and style them with your personal spin to rack up the compliments as you go.