The charm of the Indian Kurta

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“Kurta” is basically understood in Asia as a long knee-length tunic minus the collar (in fabrics like cotton, silk, khadi) worn with a pyjama which could be volumnious, fitted or churidaar or sculpted with pleats (patiala). It’s a treat to see well-built Indian men donning a kurta pyajama look with an effortless elan on occasions like Eid. Some opt for the white or black embroidered version while others take the Pathani suit route which is layered with a waistcoat or a Nehru jacket.

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The Indian male physique complements this comfy-yet-chic wardrobe wonder beautifully. It’s formal and also has a casual vibe around it. Functionality meets high fashion in this timeless closet staple and designers like Wendell Rodricks and Rajesh Pratap have reinvented it with a new twist seasons after seasons over the years.

A black kurta pyjama or an aubergine-toned pathan suit is a chic look for an ethnic night out or an intimate dinner. Also, a white kurta embroidered with Lucknowi chikankari work is a great summer look for day. Many like to pair the latter with a pair of well-fitted carbon blue denims and kolhapuri flats or Punjabi jutis.

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If you have a tall physique and broad shoulders, then the kurta look works brilliantly to accentuate your stats. A great fusion combo would be to wear a traditional kurta with a western jacket or a formal blazer. The well-cut blazer offsets the fluidity of the kurta ensemble. 

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Jewel-toned, degrade, printed and mono-toned – kurta’s myriad versions every season makes it a great festive pick. All you need is an elegant timepiece, a tan pair of Monk Strap shoes or wine-toned brogues to complete the look.

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