What’s the big deal about kurtis? Approved by Bollywood—from Rani Mukherjee’s vibrant ensembles from Bunty Aur Babli to Deepika Padukone’s girl boss avatar in Piku—the kurti is an indispensable item in our wardrobes. And why not—they are utilitarian, comfortable, and chic. With designers and fashion labels experimenting with cuts, colours, and embellishments, they also boast a contemporary design aesthetic far-flung from the first drab short kurtis we wore with jeans to college. We picked our favourite kurtis to wear for a variety of professional events to see us through the week.
Having a busy week? Say hello to ensembles that will keep you feeling at ease all day. Not to mention that they score on looks too. Think subdued colours elevated with understated embroidery and prints. Sequins? Save those for another occasion.
Shop: Uptown Galeria White Phulkari Kurti; Uptown Galeria Green Block Print Kurti; Uptown Galeria Yellow Asymmetrical Printed Kurti; Uptown Galeria Pink Floral Print Kurti
Bold and Beautiful
It’s easy to imagine kurtis as drab, straight silhouettes. But the contemporary kurti will leave you surprised. Featuring singular details, from animal prints to edgy, short hemlines, asymmetrical cuts, these kurtis can double up as work or occasion wear.
Shop: House of Fett Printed Asymmetric Kurti; EthnicQueen Jacket Style Kurti; EthnicQueen Pink Asymmetric Kurti; EthnicQueen Black and White Snake Print Kurti
The new kurti also scores on versatility. Wear it as a dress or pair it with your go-to pair of jeans on Fridays or casual days. Worn in tandem with the right accessories, these chic outfits can serve multifarious style needs with equal élan.
Workplace parties can land the most sartorially sure in a dilemma. A basic outfit may not suit the occasion; too much and one might end up resembling a Christmas tree. We prefer striking a balance with understated sequins, statement embroidery and prints, and statement hues.
Shop: EthnicQueen Kurti With Lace Yoke; Anju Agarwal Black Embellished Tunic; EthnicQueen Embroidered Georgette Kurti; Anushree Agarwal Ivory Embellished Tunic
With the right accessories and a bit of thought in styling, these breezy kurtis will hit the right spots and also make sure you are at your relaxed best all day, even with a dozen meetings and deadlines to wrap up.