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The kurta is more than just an everyday basic

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Kurtas have been part of the Indian sartorial vocabulary for generations. It has undergone several reinventions over the years, some timeless and some trendy. Experimental new versions have elevated the humble silhouette beyond just an everyday basic, making it apt for dressy festive occasions too. Moreover, with the low-key celebration mandate of this year, you have all the more reasons to slip into these fuss-free statement-makers. An all-rounder, we highlight the merits of this versatile wardrobe hero.


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Can a kurta set be glamorous? Yes, indeed. While Payal Singhal gives this Indian staple a global appeal, Punit Balana gives it a Jaipur-inspired update. To steal the spotlight at a sangeet, trust the sequin-clad contemporary styles by Rohit Gandhi & Rahul Khanna.

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Pleated kurtas and metallic accents by Kiran Uttam Ghosh are perfect for decadent dinners. Bridesmaids can keep it light at pre-wedding functions in flowy floral silhouettes by Koasheé by Shubhitaa.

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Old-World Classics

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Tapping into India’s rich cultural roots is Heena Kochhar, reprising royal garb with her choga salwar and kurta in deep velvets and antiquated zari embroidery. Gaurang’s heritage weaves feature Benarasi, ikat and patan silk kurtas with ijar pants.

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Kedia kurtas and farshi pants by Torani are a sweet nod to nostalgia. Gopi Vaid’s vibrant floral kurtas are season-less, while delicately embroidered pure cotton gharara sets by Mulmul promise effortless impact.

Trousseau Must-Haves

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A sizable curation of kurtas in your trousseau is a must. Sabyasachi’s neo-bohemian kurta sets bring back the churidaar — the ensemble is well-suited for your post-wedding get-togethers.

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Vibrant kalidars by Tarun Tahiliani, opulent short anarkalis by Reynu Tandon and easy separates by Anita Dongre Grassroot will also be winning additions to your festive wardrobe. Rabani & Rakha favour pastel colours and delicate embellishments for brides with a feminine sensibility.

Elevated Essentials

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As a wardrobe hero, kurtas marry form with function to suit every agenda on your to-do list. Bright oversized silhouettes by Ka Sha can be dressed up or pared down for everyday casual.

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Nesolo’s colour-blocked ombré patterns don’t need any accessories to spruce them up. Fuss-free styles by Tahweave are cleverly utilitarian — wear them as a dress or with jeans.

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New & Now

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The kurta is a classic example of how quintessential Indian wear can be transformed with universal appeal. For instance, ace your layering game in Saaksha & Kinni‘s trench-inspired printed kurtas.

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 Rajdeep Ranawat’s tie & dye kaftan-kurta hybrids are all about off-duty cool, as are Masaba’s quirky prints.

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Stand out in the season’s prettiest kurtas available at A+Co