This festive season think skirts, palazzos, dhotis and more

  • Praachi Raniwala, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Oct 10, 2014 21:25 IST

The festive season is here, and many of you may be bringing out those traditional outfits that are otherwise avoided around the year. Saris are usually a hot favourite for occasions, but the current weather may compel you to pick a salwar or churidar to go with your kurta. While these are fail-safe options — and we’re sure everyone owns many of them — there are many more bottom-wear styles to experiment with.

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We get three designers to break down some chic and versatile options.

Patiala power
An old-school favourite, patialas have always been a comfortable pick. “Patiala pants are popular for their flamboyant cut and wide, pleated bottom. They can be worn with a short kurta with slits or an embroidered asymmetrical kurta,” says Dongre. Sancheti, on the other hand, suggests wearing them with draped kurtis or short, shirt-style kurtas.

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Don the dhoti
A current runway darling, dhoti pants are a sure shot way to spruce up a boring outfit. “This traditional yet funky option can be worn with a short tunic, crop top, bandi jacket or a trendy asymmetrical jacket,” suggests Dongre. Lean women can experiment with voluminous dhotis, while those on the heavier side should opt for pared-down versions.

Fashionable flair
Palazzo pants score extra points as they can oscillate between Indian and western ensembles with ease. “They are easy to style, and can double up as shararas. You can wear them with both long and short tunics, or with a blouse and dupatta for a fusion look. I also love ankle-length palazzos,” says designer Yogesh Chaudhary of the label Surendri. Sancheti advises wearing them with long kurtas with high side slits or handloom vests.

Draped drama
Draped skirts are a guaranteed head turner for the sartorially brave. Designer Anita Dongre advises pairing them with bandis or asymmetrical jackets. “If the skirt is simple, it can be worn with an embroidered or embellished jacket,” she adds.

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Crop rotation
Ankle-length or cropped trousers are the current rage as they give contemporary relevance to a desi look. “Cropped trousers look great with long, asymmetric tunics or straight-cut kurtas,” says designer Shruti Sancheti. We suggest embellished or printed trousers teamed with solid-coloured tops.

‘Maxi’mum impact
Not all occasions warrant a heavily embellished lehenga, but if you long for a similar effect, maxi skirts are a stylish alternative. According to Sancheti, they look best with a choga (long-sleeved robe), a long kurta, an opulent jacket or a crop top.

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