We often find ourselves cleaning out our closets to make way for clothes that are in vogue. But some pieces can actually be spared the brunt because they never fail in the style stakes owing to their versatility. We list the ones that can be used for sartorial experiments.
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* What: (Salwar) kurta
* Reuse as: A dress
This is a tricky one, because we’ve seen plenty of young girls picking out dresses with Indian prints or embroidery, looking like they’ve forgotten their churidars at home. “The key is to pick something with a generous amount of work on the neck and chest area, which gives the feeling that no dupatta is required. And, most importantly, pick straight cuts and not kurtas that flare too much. If you want to create an A-line silhouette, add a thin belt,” says stylist Kirti Sinha.
* What: Checked shirt
* Reuse as: An extra layer with Indian tunics
The humble checked shirt is already multi-purpose — wear it over jeans or shorts, and even as a jacket over a solid T-shirt. It can go just as well with embroidered or printed tunics. “While the model has styled it as a jacket over her kurta and a skirt, you can even wear it buttoned up, beneath a sleeveless kurta — like a dress over pants,” says Sinha.
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* What: Dupatta
* Reuse as: A scarf
Scarves can be draped in innumerable ways, and some (like the style seen on the model) require longer varieties. Raid your traditional wardrobe and pick out a dupatta that complements the colour of your outfit. “Lots of girls have been wearing conventionally draped dupattas with T-shirts and jeans or long skirts. Why not drape them as scarves instead? The length allows you to experiment with several looks that you can learn from YouTube tutorials,” says Mohan.
* What: Crop top
* Reuse as: A blouse over a lehenga
The crop top is having an extended run in every fashionista’s wish list. It’s being paired with practically all kinds of bottoms, so why not give it an Indian twist too. “Pick a lacy or crocheted top that will give a boudoir-like, romantic feel to your lehenga. One must-try style is teaming a funky, printed crop top with a sari in a solid colour,” says stylist Anita Mohan.
* What: Loose top
* Reuse as: A sari blouse
It’s quite an ordeal to sport a sari in Mumbai’s weather, so a loose blouse is definitely something that injects cheer. What’s more, you needn’t invest in one — just pick one from your own wardrobe. “All your short kurtas can be used in this manner. Team printed ones with plain saris and solid tops with printed saris,” suggests Mohan, adding, “For a party, the same concept can work with bright colours, embellishments and sequins thrown into the mix. Add a belt for an extra punch.”