Fashion Guide 101: How to dress up like a Modern Indian American woman?

“She has a gift of accepting her life”- Jhumpa Lahiri


In her words, we find solace. In her entity, we unite as Indian American women. The clan of underrated individuals striving to achieve their goals and overcome the hassles of being a minority in the world’s most developed country. Right from the beginning, our traditional roots were somehow the object of ridicule for The West. Needless to say, how racism and apartheid were the talk of the town back in the 60’s when legal and social rights were only catered to the white Americans. Indian Americans went through a lot and still, we don’t see any rosy picture except the skyrocketing career opportunities and Ivy League, nuff’ said.

Indian American women form a community who are starkly judged and jaded into an enclosed western space where they find workwear ethics, formal wear mandates, social obligations and so on. We would like to pitch in here, if you’re reading this and feel victimized, set yourself free dear bird. You don’t need to chain yourself to places where people do not respect your individual taste and opinion.


Well, those who are smiling after reading this, we know you’re the outspoken, liberal and free-spirited soul who doesn’t shy away from wearing your roots to work or formal soiree or social events. You’re our modern Indian American woman!

Often times, you must find yourself juggling in everyday life as to what to wear and this deadly situation leaves us in awe. Not that we’re consoling, just offering you with some of the quirky, whimsical, delightful everyday fashion treats to dress up like one confidant, bold and strong headed Indian American woman.


There are some reserved workplaces in the USA where it’s a mandate to follow the dress code, however, several multinationals and start-ups do not promote this philosophy. Hence, workwear for Indian American women comprises of sarees, suits and even contemporary ethnic Indian dresses that are popular amongst the young girls. Fabrics like cotton, georgette, linen, kalamkari, chiffon are the most preferred ones for the summer/spring season, however, silks, woven saris, tissue banarsi, kanjivaram are best suited for fall/winter.

Here are some of our designer sarees and suits that will best complement your work attire.

Go chic with a tribal hand printed Tussar khaddi banarsi saree in a monochrome hue that evokes an essence of authentic Indian roots and adds a touch of sophistication which is much-needed at the workplace. 


A black crepe silk saree for your important meetings, presentations and conferences. It will leave a professional imprint on the minds of the people around and imbibe confidence in you, wear your pride. 

A simple basic chanderi suit with floral embroidery is a safe option on any given weekday. The muted earthy tones coupled with a bright red embroidery is enough to get you going through the day. 

Formal Event

Look no further than a perfect floor-length anarkali suit with a flowy dupatta to add visual appeal. Matka silk sarees with subtle hint of zari border and fine threadwork handcrafted by our artisans and weavers. For summer events, choose pastel colors with lightweight fabrics like georgette sari, embroidered saree featuring delicate sequin work or hand prints.

Here are our shortlisted pieces: 

Steal the eyes in this grey long flared anarkali suit with a beautiful block print. Raw silks are again pretty overdone for summers; however, you can choose to wear them indoors for a fancy soiree and enjoy the attention.


Mint Green is the color of this season with celebrities spotting in them every now and then. Drape this effortless glam sari to your next official party and steal the show. A light, flowing and soothing shade that will captivate all is your best bet.

For the professional woman in you, go for the ethereal lavender hued sari with subtle embellishments and embroidered blouse to complement for an amazing look. This combination works best for women at senior positions.



It’s time to finally take out your best designer sarees, designer lehenga sets, exclusively tailored anarkali suits and salwar suits because Indian weddings are elaborate and king size. Well, why just Indian weddings, you can represent India with your ethnic ensembles at American weddings and flaunt that desi chic.

Here are our Indian wedding best-sellers:

Always dreamt of a fairy tale and princesses, look your part in this graceful red designer lehenga with ticki work embroidery and a stellar sheer net dupatta.

For elderly women, this color block kanjivaram silk designer saree is perhaps your dream come true. Drape the goodness of this artistic sari which is plain but elegant.

Are you the bridesmaid? Don’t look further and embrace this drool-worthy soft pink raw silk designer lehenga. The intricate gotta patti embroidery and subtle shades scream everything but love!

For the avant garde and fashionable Indian American women, take a leap of faith and rock this color block banarsi khadi silk saree at the royal Indian wedding or American country wedding. Style it with an embroidered blouse and complete your look with a chic side bun.

All you young, wild and free-spirited souls, this gorgeous grey net saree is looking for you! Grace the wedding event in panache with this spectacular designer tikki embroidery sari.

Everything dreams were ever made of, champagne silhouettes with floral gold embroidery and floor-length gown with a flattery plunging neckline. Isn’t this a perfect wedding dress for brides-to-be? If you think so, show this to your BFF now and make her drool with you!

Nothing is better than a bright yellow long georgette kurta with stunning gotta pati embroidery. Haldi and mehendi functions will be done right in this ecstatic ensemble that comes with a wide legged palazzo pants and net dupatta of same color.

Social Gathering

Birthday parties, festivals, special days and holidays are best celebrated with your friends and family. Got a plan for picnic or potpourri lunches, we got your back! Slay like a true blue Indian in your traditional attire and steal the spotlight.

Here are some of our suggestions:

Celebrate festivities in a rich yet soothing chanderi silk A-line long kurta complemented with wide leg raw silk palazzo pants. The sheer net coral dupatta enhances the beauty of this look, however, you can ditch it for picnics and brunches.

Contemporary Indian dress for the modern Indian women, this statement pastel green embroidered dress is both fashionable and utilitarian. Dress up in Indo-fusion for a fun mix and step into social events like a boss.

Easy going, flowing and comfortable, this coral cotton silk mix dress is oh-so-convenient for any given day. Beat your Monday blues with this coral dress or show them how to upgrade Indian style at social gatherings!


Casual Day Out

Fun getaways with friends on road trips, movie nights, shopping or lunch scenes, we got you covered with some peppy, funky yet subtle hues of sophisticated Indian dresses that you can’t afford to miss!

Here are some of them:


Shine bright in this summer bliss yellow long dress. The yellow chanderi silk dress with a cute button-down and an embroidered stole is every girl-next-door’s best friend. Take this to college or concerts, brunches or movie nights, style it right with espadrilles or gladiator flats. You can go with sneakers for a funky fusion look too!

For a comfortable day at the library or coffee plans with friends, this easy-going yet attractive skirt kurta dress will do its job! Chiffon printed skirt that’s fun, playful and feminine is a comfort replacement for your otherwise skinny jeans, jeggings or formal trousers. Allow some air to breathe into you with our loose yellow silk kurta that will allow free movement.

Peach Embroidered Chanderi Silk Dress with Stole

This breezy long chanderi silk dress in peach color is your everyday respite to ditch the denim and body fitting dresses. Move freely and let your body breath comfortably in this soothing yet subtle dress.

Article By : Pure Elegance

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