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Once upon a summer : How to keep your cool this summer with Indian ethnic wear.





You may be anywhere during summer but when it comes to beating the heat in style there is no better option than to dress in Indian Ethnic wear.

Sure you have the regular jeans and T-shirt routine or even the summer shorts or sundress but you have to admit, those outfits can hardly beat the dressy, yet laid back chill of a cool pastel kurta or linen saari.

So while we know you love your Indian Ethnic summer wear, here is a quick guide to help you slay the summer in the effortless style and grace of Indian textiles and silhouettes to comfort you in heat.




Linen saree: There is nothing more cool than the linen saree in a neutral muted shade to beat the summer. While the natural fabric allows your skin to breathe, the flowy drapes make way for easy unrestricted movements. You also have the option to drape it loosely leaving the neck, the arms, the back and the waist fully exposed to allow your skin to breathe free of fabric.

Style tip: Pair you cotton saree with a sleeveless blouse and a sleeveless black jacket to keep you looking cool and classy. Add a pair of Kolhapuris to complete the heat defying look.




Angarkha top : A printed or plain cotton angarkha top is a great choice if you are going to be out in the sun for a considerable period of time, as its long sleeves will protect your arms from a sunburn and the flared waistline will allow for  breezy comfort.

Style tip: Pair your Angarkha top with a Patiala salwar for the ultimate in style and comfort. Add a pair of silver jhumkas and mojris or jutis for an authentic ethnic casual vibe.




Cold shouldered dress : Another cool Indian ethnic style for summer is a cold shouldered maxi dress in traditional prints. A cold shoulder dress in natural fabric with a ditsy print will look fun and keep you comfortable at the same time. The cold shoulder cuts make a great summer trend tastefully exposing your delicate shoulders while allowing your body to breathe in the heat.

Style Tip: Pair the cold shouldered dress with a tasseled cotton scarf and canvas shoes to add to your breezy vibe, Hoops in plain colors make for minimal fuss free accessory.



Skirt & T -shirt: While this is not a strictly Indian ensemble it does provide you the comfort of the popular pattu pavadai for young girls. You can pick from plain to printed T-shirts and skirts. You could also contrast prints for an edgy look. Slogan prints are all the rage today and nothing gets more in trend than a slogan print shirt with a paisley skirt.

Style Tip: Knot your T shirt at the waist to give a casual fitted detail. Wear a low ponytail on the side to feel and look cool.




Sleeveless kurta & palazzos: This hardly needs recommendation as an ideal summer outfit. The sleeveless kurta and the palazzo both allow for comfortable breezy wear. You can even go for a kurta with spaghetti straps to stay cool as can be. You can either choose contrast colors or wear a single color for an elegant outing.

Style Tip: Pair your kurta - palazzo combo with a neutral bag and keep a tasseled cotton stole handy to cover up in the sun or if the evening turns chilly.


These ideas are just to get you started on making the most of your Indian ethnic wardrobe, because once winter sets in, it would not be possible to flaunt it as often.

But we want you to make the most of your summer outfits and not spend the whole season in the practical jeans and T - shirt look.

Why not pull out your prized chikankaari kurta and show it off with some neutral bottoms and accessories for a change?

You can get more creative and even share in the comments section how you mix and match your Indian ethnic pieces in the summer for a comfortable and trendy look.

So let the onlookers sizzle in the heat of your chill vibe while you sip your cool sorbets in a nonchalant nod to the scorching moodiness of the summer season.


Images courtesy: 1-5 Pintrest, 6-High heel confidential.

Article By : Bhavna R

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