Want to ace the front-slit kurta like a Bollywood celeb? Here's how to ace it

Updated: Feb 22, 2019, 13:49 IST | Karishma Kuenzang

Deep front-slit kurtas are all the rage this season, age no bar. Here's how to ace the snazzy traditional look with them

Want to ace the front-slit kurta like a Bollywood celeb? Here's how to ace it
Janhvi Kapoor, Sara Ali Khan and Sonam Kapoor

Think the traditional kurta can't have a sexier side? Its long slit avatar might make you do a rethink. It originated from the sharara and gharara (divided palazzos) paired with a long kurti, a style that traditionally em­e­rged from Lucknow, and where women have been wearing it for decades, during festivals and weddings. Today, it's been tweaked to make the traditional attire comfortable and practical.

"Usually, a kurta has a simple straight A-line cut; there's no umbrella or flair. But if you are going to wear a gharara under it, which is umbrella-shaped, the flair of your gharara is restricted if your kurta is straight. And he­n­ce, the slit," sa­ys stylist Isha Bhansali. "Indi­a­ns have ma­s­t­ered the art of fusion wh­ere we mix and marry traditional accents with western ones. It can give your look a sexy twist as you show off a bit of your midriff, your legs, and also looks cooler and casual," she says.

Isha Bhansali
Isha Bhansali

The slide slit
The side-slit kurta is a cool sister of the front-slit one, especially if it has cold shoulders or is a halter neck. Pair it with distressed denims or cigarette pants. The latter will give it a western touch, besides making it look more formal.

. As it has too many cuts, make sure you don't over-accessorise. Keep it simple with a pair of earrings or a ring.

.It's a powerful silhouette, so you need to make a statement with your shoes. Don't opt for dainty ones. Instead, try heeled pumps or go for a bohemian look with juttis. Choose pointed footwear if you are not keen on heels.

. Gold shades look great when it comes to dual tones. Ensure your shoes, accessories and make-up is from the same family of colours. Opt for warm colours, and avoid black.

. Make-up should be toned down. You don't want an over-the-top '70s look. Less is more with this outfit.

Vibrant look
A colourful, well-fitted option like this would work well with distressed denims. "You're sho­w­ing skin and yet, it's got a traditional side. It looks edgy and powerful, when paired with the right shoes," says Bhansali.

. Opt for high-heeled pumps as the silhouette is like a jacket kurta and not like a flow-y malmal Kashmiri one.

. You can wear it to a tra­d­itional day function, like a Holi party or a mehendi cocktail or Diwali taash party. Avoid it during rites and rituals.

. Denim is a versatile fabric and a dis­t­r­e­ssed pair would help balance the vibrant kurta that has a lot happening. Even white denims will look great.

. Don't accessorise, except for a pair of statement earrings. Avoid wearing any jewellery on your neck. Give the look a western touch by adding a watch. Avoid a coloured clutch. Choose a neutral shade, even if blingy. You can also opt for a sling clutch for the day.

Panelled kurta
Bollywood's favourite fashionista Sonam Kapoor took the slit to the next level, with this panel kurta paired with a skirt. The Lucknowi silhouette went well with
the skirt.

. Skip denims if you can, as that would look incomplete. Opt for a bronze kurti and black or white skirt for a night out. During the day, a crushed skirt will make it look
a little casual, and go well with tassels.

. Don't wear a dupatta, and if you have to, opt for a sheer one. A clutch works best
with this look.

. Go for a choker with simple earrings to complete the look. You can also wear rings and bracelets.

. Wear heels with this style, if possible, as it helps give posture and poise. You can also opt for wedge Kolhapuri chappals.

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