How to style a Kurti/Tunic?

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Reader's Request 

I know that I have been giving a lot of fashion advice lately ... like here, here, and here, Phew! [Right!?!] Well in my defense, people asked me and now you all are stuck with this post [:P] Blame 'em! 

And for people who do not what a Kurti is? ... It is otherwise known as a Tunic in the western world, and is a traditional piece of clothing for most South Asians specially in Indian Sub-Continent. They are designed to fit loosely and women 
mostly wear them with jeans. 

Though a reader asked to me to tell her a few ways to style a Kurti but there are not very many options in the styles that a Kurti comes in, hence the only way to style them
differently would be either with: 
- different types of bottoms 
- with different accessories
- and my favorite - SHOES

However, o
ne of the critical points to focus upon wearing a Kurti would be your body type. If you are:
Kurtis mostly comes in three lengths:1) Waist lengthNot for - Pear and Apple2) Ending right below the hipsNot for - Pear and Hour glass3) Ending about few inches above kneesNot for - Cone and Rectangle 

Now we cannot possibly have a post without my pictures, now can we
So here's how I have worn Kurtis a several times in the last year!

UpdatedInky Pinky asked the difference between a Kurta and a Kurti in the comments below - As she pointed out, in my understanding as well the ones with shorter lengths are called Kurtis and the ones which goes all the way down till the calfs are called Kurtas and are worn both, by men and women. 

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47 comments

  1. purely out of comfort especially in Delhi summers I like a loose salwar the best with a kurti, and my eyes quite obviously choose the blue on you as well, I mean as a style, that's my fave :)

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  2. Tanvi, I like ur looks and styling but was wondering if u cud touch upon the subtle difference between a kurta and a kurti...my understanding is kurti is mostly short to be worn like a top unlike a kurta which goes with salwars or leggings. Correct me if I'm wrong ! :)

    http://huesofpink.blogspot.com

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  3. Very informative!!

    I really like the diagram of the shapes..I finally know what my shape is and how they determine in...Like I always thought I was ROUND (so borring) but now I know I'm an APPLE :-p Not any better though!

    You look radiant in all photos! Muah

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  4. You look gorgeous in the kurtis! But I am very bad with body shapes... looking at your photos I can't tell what kind of body shape you are and I don't know what body shape I am either! :S I have tried wearing kurtis in the past, and the waist length ones don't suit me much, so maybe I am a Pear or Apple. I think you make the kurtis come alive with all the bright pops of color :)

    Leia

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  5. As always you rocked every looked babe! And I think bright colored cotton kurtis as the perfect antidote for the sweltering Indian summers.......be it paired with denims, shorts, capris, leggings or salwars! :)

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  6. nicely done, very illustrative and informative :)

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  7. You rock the kurti, Tanvi! Like Leia, I have no idea what body shape I am. I love the longer ones with the tight, ruched ankle leggings underneath like the trendy Mumbai girls wear but always feel a bit swamped in them. xxx

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  8. You carry every look off with style. I love these outfits.

    As you know, I'm studying female-clothing of other societies and this is exactly the kind of information I'm looking for. You're a great cross-cultural resource.

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  9. love the green and navy one with the purple bag!

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  10. Thanks for the tips! This was definitely helpful!

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  11. I love the variety of the post! so many options with a kurti. I like wearing mine with skirts :)

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    devorelebeaumonstre.com

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  13. You have such a great knack for putting together the most amazing outfits which are always so different from anyone else!
    You look great in the kurtis :-)

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  14. loved the black look...ur pink bag is just amazing...love it...

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  15. ah .. kurtis.. what a relief they are in the sweltering kolkata heat ..
    P.S. you looking great as usual..

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  16. The left side is basically all my favorites of the bunch! I think I'd really like to try this look! I'll have to keep my eye out for one. Could I wear one with cut off shorts? Where is a good place to look for them? I'd love one like that pink and black one!

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  17. GOOD IDEA :]]]

    THANKXX FOR THE
    SPECIFIC IDEAS :D

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  18. OOOhh thanks for this post! I love your diagrams. I am kind of a sucker for things like this...psychology majors love diagrams.

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  19. nice tips! i do not wear kurtis very often, but guess what i'm planning to go kurti shopping next weekend... they are so perfect for summers :):)

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  20. I love your black/pink kurti. Nice tips.

    I get my kurtis from Dallas, so its usually one at a time. I can't wait to see your new Kurtis from India. That will give me some ideas as to what's new, before I head shopping for more.

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  21. My first time on your worl and I am sure I have to read a lot more.
    Kurtis! Well they have been my fav. outfits for summers. Screw you US, I am gonna wear it again with patialas. :)

    And and, you've like an awesome collection of shoes <3 *drooling* !!

    P.S. I am a footwear lover.

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  22. Hello! I'm visiting your blog for the first time and I must say that I really what I see! :D

    Doubt I'd ever wear a Kurti or a Kurta, but this was a very educational post, and thank you for that!

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  23. Interesting post and thanks for the advice.
    The kurti looks very comfortable.

    Happy Sunday
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  24. Interesting post and thanks for the advice.
    The kurti looks very comfortable.

    Happy Sunday
    Hugs
    Carolyn

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  25. wow - love this post - I don't have one myself but it's interesting to see how you styled them :)

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  26. What an awesome post! I love the look of a kurti...especially on you!

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  27. Nice! All the looks suit you. Next time please help us complete the look,for each shape with specific kurti AND what type of pants AND what kind of shoes???
    Meetu D

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  28. superb illustrations and explanations...my my...now we have no doubts about you being the perfect fashionista:-)

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  29. Oh the kurtis and colors back in India---wish I could have brought them all! This was such a fun post--looking forward to seeing your haul from India---I only brought back a couple of kurtis and about three salwars suits. My bags were packed withgoodies for the home this time! :D.

    Went a little crazy scarf shopping tho'.... :D

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  30. I didn't actually know they were called Kurti's. I have seen many of these in my travels and love how they can come in many different colours.

    Lee
    x

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  31. nice...I like the black ..tunic..
    all are good..thanks for sharing!

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  32. Thanks for the styling tips and now I know the difference between a kurti and kurta!

    p.s. Yes I knew the exercise/eat more thing was true but so interesting that females feel it more!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  33. Great post! You look great and style the kurti so well :)

    www.stylishdesi.com

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  34. Haha your posts always make me laugh. Also, I learned a lot from this post. Not only do you teach others how-tos, you have body type references, too. So cool :)

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  35. Very nicely written, Tanvi. Coincidently I'm wearing a kurti in my next outfit post! Love the various ways you've worn kurtis.

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  36. Like the way you have presented various kurti types suitable for various body types! And that blue one is an all time fav! ;)

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  37. Very beautiful!!!! I love all the beautiful outfits.;)

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  38. eeks, even I didnt know the difference between kurta and kurti:-( The blue kurti is calling my name! have you ever worn a long kurti with a belt and no trousers? wondering how that would look:P

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  39. done really well! you sure have a knack of mix and match and making it all so easy...

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  40. i'm so glad someone requested this because i really wanted to see how you styled a nice tunic. great job!

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  41. love the 3rd one the most, specially because of the shoes!

    i love teaming kurtis with waist coats..

    delhi is loaded with kurtis !

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  42. i think you've styled each kurtis very differently and every one of them looks amazing.i used to wear them with churidars, back where i'm from.amazing post!!!!
    love,
    tenzin

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  43. ma'am i loved the way u wore ol of dose.... Suggest me sum kurtis and what accessories should i pair dem with... M a 19 yr old colge gng gal... I thnk i look fat actually i do.. Sugst me clothng that would look great on me despite weight

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  44. wow!! Really interesting! thanks for the ideas! it's decent and yet so fashionable! I love it and you look really nice! regards from Malaysia...Riya

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