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Tips to Style your Dhoti with Different Outfits

We had a marriage in the immediate family recently. A family wedding is a time to get together and celebrate all the pre-and post-wedding rituals. This was also a chance to meet near and dear ones after a gap of nearly 2 years, so the occasion was special in many ways. One of my regrets in the last two years has been the lack of being able to meet my family members. So much to say on this but let’s keep the whining for another day.

For a shopaholic like me, this was another reason to indulge in shopping and buy new clothes suited for the occasion. It’s been on my Wishlist to buy a Dhoti Kurta set for my husband; the marriage seemed a perfect occasion to make the final deal. Every fashion wear has its importance and place, similarly, for us, our traditional wear trends may change but they will be a significant part of our wardrobes. My father-in-law wears dhoti in the traditional style almost on a daily basis and at festive times it’s an absolute must, so I felt the tradition needs to continue.

Designers across the board have taken inspiration from our rich culture and you have a plethora of options to choose from even when it comes to a traditional Dhoti. The basic garment, which was available in white, off-white and cream colours is now available in a range of colours and designs. It can be styled in multiple ways. So finally, when the outfit came home, looking at the same my husband did give me apprehensive smile about how he will look and what is the usage of this garment going ahead.   

So, I did take care of his doubts which I wish to share with my readers as well. The humble dhoti can be styled in multiple ways, you can either buy just the dhoti or a complete outfit and later style the same outfit in other ways.

Keep it Simple with a Kurta/Uparna:

Traditionally, different sectors pair the dhoti in many ways. They wear it with a kurta or a uparna. The preferred material remains cotton and silk however, we do have a variety to choose from today. In most regions of the South, they make it with a golden border which also looks very elegant.  

You can keep it simple by following the basics and teaming an evergreen dhoti with a simple kurta/uparna.

Pair it with a Heavy Kurta:

Chikankari kurtas a very much in vogue these days and they come in an assortment of pastel as well as bright shades. They really light up any festive occasion, pair it with a simple dhoti in a contrasting colour or keep a monochromatic look and see your look changing.

It really looks wonderful and is very comfortable – my husband’s own words after he finally wore the outfit.

Add a twist with a Nehru Jacket:

Nehru jackets have been a favourite choice for men in recent years. The options only seem to increase in this category – right from simple cotton ones to printed ones to embroidered ones, you have a multitude of fabrics to choose from and complement your style.  

Pair your dhoti with a kurta and top it up with a Nehru jacket for that added glamour. Give a quick search on the internet and you will find this style has been adorned by many celebrities too and it’s a hit with the designers.

It’s time to experiment and create magic with your outfits.

Suit Boot and Dhoti:

Reading these rings, a lot of questions in mind, stash them out. 

The humble dhoti can be paired with your corporate wear like blazers and sherwanis too. You need to coordinate your footwear, accordingly, giving it a modern twist.

The bottom line remains those festivals and marriage ceremonies call for traditional wear and we can maintain our roots and keep up with the trends at the same time with little effort. 

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