Kurta Pajama is a traditional ethnic wear for men that has never gone out of fashion and never will. It will not only make you look dapper if you dress up for any special occasion but even a walk in the summer or a day out in winter can be perfectly rocked by sporting a kurta pajama.
Types of Kurta
Hyderabadi Kurta Pajama
The Hyderabadi kurta pajama is an absolute classic that has a keyhole in the opening and has thread work around the collars. These are great for casual occasions like a small get together or a meet up with friends.
This one almost resembles a frock and has geometrical thread patterns with two rectangular panels on the front. Kalidar kurta can be made of linen, cotton, and silk. The kalidar can be included as a wedding style statement may be on the day of sangeet or haldi.
Worn traditionally by the Punjabis all year round, this is a straight cut kurta which comes down to the knees. Based on the embroidery, these can be divided into three types, the Muktsari kurta that originates in the province of Muktsar; the Phulkari kurta, which has phulkari embroidery; and the Bandhani kurta that has bandhani patterns on it.
These lightweight kurtas, with the world-famous Chikan embroidery on them, were worn by the Nawabs. Lucknowi kurtas are an expensive piece that can be worn on special occasions like weddings and parties.
Designed primarily for weddings and parties, the sherwanis come in different styles but generally have a slim fit, well-defined shoulder stitches and flare out on the sides from around the upper thighs. These come in monochromes like black, white, red and also in patterned types. Try the deep cuts with tight churidars if your sure about your body as they look suave!
These have an open breast in the front and widen on the hips. Very popular in North India, the dogri kurta bears varied patterns of embroidery. A classic pick, you can stand out wearing this on any occasion with traditional patialas or churidars. You can also be a bit funky and pair it with chinos!
These are loose, long kurtas that were used by the royal families of Bhopal. The Bhopali kurta went slightly out of fashion in the recent years but have come back with some modifications in their cutting and texture. If you need a light but gaudy attire, pair a bhopali kurta with a tapered churidar. Accentuate the look with a shawl of complementing color.
Worn by the North Indians and people in Pakistan and Afghanistan, these have a stiff collar and body-fitting cut. The best part about the Pathani is that it complements your body shape. A Patiala is a traditional counterpart, but you can experiment with khakis also. Play with colors like mustard, blue, turquoise and gray.
Tips to Style your Kurta
- Swap the lose-fitted pajama with the tight fitted ones. You can even pair kurtas with khaki pants and slim-fit chinos.
- You can pair the traditional Indian kurtas with printed pants or light-washed pieces of denim. Play it cool by sporting a loafer or a simple cuff boot.
- Dress up your kurta with a Nehru Jacket and traditional juttis or kohlapuri. Make sure that you contrast and coordinate the colors.
- Go sober with the shades of the Nehru jacket like beige or brown with solid or patterned kurtas.
- During the daytime, wear light and mild shades, while, in the evening pick darker shades like navy blue and maroon.
- Jazz up with light jewelry like beaded bracelets and solitaire rings.