30 June 2009

A Simple Kurta


Whilst others seem content to strip down and sweat it out under the blazing sunshine, I always find taking the less travelled path, of covering myself up, the better option. Loose fitting and lightweight clothing really can make the difference, and it allows the summer heat to remain a wonderfully pleasant and enjoyable affair.

Indeed given the rather high temperatures today, at least by London standards, I opted for a somewhat more traditional summer outfit. Admittedly its bearing as traditional depends entirely on one's own interpretations and upbringing, however for me it is exactly that. Whilst in itself, not an outfit I would think of to be that post worthy, and indeed for me, akin to someone wearing blue jeans and a white t-shirt, it is nevertheless not a common sight on the London streets. After all, it is always the very displacement of a style into another setting and interpretation that makes it interesting. As such, consider this more of as a casual everyday at home outfit.

I decided to wear a loose fitting, white cotton kurta, with some simple gold detailing. The simplicity of the top, yet still interesting design, lends it to a great versatility during the summer months, where one is usually left somewhat drier of outfit ideas due to the heat. The gold detailing helps to provide a nice point of visual interest to the top, especially when considering the cut of the neckline, whilst managing to remain a touch more casual than one would assume.

Indeed, although I have no issue in wearing patterned kurtas, by which the patterning is usually achieved via complex embroidery, or even colourful kurtas, plain white shall always be the easiest of summer wears. This kurta was actually tailor made for me in Pakistan last year, and the benefit of having a traditional fit, slightly loose and with a higher neckline, really does help make a difference in the way I feel when wearing the garment.

For my trousers, I went with a piece which although has recently become a love it or hate it trend item, is actually steeped deep in culture and history across the Asian subcontinent. The drop crotch cotton trousers allow for a loose and comfortable fit, yet the tapered legs make it far more practical in daily use. Rather than going with a full white outfit, I chose to subtly compliment the gold detailing of my kurta with the rich brown trousers.

I was however admittedly tempted to wear some looser shalwaar bottoms, or, find my way to the other end of the spectrum in choosing to don a pair of churidars. Shalwaar bottoms, usually referred to as paijamas, are similar to the trousers I chose to wore today, however the tapering of the leg tends to be in a straight diagonal, cut on the bias of the fabric, giving a very wide and easy fit. Indeed usually held up by drawstring, the bunching of fabric around the top of the trousers tends to be rather great. The most noticeable visual characteristic of the trousers is their dramatic draping.

Churidars on the other hand, often wore for more formal events, are closely cut skinny trousers. They are however equally light in fabric weight to the paijamas or the trousers I opted for today, being a fine and airy cotton. This allows them to be closely cut onto the leg, revealing the gentle contours, and yet remain highly comfortable. Indeed they are actually more so than the skinny jeans one finds today, due to the inherent breathability and light weight of the fabric. They also tend to be far longer than one's leg to allow considerable stacking of the fabric, giving them a highly unique look.

Currently playing: Provider (Zero 7 remix) - N.E.R.D

xxxx

68 comments:

  1. the second photo down is very beautiful,

    the skin against the white.

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  2. (: i love this outfit.

    it's always nice to have something so simple, cool, and comfortable at the same time!

    oh, and i'm a fan of the rolled up sleeves as well.

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  3. Simply lovely, DK!
    Adoring the bracelets, too ~ and your hair is looking fab!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  4. Hey DK! Thanks for the lovely comments :) Hope you had a great weekend as well!

    Totally agree with you, when fitting clothes are too constricting it definitely adds to the heat factor. Love the airiness of your kurta!

    xx Ela
    p.s. let me know if you want to do a link exchange

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  5. So smart. Showing a lot of skin isn't always the best way to cool off - loose and light really does the trick! You look so elegant and refined in this ensemble, DK.

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  6. Love this. It's so hard to be stylish when you're sweltering but you've managed to do it with swagger.

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  7. What a lovely shirt...U have a simlpy chic. Great choice, Dapper Kid...

    XoXo

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  8. Love the outfit choice! Nothing is wrong with quarter sleeve shirt and pants in the summer.

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  9. omg thank you for telling me that . at last someone who understands and can you imagine i watched my bymyself .no one to serve as a buffer between me and the content and it was 3 am :(
    at least i dont feel so alone and disturbed/traumatized now lol

    and now .....
    wow i love that you can pull this off you arent afraid to dresslike this and guys usually are scared of striped shirts and such
    those pants look great

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  10. white is good for summer..and love the pants

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  11. why, thank you sir! i quite agree. on both accounts.

    p.s. beautiful photo down there in your previous post.

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  12. perfect summer look DK!...love the beads, just brought back some from Seoul infact...
    ~XO*

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  13. Hi there-this Kurta is very simple and stylish, ideal for this hot weather-a great choice!!

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  14. Thank UU :D :D Yes, i do like the 3rd on too.. I like details and closeups :P
    I just love those kind of pants. I regret I left mine back home in sweden :/
    and the shirt with that=perfect. awesome laidback style!

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  15. that's a nice white shirt.
    i would love to see mr. freddy wearing that kind of shirt.

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  16. Such a great summer outfit. Sometimes it is better to wear more clothes and keep them loose in the summer. It does seem to give more of an airy feel.

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  17. You look so chic and very summer appropriate!

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  18. I need summer clothing, I was working in the sun the other day without a shirt on and got scorched. I like how the neckline opens on your shirt, ill have to sew something together for myself.

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  19. Looks great! Love the details. Perfect for summer.

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  20. i really like it :)
    simple, but unique!

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  21. I love that shirt especially the embellishing around the neckline =]

    That bracelet is pretty sweet too

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  22. I really like this post. Love the outfit too. Its cool to know more background about the pants too. I don't see them much in the states.

    Thanks for the note, too.

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  23. You look so good in this. Love it! Love the bracelets too!

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  24. I really enjoyed the information in this post. Like your style even more. Hope you are having a wonderful summer.

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  25. The shirt has such great details. I'm sure you are staying cool in it.

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  26. You really make the outfit come together. Great look!

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  27. The kurta is beautiful, love the golden details. They are incredibly comfortable and great for summer. Just have to say, love your bracelet!

    xo
    Sophie

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  28. That's just a beautiful kutra, and it looks so incredibly comfortable.

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  29. Thanks for the note. Hopefully, Ellie is growing up. I adore those kind of shirts. And Thanks for explaining the pants too. I'd love to have those beaded bracelets too. I like those so much.

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  30. its all about the evil eye.
    got one hanging from my necklace

    *bisous*

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  31. I love that you can incorporate 'traditional' dress in your outfits.... something I've NEVER been able to do.... you wear the pieces really well...

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  32. This outfit is simple, but chic! And white with your skintone looks so good. I really can't wear white properly without looking like casper the friendly ghost

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  33. I'm the same actually, I like having a bit of a cover up...like a thin cardi or something to cover my arms. Though sometimes it is a little too hot for that and it still comes off!

    It looks as though your outfit would have kept you nice and cool in this humid weather!

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  34. I think your outfit is perfect for a hot, humid day! I love your bracelets too! They really enhance your outfit! xxoxxoxo

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  35. As always, I am in love with your outfit.

    I love kurtas, they are so beautiful - and perfect for summer! I have one in black with silver sequins & embroidery around the color, sleeves, and hems (: I love wearing it with cutoffs, or simply donning it over my bathing suit when at the beach.

    bisous,
    La C.

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  36. As always, I am in love with your outfit.

    I love kurtas, they are so beautiful - and perfect for summer! I have one in black with silver sequins & embroidery around the color, sleeves, and hems (: I love wearing it with cutoffs, or simply donning it over my bathing suit when at the beach.

    bisous,
    La C.

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  37. As always, I am in love with your outfit.

    I love kurtas, they are so beautiful - and perfect for summer! I have one in black with silver sequins & embroidery around the color, sleeves, and hems (: I love wearing it with cutoffs, or simply donning it over my bathing suit when at the beach.

    bisous,
    La C.

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  38. Looks very summery and cool! Can we exchange links? I got you on mine already :)

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  39. You always put so much thought into your dressing. It's quite inspiring. And you're right, stripping down isn't always the solution for hot weather. I know it's all about fabric choice!

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  40. oh wow. so great.
    match perfect together. I like it much.
    very orientalic style.

    hope you had a nice day ?


    Nic

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  41. Summery Dapper Kid!
    I love when people can remain stylish in heat.

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  42. I absolutely love the kurta, and I must agree with you when you say that it's better to cover up during summer. I'll always wear a lighter clothing, but it won't be less than any other time of the year.

    Lovely wristwear, by the way!

    xo,
    hk

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  43. Hey there. I really like this a lot. I think it looks great. Fantastic photos. Thanks for sharing this with us. Hope your week is going well so far. Cheers!

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  44. I really like that first bracelet pictured!!

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  45. man with kurta is so sexy *blushing*

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  46. Well, this was one topic I knew absolutely nothing about. Very interesting to read. I'm definitely in love with the gold detailing!

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  47. Love this...so summery, light and fresh. And loving the beads!

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  48. dk, i'm so lovin' your style!

    so boho chic. :D

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  49. Savile Row, how I love you so...

    Fav Fall Outfit: J Brand Pencil Jeans, RL purple label riding boots, Elizabeth & James Blazer & fresh white J.Crew tank...perfection!

    Maybe I'll do a DIY and make a mini dress out of a kurta...fun times!

    XOXO MG

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  50. The white looks wonderfula against your great complexion. love the wristwear.
    muah x
    marian

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  51. I think the drop crotch pants go perfectly with the kurta. Great outfit dear ♥

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  52. great look! and so cool that it was made especially for you

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  53. now that is called style ... it is catching on here in the US. i saw a woman wearing a similar style with a huge huge hat -- she looked fabulous

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  54. love that simple summer outfit...

    white is the perfect colour for a hot day :)

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  55. Great outfit. I love the tradition of custom-made ethnic things. Unfortunately, I can't wear my Korean dress around town like that ;) I mean I could-- but it's not exactly a casual look!

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  56. This must be the most fashionable "at home outfit" I've ever seen. I'll zip the lip about my own at home style, lol.
    I love your kurta!
    Oh, and you look great in white!

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  57. awesome in a kurta.....the white is great against your skin!!!....not many can carry off kurtas successfully....but i think you did a great job...have you tried the longer version of this?.... would look even more sophisticated!

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  58. You have officially made me rethink my entire outlook on summer dress. I would prefer to wear linen & cotton long pieces over tanks & shorts anyday!! Thanks for being my summer muse, you are such a style maker!!

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  59. I love this outfit so much. I've been wanting to make or buy a kurta like this for myself.. I just don't know where to go. You have fabulous style. I love it very much.

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  60. hi love your kurta, i would like to make my husband one but in striped indian cotton fabric Does anyone know where i would be able to buy this type of fabric?

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