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8 ethnic outfits for women and how to style them

8 ethnic outfits for women

When it comes to an Indian wardrobe, is it ever complete without a section for ethnic clothing? Who can resist the vibrant shades, eye-catching threadwork, clusters of prints and flattering silhouettes of ethnic wear? And with the festive season coming up, it’s all the more reason to drop what you’re doing and hurry to your nearest Lifestyle Stores outlet to revamp your wardrobe with the latest styles for women. Keep reading for oh-so-pretty outfit combinations to add to your collection.

Make the Style Colourful

BIBA Women Printed A-Line Kurta Set

Made for women who can’t do without elaborate prints, this kurta set from Biba comes to life because of the floral prints. Set against the sage green cotton fabric, the round neck, three-quarter sleeves kurta will look delightful on any occasion. It comes with simple sage green palazzos and a printed dupatta. Continue the theme of effortless elegance by wearing this kurta set with Inc.5’s white knotted flat sandals and carrying the yellow sling bag by Caprese.

Glam Up Your Lehenga

RANGRITI Women Foil Print Lehenga Choli Set

Nothing makes a statement quite like a lehenga-choli set, and this ensemble from Rangriti is proof of that. The rich Indigo blue fabric, coupled with the bright gold prints make this outfit a must-have for any fashionista. The set includes a V-neck, sleeveless choli, an ankle-length lehenga and a sheer dupatta. Match the gold prints by adding gold accessories to this stunning Indian ethnic wear look – the embellished block heels from Catwalk and the navy blue shimmery clutch with gold accents from Lavie.

Look Fine in Fusion

GLOBAL DESI Women Printed Lehenga Set

If you want to modernise conservative lehenga styles, you can opt for a fusion outfit for women. This set from Global Desi does this trend well by blending striking prints with a contemporary design. The distinctive dark green hue is made better by the pink floral prints and white polka dots. The spaghetti strap top gives the ensemble an edge. Slip on the clear block heel sandals from Inc. 5, and the stunning pink Anne Klein watch. Wear a statement choker and simple earrings to complete the outfit.

Minimalist in Melange

MELANGE Women Printed Shirt Kurta with Pants Set

This outfit speaks of simplicity and elegance. On the top, a mild blue shirt kurta with a collared neckline and three-quarter sleeves. The button placket and sleeve cuffs are embellished with a colourful floral print. This intricate print is carried over to the elasticated culotte pants. Complete the theme of simplicity by wearing this kurta with the powder blue heel sandals from Code and the minimalistic silver mesh-strap analog watch from Skagen.

Fiery in Red

NEERUS Women Embroidered A-Line Dress

Not for those who play it safe, this gorgeous red traditional dress for women from Neerus will have all eyes on you. Designed with three-quarter sleeves, a band collar and a maxi length, the dress is adorned with embroidery. Raw Hide’s silver textured cone heels and Baggit’s silver sling bag complement the embroidery well without stealing the limelight from the Indian dress.


The Epitome of Grace

INDYA Women Foil Printed Pre-Stitched Saree

So beautiful and refined, the saree from Indya will gently flaunt the curvy silhouettes of your body. The ethnic wear outfit comes with a plain sleeveless blouse that can be worn underneath the flowing saree covered in decorative gold foil prints and a scalloped pallu. The gold analog watch from Calvin Klein and the stack of gold bangles from Toniq will be a great addition to this tasteful saree.

A Modern Take

W Women Printed Band Collar Casual Top

Not all ethnic looks need to be kurtas or lehengas. For a much simpler and subdued outfit, you can always try wearing a casual ethnic top. The peach-pink casual top from W is a popular choice in this category. Detailed with a band collar, full sleeves and pops of yellow prints, it’s equal parts comfortable and stylish. Wear it with white fitted trousers, leggings or jeans. For accessories, you can turn to the gold and silver analog watch from Calvin Klein and the beige handheld bag from Van Heusen.  

Statement Pants

DE MOZA Women Solid Sleeveless Peplum Top

An underrated trend, statement pants can be a game-changer in your style of ethnic outfits. Take these cropped straight pants from Melange. The geometric patterns and shades of purple make it stand out. You can team it with a neutral top like De Moza’s teal blue peplum top. Add the light pink textured kitten heels from Code to balance out the outfit.

Tips for styling ethnic wear for women

  • Wear bright colours: One of the most appealing parts of ethnic wear is its bright shades. So embrace the vibrancy and experiment with different colours. Sometimes, pastels are a great way to go when you need more subdued hues.
  • Prints are forever stylish: Another integral part of Indian traditional wear is prints and patterns. From gold foil prints to elaborate threadwork and geometric to abstract prints, there’s no better way to enhance your overall look.
  • Accessorise the right way: Choose your accessories thoughtfully. You don’t want to overpower your outfit; instead, complement it. One way to ensure you get accessorising right is by doing this – if your ensemble is minimalistic, decorate it with heavy accessories and vice versa.
  • Play with different cuts: From the short kurti to the long ankle-length Anarkalis, ethnic wear comes in so many different cuts. Mix and match various tops and bottoms to see what works best on your body.
  • Finish with the right pair of shoes: While heels are always a winner, you can also try Juttis, Kolhapuris, Mojaris, mules and sandals.

Regardless of your ethnic wear style, Lifestyle Stores has something for you. From Melange to W and Global Desi to Indya, endless options exist for any occasion. Get shopping for Indian ethnic wear online or in-store!

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