We present simple tips on how to pick the right kurtis if you have a tall frame – it’s not as simple as it looks, but it’s not that hard, either.
Fashion serves a very real purpose in our lives. It is meant to evoke wonder, initiate a discussion and create a great impression. But too often, we get caught up in what’s popular and trendy. Fashion is more about finding your personal style and picking the clothing and accessories that complement it. It is meant to serve you, and you are not meant to be a slave to it!
The confusion about what constitutes stylish dressing can be compounded when you have a body frame that defies conventional norms, like a tall and thin body. Dressing a tall, thin woman is not easy, but it can be when you’re picking kurtis:
* A short kurti. The best thing about tall and slim bodies is that any kind of kurti looks great on them. Take, for instance, the short variant. It does much to enhance the shoulders and draw attention to the slim torso. A hip-length kurti looks great with fitted jeans and mojris. It can also look great with silk Patialasor plain palazzos, and elaborate juttis. When you want to wear a short kurti for a semi-formal event, give your ensemble an ethnic twist with an embellished kurti and mojris, and fitted pants. Cotton and georgettes are great options in this type of kurti.
* A long kurti.Tall and slim women must be a little careful about picking long kurtis so that their height is not unflatteringly called attention to. It might be a better idea to favour a straight cut long kurti instead of a fitted one, especially if you are skinny and have narrow hips. Or you can wear a kurta with horizontal stripes to make your torso look slightly heavier than it is. A good trick to balance out the effects of a long kurti is to wear palazzos instead of churidars.
* Sleeveless kurtis. Sleeveless clothing is a blessing in the hot weather, but you have to be careful about sleeveless kurtis if your arms are quite on the thin side. Your bare arms might draw more attention to your torso, so make sure you wear sleeveless tops only when you have toned, slightly muscular arms. A good way to offset a sleeveless kurti is to wear a short one whose hem skims the hips. Pair with a pair of fitted denim jeans or cotton trousers to balance the silhouette – after all, your height is your best feature, you don’t want to hide it!
* Solid colours. Colour blocking works brilliantly with kurtis, especially if you have the advantage of height. Instead of going with one solid colour, pick a kurti that is geometrically divided into two or more rectangles or squares. Apart from making for a fun print, colour blocking with solid colours visually cuts the length of the kurta and balances out your silhouette. Pair with fitted pants or a churidar in a single colour.
You can find the best range of kurtis on an online fashion site like Jabong. Be sure to study the model in the illustration carefully, checking for her height in the description and also the length of the kurti so that you can buy the right one.