A simple Kurta is probably one of the most comfortable form of Indian traditional clothing a man can own. Now a days there’s such an extreme scenario when it comes to Indian traditional. You either have really basic, simple, boring options on one hand, and on the other, you high these really heavy, blingy ones that aren’t exactly too comfortable. But there are these rare days when you come across something that’s simple, elegant, comfortable with interesting, subtle details. I got my hands on one such piece by The Bleu Label.
The Kurta that I picked up is of a soft denim fabric which is very light and highly breathable. It’s been washed to this basic oxford blue, which makes it a very versatile piece as you can pair it up with a wide range of darker as well as lighter hues. Coming to the subtle details, notice the button, they’re of the same denim material as opposed to the usual contrasting ones. And my favorite part, the unwashed pocket patch. This pocket patch is a rather unique detail. You wouldn’t come across this one so easily. It lifts up the entire appeal of the Kurta and adds this subtle rawness and mystery to it. What I like about this piece, is that you can dress it down, easily wear it on its own with a simple salwaar or you can dress it up to a level of your choice with appropriate layers. And even for someone like me, who doesn’t opt for Kurtas that often, this one sure seems like an investment. And I’m more than just certain that you’d feel the same too.
Now let’s get down to assembling a look around this Kurta. Well this time I wanted to go with a more contemporary look with a touch of traditional influences. I teamed up the Kurta with a pair of grey pin striped chinos. Now you could go for an alternative bottom wear, but chinos are ideal for spring summer. They strike the right balance between style and comfort. To make the outfit look a lil dressy, I layered it up with a black sleeveless jacket with an oversized lapel that I had designed last year for a fashion week. For footwear I opted for a pair of leather gladiator sandals. Adding the right accessories and the right amount of accessories makes a difference. So I used a pair of classic black aviator sunglasses and a metallic time piece. To finish it all up, a leather clutch bag with studded details.
I would ideally sport this look when it calls for a more festive occasion. It will definitely make you stand out while being dressed in an occasion appropriate manner. I have already spoken a bit about how you could dress this Kurta down. Now in case you wish to dress it up further, layer it up. Go for Bandhgalas, blazers, waist coats, even long coats would look on fleek. You can experiment a lot with the footwear as well. You could pick from so many options. A pair of white sneakers, formal leather shoes like monkstraps or brogues. Or feel free to jazz it up a lii with an ethnic pair on Indian Jootis. And accessorize accordingly with metallic rings, bracelets, chains and aklets. Just make sure that it suits the occasion and you do not look over dressed. Be minimal but make sure that you end up making a statement.
So now you know how to dress up and dress down a Denim Kurta. Trust me, this one’s gonna be your best friend when it’s the season of festivities and you wanna look sharp but still feel comfortable.
Photo Credits: Rahul Gopalkrishnan
Kurts: The Bleu Label
Jacket: Pushkar Vaze
Clucth: Bohomale (Links to the brand in the previous blogpost)
Sunglasses: Ray Ban