Every Desi Girl’s Guide To Buying Ethnic Wear

This is a feature post for Myntra.com


In this post, we tell you just how to navigate the vibrant and oftentimes confusing and over-the-top universe of Indian-wear outfits and paraphernalia, to arrive at your ideal ethnic wear ensemble. Often, choosing between different styles and cuts of ethnic women’s wear like sarees, chaniya choli, ghagra choli, salwar kameez, churidaar, tunics, fusion prints, not to mention colour combinations and what to wear to which occasion can be quite a daunting task. But worry not! We tackle all of this, and additionally advise you on how to dress ethnically for your body type, because comfort is key!

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Casual Ethnic Women’s Wear

For day-to-day living in India’s big, metropolitan, balmy cities, simple ethnic kurtis along with leggings offer versatility, comfort, and ease.  For the same reason, kurtis should be lightweight, suitable to be worn in all weathers, and not to mention, it should also be aesthetically appealing. Since cotton offers all the above mentioned qualities, it is the best fabric to choose. In the monsoon, you can opt for synthetic materials that dry easily such as chiffon and georgette.

Wear it to: College, to run errands, on a long day out travelling through the city, going to crowded spaces.

For The Pear-Shaped Body

A popular shape among Indian women, the pear shaped body is characterized by large hips and thighs. Draw attention instead, to your slender waist and upper torso with detailed collars and prints, fit and flare kurtas, anarkalis and tunics. Patialas are always a good option.

White and blue printed patiala
Yellow solid anarkali kurta with asymmetric hem
Blue printed anarkali kurta

For The Hourglass – Shaped Body

Lucky you – with the body type every woman covets, it’s not that hard to accentuate your body type! Stick to fitted tunics that accentuate your waist and colours that suit you.

Teal blue embroidered tunic
Printed A-line kurta

For The Apple-Shaped Body

If you have an apple-shaped body i.e. you are big-bosomed and / or have a fairly large tummy – Plain, A-line kurtas without much detailing, with a good fit and a V-neck will take away from your perceived ‘flaws’ (we all know that Big is Beautiful, though!)

Green striped tunic
Maroon solid A-line kurta

For The Square-Shaped Body

Find ethnic women’s wear that creates the illusion of curves like kurtas cinched at the waist. Pick more pastel, effeminate colours and patterns reflective of a younger appearance, if you want to take away from the boxy/ square look.

Pink patterned contemporary A-line kurta
Off white printed A-line kurta


Skirts, bikinis, bags, you name it and everything’s taken a tribal or ethnic twist of its own!

Biba multicoloured flared indie skirt
Hippie printed kimono shrug

Ethnic Wear by Style Profile

For The Contemporary Indian Woman

More and more, women are shaking loose their inhibitions and emancipating themselves from the hold of age-old un-fashionable cuts and styles, opting instead for a fusion of Indo-Western looks, contrasting patterns and elegant styles.

Gold-Toned & Tan Brown colour blocked Open Toe Flats
Floral printed mojris
White Kolhapuri chappals
Pink solid maxi skirt

Gold-Plated Handcrafted Contemporary Drop Earrings

For the Traditional Indian Woman

Although experimentation is a big plus point, sticking to the classics can also be a good idea if you choose the right patterns and fall that accentuate your body.

Black and gold printed empire line kurta

Blue & Gold-Toned Contemporary Jhumkas
Beige and gold toned ethnic dress

Beige & Yellow Embroidered Sandals

Weddings or Formal Ethnic Women’s Wear

Us Desi Girls live for wedding season, of course! Bright colours like fuchsia pink, turquoise blue, sunflower yellow, bottle green come out to play.  In terms of style, sarees are the number one choice. A more elaborate and dressier option would be a ghagra choli and even anarkalis with heavy embroidery work. Pull out all the stops for glamour, and thumka away!

Pink & Navy Blue Embroidered Semi-Stitched Lehenga & Unstitched Choli with Dupatta

Cream-Coloured & Mustard Yellow Chanderi Cotton Semi-Stitched Lehenga Choli

Green Block Printed Lehenga with Blouse

Women White & Gold-Toned Shimmer Platforms

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