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COVER STORY

white summer kurtis

It may seem surprising, or even repetitive, that we should continue discussing summer wardrobes, but sometimes it becomes necessary to continue stating the bleedingly obvious.

Wear cotton in summer preferably white cotton. Aside from the much-desired sophisticated appeal of breezy, white wardrobes, few can deny the double-edged benefit of letting skin breathe and reflecting heat that such ensembles permit.

So without further ado or apologies: white summer kurtis.
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white summer kurtis

Kurtis strike a perfect balance in terms of being apt as both formal, casual wear and casual, formal wear; and they intone an utterly approvable fusion between ethnic and western designs.

This best-of-both-worlds garment is at its best when worn in a slightly larger fit than your usual body-hugging shalwar kameez. Opt for a mid-length, white cotton kurti in a seemingly generous size for corporate and casual lunches.

A dash of colour can be added to your ensemble by choosing subtle, but coloured embroidery or printed cutwork patches to embellish your outfit.

If you are one for understated outfits, but still enjoy your occasional bold and bright embellishments, white-on-white printed or blocked kurtis with striking necklines and dupatta borders might be exactly what you're looking for.

Bring colour to your wardrobe despite its apparent white fetish by investing in emerald green cutwork to adorn a wide, round neckline and add a fun, triangular trim to your dupatta.

In case the focus on white makes you feel slightly restricted and pressed for choice, feel free to experiment with necklines and sleeve lengths. Forego the wide, airy necklines for high collars teamed with three-quarter or full sleeves if you can brave the heat.

For that added feminine feel, opt for pinks and purples for your dupatta borders or neckline pattis, that can be either printed material or zari paars structured in a large, square design across the upper half of your torso.

For those who love their classic whites, there are ways of sidestepping entirely the element of colour in your actual outfit, but incorporating striking hues into your ensemble through tasteful accessories.

Keep to your fully white wardrobe by picking elegant white-on-white prints, screen prints, blocks, embroideries or crochets and accesorise with bold, ethnic pieces of jewellery in metal, cane, beads, wood or clay.

Another option may be to set your outfit slightly apart from the rest by choosing a different placement for your patchwork embellishment. As much as we love our eye-catching necklines, adding design to the mid-torso area adds an element of exclusiveness to otherwise oft-seen neck embellishments.

A printed, navy circular design that is complemented by blue stone/shell jewellery and dark kohl eyes will be an add an element of visual interest.

-- LS Desk
Model: Peya
Photo: Sazzad Ibne Sayed
Make-up: Farzana Shakil
Wardrobe and jewellery: Chondon

 
 

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