What are the ideal shoes to wear with a salwar-kameez, a churidar and a sari?
With a salwar-kameez, a pair of open-toed shoes looks very elegant. A decorative pair of chappals with heels is also spot on. With a churidar, open stilettos, heeled sandals or wedges work well. With a sari, heeled stilettos or stringy sandals look best.
The material and colour of the shoes will depend on whether you are wearing these outfits for a formal occasion, or casually during the day. Ramp up the glamour quotient if it’s for the evening.
How can I easily bring hints or elements of Indian style into my primarily Western wardrobe?
A short dress with a bit of embellishment can double up as a kurta if you wear a churidar underneath. Even a tunic with sequinned details around the neckline or some beaded detail can be worn this way. Tunics are quite trendy at the moment, and easily available in stores. Ethnic jewellery, such as jadau, old silver, or kundan, when worn with a Western outfit, mixes up the look and gives an East-meets-West feel.
Also, colour is a characteristic that is essential to Indian clothing. Maroons and purples, or even brighter colours such as pink and turquoise, are very “Indian” and look great on our skin tones. Similarly, a bit of embroidery in the form of an embroidered bag, stole or pair of shoes will also bring in an element of Indianness.
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