So, you have a dream destination in mind. You’ve blocked your dates and booked your tickets. What’s next? Picking your clothes and packing your bags, of course!

 

While you rummage through your closet and frantically shop stores looking for your perfect travel outfits, you may want to pause and slow down. Because the answers to your fashion queries might be closer than you’d think.

 

Unless you were living under the proverbial rock, you have witnessed (and participated in) the Indo-western fusion-wear boom in the past two decades, becoming a legitimate genre of its own.

 

And understandably so, with its fashion-meets-comfort standout feature, one can see why ethno-western fusion-wear is much loved by B'wood divas and commoners alike.

 

Their airiness, breathable fabrics, and comfy fit are what make any heart sing! This versatility is precisely what makes these clothes a great travel option.

 

Still not convinced? Read on!

 

  1. Long skirts

 

There’s a reason why you couldn't take your eyes off Kajol in Dilwale, and it has nothing to do with SRK. As much as loved seeing the golden duo on the big screen, it was Kajol’s impeccable style that bowled us over. Her long and enviable skirt-tunic combos were truly a thing of beauty!

 

You can recreate her look by wearing a long skirt, with any tunic/ shirt of your choice. Pair things right by playing with the right colors:  A white or black top goes really well with a multi-colored skirt. At the same time, matching any color from your skirt with the top of the same color also works wonders. If your skirt isn’t multi-colored, you can use a contrasting palette to make your outfit pop.

 

 

  1. Angarakha

 

Angarakha conjures up the image of mustached Rajasthani men, standing beside a duty-bound camel. While that may have been the case in the past, modern-day Angarakhas are a work of art, with embroidered dainty kameez complete with two flaps that are tied together by threads or loops.

 

Their breezy fit makes them ideal for hot and humid weather. But you can layer them up just the same, with traditional shrugs, in case it gets windy/cold.

 

Long Maxi dresses and Anarkali Kurtis, also work in a similar fashion, by offering the same function and form as the Angarakha.

 

  

  1. Palazzos with tees or Kurtis

 Palazzos took the desi fashion world by storm a few years ago.

 Ideally paired with long or short Kurtis, the bottom wear works just as beautifully with solid colored shirts for when you are traveling and need comfortable garb. Lounge, stretch, or run, the comfy bottom wear provides it all.

 

 

  1. Dhoti pants with long/short kurtas

 

An offshoot of the previous point is yet another comfy bottom wear— the dhoti pants!

 

What may’ve been odd for a woman to wear a few years ago is now considered a fashion fact: Dhoti pants are oh-so-comfortable and a must exploration for travel wear (if not a must-have).

 

For inspiration, think of Kareena Kapoor in Jab We Met, or Shraddha Kapoor in Ek Villain.

 

 

 

  1. Ethnic Shrugs

 

Shrugs are a super convenient way of taking up your outfit a notch. Available in different lengths, colors, and patterns, this cross-over of the desi jacket with a western silhouette makes for an interesting, fun look when traveling.

 

Not only do they offer sun protection during the day, but make for an excellent layering option at the night, making this ethno-western wear a necessary travel buddy!

 

 

We can’t end the blog without talking about the highly versatile wardrobe staple- the Kurti. Seeing how this clothing type comes in many different forms, we will let you decide for yourself what your choice would be when traveling. You can begin by having a look at our collection here :)
September 30, 2022 — Karthik Baggam

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