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The Latest In Festive Ethnic Fashion – Dhoti Salwar

The Latest In Festive Ethnic Fashion – Dhoti Salwar

What is dhoti Salwar/Pants

Sonam Kapoor
Unconventional being the popular theme this bridal season, it’s time to move away from the popular lehenga cholis or sarees and try a fun, hatke style – the dhoti salwar. How can we ever forget Sonam Kapoor in her quirky dhoti ensemble in the song Abhi to Party? Young, fresh, practical and so in vogue, this outfit is just perfect for the sangeet or pre wedding poojas. Check out our inspirations for the dhoti ensemble and learn how to incorporate it to your wardrobe.

Like the name suggests, Dhoti salwar resembles the look of a dhoti, it can be worn with a short top as well. These days combining a dhoti salwar with a crop to is the latest fade. Though it looks like a Patiyala salwar, dhoti salwar is different from it. Apart from great comfort it is great in style. People also mistake the look of harem pants with dhoti salwar, these styles are different styles, haram is a balloon shaped with tapering yet rounded near the ankles mostly laced with elastic at ankle to give a fuller look.

However dhoti salwar has pleats and is tapering at the ankles, giving a triangle shape from the side. Dhoti is not only versatile but its the most travel friendly outfit also. It is a quick replacement for jeans or leggings. They suit almost all body shapes.

Dos and Don’t with Dhoti Salwar/Pants

  • Do not compromise on the length, it has to come till the ankle with tapering end
  • Do not wear over sized or too loose tops with this style, as it will ruin the charm of the pants
  • Jackets complement the best with a dhoti salwar
  • Avoid lycra material as it is elastic and will not give you the right look. Go for stiffer materials
Difference Between Dhoti Salwar And Patiala

Difference between Dhoti Salwar and Patiala

  • Patiala has pleats at the back where as a Dhoti salwar has pleats in the front and sides
  • Patiala salwar has a lot of flair when compared to a Dhoti salwar
  • Since it requires a lot of flair the amount of cloth need to in a Patiala is more than a Dhoti Salwar
  • Patiala is worn only by women, whereas Dhoti Style salwar is worn by both men and women
  • Patiala can be worn with short kurtis above the knee, where are dhoti will complement shoter tops as well
  • Patiala is broad towards the ankle. Dhoti salwar is tapering toward the ankle
Dhoti Salwar Pattern and Designs
  1. Dhoti with heavily embroidered jacket:Dhoti with heavily embroidered jacket Mix soft, flowy silk dhoti pants with heavily embellished jackets. Take a cue from popular designer Anamika Khanna and make sure you pick the dhoti in a solid color to tone down the striking jacket.
  2. Dhoti with embroidered sheer jacket:Dhoti with embroidered sheer jacket A similar combination but with a different result was Anju Modi’s sheer floor length jacket. Opt for a dhoti with gold border and pair with a bra-let or bandeau top. Then throw in a semi-transparent embellished jacket for an elegant yet dramatic look
  3. Dhoti with Nehru jacket:Dhoti with Nehru jacket A classic and timeless style, one can hardly go wrong with the popular Nehru Jacket. Is it any wonder that Karishma Kapoor in the bright Swati Vijaivargie outfit features top in our favourite celeb looks? One could also take a cue from the stylish Esha Gupta and pair a subtle silk Nehru jacket with a fuchsia pink dhoti. Isn’t the hint of bright pink just fab? Do make sure the jacket reaches below the knee to balance out the color
  4. Dhoti with a short structured jacket/top:Dhoti with a short structured jackettop This uber chic look was spotted in the collection of designers like Anju Modi and Anita Dongre. A fun and modern take, this is a trend to watch out for! But if you’re curvy and heavy bottomed, we would advice against this style. This look draws attention to the hips and makes them appear heavier. If you have a petite or straight frame, this style is perfect for you. Just make sure the fabric of the dhoti is thick enough to avoid any peek-a-boo effects
  5. Printed or Embellished dhoti:Printed or Embellished dhoti Mirror works, heavy embroideries or bold prints, make your dhoti the focus of the look. The kurti or jacket should be subtle enough to balance out the look. Or you could go all out and mix prints for a bold statement
  6. Anarkali/salwar dhoti:Anarkalisalwar dhoti Wear it like a usual anarkhali or salwar suit, complete with the dupatta. If you want to go sans dupatta, we like the kurtis with asymmetrical hems for that quirky take
  7. Sheer dhoti:Sheer dhoti Quite unimaginable but sheer dhotis actually look good. Be it Tarun Tahiliani, Nikasha Tawadey or Arpita Mehta, semi-transparent dhotis were a runway favorite. You might have figured this out already, nevertheless do select a longer top or jacket for this look
  8. Dhoti with crop tops:Dhoti with crop tops For those of you who have worked hard to get that envious toned midriff, why not flaunt it with a chic crop top? Fun and flirty, this outfit is a definite statement look. But if you’re worried about it being too adventurous for a bridal ceremony, we’ve got an easy solution. Drape a beautiful dupatta that blends well with the outfit. Or just layer up with a longer open button top
  9. Dhoti with ponchos:Dhoti with ponchos Another new look to try out for is sheer ponchos with the crop top and dhoti ensemble. We especially love Arpita Mehta’s pretty oriental print ponchos. The sheer, one-shoulder Payal Singhal ponchos are a must-have. Be it luxurious or minimalistic, it’s easy to pick a personal preference
  10. Dhoti with cover ups:Dhoti with cover ups Nothing spells drama better than a long cape jacket. For ladies who don’t like the hassle of a duppatta, this is an easy, practical and stylish solution. Check out Divya Sheth’s gorgeous cover-ups, especially the one-shoulder cape that gives a dupatta like appeal. The black Anamika Khanna cape is another hot favorite look
Dhoti Salwar In Bollywood

Dhoti Salwar in Bollywood
Indian dhoti is being revived by many Indian designers, the classic design is brought back in contemporary designs. Some of the Bollywood celebs who are quick to catch up with this trend are Priyanka Chopra, Sonakshi Sinha, Genelia D’ Souza, Prateik and Kiran Rao donning its modern version – the dhoti pants!

A trend to fall in love with, the dhoti outfit is a perfect choice for those who prefer smart, comfy and practical styles. What’s even better is that, with so many trendy styles to pick from, there is no compromising on personal style either.

P.S: Remember these key things before mixing and matching: silhouette, fabric, color and prints.

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