As Indians, we love mixing and matching. From savoury dishes that use an abundance of masalas to the age-old custom of brokering marriage agreements between families, our penchant for mixing and matching is legendary. Our entire country is a melting pot of customs, traditions, cultures, and languages that borrow from each other to create something uniquely whole. We see possibilities where others are hard-pressed to find them. That’s why we have momo pizza, Hinglish, and fusion wear. No one else plays this game quite like us.
This national timepass of mixing and matching flavours, party guests, furniture, and cultures extends to our clothes. This probably explains why our mix and match counters at our stores are a bustling beehive of activity that holds out the promise of real potential and a ‘good find’.
So, is mixing and matching as easy as finding a staple in your wardrobe and pairing it with a one-off piece? Hardly. There are subtleties involved that indicate this is an evolved activity and must be done by professionals.
Here are three tips to mix and match your ethnic wardrobe like a pro:
- Be bold
The season of wearing matching blouses and lehengas is passé. Buying separates allows you to explore your appreciation for fashion and take a chance on your creativity. Instead of following trends, why not create a new style instead? Give yourself permission to get quirky with your style this year. In the name of colour blocking, go out on a limb thread and choose an unconventional pairing. Let each piece reflect your personality and vibe.
For example, convention says to pair prints with solid colours. However, you could mix a pair of gingham pants with a bright ethnic Kurti for a stylish indo-western look. Or match a striped kurta with a floral palazzo or vice versa for a look that boggles the mind but is undeniably stylish and trendy.
Mix and match with Koskii: We recommend pairing this pink sequins net blouse with the pista green net skirt. Both use sequins embellishments that form a continuity between the pieces.
- Layer it
Layering is the unspoken rule of the art of mixing and matching. Each piece you add enriches the ensemble, making it unique and charming. For example, throw on a jacket instead of a dupatta or wear a turban for a touch of royalty. Have you ever tried a bralette or a crop top underneath a see-through tunic or a jacket? Or scarves instead of dupattas? You can also use accessories as layers to help you style your outfit better.
Mix and match with Koskii: We recommend wearing this raw silk with mirror work top with a pair of formal pants and a blazer for an evening out. Or this maroon velvet crop top under a sheer blouse, paired with a pencil skirt for the ultimate date night outfit.
- Wholistic Approach
There’s a tendency with mix and match outfits to see them as individual pieces and not as a complete outfit. Yet, you have to style the outfit as a whole for the best effect. The outfit needs to come together beautifully, from the cut and style to the colour, material, embroidery, and work on it. That’s the only way you will be able to style the ensemble with the best accessories and small touches that elevate the overall look. From the shoes and belt, you choose to the purse you carry, finishing the look matters. When a designer puts together an outfit, that last-mile finishing is done for you. When you are putting together the outfit, you need to pay careful attention to the little things that will help you elevate the look.
Mix and match with Koskii: How would you finish this outfit? You could pair it with a dupatta or an open jacket or wear it with a statement neckpiece or choker to balance the silhouette. Or you could try something entirely different by turning a matching dupatta (see below) into a shrug tied with a belt around the waist.
Why Choose Koskii?
Koskii is the destination of choice for the fashion-conscious who desire vibrant Indian occasion wear as quirky as their personal sense of style. Fashionistas can stay ahead of the trend with the season’s latest, created with the utmost care and attention to detail. Discover sharara suits, salwar suits, sarees, dress material and more in the latest cuts, colour, and material, with zari, cut dana, thread embroidery and other embellishments.