Sure, there was a time when the accessory 'belt' and a saree, a kurta or any of these quintessentially Indian outfits wouldn't make their appearances in the same conversation . There's a chance that you will, perhaps, even now, digress the extreme modernization of silhouettes that we've watched our predecessors wear with such regard to tradition. But as we're moving toward becoming more glocal with our approach to everything else, its only unfair to single out our festive wardrobe from doing the same.
Enter: the humble belt.
Unlike earlier, a belt's job description now extends far and wide beyond simply cinching our waist and keeping our pants from falling off of our hips - and neither are they limited to being of utmost importance only in men's wardrobes. We're using it to add definition to our form. Think: accentuating the waist in an otherwise oversize kurta. And that's not it; we're also wearing it with our favourite lehengas and sarees where it serves the dual purpose of looking stylish and keeping the 'pallu' in place so the outfit as a whole starts feeling less cumbersome. If you thought you couldn't go hands-free with Indian clothes, well, the fortuitous appearance of the belt in the Indian fashion-scape has put comfort and accessibility back into our lexicon. After all, isn't fashion nothing but a direct reflection of the times we are living in? And what good are these clothes if they don't adapt to the sartorial zeitgeist, anyway.
On that note, here's a handpicked collection of kurta sets, lehengas, sarees and shararas which are stalwart pieces of design wonder standalone, too, but are probably a tad bit better when worn with a belt. Take a look!
Whether you use a strip of lace, a rolled up scarf or even your good ol' reliable tan belt to cinch your outfit, it'll look grand, regardless.
How are you wearing your Indie outfit today? Tell us in comments.