Here’s Exactly What to Wear to an Indo-Western Themed Party!

Wondering what to wear to an Indowestern theme party? Well, here are 12 latest designer Indo western outfits picked from Lakme Fashion Week!

Hey gorgeous! So many of you are always asking me what to wear to parties with an Indo western dress code. It’s easy to pair a duppatta with your jeans, or rock your kundan necklace over your midi-dress and call them Indo western outfits. But it’s indeed tricky to get your tailor or local boutique to create a whole new Indo western outfit for weddings and parties, especially if you wanna make a statement.

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What is Indo Western Clothing?

As the name suggests, Indo wesstern wear is the fusion of Indian and western dress styles. The combinations may be done within the clothing itself, like pairing a western top with Indian pants, or a dress made in Indian fabric but draped in a western style. Or it could be done by pairing western wear with Indian accessories like a button-up shirt with jadau necklace.

Indo Western Wear Trends

So I looked at the latest Lakme Fashion Week’s designer collections – and picked out 12 of my favorite Indo western outfits to inspire you! Let’s take a look, and see how wearable they are!!

12 Indo Western Outfits from Lakme Fashion Week

#1: Baroque Anarkali Gown – Rohit Bal

I’m loving this concoction of royal Indian anarkali gown  with embroidery over silk, paired with a poncho bolero – with the structured shoulder top and the cinched waist bringing a Baroque influence.

Wear to: Wedding or engagement party

Rohit Bal

#2: Salwar Jumpsuit – I Am Design

Here’s a simple and elegant option for those who want it fuss-free. I love the clean lines here, and the grace with which the salwar pattern becomes the jumpsuitsuit as it goes up. If you look at just the bottom half, it’s just a salwar, and the top half, you’d think it’s a dress.

Perfect for: Cocktail evening or a family dinner

I Am Design

#3: Salwar & Off-Shoulder Poncho – Jayanti Reddy

Here’s another Indo western outfit with a salwar. Love the loose Aladdin style pants in a pastel color. But it looks great paired with a poncho top. Plus the off-shoulder element and the embroidered bottom hemline makes it look feminine and cute. It’s sophisticated yet comfy-looking.

Where to wear it: Cocktail or a family party

Jayanti Reddy

#4: Skirt Chooridar- Garo

Here’s a statement-maker – some mix of asymmetric pleated skirt and chooridar pants. Paired with a sleeveless asymmetric top. It’s not something everyone would wanna carry, but if you wanna make a statement, this is a great option!

Great for: Wedding cocktail night or formal office party


#5: Sheer Asymmetric Top & Pants – Neeta Lulla

This does not even have much of an Indian influence. But if I were to wear this type of an outfit to an indowestern party, I’d wear the top with salwar, or I’d modify the top to look like an asymmetric kurta, without the collar.

Wear to: Cocktail or dance night

Neeta Lulla

#6: Indian Patterns with a Slashed Skirt – Rahul Mishra

Here’s a layered outfit that mixes the Indian bandhini (tie and dye) pattern in a scarf, tucked under a belt with a jacket and a slashed skirt, in a mixed earthy palette. Great for cold weather days. In the summer, I’d just pair the bandhini scarf with the skirt and a crop top.

Suitable for: Destination party or office party

Rahul Mishra

#7: Fringed Saree with Bandeau Top – I Am Design

Here’s a saree outfit for those of you who want an excuse to don one stylishly! Love the saree pallu wrapped like a scarf around the neck. I’m not a fan of this bandeau top, and I’d have paired it with a beige or coral red sleeveless crop top. Or maybe a casual loose crop kurti!

Occasion: Casual party or wedding party

I Am Design

#8: Shorts with Dupatta & Crop Top – P.E.L.L.A.

Really interesting and statement outfit, this one. Silk fitted shorts paired with a full-sleeved crop top in beige, paired with a matching wrap.

Great for: Cocktail party or dance party


#9: Lehenga & Off-Shoulder Fringe Choli – Shriya Som

Here’s a glam outfit for the brides or wedding guests. A sequin lehenga with a long train is paired with an off-shoulder fringed gold crop top.

Perfect for: Wedding sangeet or Engagement party

Shriya Som

#10: Kurti Dress & Pants – Garo

In this Indo western outfit, a front-slit-dress/kurti-attached-to-a-slit-skirt is paired with silk pants. I like the concept, but it could have been sexier and cleaner with less mix-and-match, and perhaps taking the slit up higher to the ribs, and pairing with a pair of matching low-waist flared 70s pants.

Wear to: Engagementor  Wedding sangeet party


#11: Saree Skirt – Payal Khandwala

Here’s another mix-and-match outfit – a fuchsia saree-style wraparound skirt paired with an olive green top and a pallu-style coral red scarf.

Occasion: Family dance or sangeet

Payal Khandwala

#12: Off-Shoulder Asymmetric Top – Payal Khandwala

I wouldn’t even call it an Indo western outfit had it not been made in Indian silk, or worn with a large nose-ring and flip-flops!

Payal Khandwala

Works well for: Cocktail or dance party

So which of these Indo western outfits did you like the most? And which one did you not like? Lemme know how you would pair and accessorize Indo western outfits!


Read next:

21 Indo-Western Fusion Elements Every Girl Needs to Try
How to Wear Indo-Western Suits & Dresses for All Occasions

4 thoughts on “Here’s Exactly What to Wear to an Indo-Western Themed Party!”

  1. Unfortunately the anarkali gown with a poncho bolero (#1) doesn’t give me a Baroque feeling at all, just a feeling of claustrophobia. I’m actually feeling sorry for the model so hidden within it!

    Also I agree with you on the Garo look (#10) I would love to see this in a single gorgeous color, either completely matching, or with variations in one tone at least. Perhaps shades of lilac or purple, or even shades of green, such as lime, grass, and a deeper forest. Actually if all the pieces continued the same two colors in patterns (even lilac and grass green) they would look fabulous. There could be a large scale floral and a small scale one, and then a stripe?

    I truly don’t like the looks illustrated in #5, #6, #7 and #8. They aren’t modest at all. I was born in India and immigrated to the US as an infant. For better or worse, I grew up like any other American kid. The only difference is I’ve been to India every three years in until I was married. So I like most women in this country, I have seen the least modest (usually at an awards show) and also the most modest fashion. And living in a cold place I’ve had to learn to cover up and layer up and I see women doing it flawlessly. The sari with approx. 25% of a blouse looks ridiculous, like we caught her in the middle of getting dressed. The sheer fabrics are pretty, but there is too little left for the imagination. High slits? Same issue.

    The last two outfits are my favorites. For example, 11) looks very edgy and cool, almost street style! Also the color combination is done in perfectly complementary colors (olive=green & pink=red). I love any color with green! It’s nature’s neutral, because for every color there exists a flower. And they always look wonderful with their leaves, whatever that green may be.

    The last picture (#12) is very elegant, all floating and softly moving silk. Unless a person has never seen a sari, this style appears born from Indian aesthetics and fashions. The brilliant yellow gold top, in particular, uses the contrast (red)color and the border that is so typical of saris. Combining the bold Indian color with the exquisite subtle gray seems perfect and surprisingly gorgeous.

    These two things are what I try to never be without!

    (Sorry for the lengthy comment!)

  2. Beautiful and very nice styles. I have gone through the article and i really liked the way that you have mentioned each and infact i loved the styles that i would love to buy. Thanks for sharing it.


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