In tune with the Indian women’s lifestyle, BIBA’s kurtis are bright yet airy, comfy yet affordable. Read BIBA kurtis collection review and how to wear them!
BIBA’s latest Spring Summer 2016 kurtis collection is designed keeping in mind the young and contemporary Indian woman – a woman who travels for work or study every day, spends her day in the office and her weekends doing household chores, but yet finds time to hang out with friends and chill in the evenings. Keeping that versatility and Indian women’s lifestyle in mind, the kurtis are bright yet airy, comfy yet affordable.
The kurtis range from printed to solid-colored to those with delicate threadwork. Some are plain Jane and some are more ornate, and others are a blend. Thus, the versatility – the low-maintenance ones work great for traveling, casual office days and hanging out with friends, and the delicate ones work well for anything from a Diwali party to meeting your boyfriend’s parents!
Fabrics include cotton, crepe, wool and silk – I love wearing crepe casually and while traveling, because it’s so easily washable and requires barely any ironing! So I’d reserve the silk (which needs more ironing and careful washing) for those special days, and cotton for those realllly hot summer days when anything else just doesn’t do!
Most kurtis have three-quarter sleeves and some are sleeveless or full-sleeved, good for those conservative places and perhaps, avoiding a sunburn if you’re out in the summer sun! The color palette ranges from pastel beige to bright fuschia and nearly everything in between – pinks, blues and reds being the collection’s dominant colors.
The kurtis’ hemlines fall anywhere between just below your hips to somewhere on your thigh, the longer ones can be found in the kurta and suits collections. All the kurtis show variations in their neckline styles and designs – from high round neck with button placket to medium V-necks and one with spaghetti straps.
Designs include neckline, sleeve and hemline embroidery. The design elements are very strongly Indian – reminiscent of culture of different parts of the country. Typical patterns include contemporary botanical prints, gold piping, gold threadwork embroidery and woven prints. All the designs are inspired by traditional Indian textiles, arts and architecture of different parts of India, such as traditional Assamese woven arts, Lucknow Chikan, Tibetan and Mughal architecture, Hyderabadi kalamkaari, etc. Here are some of my favorties:
And how to style these kurtis? Well, on a casual day, I would just slip one on over a pair of faded (and maybe just slightly ripped) jeans and a pair of matching open toe or ballet flats. For a more elegant look, like a date or a party, you can even pair them with a pair of black cigarette pants and strappy heels or pumps with large earrings and shimmery eyeshadow.
If I were to have anything different in this collection it would be more variety in Indo-western fusion designs. Sometimes, a girl just wants to experiment and make a statement. So I’d love more asymmetric styles, shoulder cut-outs and built-in scarves or other Indo-western elements. Plus, I’d also have liked a couple more sleeveless styles!
Price for the kurtis in the 2016 collection ranges from ₹400 to ₹1080. To check out the complete collection, visit their website: BIBA’s kurti for women collection.
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