From Anita Dongre to Sabyasachi, from loose-fitted kurtis to new kurta silhouettes, discover the latest kurta trends for 2021!
Hey gorgeous! Are you spending countless hours wondering what to wear for your next zoom meeting, festivities round the corner or when stepping out? Wanna keep your outfit ethnic but fuss-free? Looking for outfits that are not only comfortable but trendy too? Then your search ends right here because we have shortlisted some amazing kurta trends for 2021 and we would like to share them with you!
Ethnic wear never really goes out of trend. When looking for comfortable yet stylish ethnic wear, what’s better than kurtas? So, if you wanna grab some trendy kurtas, then take a look at these 11 latest kurta trends.
Latest Kurta Trends for 2021
1. Loose-Fitted Kurtas
Loose-fitted kurtas have taken the top spot in our list of kurta trends for 2021. These airy silhouettes are making a real statement this year and we are seeing them in the collections of Anita Dongre, Payal Singhal, Ritu Kumar & more.
Well-fitted & tailored kurtas have been ruling for quite some time. Now, it is time to give way to these airy and breathable kurtas. Perf for the whole day, whether you’re hosting an at-home tea-party or having a family function. Considering the Covid situation, it is quite obvious for us to expect top designers coming up with such a trend.
We spotted these comfy kurtas in both light and dark hues. If plain solids are not your type, go for printed ones. Loose-fitted kurtas are perfect for those who can’t stand anything too tight or form-fitting, like me!
2. Top Style Kurtas
Top-like kurtas are one of the hottest kurta trends in 2021. If you are bored of the long traditional kurta styles, this is the time to replace them with these amazing kurtas that work more like a top. These kurtas come in different styles, shapes, forms & prints and are quite shorter in length than normal kurtas, which makes them look like a top.
This year, we are seeing many designers experimenting with these kurtas. We have spotted peplums, high-lows, draped kurtas and what not! These kurtas are a good pick to add a modern touch to your ethnic wear. Pair them with culottes & a plain jacket for a formal look or with a long skirt and a scarf for a casual evening look. Perfect for college or a Zoom family-meet.
3. Calf-Length Kurta Dress
Tired of looking for matching bottoms or duppattas to pair your kurta with? We totally understand and have a solution too – calf length kurta dress. These kurtas end halfway between the knees and ankles & let you show off your legs (at least a bit of ’em).
Solid colors, checks and floral patterns are some of the most prominent styles we spotted this year. Calf-length kurta dress is one of my favorite kurta trends for 2021. Pairing these kurtas with a matching scarf or denim jacket would definitely make you stand out in the crowd. These are a great idea for the hot summer months and monsoons too!
4. Button-Down Kurtas
Button–down kurtas have been trending for a while now and yet again it made it to our list of latest kurta trends for 2021. Kurtas with varying lengths, prints, solid colors & asymmetric hems are some of the hottest styles we are seeing this season. Additionally, we also saw these kurtas with and without collars in designer collections of Rohit Bal, Anita Dongre, Anju Modi and more.
These kurtas are stylish, comfortable and quite perfect for your next Zoom meeting or for a casual outing. I’m personally in love with Rohit Bal’s cream-white knee length button down kurta with bold floral motifs.
5. Long Anarkali Kurtas
Long anarkali kurta is another older trend that’s back in 2021. This year, we are seeing anarkalis in light as well as dark shades. We also spotted heavily embroidered anarkalis, intricately embellished yokes, broad borders, and most of them were full-sleeved.
From Sabyasachi Mukherjee & Ritu Kumar to Tarun Tahiliani, all designer collections have this Mughal-inspired garment in their latest collections. Pair these kurtas with matching churidars or palazzos and of course, with matching statement jewelry to rock any celebration, be it your friend’s wedding or a family get-together. Personally, I’m in love with the long red embellished anarkali kurta by Reynu Taandon.
6. Asymmetric or High-Low Kurtas
We’ve already seen asymmetric or high–low kurtas over the past years. And they’re making an even bigger comeback in 2021. This year, we are witnessing several models flaunting these kurtas in chic and effortless ways. We saw many kurtas higher in the front & longer at the back. Other new silhouettes we’re loving this season are kurtas forming a C shape in the front, extra draped fabric on either side of the kurtas and long undulating hemlines.
The designer kurta collections of some of the top designers like Sabyasachi, Payal Singhal and Anju Modi are all about uneven statement hemlines. I’m in love with the black asymmetric kurta with sharp front slit & embroidered yoke by Sabyasachi.
7. Straight & Long Kurtas
Long straight kurtas are trending! If you are planning to buy these, then go for printed, bold floral motifs or embroidered ones in pastel or dark colors. These kurtas look absolutely classy when paired with wide-legged pants or denim jeans.
Long straight kurtas are perfect for low-key family ceremonies or for outings with friends. If you wanna add a touch of sparkle to your outfit, then pair them with drop earrings, a statement necklace and comfy juttis, and you are all set to make a lasting impression on everyone.
8. Kurta with Jacket
Kurtas paired with open jackets are the new cool. Teaming kurtas with trendy jackets adds a chic look to your overall appearance. This season we are seeing a lot of jackets in printed patterns, solid colors, netted, tie-dyed, and also matching printed jackets.
Tie-dyed long calf-length jacket with an attached belt by Karishma Shahani has my heart. Go for a solid colored crop jacket with a long printed kurta, team it with crop pants or palazzo pants and you are all set to make heads turn!
9. New Silhouettes
Bored of old kurta styles and need a wardrobe upgrade? Then you gotta try some new kurta silhouettes. This year, we are noticing a lot of new creative silhouettes. We saw a printed and embroidered off-the-shoulder kurta with a side slit by Sabyasachi, whereas Payal Singhal came up with an oversized printed kaftan top with drawstrings, embellished with playful tassels.
On the other hand, Sue Mue introduced a short kurta with eyelet details and gathered flares at both sides of the kurta. Leaving everything aside, what I loved was Tahweave’s loose see-through button-down kurta. This is one of the most unique and eye-catching trends in the list of kurta trends for 2021.
10. Kaftan Kurtas
Kaftan kurtas are gaining a lot of popularity this year. Be it short or long, we’re seeing them almost everywhere. These kurtas are light-weight, loose-fitted and freely-flowing. They tend to have wider sleeves, and we’re seeing a lot of casual oversized ones that are thigh-length.
These kurtas are making a real statement, and we’re seeing them in collections of Payal Singhal, Abraham & Thakore, Anju Modi and more. To add more structure to your kurta, team it with a wide belt, or you can also wear it as it is and you are good to go, regardless of the occasion.
11. Short Kurtis with Salwar
Though not a new trend, short kurtis with salwar are still catching eyes. And even this year, these kurtas have made it to our list of latest kurta trends for 2021. I have been wearing them on several occasions. Should I wear them for another year? Okay, I really don’t mind!
This year, we saw short kurtis in muted and bold hues and also embellished ones in the collections of Reynu Taandon, Sayantan Sarkar, Anju Modi and more. If wearing salwaar is not your thing, then wear them with jeans or cigarette pants to create an Indo-western look. Also, you can team these kurtas with embellished shararas or ghararas! The styling options are truly endless.
So, that sums up our list of the latest kurta trends for 2021. Now that you got so many options to choose from, let us know which is your favorite kurta trend by tweeting @shilpa1ahuja or commenting below! And don’t forget to tag us @shilpaahujadotcom on Instagram if you try any of these trends!
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Sailee Iyer is a Fashion Journalist Intern at ShilpaAhuja.com. She is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design from Amity University, Mumbai. She is originally from Navi Mumbai. Her interest in fashion grew at a very young age. Her urge to learn something new every day and passion to keep herself up to date with the latest trends inspired her to opt for a career in fashion.