However, just like everything else, kurtis too come at a price. A price that can sometimes prove to be quite high if you want the latest and the greatest. So what do you do? No, not flock to chor bazaar to get one at a cheap rate and realize that the kurti you bought has a defect. Instead, you should look into your closet as you’ll find a treasure trove of kurtis there! Or at least a potential treasure trove.
For the quintessential Indian woman, no attire is as comfortable as the kurti. Coming in a wide variety of shades, patterns and styles, the kurti is now a versatile item that can carry you from office hours and beyond with comfort and élan! Almost every online shopping store has an endless stock of kurtis and college girls to office-goers can be seen flaunting the latest designs.
All the old sarees you possess can be easily recycled into gorgeous kurtis that are one of a kind. That means you don’t have to wear a design that almost everyone else is! Besides, while your cotton sarees can be transformed into comfy casual kurtis, your silk ones can be made into gorgeous occasion wear!
So, instead of giving away your old sarees to thebartanwali, give them to your tailor so he can make lovely kurtis out of them. To give you some inspiration, we’ve curated a list of kurti designs that’ll preserve the beauty of your old sarees and yet look stylish!
1. Kurtis With A Front Slit
Also known as maxi kurtis, front-slit kurtis have a huge slit that begins near your midriff and continues till your ankles. This kind of kurti is quite the rage these days! Mainly due its versatility as you can wear them with your jeans, leggings, long skirts, and palazzos. Printed old sarees made of chiffon or cotton will look great as front silk kurtis. You can also recycle silk ones into this pattern if you’re feeling a bit adventurous!
Got an occasion coming up and no dress to wear? Rehash your old crepe or silk saree into a stunning a floor length kurti! Floor-length kurtis are perfect for occasions that call for long hours of attendance. They’re supremely comfy and easy to manage, so you can actively take part in all the festivities and not worry about your pallu falling off.
There are many ways in which you can add a little bit more flair to a saree-turned-floor-length-kurti. For example, you could ask your tailor to make a fancy neckline. Or you could get some stones and mirror work across your kurti. You could also get the sleeves done in the latest cold-shoulder style to keep up with the trends!
3. Kaftan Kurtis
From college classes to picnics and lazy lunch dates with bae – kaftan kurtis are perfect when you wish to look feminine and yet casual! So why not turn your crepe or georgette sarees into one? Our suggestion is you choose sarees with bold or quirky prints for this kurti design. Floral and geometric print sarees will look equally good as kaftan kurtis too, with the latter making you stand out from the crowd.
4. Peplum Kurtis
The amalgamation of Indian and Western wear has yielded some amazing results over the years and the peplum kurti happens to be a prime example of that! Perfect for women with skinny frames, a peplum kurti can make you look curvaceous and even hide your tummy if you think it’s unflattering.
The kind of sarees that you can turn into peplum kurtis are cotton handloom and silk ones. If you have a dual-shaded saree, it’s even better as you can get the kurti made with one tone of the saree while straight pants are made with the other tone. You can also pair your peplum kurtis with dhoti pants and patialas!
5. Kurtis With Side Slits
Side-slit kurtis are classics that can be worn irrespective of the season or reason! Besides, their versatility allows them to be paired with any kind of lowers – jeans, pants, leggings, churidars,patialas, etc. While you can definitely alter your saree into a conventional dual side-slit kurti, we recommend experimenting with a one-sided thigh-high slit! Sarees of any material can be used to tailor kurtis of this style.
6. Frock Style Kurtis
One way to bring out your ultra-feminine side is to don frock style kurtis. These graceful kurtis suit all kinds of body shapes and look eye-catchingly beautiful. Sarees with intricate borders make for the perfect frock kurtis as the borders of the saree can also grace the borders of the kurti! A unique feature of frock style kurtis is that you can wear them without lowers as well!
If some of your old sarees are in perfect condition, don’t throw them away. Save yourself some money and turn them into beautiful kurtis like the ones mentioned above!