When I was writing the sari on cape post I realized the jacket was being used in indian wear a lot these days. Iam a big fan of the Jacket or Koti anarkalis, because when everyone these days dresses in anarkalis the koti helps me stand out. But it is not just anarkalis which are being worn with jackets. Patiala suits, kutis, sarees, lehengas and shararas all are being given a contemporary twist with a jacket.
Investing in Nehru Jackets , boleros and blazers is good because it helps in recycling old ethnic wear via the mix and match way
Anarkalis with Jacket:
Adding a short jacket to your simple anarkali is great way to to style it differently especially in winters. It is better to skip the dupatta when wearing a jacket over anarkali also sticking to minimal jewellery is the key to nailing this look.
Saris with Jacket:
Sonam Kapoor started this off when she wore a long jacket with saree at cannes. Adding an embroidered jacket to a simple saree is a great way to style for winter weddings. But if your saree is embellished go the sheer cape way (look here for more insight on Saree capes). This fashion fusion has great potential provided done the right way. Be open to experimenting and try both long coats and short jackets or waist coats. A more dressed down version of this trend can be worn to traditional office dos.
Salwars and kurtas with jackets:
When it comes to kurtis waistcoats are an effortless way to add zing to the whole look. Simple plain kurtis couls be jazzed up with embellished or embroidered waistcoats, while printed kutis can be worn in multiple ways by adding plain waistcoats of different colours.
Alia bhat wore this chic patiala suit for promotion of her movie humpty sharma ki dulhania. This whole patiala with waist coat coat gives a dressed up vibe and helps add more colour to the look so these can be easily worn to Mehendi functions or traditional fun parties. A mirror work vest is a must have if ethnic wear is your thing.
which way would you love to reinvent your ethnic wear with a jacket?