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How to Look Desi

By Sara . Updated: January 30, 2017
How to Look Desi

The term Desi is widely used in India to describe those female who wears traditional Indian attire such as salwar kurta, sari, lehenga and others. Traditional Indian clothes have a unique charm, which has grown even more popular after the rise of stars such as Priyanka Chopra in 'Dotsana'. So, rarely can any girl go wrong with the desi look. In this OneHowTo article we will know how to look desi.

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  1. Kurta
  2. Sari
  3. Accessories
  4. Footwear


A Kurta or kurti, is simple traditional Indian attire that can be worn as both formal and informal wear. For everyday use, plain or lightly embroidered kurta can be paired with leggings, jeans salwar, Patiala. For attending an event it’s best to use embroidered or embellished kurta with churidaar or dhoti pants. To make the kurta a bit more desi, add a dupatta. If the kurta is simple then an embroidered or embellished dupatta can up the glam quotient. For a smarter look, you can stitch a Chinese/sherwani collar on your kurta.

For a breezy desi look you can opt for the ‘Piku’ inspired dressing. With long kurta, plazzo pants and a scarf this casual desi look will hit all the right marks.

Take a look at our article on how to mix and match kurtis for more amazing ideas.

How to Look Desi - Kurta
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The sari has always been the quintessential desi wear. Some years ago it was made famous on international level when Priyanka Chopra wore a saree for the song ‘Desi Girl’ in the movie Dostana, and many Bollywood starlets such as Sonam Kapoor and Alia Bhatt have followed her footseps in '2 States'.

Saris which every desi girl should have in their closet are Kanjivaram sari, Benarasi Silk sari, Bengal’s Baluchari sari and Tant sari, pure silk sari, Bandhani sari and Sambalpuri sari For desi girls who loves fusion, half and half sari or lehenga sari can be the perfect alternative for traditional saris.For more, take a look at how to wear a Saree in a new style.

How to Look Desi - Sari


Right amount of accessories are extremely important to accentuate the desi look. A small bindi on the forehead balances the overall look for formal desi wear. For festivals or other occasions elaborate bindis will work fine. Adding some bangles on one hand or both hands also goes well for these occasions.

Gold, silver, diamond or pearl jewelries are an important component of the desi look. Gold jewelries like necklace, earrings or bangles are available all over India. For a different look you can try matha pattis or nose rings.

Use Maang tikka on your hair and choose a beautiful haristyle to go with your outfit.

How to Look Desi - Accessories


For a desi look jutis are most essential item in footwear. For saris heels are perfect. Opt for stilettos or pencil heels while wearing sari but never wear wedge heels or platform heels. For kurtis, you can experiment with different heels, jutis, mojris or kolhapuri. The jutis and mojris contain vibrant embellishments and embroidery work of peacocks, flowers, leaves or animals. There are also adorned with beads, glitters, zari work, gota patti and resham work. Choose the one which goes best with your dress and flaunt the Desi girl in you.

How to Look Desi - Footwear
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