Patiala Suits To Match Your Modern Wardrobe Needs

Modern Patiala Suits Infographic

The ascent of Patiala suits in our fashion vocabulary can be single-handedly credited to Bollywood movies. Some of the most iconic characters of these movies have worn a Patiala suit. Take Anushka Sharma in the song “Ainvayi,” who wore the ink blue kurta and red brocade pants.

Kareena Kapoor as Geet in Jab We Met also made the Patiala suit famous with the fuchsia kurta, mint green bottoms, and orange dupatta combination. Even Kangana Ranaut, with her orange mirror-worked extremely short kurta and pink pleated pants, made the patiala suit a must-have for most fashion-forward girls who base their closet on movies.

Punjabi Patiala Suits

Although originally from Punjab, Patiala suits have intrigued most Indian women because they are comfortable and easy to wear. Not only are they stylish but highly functional that makes them a must-have for everyday or festive events. Patiala suits can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion and styled according to one’s aesthetics.

However, Patiala suits in pop culture have been predominantly traditional, which is not the case anymore. Here are some fun iterations of the patiala suit that have made an appearance on our Instagram and deserve a spot in our modern yet ethnic wardrobes.

1. Sleeveless Patiala
2. Angrakha Style Patiala
3. Relaxed Fit Patiala
4. Patiala With Crop Top
5. Patiala Pants with Saris
6. FAQs on wearing Patiala suits

Sleeveless Patiala

Traditionally, patialas come with elbow-length sleeves or short sleeves and a deep neck. However, the modern-day patiala suits are being adjusted to meet the wardrobe needs of new-age women. Sleeveless versions of the dress, most preferred by younger women are becoming an important variety.

Sleeveless Patiala

Noodle straps or bralette-type straps are also available if someone is willing to experiment with them. When it comes to sleeveless patiala suits, there’s a rise in styles that can be worn without the dupatta. These are made of contemporary fabrics that are soft and flowy and are usually embellished with mirrors, zardozi, and pearl or bugle beads.

Sleeveless Patiala Suits

Tips: These styles can be worn to intimate, pared-back weddings that are being normalized thanks to the lockdown. They can be heavily accessorized for a look that’s more celebratory or worn with a pair of simple earrings or a dainty necklace. Juttis are still the best options for footwear. However, if you want to experiment, you can try wearing these modern patialas with flatform sliders that are all the rage right now.

Angrakha Style Patiala

Angrakha Style Patiala

Patialas have long been injected with the Mughal style of kurtas – the angrakha. However, traditionally, they are longer and have an A-line silhouette. The contemporary versions of angrakha are cropped. Like the one seen here, they also come in a peplum variety that looks more like tops and less like kurtas or conventional tunics.

Tip: Experiment with this style of patiala suit for a casual mehendi or a pool party, especially at a destination wedding. The style is breezy, comfortable and handsfree. If you opt for a peplum cut, it’s preferable to keep the sleeves longer than the length of the kurta itself, as seen in Sara Ali Khan’s outfit. Wear these with your favourite pair of pastel-coloured juttis (we’re eyeing Needledust) and accessorize with silver jewelry.

Relaxed Fit Patiala

Relaxed Fit Patiala

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These styles have pants that are patiala or semi-patiala (less pleated than the original) but have kurtas that are contemporary. Unlike the traditional designs, they are not sung and in fact, offer a relaxed fit. Some designs, like Soha Ali Khan’s, even come with pockets that make them an absolute must-have as they can be worn for everyday wear.

Tip: Wear them with statement-making kolhapuri flats or Mary Janes with a pointy heel. Since these are best for casual wear, accessorize with chunky silver jewellery in the ears.

Relaxed fits can also be seen in some traditional silhouettes like the one seen on Shanaya Kapoor here. They’re perfect to wear to small events like family get-togethers and intimate celebrations.

Casual Patiala Suits

Patiala With Crop Top

Patiala With Crop Top

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Patiala pants that are pre-fitted are also a great contemporary option for modern traditionalists. They come with crop tops that can either be fitted or relaxed and in some cases, they even come with capes. These are equal parts bohemian and chic and perfect to wear to places where the dress code requires something casual.

Tip: Like the peplum versions, these too are perfect for pool parties and laidback mehendi events. Since it is a bohemian look, accessorize with tribal-inspired jewelry or chunky gold jewels (brands like Misho and Studio Metallurgy offer great options). We suggest chic pumps to top the look.

Patiala Pants with Saris

Patiala Pants with Saris

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The most unconventional Patiala outfit on the list is this sari version of it. Cut the need to wear a petticoat by swapping it with patiala pants or dhotis that can be used to pleat the saree and hold it in place. This is a contemporary way of wearing not only a saree but also a patiala. Use a crop top or an organza blouse like Hina Khan’s here for the top. This outfit is guaranteed to get your many second looks.

Tip: A fun wedding ceremony that doesn’t have too many restrictions on dress codes is a great place to experiment with this style. Accessorize with boho jewellery and choose heels to wear on your feet.

FAQs on wearing Patiala suits

Q. What is a traditional Patiala suit?

A. Most conventional Patiala suits come with short kurtas that can be sleeveless, with short sleeves and elbow-length sleeves. They have a plain scooped neck in the front and a deep neck in the back that almost always comes with a dori that can be knotted to keep the kurta from sliding over the shoulders. The kurtas come with thick borders and have small embroideries all over, usually called buttis.

The pants are loose, almost dhoti-like, with multitudes of pleats. The more the pleats, the fluffier these pants look. It is usually topped off with a flowy dupatta made of chiffon, georgette or any other such soft fabric. Leheriya dupattas (dupattas which are tie-dyed in wave patterns) are also commonly worn with Patiala suits.

Short Kurta Patiala Suits

Q. What makes Patiala suits the perfect outfit?

A. Patiala suits are preferred because they are super comfortable and provide ample legroom. In Punjab, where the suit is traditionally from, they are also a part of the bride’s trousseau. Sometimes, they are also chosen as the wedding outfit. Such outfits are heavily embroidered and are expensive. Patiala suits, mainly because of their breezy pants and tighter kurtas, are highly functional and are also stylish at the same time, making them, the perfect outfit for most women.

Patiala Suits Perfect Outfit

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Q. How should you style a Patiala suit?

A. Patiala suits are usually worn with silver jewelry, mainly silver jhumkas. If they’re worn to weddings, one can pair it with maangtikkas or choker necklaces. Traditionally, the hair is braided however new-age women choose to wear their hair open with just some simple blow dry. For footwear, a mojdi or a jutti is the best choice, but many women also wear them with embellished wedges. There are heeled iterations of Kolhapuri chappals from designer Aprajita Toor which would also look good with a Patiala suit.

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