The much-awaited festival of Diwali is just around the corner and more than the adults, kids in our families are bubbling with excitement. And why wouldn’t they? It is their time too to meet their besties and enjoy the celebrations. It is also the time of the year when you want to be dressed up in the best ethnic wears. Kids, nowadays, have a special liking for clothes of their own and like to be given plenty of choices to pick from. Ethnic wears for kids also come handy when you have to dress them up for school festive celebrations or ethnic days. Even for a dance or cultural activity at school or community, ethnic wears are an essential part of your kids’ wardrobe.
Though there are plenty of options to pick from, take a look at the following tips that will help you make the right choice for the ethnic wears for your little fashion lovers.
1. Skirt and Tops for Girls
The most loved attire for girls is a skirt and top which can be patterned endlessly to suit the ethnic or modern look or even Indo- modern fusion. In the ethnic version, the skirt-top is modified into a lehenga bouse along with a dupatta. Brocade tops with plain skirts or the silk skirts with zari borders are a favorite among girls. Just like the southern silk sari with heavy borders, the skirts and blouses can be patterned into the traditional wears.
Along with this look, neatly pleated hair, bindis, a potli sling bag and jewelry adds oodles of prettiness. Joothis and chappals go well with this look. Few flowers like the mogra or rose traditionalize the look further.
2. Kerala Traditional Kasavu Skirt and Blouse
For little girls, there’s no dress that brings more auspiciousness than the Kerala style Kasavu pattu pavada which is made of the fabric and designs of the much popular Kerala settu sari. In this variety, you can pick from the brocade designs or the traditional beige and golden designs. There are lovely prints and varieties in borders to pick that make this dress all the prettier. With traditional earrings and bangles, this look is sure to win hearts.
3. Ethnic Gowns
Girls have a never-ending love for frocks. For the ethnic collection, you will find the longer version of this attire which is nowadays called the gown. These are the trending and much popular variety in traditional wear among kids that come in plains, prints, and brocades. The layered gowns with glitter borders are a favorite among girls. These are apt for weddings and family functions. Brooches and embellishments are common in this variety. The sleeveless variety is prettier than the sleeved ones.
4. Kurta – bottom for girls
There are even lovelier patterns in Kurta and bottom than there are for young women. The palazzos, being the season’s favorite, comes in a wonderful variety with long and short Kurtas and even tops. For ethnic, you go for the flared bottoms with glitter borders with printed Kurtas. This look basically goes without the dupatta with lovely matching accessories.
Straight length Kurtas are not too common among young girls while it is the Anarkali and frock style Kurtas with straight fit bottoms that look prettier.
5. Kurta- bottoms for boys
The typical ethnic wear for little boys is the Kurta and the bottom like a Churidar or the Salwar. Choose the trending ones for your kids’ wardrobe so that they look much in style. As a twist in boy’s ethnic, the Kurta and the dhoti is getting popular. The Kurta neck patterns can vary from the Nehru collars to stand collars. It can go with a small Dupatta or even without it.
6. Kasavu mundu-shirt
In southern India, the traditional white-golden Mundu is a highly popular wear among kids as well. The white mundu which is the dhoti in south along with a shirt and at times with a small shawl is best for boys. With plain white golden/silver-bordered Mundu, a plain white or basic colored shirt is a winning combination. The Mundu, for kids, is easy to carry as it comes with a stick-able strap. This is the most suited for traditional regional functions like onam and vishu celebrations.
- Sherwani for boys
The Sherwanis with prints and embellishments are also a good pick for boys’ ethnic. In sherwani’s, the fabric is silk and the embroidered ones impart a royal look to the attire. Brooches are common but one can avoid it if he wants to keep it simple. The bottoms in Sherwanis are essentially straight fit Churidars in plain colors complementing the Kurtas.
- Experiment with new styles in neck and sleeves
For little girls, the trend in neck designs like halter necks, spaghetti straps, puff sleeves are various designs that look adorable. At the same time, long sleeves for young girls are better avoided. Whereas for the boys, long sleeves in Kurtas are not only suitable but stylish.
- The trend of the sleeveless jackets
In Indian wears for kids, the jacket style is an in-thing over the Dupattas. For girls, it’s the plain Kurtas with printed jackets or vice versa that does the trick. In boys’ Kurta- bottom attire, the Kurtas are now stylized with sleeveless jackets. The plain ones are matched with a printed kurta and vice versa.
10. The accessories
Just the attire is not enough to sport an ethnic dress that wins hearts. For girls, match it with jewelry sets, bindis, and jootis. For the boys, jootis are a must. Shoes are to be avoided. Sling bags or potlis can be matched with this look.
If there is anything that cannot be compromised in Kid’s wear, that’s cuteness and adorability. Kid’s clothing has evolved over the years with wonderful designs and patterns inspired by adult wear. However, in ethnic wears, one should take care not to compromise cuteness over elegance. The ethnic variety has a special place in your kids’ wardrobe as the attire and accessories are a way to connect to one’s culture and tradition. Give your little ones the gift of tradition with ethnic wears that make them look even more adorable.