Different Ways To Style A Traditional Long Skirt Like Bollywood Divas

Move beyond wearing a traditional long skirt with a shirt and try these celeb-inspired looks.

Published On Nov 17, 2022 | Updated On Mar 08, 2024


There’s no convincing required when it comes to styling a mini skirt. A fashion staple that never really lost its lustre, it is proudly reigning wardrobes since the ’60s. But when it came to traditional skirts, they did not have the same reputation. Why? Because it was believed that the only way to style a traditional long skirt was with a shirt. In recent times, the traditional long skirt has been slyly overtaking wardrobe space in every Indian woman’s home as it provides a creative opportunity to show off your layering skills.

They can be worn all year long and beautifully define the wearer’s silhouette. Plus, the combination of a traditional long skirt with a shirt is something that even our Bollywood celebrities love. You can choose to offset a feminine vibe like Kiara’s colourful dressed-down wedding look or try the coordinated traditional skirt top look like Sara. Perfect for the office or a chill weekend night, take cues from our long skirt with shirt combinations inspired by Celebrities Who Styled Their Skirt And Top Set like a boss.

Types of traditional skirt and top combinations and ways to style them

Long skirts are versatile pieces of clothing that allow you to style a look up or down depending on the occasion. If you are looking to exude understated sass for an Indo-western function, Kiara’s yellow embellished skirt and top set in Indian style are perfect for the occasion. A classic button-down white shirt with a vibrant yellow flowing cotton skirt allows you to be as simple or elaborate as the occasion demands.

Pro tip: If you are looking for tops to wear with long Indian skirts during the colder months, opt for a monochrome turtle neck to keep you warm and stylish.

Ideal for day functions or sundowner Sangeet events, pair a designer long skirt with a shirt for an elegant look. Kiara’s effortless white knot crop top with a heavily embellished matching white skirt is a great way to infuse modern wardrobe staples into traditional events. If you have a monochrome brocade skirt, match it with a fitted crop top and statement choker necklace for a glamorous evening look.

And if you’re feeling extra edgy, throw on a cropped blazer with boots and rock your traditional long skirt like a boss!

If you have a wardrobe full of heavy sarees and lehengas that gather dust year after year, it’s time to improvise. Put your creative skills to the test and design a unique long skirt using repurposed material from your home. If using an old saree, opt for fabrics like net, lace or silk to enhance the glamour quotient of your outfit. You can pair a sequined strappy crop blouse for a sexy boho Indo-western vibe.

When it comes to choosing traditional Indian tops for long skirts, the options are endless. But a point to remember here is the shape of your body. If you have a tall lean figure, pair your ethnic skirt with an abs-defining crop blouse. For more petite and heavy-built figures, Sara Ali Khan’s peplum-style Indian top works very well with ethnic skirts.

When you want to wear long skirts in Indian style, go for bright and bold colours. Kiara’s flowy striking blue ensemble is perfect for Indian weddings, festivities and traditional occasions. Gold motifs add beauty to the simple traditional skirt, while the matching solid blue one-shoulder top will make you stand out from the crowd.

Paired with solid gold jewellery and a thin gold belt, this elegant ensemble exudes understated opulence.

Who said that statement outfits are all about the bling? Shraddha Kapoor is giving us all kinds of warm vacay feels in her thigh-high slit skirt and top. A classic lemon yellow halter top with a breezy thigh-high slit skirt brings a sophisticated flair to her laid-back vibe. For a simple but sexy look for the holidays, you can wear the combination of a long skirt with a shirt during the day and swap it with a matching top for the night. The coordinated look will create the illusion of an elegant high-slit dress.

When you are experimenting with a new look using the combination of a long skirt with a shirt, accessories are a must. An ethnic skirt and top look with an embellished jacket will add grace to your overall outfit. Combed-back hair, simple nude makeup and big hoop earrings will infuse glamour into your party-wear skirt and top look.

Kurtas and long skirts look fabulous together. Pair a short kurta with a flared skirt and midi-length kurtas with A-line long skirts for festive or traditional occasions.  

Strappy crop tops with foil work, embroidered wrap-style blouses and muted paisley prints are a few of the best Indian tops that work well with traditional long skirts.

Photo: Instagram/Kiara Advani