5 Ways to Style Kalamkari Dresses for Every Occasion

Indian fashion combines traditions, hues, and fine craftsmanship. Among many stunning ethnic clothing, Kalamkari dresses stand out as a timeless classic, captivating fashion fans with their superb craftsmanship and cultural significance.

Kalamkari, an old art form with profound roots in Indian history, has smoothly evolved from traditional dress to a modern fashion statement. Kalamkari dresses are regaining popularity on runways, red carpets, and ordinary street fashions. 

The appeal stems from their elaborate hand-block printing and hand-painted designs, which communicate stories of heritage and culture with each thread.

Today, let's discover five imaginative ways to style Kalamkari dresses for any occasion.

Casual Look

For your laid-back, daily style, embrace the comfort and elegance of Co-ord sets or cotton Kalamkari kurtis. Cotton is a fabric usually ideal for casual outings, be it a market visit or a coffee catch-up with friends.

Pair a vibrant Kalamkari print kurta with your favorite jeans or leggings for a relaxed yet stylish look. For a casual chic look you can also choose a Kalamkari print jumpsuit or co-ord set.

Allow the intricate patterns to take center stage. Complement the ensemble with minimal accessories and comfortable flats. 

This effortlessly chic style celebrates the fusion of tradition and modernity. Co-ord sets in kalamkari print are a go-to choice for the fashion-conscious individual. If you are looking for a chic co-ord set, here is one from Taroob.

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Festive Look

Co-ord sets can also be styled for festive occasions. For example, this Kalamkari Moroccan co-ord set from Taroob. It can be easily styled with pumps to add a certain oomph to your festive look.

Festive Look

Kalamkari's allure extends beyond women's fashion. Men can also embrace the beauty of this traditional art form. Whether attending a cultural event or a family gathering, a Kalamkari kurta for men makes a powerful style statement. 

Radiating regal charm, these kalamkari dresses are perfect for occasions demanding ethnic elegance. The intricate hand-painted or block-printed designs add a touch of heritage. This ensures you stand out with grace as well as sophistication.

Formal Look

For those who appreciate the blend of tradition and modernity even in formals, Kalamkari print and thread embroidery strikes a perfect balance. 

Heading to the office or a professional meetup? Pair your Kalamkari kurtis with palazzo pants or a skirt for an effortlessly graceful look. And if you choose a co-ord set, choose one in the lightweight fabric like silk. 

If you want to add some texture to your formal look, this embroidered silk co-ord set is just perfect. 

Formal Look

It will ensure comfort, while the intricate embroidery adds sophistication. Complete the look with statement earrings and a clutch.

Semi-Formal Look

Kalamkari dresses captivate fashion enthusiasts worldwide.They can be easily styled for a semi-formal look. 

Opt for a maxi dress or tailored Kalamkari dress for special evening events or corporate parties. The fusion of traditional Indian artistry with contemporary silhouettes creates a rich look. 

I would suggest something like this silk blazer dress for those official evening parties.

Semi-Formal Look

Minimal accessories will allow the dress to speak for itself. 

Layered Look

You can also layer your kalamkari dresses easily to brave those chilly winds. Take for example this three piece silk co-ord set from Taroob.

Layered Look

This piece has been wonderfully used to showcase the charm of Kalamkari. Look how easily Kalamkari dresses can be styled in layers. To complete this look, pair it with ankle boots and statement earrings.

On the other hand, if you choose to wear a kurta, you can layer it with a fringed shawl. Leggings or slim fit pants will balance the layers well.


Kalamkari dresses are a testament to the timeless beauty of tradition. 

The best part about them is that they can easily transition from casual outings to festive celebrations to formal looks. 

That is why these dresses are considered versatile. Style your kalamkari dresses using the tips above and shine like a superstar at any occasion.