‘History repeats itself’. While these words of wisdom are practical in all walks of life, but when it comes to fashion, history repeats itself with a stylish twist and that makes it a remarkable repeat (sometimes). One such case is the comeback of traditional juttis that have been revamped as ‘Contemporary Juttis’. According to footwear fashion police, the petite traditional juttis have made a revolutionary comeback.
From intricate traditional embroideries to new-age pompoms, the varied range of juttis is here to stay. The best part of these juttis is that they suit women of all age groups. Style experts believe that the use of silk threads, beads and sequins, make them apt for all sorts of dressing. While the silk thread detailing looks good with suits and sarees, the sequins work well with bridal wear. And outfits like palazzo and crop pants look cool with pompom juttis. The revival of trend is credited to young-age designers who took the risk and redefined the traditional juttis which were earlier available in black, brown and beige.
According to style experts, when the trend made a revival 5 years back it was expected that it will disappear after a brief fanfare. The reason it made a huge buzz is the addition of comfort and finish, which lacked earlier. If trend researchers are to be believed, the older version lacked finishing and the biggest drawback of those juttis was uncomfortable soles. Today, these juttis have been soaked in the beauty of vibrant colours that are utmost comfortable and uses leather sole for better durability, that swing easily between elegantly ethnic to boldly Bohemian.
The diversity of these juttis can be seen in colleges, where girls pair it with t-shirt and jeans to add a fusion twist to the look. Interestingly, the same jutti can be seen at a wedding soiree adding an oomph factor to the traditional Ghaghra or Anarkali. Juttis had been the biggest fusion footwear that is explored even by men. According to research, even men love clubbing juttis with t-shirt and denim and three-quarter and short kurtas for casual weekend brunch. Interestingly, these jutttis have made it to creative offices too, where people pair it with printed shirts and t-shirts as comfort casual wear on the weekends. From small boutiques to high-end footwear players, everyone is cashing in the market due to a wide range of scope these juttis offer. The online market has given a wide scope to the players to invest in these juttis that are made in a couple of days and require very less investment. According to the market players, the basic ones are cost-effective when produced in bulk, but the heavy embroidered pieces are made on order to avoid any loss and wastage.
If you are also tempted by the versatility of this traditional Indian footwear, here are some style picks that can be your fashion police to guide and explore.
Pair the geometric thread work jutti with denim and top for a casual look.
Pair the sequins one with solid dress to mark and impression.
Wear the solid leather one with brogueing with a skirt for a formal look.
Pompom juttis look great with skirts and palazzos.
You can ever wear pompoms with cotton or chiffon sari for a bohemian look.
Club your statement juttis with flowy gowns for a relaxing look.
Pair the hand-embroidered one with dhoti pant for an evening look.
( Neha Sahu, Founder of The Haelli)