As soon as I left for India, long before I understood about traveling blogging, I needed to ask "Does anyone know someone who backpacked India? " around a good deal. I had so many questions! I didn't know how to dress in India at all.

Whether it was doing yoga, going hiking, walking around markets, I wanted to know what to wear in India. Fast forward five years later, and I'm still here traveling the jungles, cities, mountains, beaches, and more -- and trying to do it in in style. Here's all that I've learned on what to wear in India to be most respectful and stylish.

How to Dress in India: The Dos & the Don'ts
India is conservative, however there are several different fashion icons and sorts of style here like everywhere else, rather than popular fashions keep the girl covered up like you'd envision as a conventional apparel in India.

What to put on in India?

Some sari's cover up everything nice and neat while others allow it hang out. Some are super hot, and a few more conservative.

You may observe the lower half of a lot of girls 's boobs. Really. Back in Rajasthan, I watched lots. I've been advised it's only ordinary to air out and remain cool. And no, it's not the sexy girl who does itit's their good grandmas. Nobody stared or believed it was odd.

You're certainly going to see some big ol' round bellies sticking out from saris, as well as open backs due to tiny blouses under the sari. The wrap part of the sari actually shows off quite a lot. I mean, have you seen a Bollywood film?

The younger (and sometimes more privileged) kids here in India are the ones dressing more "westernized" but it's not because of Bollywood, it's because of Hollywood, Victoria's Secret models, and Vogue India showing ads of westernized fashion. It was bound to happen as Western life has become intriguing to India's young women. Lots of more wealthy kids go abroad for university, so they obviously are blended lifestyles.

In Mumbai and Delhi, girls are wearing club dresses at night and clothes they get abroad from Urban Outfitters or even Indian designers that are not at all conventional.

With H&M, Forever 21, Zara, Fossil, and more Western stores opening, the fashion here is changing and evolving. I've met loads of unique designers like Tia (beachy, European style), FARA (boho-chic) and Doe Designs (modern Indian). Even in the far Northeast of India, the girls there were in skinny jeans.

As a westerner, you have a fine line to straddle. You don't need to dress just like a "backpacker" with cargo pants, or even a tourist in Ali Baba trousers (though let's be real, they're amazing and I completely did a couple of years back ), or apparel in a means that could violate. You also might not always wish to "play dress up" in total on Indian clothing, or you may -- that is nice, also.

I find that since I don't dress in tourist clothes, designer kurti tops are more than helpful to travel and explore the new city, people assume I live in India, and I am not ripped off or left dealing with negotiations.

I can say my first night out in Mumbai when I put on a past-the-knee skirt, t-shirt, and Chaco's, and the other Indian girls put on high heels and short tight dresses, I sighed thinking, "Crap, I didn't pack right for this particular excursion ".

There is this idea that Indians all dress traditional all the time and only a small percentage don't- however why it appears that way is because India has this kind of huge population. Most working city women dress like you or I really do.

If you would like to learn where I search for my traveling clothing, I've got a post on which you could read here. If you would like to find sample outfits to wear in India, here are the 13 exact outfits I wore my final trip to Rajasthan.

Some Brands I LOVE for both India and Middle East Travel
Urban Outfitters -- Over they all have a really fantastic choice! I frequently browse their trousers, maxi dresses, shirts, and jumpsuits segments since lots of the designs work flawlessly for India.

TIA -- You can have a look at my article to find out more about check out her Etsy page .

FARA -- I wrote a post about themand they're about Etsy too.

Free People -- Free People is my preferred brand, however, needless to say, they may be kind of expensive! I keep a watch on these for such and sales as their clothes are really amazing. In case you're unfamiliar with US department stores, Free People is stocked in a lot of them too, and they frequently have their own, independent revenue. Check out Nordstrom, REVOLVE, and Shopbop should you've got particular pieces in your mind.
I've got those in black, indigogreen. They're the best fitting top rise jeans that I 've ever discovered. Have a look at their entire selection here.

Chacos -- As far as shoes go, all these the finest should you're traveling and performing a great deal of different tasks. You may take a look at my entire purchasing guide

Author's Bio: 

Mahira Gupta is a travel blogger where she travels and shares her unique experience of travelling in India.