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Do traditional Indian textiles and patterns inspire you? Do you get intrigued with wide variety of aesthetic diversity and eye-catching amazing spectrum of Indian traditional apparels reflecting the multitude of regional diversity and cultural kaleidoscope? With more than 6000 years of textile history, India's production of vibrant, awe-inspiring textile fabrics dates back into it's ancient past. The forgotten tales of Indian textiles is one of the oldest in the world. Did you know that the use of Indian cotton threads has been traced back to 4000 BC? And, the dyed fabrics have been recorded back in 2500 BC? Isn't this amazing to rediscover the genesis of our Indian textile fabrics and embark on a journey to reconnect with our Ethnic roots?
Right from prehistoric times, until the present day, Indians have embraced traditional ethnic garments from generations to generations. Globalization and economic development have upsurge popularity of Western outfits in India, but the proclivity and passion for Indian traditional outfits have always ruled the hearts of modern Indians. Today, I would like to showcase one such most popular ethnic attire – The Lehenga . Lehenga Choli is a quintessential traditional outfit which reflects Indian culture and values. This stunning attire perfectly accentuates the beauty and grace of Indian women. It is the most desired and preferred choice for Wedding celebrations and festivities such as Karwa Chauth, Diwali, Navratri and all social traditional functions. Bridal Lehengas are one of the most searched for and popularly in demand attires for Indian brides.
Despite of the sharp contrasts between age old traditions and urban modernity, the love for Lehengas among women would never cease. For our non-Indian cultural enthusiasts, let me explain what is a Lehenga? Lehenga is a long ankle length skirt worn by Indian women often adorned with embellishments such as stone work, sequins, embroidered patterns, mirror work, pleated, plain, or crafted with zari and brocade designs. Lehenga is usually paired with a blouse also known as choli and a drape colloquially called as dupatta or odhni in India.
As we traverse through the Indian sub-continent, the diversity in regional cultural differences can be best observed from differences in lifestyle and language dialect. Lehenga with blouse is known as Ghagra Choli or Chaniya Choli in western Indian states such as Gujarat, Rajasthan; Lehenga choli in north and central parts of India such as Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh. Pattu Pavdai or Langa Voni in South India. Lehengas are almost widely known attire in whole of India. The traditional ethnic outfits of the north eastern Indian states represent the true spirit of India. I shall cover the dresses of seven north eastern states in my future blogs. After having a brief understanding on the demographic ethnicity of traditional Lehengas, let us now dwell into seven most popular Lehenga designs and fashion trends of 2020.
How to choose the right lehenga based on your body type:
For the starters, there is an online calculator that helps you determine your body shape for choosing the right type of targeted outfits. Just feed in your bust, waist and hip size and Voila! You get to know your body type. For the ease of understanding, have a look at the infographic to check what lehenga styles would suit your body type.
A line Lehengas
A-line lehengas have A- line hem that appear tighter on the waist and flares all the way till the ankle giving “A” like appearance. If you are looking for an outfit for traditional events, this is a must have in your wardrobe.
Ideal for Body Type: Pear shaped, Hour-glass, tall body stature Choli Types: Short cholis and long blouses can go with this Lehenga. Cholis of Variable lengths go with this lehenga style. Range of Fabrics: Art silk, Banarasi Silk, Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk, Chiffon, Cotton Special Features: Elegant and easy to carry
Flared lehengas are one of the most conventional feminine outfits crafted to give a stellar appearance to the wearer. While the choices are infinite, a Lehenga with a humongous flare is the most favorite pick of the millennial bride. It has a circular hem that flows down with a broader flare. Flared lehengas come in many design patterns such as layered full flare lehenga, sequin embellished lehenga, full flared mirror work lehenga, full flared banarasi lehenga, chikankari lucknowi lehenga. Do you know what gives lehenga it’s flare? It is do with number of Kalis, a full flare lehenga can have as many as 24 kalis . The number of kalis depend on the type of fabric, your waist size and how heavy the lehenga is. The lighter the skirt, and the narrower the waist, the more kalis you can have.
Ideal for Body Type: Pear shaped, Hour-glass, Apple Shaped, Rectangle Shaped Choli Types: Short cholis with intricate delicate design and neckline, boat shape blouse neckline is trendy for partywear lehengas Range of Fabrics: Silk, Velvet, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk, Chiffon, Cotton, Banarasi Silk Special Features: Broad and beautiful flares add great volume to give stunning look
Panelled lehengas have horizontal panels of fabrics. These panels start at the end of the hemline. With use of many panels, volume of the flare increases. Each panel is designed with contrasting patterns and at times with contrasting colors to give a stunning look. Sophisticated with design patterns, designer panelled lehengas have an elegant and glamorous look. Ladies, seal your choice for panelled lehengas for all religious and festive events, you will steal the show.
Ideal for Body Type: Pear shaped, Hour-glass, Rectangle Shaped, and Petite Body Types Choli Types: Short cholis with short or long sleeves. Long blouses with 3/4th sleeves for elegant Rajasthani look. Range of Fabrics: Silk, Velvet, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk, Chiffon, Cotton, Banarasi Silk Special Features: Gorgeous contrasting panel patterns give glamorous look
Half Saree Lehengas
Inspired by the South Indian traditions, half saree lehengas have their name based on how the drape is styled on the lehenga. The dupatta or the drape is tucked in your waistband and draped over choli similar to a saree. Deepika Padukone wore half saree lehengas in the movie Chennai Express. Half saree will give you a more youthful, sexy and charming look. You got to try it to love it.
Ideal for Body Type: Pear shaped, Hour-glass, Tall and Petite Body Types Choli Types: Cholis with short or long sleeves Range of Fabrics: Handloom Silk, Banarasi Silk, Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, Net, Chiffon, Cotton, Lycra Special Features: Half saree can be draped in variety of ways. Half sarees give liberty to play around with width and number of pleats.
Jacket Style Lehengas
Jacket lehengas have a long flowing skirt paired with long blouse that features open in front like a jacket. This variant consists of a three-piece clothing – jacket, lehenga and dupatta. Jacket is designed and adorned with heavy laces, sequins, stones, and zari designs. Do you wanna look trendy yet ethnic? Go for jacket style lehengas which are more comfortable and fashion trendy outfits best suited for traditional and party wear occasions.
Ideal for Body Type: For all body types Choli Types: Long jackets Range of Fabrics: Art Silk, Chanderi, Velvet, Banarasi Silk, Georgette, Net, Chiffon Special Features: Jacket lehenga styles give trendy Indo-western appeal
Mermaid lehenga as the name suggests are fin-tastic fish tail lehengas designed to accentuate curves. The focal point of mermaid lehengas is the skirt that is tighter around hips, snuggles above knees and flares from calves in the form of fish tail. This outfit will give you sleek, sexy and glamorous appeal making your entrance and exit to an event a show stopping moment.
Ideal for Body Type: Apple Shaped, and Slim Body Type Choli Types: Short boat or halter neckline blouse Range of Fabrics: Art Silk, Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, Net, Chiffon Special Features: Accentuate curves for sexy appeal
Wedding Train Lehengas
For all the fashionistas who want to break the stereotype wedding couture, wedding train lehengas are the one for you. Yes, you heard it right they call it the “train” variant. A train is the extra length of fabric that extends from the back of your wedding dress and trails behind you when you walk. It gives you the feel of a princess. There is so much etiquette imbued in this extra trail fabric that gives it an extravagant royal look. This style of lehengas is a great choice for brides who choose to go for destination weddings. Do you remember the monarch train wedding gowns of Kate Middleton and Princess Diana? The similar train trend is infused in ethnic style for Indian brides in the form of Wedding train lehengas.
Ideal for Body Type: Pear Shaped, Apple Shaped, Hourglass, Tall and Slim Body Type Choli Types: Short boat or halter neckline blouse Range of Fabrics: Art Silk, Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, Net, Silk, Chiffon, Crepe Special Features: Gives a royal and elegant look to the wearer.
Straight Cut Lehenga
Straight cut lehengas as the name suggests do not have flare and flow straight from waist to the hemline and run parallel along the body curve. This variant of lehengas boast of a vintage glamour look. Straight cut lehengas are comfortable and easy to carry outfits best suited for all traditional, religious, festive and bridal events.
Ideal for Body Type: Apple Shaped, Hourglass, Pear Shaped, Rectangle Shaped, Tall and Slim Body Type Choli Types: Short cholis with short sleeves with delicate designs Range of Fabrics: Art Silk, Brocade, Silk, Jacquard, Georgette, Net, Chiffon Special Features: Lehengas accentuate curves for sexy appeal
Sharara Cut Lehengas
Sharara lehenga is a three-piece outfit consisting of blouse or short kurti, flared pant that look like lehenga and a dupatta. Sharara lehengas are more popular among muslim brides. Sharara pants are flared and appear like lehenga due to the volume of the fabric. The lehengas are stitched from the middle of the hem like a trouser or palazzo. Sharara lehengas come in wide variety of styles and patterns
Ideal for Body Type: Apple Shaped, Hourglass, Pear Shaped, Rectangle Shaped, Tall and Slim Body Type Choli Types:Long Kurtis till hips or calves Range of Fabrics: Art Silk, Brocade, Silk, Jacquard, Georgette, Net, Chiffon, Cotton Special Features:
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