8 Types of bridal Lehenga to Flare your Ethnic Look
If it’s a bride-to-be, more than half of the onus of her looks goes to the bridal Lehenga that she chooses to wear. Before deciding to buy one, you must know the variety of Lehengas that the fashion world has and which one is the best for your body type.
Find out which one is the suits you the most!!
- Circular/ Flared Lehenga
- Mermaid/ Fishtail Lehenga
- Panelled Lehenga
- A-Line Lehenga
- Sharara cut Lehenga
- Straight Cut Lehenga
- Lehangas with a Jacket
- Half Saree Lehenga
1. Circular/ Flared bridal Lehenga
This bridal lehenga has a broad flare and forms a complete circle at the hem. The bridal Lehenga has extreme volume and starts with numerous pleats at the hem. If you are interested in designing your lehenga, choose fabrics that can take a number of pleats and go for huge borders at the botom.
2. Mermaid/ Fishtail Lehenga
These lehenga are tight at the knees and flare from the calves in the form of a fishtail. These lehenga are tighter at the hips.
Special Feature: Accentuates the Hips
Length Of Choli: Short halter-neck choli
Fabrics: Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk, Art Silk
Perfect for: Hourglass and Rectangle body shape
Worst Choice For: Apple Shape, Pear Shape and Thin Body Type
3. Panelled Lehenga
This lehenga consists of horizontal panels of fabrics attached along the flare of the lehenga. the volume of the flare is increased due to too many panels of fabrics . Also, a contrasting set of fabrics is used to give colourful designs.
Special Feature: It creates a slimming Effect, Hides and Extra Flab
Length Of Choli: Long Cholis
Fabrics: Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk
Perfect for: Hourglass Shape, Pear Shape, and Petite Body Type
Worst Choice For: Apple Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape, and Skinny Body Type
4. A-Line Lehenga
The A- line lehenga has the usual A-line hem that forms a perfect A. The bridal lehenga is tighter at the waist , the number of pleats in this lehenga are quite less and flares out to the bottom..
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Special Feature: Perfect ad Elegant, Easier to carry
Length Of Choli: Varying lengths can go with this lehenga
Fabrics: Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk, Chiffon, Cotton
Perfect for: Hourglass, Pear Shape, and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Apple and Straight (or Rectangle) Shape
5. Sharara cut Lehenga
These are lehengas that are stitched from the middle of the hem like a huge plazo but looks like a lehenga as a whole. These are usually worn by muslim brides.
Special Feature: Trousers in the form of a Lehenga
Length Of Choli: Long Kurtis till hips or calves
Fabrics: Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk, Cotton, Crepe
Perfect for: Apple Shape, Hourglass Shape, Pear Shape, Straight (or Rectangle) Shape, and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Petite and women with too slim legs
6. Straight Cut Lehenga
A straight cut lehenga is the most versatile option and goes well with almost all the body types, indicates that , has a straight skirt that flows along the body curves and doesn’t flare out like the usual lehengas.
Special Feature: Flows with the body curves
Length Of Choli: Choli Blouse, Blouse
Fabrics: Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk
Perfect for: Hourglass Shape, Apple Shape and Straight (or Rectangle) Shape
Worst Choice For: Pear Shape and Too thin body structure
7. Lehangas with a Jacket
This style is very fresh in the world of weddings and is getting into the top hits these days. The lehengas are kept flary and simple with a long jacket covered in zardozi embroidery or delicate weaving on velvet. Since only the hem of the lehenga is visible through the jacket, these often have broad laces or heavy work on them.With the type of jacket that you chose, you can have a variety of looks from rich and elegant ones to subtle and decent ones as well.
These are a perfect option for your wedding reception.
Special Feature: Hides the extra fats(if you are plump) or creates volume(if you’re too skinny)
Length Of Choli: Long jackets
Fabrics: Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk
Perfect for: Hourglass, Apple, Inverted Triangle and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Pear Shape and Petite Women
8. Half Saree Lehenga
Inspired from the traditional South Indian half saree, this lehenga gives a virtual saree look without the need to go through the hassle of tying one. The look is basically due to the way one drapes the dupatta with the lehenga. It usually is a low flare A-line lehenga.
Special Feature: Gives a Virtual Sari look
Length Of Choli: Choli blouse
Fabrics: Brocade, Jacquard, Georgette, New Silk, Cotton
Perfect for: Hourglass, Apple, Pear Shape, and Tall Body Structure
Worst Choice For: Petite Women
Wedding season is on full swing, and we all love this time of year because it gives us more reason to dress up. We all want to look our best and different than others in the wedding, but if you see the kind of attire we can choose from then the choice is very limited Sari, salwar kameez or lehenga we mostly wear one of this. What makes the difference is how we style it. Lehenga is a costly dress, and other then weddings we don’t really get chance to wear it many times, however wearing the same lehenga again and again is boring and no one wants to do that. But if it is draped differently it can change the whole look and can fetch you many compliments too. So no more doing the same Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu style for lehenga, let’s try something new and interesting.
1. Tie on wrist:
This one is simple yet elegant style of draping, which gives a bit of royal feel at the same time is very practical to. To do this style pleat the dupatta and keep it on your right shoulder, adjust the length of pallu (let it fall little below your knees) and secure with a safety pin as you generally do. Now take the other end of the dupatta and place it such that only the board is visible, fold it around your wrist in a loop and secure it with safety pin. You may need someone’s help here to put this pin, in case you have no one then put the pin first then insert your wrist in it. This style also gives you nice posture as you always have something in your hand. Picture shows how it looks from front and back.
2. The Half Sari:
This style of dupatta draping is inspired from the south Indian half sari. In this style dupatta hugs your waist making your waist look more defined and slim. Take one corner of your dupatta and tuck it in at right side of your lehenga. Now let the dupatta wrap your waist, make pleats and secure it with a pin on your left shoulder. Make sure dupatta is making a nice V at back and is tightly wrapped around. This will make you look slimmer, and will hide your problem areas like stomach and waist.
3. The V pallu:
V pallu is modified version of Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu, it is a good option if your dupatta has a lot of work on it and if the blouse is plain this will cover that up. So to get this look tuck one corner of the dupatta in left side of the lehenga as you do for Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu then make pleats and secure it with pin on your right shoulder. Let it fall till your knee. Then take one corner of dupatta and put it on your left shoulder as shown in picture. While doing this make sure you are making a clean V in front. Put a pin to secure the neat V on top side. This is a very good option for people who have heavy upper body. As the V of dupatta removes the attention from your problem area and makes you look slimmer.
4. Sidha-Ulta pallu:
This one is my favourite, it looks very modern and interesting. This style if you see from one left side and front looks like sidha pallu(Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu) and from right side and back it looks like the ulta pallu(normal style of sari). To get this look first tuck one corner of dupatta in left side of lehenga then make the pleats and let it go over left shoulder, let it fall till your feet. Now take one corner of the dupatta wrap it around your waist and tuck it on the same place where we tucked the dupatta first on the left side of lehenga. Confused, read the instruction again and see the pictures you will get it. This look is very different and will surly fetch you many compliments.
5. The bong touch:
This is inspired by the Bengali saree, so if you are attending a bong wedding or just want to put some bong touch to your look then go for this. Pleat the dupatta and secure it on right shoulder with a pin. Take one corner of dupatta from front side wrap it around your waist and tuck in lehenga. Now take one corner of the back side of dupatta bring it over the left shoulder, pleat it in such a way that only the border is visible. This look is like the Bengali sari look but I have just changed the shoulders.
6. Cocktail look:
This look is apt for cocktail parties. To get this look, pleat the dupatta and secure with pin on left shoulder, let it fall till your knee. Take one corner of the dupatta from back side and bring it to front around your waist and tuck it on left side of lehenga as in the picture. So if you have sweated it out in gym and want to show off your slim waist then go for this look.
7. Flowing dupatta look:
Have a heavy work dupatta and want to make that the center of attraction then opt for this look. Tuck one corner of the dupatta on left side of the lehenga, then bring the dupatta on top of the left shoulder, pin it. Take one corner of the dupatta and wrap it around you and tuck at back side. This will cover up your all your problem area and flaunt the beauty of your dupatta.
When it comes to finding the perfect style for a bride, one of the first places we like to turn to is the runway.
When it comes to finding the perfect style for a bride, one of the first places we like to turn to is the runway. The fashion industry in India has entered a renaissance phase of sorts, with the stylish stalwarts continuing to design jaw-droppingly beautiful collections as well as newer faces in fashion slowly but surely making a mark. But even as the Indian fashion industry continues to make its mark across the globe, some of the biggest designers of the region continue to be relatively unknown outside of South Asia.
We’re spotlighting 10 of our favorite designers that need to be on every bridal fashionista’s radar. From traditionally elegant to over-the-top opulent to quirkily creative, there is something on this list for everyone in the South Asian fashion scene!
Ritu Kumar’s use of traditional weaves and intricate craftsmanship make her ethnic line a must-have for anyone on the hunt for classically traditional looks.
Taking a cue from South Asia’s deep cultural roots, Tarun Tahiliani is known for couture bridal lines that are not just stunning designs but also an ode to the region’s rich history. This is the designer for brides who want to feel like a true princess!
Payal Singhal splits much of her time between Mumbai and New York, and the effect is clear on her designs. Perfect for either a night out in Manhattan or an afternoon soiree in Mumbai, her clothes add a gorgeous sophistication to traditional South Asian flair.
Combining the luxury of the baroque era with the grandeur of the Mughal era results in a stunningly statement-making set of designs from Delhi-born Rohit Bal.
Neon colors and out-loud prints have turned Masaba Gupta into a household name when it comes to all things that are fashionably funky. The daughter of actress Neena Gupta, Masaba has taken the fashion world by storm with her uniquely creative style.
He is Bollywood’s go-to designer, not only making waves on the runway but also in plenty of the country’s biggest films. Manish Malhotra is the designer to the stars—intricate embroidery and feminine cuts make his lines of traditional wear a must-have addition to any film buff’s closet.
With past collections being inspired by film director Rituparno Ghosh or renowned writer/poet Rabindranath Tagore, the glamour and beauty of Bengal shines gorgeously in each one of Joy Mitra’s designs.
Suneet Varma’s bridalwear perfectly combines traditional silhouettes with a luxuriously Western aesthetic. His partnership with Judith Lieber on bejeweled handbags extends his fashion reach from clothing to sparkling accessories.
Anamika Khanna is the name on every South Asian fashionista’s lips. Whether it’s a new take on the sari or a fresh look at the bridal lehenga, Anamika adds a high-end couture spin to traditional drapes, creating a look that is dramatically stylish and timelessly stunning.
No one can beat Sabyasachi Mukherjee when it comes to odes to the past. Embracing everything that is beautiful about vintage style, each of Sabyasachi’s collections perfectly evokes a certain era.