Gharara and Sharara – Trending

I recently visited the famed Stylefile exhibition in Kolkata. It is an annual exhibition hosted at The Old Bungalow in Alipore. While browsing through the designer collections I noticed the presence of ghararas and shararas at most stalls. First let me differentiate between the two silhouettes. Both gharara and sharara are types of flared trousers/bottoms worn originally during the 19th century to early 20th century. A gharara is usually fitted till the knee and flares out dramatically beyond that, whereas the sharara flares out from the waist itself, almost like a lehenga skirt. The gharara and sharara have been widely present in designer collections in the recent few years.


Ace designer Anamika Khanna has used variations of the gharara in her last three couture collections. She has paired an organza panelled sharara with an embroidered peplum top for her 2013 couture collection. A similar sharara can be seen in an editorial shoot of Kangana Raut. A metallic gharara has been paired with a knee length black and beige jacket for the same couture collection. Anamika has also paired a gharara trouser with a short jacket and yellow dupatta, giving the drape a lehenga saree look, for her pret collection. In her most recent collection, for the Bvlgari show, Anamika has designed an organza gharara with floral lace embroidery at the hem.


The gharara can be styled in several ways. I have shown three styling examples from the autumn-winter 2014 collections, in the picture above. It can be given a resort styling like Rizwan Beyg has done by pairing a bright coloured gharara with a block coloured flared top. Suneet Verma has given a lace palazzo like gharara an etheral look, this ensemble can be worn for a pre-wedding function by the bride. The bridal party can wear the trend by pairing a tulle gharara with a contrast coloured velvet embroidered jacket, like this Ekru ensemble.


As seen in the autumn-winter 2014 collections, the sharaa can be worn in multiple styles too. Arpita Mehta has styled her bordered tulle sharara with a mid-thigh fitted jacket. Vineet Bahl’s monochrome short kurta with sharara and dupatta can be carried off by women of various ages. The sharara can be worn with a longer kurta, like in this Suneet Verma ensemble. This ensemble is made inetresting with the combination of peek-a-boo net and the chevron texture.


The spring-summer 2015 collections at Wills India fashion Week had a few gharara and sharara looks. Vineet Bahl’s collection had over ten looks with these silhouettes in it. He had fabric textured ghararas paired with short kurtas, like the one in the picture above, to heavily embroidered shararas paired with crop jackets in his collection. Kavita Bhartiya kept it simpler, a pastel gharara paired with a flared tonal embroidered jacket. DevRNil gave a casual twist to the gharara. The printed trouser and top can be worn separately or combined with the full length jacket. Below I have shown three other looks of the gharara/sharara. A lighter look in which the sharara is paired with a textured waist length jacket, a traditional embroidered gharara ensemble and a modern lace sharara paired with a jacket.



Want to wear the sharara to your friend’s mehendi function or to her wedding and not break your bank balance?

I have searched the world of online shopping to create three ensembles using this micro-trend, and all within the range of Rs.4000-Rs.8000. FYI- is running a 50% discount on most products listed below, so you could get the second look for as less as Rs.2000. So hurry!

LOOK 1 : Orange Chanderi Kurta Set: Rs.6000; Black Handloom Sharara: Rs.2000;

LOOK 2 : Mulicoloured Silk Jacket: Rs.1895; Red Dupion Sharara: Rs.1999;

LOOK 3 : Kashmiri Coat: Rs.4000; Black Handloom Sharara: Rs.2000;

Let me know your thoughts on shararas and ghararas! 🙂


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