Today’s Indian ethnic wear styling article slightly overlaps with my Lehenga Mix-Match Trend post, but with a lot more options for you. The pairing of shirts and tops with traditional Indian wear garments has been observed on the ramp in recent fashion weeks and on celebrities too. The choices are innumerable, be it your choice of shirt and top, or drape of the saree, or the choice of skirt underneath. I am sharing some fantastic visual references along with detailson how to achieve the look. Keep reading!
I have often cited my love for multi-tasking garments in previous posts and it is one of the favorable feature of this Indian wear styling too. As seen in the picture above you can easily wear the same Ka-Sha empire line top with both a-line trousers and a saree. All you need is some imagination and a will to experiment. The saree has been draped in the basic ulta-palla style with a lower side fall, thereby accentuating the top’s pleated design. You can also drape the saree in thin seedha-palla pleats or do a neck wrap with the aanchal.
Over the past few months, since my first post on dupatta draping styles, I found a few more interesting lehenga dupatta drapes that I wanted to share. Some are slight variations of the styles already discussed in part-1 and others are completely new drape styles.
The first style today is a variation of the ‘pleated dupatta on one shoulder that is draped across back and onto the opposite forearm’ style. For the variation as seen in Vineet Rahul’s show, keeping half the dupatta length in front pin it on one shoulder then take is across back and drape the rest in front on the same forearm as the pinned shoulder. Second style is self-explanatory and you could variate the sides. Take half the dupatta in front and drape rest across back and wrap over the opposite arm, then flick the front half over the opposite shoulder in a shawl like wrap. Third style is a variation of the basic saree like seedha pallu dupatta drape that is best suited for narrower width dupattas.Tuck one corner of the dupatta at the lehenga waist, taking the rest of the dupatta from the back drape it on the opposite shoulder keeping the dupatta towards the front.
The next style of dupatta drape is a variation of style.7 from my last post. To achieve this style open the dupatta and placing it at the nape of the neck drape it across the back and over the shoulder on the front. Make sure to pin the dupatta on both shoulders for hands-free movement. This is a great style to show off heavily embroidered dupattas or to achieve a cape like look with your dupatta. This drape style was seen at Divya Reddy, Vineet Rahul and Manish Malhotra’s shows.
In the picture below three of the most common drape styles are depicted in the same lehenga. The first style is to open the dupatta on both shoulders in front and let it fall naturally and arms. This style is most suitable for occasions which involves very less activity by you. The second style is to pleat the dupatta on one shoulder and taking it across back drape it on the opposite forearm. There are variations of this style in which you could open the dupatta pleats on the shoulder or on the arms or even wrap one corner of the dupatta around your wrist instead of draping it over the arm. The third style and probably the most common is the saree style in which you tuck one corner of the dupatta at the lehenga waist, taking the rest of the dupatta around back bring it to the front and drape it over the shoulder. You could also open the dupatta pleats at the shoulder or even tie it in a knot for a light weight dupatta.
CLICK ON THUMBNAILS BELOW TO SEE VARIATIONS OF THE ABOVE STYLES
Style 4. The fourth style is an extension of the first style. For this pleat the dupatta on one shoulder and leave it open on the other shoulder. A plain dupatta if draped in this style might bring down the look of the lehenga and blouse embroidery. You could use this style if your dupatta has medium to heavy embroidery. You could either drape the dupatta higher at the neck or form a ‘V’ at the necline with the use of safety-pins. If you have a simpler blouse- drape the dupatta in the second and third variations which cover the blouse giving the ensemble a heavier look.