Traditional Front Pallu
This one’s making a comeback of sorts, especially with a funky modern blouse or even a glamorous full-sleeved style. A game changer if you have a really cool blouse or pallu to show off and want that to be the focal point.
Capes have been all the rage, more so with cocktail and reception outfits but also with lehengas and anarkalis as seen in the past few bridal shows this year!
Taking the crop top and skirt duo one bridal notch up is pairing a brocade skirt with top for a new shimmery look. Try this for your sangeet, mehendi and cocktail party if you want to go non-traditional.
Pleated and Ruffled
Might seem a bit of an oxymoron but when done right, this is an over the top silhouette that can stun, and how! Saris with pleats and ruffles are showstoppers no doubt.
Don a floor length embroidered full sleeve jacket over your flowing full-length lehenga for double the pizzazz and extra drama. Replace the regular choli with a more stylish halter or cut out for additional oomph.
Yes, we have a thing for capes, particularly if they are styled in attractively uneven look that still seems so right. Paired with your typical lehenga skirt or with flowing dhoti pants!
Let’s Back Up Now
Leaving a lasting impression is integral so remember what happens behind you as well. Choose silhouettes with lots of scope for ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ as you turn around to greet guests.
This silhouette is the most forgiving and the most rewarding at the same time – think about it – essentially a one-piece wonder that is well-fitted and draped to your body type.
Who says you must include a cape in your trousseau? Work with your dupatta for a drape cape effect that matches your outfit and can take it from day to night!
Speaking of cake, working silhouettes in tiers is great for a ‘wow’ first impression! Go for a heavily worked blouse or choli, layer over with a jacket, drape a dupatta above that and then go full-on with a nicely flared long heavily embroidered skirt.
Skirt (Is nNot) The Issue
Want a lehenga but not the load? Then simply head for a lighter silhouette – a ball gown skirt has the same flow and flare but minus the heaviness a traditionally embroidered lehenga would entail.
Of course, you can totally ditch the lehenga-choli romance and go power pants with palazzos, cigarette pants, and other styles that will positively have you stand out in a room full of skirts!