Lehenga cholis or Ghagra cholis are staple Indian ethnic wears. These are of various materials, patterns and designs in which this attire is available. It has even been modified with the changing times. There are innumerable numbers of styles in which lehengas can be worn. This article will enumerate a step by step guide to wearing lehengas.
This video will give you more options-
- Choli- The blouse
- Lehenga- The long flowy skirt
- Dupatta- Long scarf to be draped around
- Petticoat for flimsy material
To wear a lehenga, start by wearing the choli and make sure it fits you properly and is either of the similar colour and design as the lehenga or in contrast but complementary to it. Do not wear any random blouse. Wear padded or uplifting bras to make your bust look fuller and shapely. Choose the innerwear as per the blouse’s pattern- backless, halter, sleeveless, full sleeves, high neck, off shoulder, etc.
Next, wear the lehenga an inch below your navel and tie it tightly around your hip ensuring it is not too tight for you to move around. The end of the lehenga should cover your ankles. Wear high heels if your lehenga is of floor length. Keeping a proper level which is not too high and not too low is an important lesson in how to wear a lehenga properly.
Next comes, the dupatta. This is the most important part of a lehenga. You can wear it many styles.
- You can just throw it around your choli to make a U or a V-shape in the front and take it like people take dupattas when wearing kurtis or salwars.
- You can pleat the dupatta neatly and on any preferred side pin it up with a bright brooch or normal pins, and hold the other part in your hand or leave it flowing at a height which falls just below your hip.
- Take the dupatta and tuck a part of it inside just beside the navel and wrap it around your waist and shoulders like a saree and bring it back on the opposite shoulder and throw it around it like a pallu, this will give you the look of a lehenga as well as a saree. You can also wear a kamar-bandh to secure the dupatta in place.
- Take the dupatta around your neck and braid it tightly, not hurting your neck and you could wrap it around like a scarf or wear it loose by pinning the braid in place. This works with high necks and boat necks as well as off shoulders.
Wear statement jewellery or ethnic as your lehenga demands. If your lehenga is one coloured, wear heavy jewellery to glam up the look whereas, if it is already heavily embellished wear only a big earring and bracelets or bangles. You can also wear mang tikas they look beautiful.
Lehenga should be worn in the right way to ensure it looks good and shapely. Wear the proper size and length. Follow this guide to wear a lehenga properly and you will look beautiful. Go ahead and be glamorous.