3 Unconventional Ways To Style Your Lehenga This Season


The lehenga is our favourite part of the ethnic wardrobe. The beautiful garment is so versatile and adaptable. There are hundreds of trims, patterns, fabrics and embroideries to style a lehenga. Though the traditional choice of pairing a lehenga with a matching choli and dupatta is always going to be our classic favourite, this season we are all about experimentation.

Let's get a little adventurous, and add a dash of personality to our desi wardrobe styling with these three unconventional ways to wear a lehenga.

Style it with a Shirt

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Image Source: Instagram and Pinterest

The trend started when Katrina Kaif wore a Manish Malhotra embroidered skirt with a plain navy blue shirt and a statement neck piece in the movie Fitoor. Since then, there have been various variations of these stylish separates worn together.

To nail this look, wear a uniform coloured shirt in silk or georgette and pair it with a colourful brocade skirt in the same tone. Take your pick from a variety of collars such as a Nehru, Peter Pan or even a off-shoulder style. You can also play around with colours and go for a contrasting skirt instead of sticking to a monotone outfit.

Grey and Orange Brocade Lehenga Choli - Nazaakat Weaves; Red and Beige Silk Lehenga Choli - Nazaakat Weaves; Banarasi Lehenga With Off Shoulder Blouse - Swaroop; Green Printed Cotton Lehenga Choli Set - Nazakat Weaves

Grey and Orange Brocade Lehenga Choli - Nazaakat Weaves; Red and Beige Silk Lehenga Choli - Nazaakat Weaves; Banarasi Lehenga With Off Shoulder Blouse - Swaroop; Green Printed Cotton Lehenga Choli Set - Nazakat Weaves

Go Bohemian

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Fashion maestro Anaita Shroff Adajania styled a few mix and match lehengas by designer Surily G, giving the lehengas a unique bohemian twist. The voluminous skirt with lots of colourful details and interesting boho tassels looked impressive. To nail this look, ditch the traditional style monotone lehenga and choose colourful separates.

Another variation of this trend came from Kangana Ranaut, who wore a bright cotton skirt with a tribal Rajasthani mirror work vest. If you like the look but want to stick to a traditional style lehenga, go for a mirror work lehenga or a mirror work blouse with a simpler skirt.

Yellow Gota Floral Embroidered Lehenga - Divya Kanakia; Indigo Raw Silk Dyed Lehenga - Divya Kanakia; Multicoloured Embroidered Lehenga - Anju Agarwal; Orange and Red mirror work Lehenga set - Anju Agarwal

Yellow Gota Floral Embroidered Lehenga - Divya Kanakia; Indigo Raw Silk Dyed Lehenga - Divya Kanakia; Multicoloured Embroidered Lehenga - Anju Agarwal; Orange and Red mirror work Lehenga set - Anju Agarwal

Line it up!

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Image Source: Instagram

Lehengas have gotten a bright and bold makeover. Think bold stripes and zigzags in vibrant colours and accents of gold. Designers like Sabyasachi, Priyal Prakash and Surily G have given the traditional skirt a fun modern twist.

Try and get a custom made skirt stitched in a bright striped fabric, or maybe, a striped dupatta with a gold border to match a textured lehenga. Find what works for you and be confident carrying it.

Black Dots Stripe Skirt - Truebrowns; White Gold Lehenga Set - Truebrowns; Aqua Blue and Peach Stripe Printed Raw Silk Crop Top And Skirt Set - Anushree Agarwal; Peach Dress With Attached Palla - Anju Agarwal

Black Dots Stripe Skirt - Truebrowns; White Gold Lehenga Set - Truebrowns; Aqua Blue and Peach Stripe Printed Raw Silk Crop Top And Skirt Set - Anushree Agarwal; Peach Dress With Attached Palla - Anju Agarwal


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