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
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 skirt in the same tone. Take your pick from a variety of collars such as a Nehru, Peter Pan or a forward point collar. You can also play around with colours and go for a contrasting skirt instead of sticking to a monotone outfit.
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.
Line it up!
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.