Hello Dear Bride-To-Be,
Your big day is just around the corner and are you still fretting about the perfect lehenga for the D-day? Haven’t really been able to decide amongst the millions of choices that have been thrown at you? So, if you are browsing online for tips to choose a lehenga that will knock your husband’s socks off and make every girl green with envy, you have landed in the right spot! Get ready to be delighted with some great tips, on your terms! So, shut out all the babble. Keep calm and scroll through these top tips to select the perfect bridal lehenga for your wedding.
1. Recognise your body type
While a particular style maybe in vogue, it might not exactly be your style. There are thousands of styles that will make you look just as stunning, accentuating your curves and hiding your problem areas. So, it is all about recognising what body type you are and moving on from there.
This one is the easiest body type to choose for, as brides with this body type can pull off any lehenga design with perfect ease. Go for bright colours with a hint of golden zari work for a magnificent look.
The skinny bride
Pick fabrics that will add some curves to your frame. Steer clear of clingy fabrics like chiffons or poly-crepes or satins. Fabrics tussar silk, kosa silks, handloom silks such as Kota and South cottons and heavier weaves like Banarasi and Jamdani are the best options for thin women. Your midriff is your most valuable asset! So, experiment with your blouse designs and show off that slender frame.
The busty bride
It’s time you stopped being conscious of your assets and choose a lehenga with a blouse design that suits your body type. Being stylish is just as important as being comfortable on your special day. So, you don’t necessarily have to wear a low cut blouse to look stylish on your special day. Choose a single tone fabric with minimal or no embellishments for your blouse. Play it safe with round or mid-length V necks.
The pear-shaped bride
If you have a heavier bottom and a curvy waist line, go for flared, panel or A-line lehengas with just a slight flare from the waist. Go for cholis that are embellished with heavy zari and zardosi work as this helps draw attention to the upper half of your body rather than the lower.
The athletic bride
Contemporary lehengas that are well-fitted from the waist till the knee, and flare out from there are a great pick for the athletic body type as well as women with an hourglass figure.
The petite bride
Struggling to find a lehenga that doesn’t drown your petite frame? Well, don’t you worry! Go for a high-waisted lehenga with a thin waist band to create an illusion of longer legs. Try to stick to a single colour instead of choosing a contrast lehenga choli. Also, go for lehengas with vertical patterns to elongate your frame.
2. Know your colours
We, Indian women, come in all shapes, sizes and colours. So, while the traditional hues of red, gold and maroon are still the favourites for a wedding ceremony, you can always choose a combination of interesting colours for the other events. Dusky brides can go for unconventional shades like grey, mauve and olive green, and the ones with lighter skin tones can choose between pink, sky blue or mustard yellow. Remember that it is important to choose a colour that complements your skin tone makes you look bright and happy.
The dusky bride
Dusky beauties can choose from shades like blue, peach, pink, wine, dull gold or olive. When it comes to the embroidery, make sure you skip anything silver and go for thread or sequin work in dull gold.
The fair bride
Brides with a fair complexion can have a field day with any colour they want. But nothing makes an Indian bride glow like red.
3. Choose the right length for your height
Too short or too tall — finding the right lehenga for your height is something everyone has struggled with. Well, you can’t just add or slash a few inches to your height as and when you please. So, we have to play around with fabrics, designs and textures to add those extra inches to our frame.
The short bride
If you could magically borrow a few extra inches off a really tall friend or a sister on your wedding day, you surely would! But since that’s not an option, we have play around with the lehenga designs. Go for high waist lehengas as they make your legs look longer. Stick to single tones and lehengas with elongated prints and patterns to create an illusion of height. Short cholis and comfy heels are your best friends! Steer clear of sharara lehengas as they make you look shorter.
The tall bride
If you are blessed with a good height, ditch those heels and go for long graceful cholis while keeping the length of the lehenga limited to your heels.
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4. Choose your jewellery with care
Many brides make the inevitable mistake of buying the lehenga first and then figuring out the jewellery. Huge mistake, considering that you’ll be wearing the jewellery more times than the lehenga. So, figure out what you want as jewellery first and then choose a lehenga design to go with it. If the ornaments are heavy, go for a simpler lehenga. In case you want to keep the jewellery to a minimum, look for a lehenga with heavier embellishments.
5. Ensure exclusivity
This goes without saying. Every bride is entitled to an exclusive number that is just her own and cannot be replicated. So, even if you are on a really tight budget, try to customize your lehenga to ensure exclusivity to the maximum. Select fabrics that are comfortable and easy to wear. Go for repeated fittings and trials to ensure that you get exactly what you want in your bridal lehenga.
6. Stay true to your taste
We all have our particular preferences and weddings are the perfect events to showcase our distinct style. So, let your style take over and let it reflect in your choice of bridal lehenga. If you love everything delicate and feminine, florals will do the trick for you, or else let a flowy, abstract lehenga speak for the free spirit in you. Whatever you pick, be true to your style and don’t just copy a style off the pages of a wedding magazine.
7. Pick the right dupatta
Listen up girls, the dupatta is one of the most essential components in the whole attire, so, don’t take it lightly. With photographers shooting close ups, it is mandatory that you pick up a shade that makes your face look bright and appealing in pictures. So, while choosing a dupatta, do not opt for darker shades on the inside of the dupatta that cast a shadow on your face and make it look dull and boring. Choose brighter inner colours like red, yellow or gold that will frame your face like a halo and make you look picture perfect!
8. Pick suitable lehengas for day or night wedding
Both day and night weddings have their pre-requisites for clothing. Try to mix and match fabrics, colours and textures during your trials to figure out what looks best on you in what lighting.
A daytime wedding
Morning weddings and events should have brighter shades and light or minimal work.
A night wedding
A night wedding calls for darker and rich numbers.
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