The perfect wedding doesn’t exactly exist until you find yourself the perfect Bridal Lehenga. Much of the fretting about D-day revolves around choosing something that balances exactly what you have been dreaming of your entire life and the latest fashion trends, doesn’t it? One of the best ways to work your way out of this is to recognize your body type and work with it. The world of fashion offers a number of options for those of us not blessed with the Bollywood A lister bodies!
So ladies, gear up to look super stunning, with this style guide for your wedding!
- The Hourglass
The hourglass is perhaps the easiest body type to drape considering they can carry…just about anything! A slim defined waist with a curvaceous upper and lower body is the perfect body type for Indian ethnic wear. You can pull off just about any Lehenga designs from crop tops to halters to fishtail and form fitting skirts. Offset that beautiful waist with a Kumurbund or a thin chain and you are good to go!
- The Pear- Shape
The pear shaped body goes in for a heavier bottom and a curvy waist line. The trick is to divert attention from the bottom to the top. This can be done very well with Flared, Panelled or A-line lehengas with just a slight flare from the waist. Go for Cholis that are heavily embellished and have intricate work like Zardosi. Instead of drawing the dupatta over the top, let it hang to your side and let your beautiful blouse show!
- The Apple Shape
The apple shaped bride is heavier on the top than the bottom. One of the most common shapes among Indian women, the apple shaped Bride has nothing to hide. So strike the balance between being comfortable and stylish. Steer away from low cut Cholis and blouses and go for mid-length V necks. When it comes to the Lehenga, don’t go for the figure hugging skirts, no matter how alluring they look!
- The Skinny Bride
Skinny brides have the luxury of picking fabrics that add volume to their frame. Steer clear of clingy fabrics like Chiffons, Poly-crepes or Satins. Fabrics like Tussar silk, Kosa silks, Handloom silks such as Kota and heavier weaves like Banarasi and Jamdani are the best options for thin women.
- The Muffin Top
We love our food and it shows! Since the mid riff isn’t exactly our best feature, the clever thing to do is, to cover it up. Opt for high waist Lehengas which aren’t form fitting. Keep away from outfits which have to be tied because that would just highlight the muffin top. Longer Cholis will not show off your mid riff or you can also go in for corset style Cholis to tuck your tummy in.
- The Athletic Bride
Much like Hourglass, the Athletic bride also has a number of options working for her. Most contemporary Lehengas are created for this body type and hence, you have certainly hit the lottery if you have an athletic body type. Form fitting lehengas with halter or sleeveless Cholis are perfect to do justice to those toned abs and arms. Crop top style blouses also work. Pick anything and you would rule the day!
- The Petite Bride
When you are petite, one has to be careful that you are wearing the dress and not that the dress is wearing you! Stick to very simple fundamentals to make you seem taller. 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. If you still want something more colourful, go for hues in the same spectrum or Ombre shades.
- The Broad Bride
One of the toughest figures to drape is the broad one. Broad brides have the risk of looking too bulky in a number of clothing, owing to their broad shoulders and hips. So designs that neutralize these work for you. The Poncho or a Cloak type of Choli paired with a well tailored Lehenga is the right formula for you. Pick pastel base colours and offset them with embellishment as heavy as you want!
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