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7 different styling of lehengas to crown yourself during weddings

Lehenga choli is a famous Indian attire traditionally consisting of a skirt, a blouse, and a free-flowing piece of cloth known as the dupatta.

Lehengas were brought into India by the Mughals during the 10th century. It was then the royal attire of the Mughal women who wore it as a three-piece attire which represented their Persian heritage – the peshwaj, the pyjama and the dupatta. The Rajputana version of this attire included a translucent white piece of cloth to the lehenga which was known as the “ patka”.

Even after the end of the Mughal Empire in the 20th century, the lehenga continued to be a staple outfit for women of the north. Women then wore lehengas based on their social stature (women of the higher social class wore lehengas made of royal fabric such silk and women belonging to the lower class wore lehengas made of cotton or khadi) and their cultural background (women in Gujarat wore their famous Patchwork and Mirror work, while women in Rajasthan preferred Gota patti and Kundan work).

Slowly with the inclusion of sarees among women for regular use lehengas became quite extinct. Lehengas were only brought into vogue by big-budget Bollywood films as we saw the actress donning it with utmost grace during wedding scenes, functions and finally on the ramps and red carpets. Designers these days have been quite experimental with the silhouettes, fabrics and the works on lehengas.

Lehengas can be basically divided into three types – Ghagra, Sharara and Lacha. Let’s see how we can embrace various styling of Lehengas during various occasions of weddings.

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1) Solid colour or floral lehenga cholis for the engagement

This is officially the first occasion of the wedding and if you want to keep it more subtle go for a solid colour or floral lehengas. If your destination for the occasion is a beach they give you that easy-breezy look. Try pairing some earthy accessories with your outfit and you all ready to steal the show.

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A floral lehenga

2) Sharara set for the sangeet

This includes a bottom fitted till knees and spreads like a skirt below. Often paired with a kurti it will allow you to dance your heart out on the sangeet as it is basically a pant styled like ghagras.

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A sharara set

3) Three piece lehenga choli for the mehendi and haldi

This new indo-western lehenga style consists of a three-piece set – a cropped blouse, a skirt and a jacket. It is a perfect outfit for girls who shy away from showing their skin. This is in highly trending now and you must give it a try. The exclusion of dupatta will again allow to moving about freely.

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Three piece lehenga choli

4) Heavy layering for the bride

If you are the bride you are the star of the night. You are the one who will be turning heads through your outfit. Your wedding day is definitely one of the special days in your life so why not go over the top and layer your outfit the way you want. Because trust me no one will judge you for going overboard that day. Pair an embellished choli/blouse with your flared ghagra and add a palazzo beneath that.

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This extra layer will add a volume to your outfit and will make you look like the Indian cinderella. Throw your dupatta on your shoulder and tuck one side of it on your waist or just use a belt to sync it on your waist. Add another dupatta as a veil as it is a custom among most Indians during weddings. You may choose a heavily embroidered dupatta as a veil for that extra drama. Wear your Kundan set and you are all ready to walk down the aisle.

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Layered wedding lehenga

5) The Bridesmaid

If you are the bridesmaid you have got a lot of responsibility on your shoulders but you also have to look your fashionable best.

Here the crop tops or statement blouses styled with lehengas come to your rescue. It will keep you hassle-free all day long but at the same time will make you look stylish and chic. You may add a heavy Kundan necklace or a statement piece of earring or add a minimalistic jewellery set to your outfit.

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Lehenga with a statement blouse

6) Fusion Wear for the Reception

Go for fusion wear during the reception. Wear a peplum top or a long kurti or an off-shoulder wrap top instead of the regular choli/blouse. You can opt for different fabrics which would give you an indo western vibe such as sequin net lehenga or a banarasi lehenga. Add statement earrings and a mang tika with the statement blouse there will be a lot going on your upper torso.