The lehenga choli has been a constant companion to a girl’s wardrobe. From kids and teens to young women, the lehenga, an extravagant form of the long skirt, is meant for special occasions. With origins in Rajasthan, the lehenga as an outfit has been reinterpreted and innovated to find appeal for contemporary trends, preferences of style and comfort. Many a time, we opt for a lehenga-choli over a saree precisely because of the high comfort factor associated with this outfit. The hassles of draping a saree are overcome with a lehenga, without compromising on the oomph factor. Instead, a lehenga not only introduces subtle sensuality to your attire, but also lends you a free-going look.
The modern day bride is very much aware of the several options she has when it comes to bridal wear. Donning something special and looking her very best can now be equated with a fancy lehenga, thanks to ever evolving trends. Bridal lehengas embellished in kundans, zardozi, beads, reflection work, greatly amplify the charm of the lehenga choli get-up. Swarovski crystals for embellishments have been a hot favorite for brides-to-be in the recent few years. With plenty of choices in fabric like brocade, silks and nets, velvet and georgette to name a few, topped with heavy embellishments, the bridal attire assumes a grand appeal. Then again, lehengas in crimson and maroon shades can never go out of fashion. Many of us cannot help ourselves falling for the charms of a lavish, glittering saree. For them, the lehenga saree is a boon. Bridal lehengas when teamed with kundan, stone and silver jewelry, truly creates an aura suited to the bride.
When it comes to party lehengas, you wouldn’t want to stick so much to the traditional cuts and styles, for obvious reasons. The mermaid cut or fish-tail lehengas are pretty much the latest style to catch everyone’s fancy this season around. Also, experimenting and re-defining your look for the year doesn’t stop there. Play with sleeve cuts and styles, necklines and tassels, borders of your choli. For those who want to flaunt a toned mid-riff and back, halter and spaghetti designs in cholis are quite the right choice. With party lehengas, you can opt for beaded jewelry, lac, and wooden jewelry, to complete the look.
In festivals, weddings and other occasions, designer lehengas are highly popular. Customizations give one the option of going wild with personalization experiments. So, achkan styled lehengas with long jackets are a must-have for this season. In designer lehenga, again, further modifications have been made to introduce new styles. A-line lehengas are another wardrobe essential for occasional dressing, as they bring out a sculpted outline to your physique waist-down. Sonam Kapoor created an interesting mix of the traditional and the modern by donning a lace lehenga by designer Shehla Khan at the Cannes festival this year. Chikankari and phulkari work from northern parts of India are definitely in trend around this time, besides which many vouch for gota-patti work.
Of late, the lehenga has been a major influence in shaping the look for many Bollywood beauties in films. For instance, Deepika Padukone looks resplendent in richly embroidered, colorful lehenga cholis in Ramleela.