Lehenga Styles to Beat the Winter Blues
Yeah yeah, we get it ladies! You don’t want to spend your wedding day with sluggish woollen jackets in winters, concealing the beauty of your designer outfit. We are already cringing at the thought of those over-embellished lehengas that are a dime a dozen and the conventional styles that are oh-so-pretty (pun intended) with the quintessential massy touch. Winter has arrived and boy, it has left us literally salivating with styles that scream glamour.
From the return of quirky weaves to the wispy ones that show off those fab blouses, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite winter lehengas for all you lovely brides!
Jacket Lehenga with a Belt
You must have tried all kinds of blouses, but have you ever thought about a jacket lehenga with a blingy belt? Well, why not? The belt keeps the blouse in place, and you stay protected from the winter chills. Isn’t it a gorgeous idea? It also adds volume along with the much-needed oomph, making the lehenga look classy and sexy. If you want to keep it subtle, get a belt that is of the same fabric as the blouse.
Slit Lehenga with Leggings
We’ve all seen high-waist wonders to flimsy knits, but we really think that the slit lehenga can be a stunner and jaw-dropper (sorry, we don’t like anything less dramatic)! If you are in the mood to flaunt those never-ending legs, opt for heavily-embellished lehengas with bright leggings for a drool-worthy, sexy look. Want to keep the leggings sheer? Go ahead. There’s nothing better than the baraatis trying to figure out if the dulhan has crossed the line or managed to cover it all (under the pretext of tradition)!
Lehenga with an Attached Choli
If you are stuck somewhere between bold and traditional, why not give the attached choli style a fair chance? Get innovative; add more design elements to the choli and more drama to stand out. Let the ensemble be lightweight and not heavy. It lets you show off the winter avatar while keeping the traditional essence unscathed. This combination is all heritage and gorgeousness rolled into an adorable bundle.
Who says the bride needs to be all safe and pale? If you want some extravagance and a pop of colour, it is time to go velvet! Welcome purples, oranges and reds. Want to keep it royal? Pick an ombre black dress with textured layers and elaborate frontal beading work to glam it up. Velvet could be an unconventional choice for a wedding lehenga, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be ruled out. Perfect for winter weddings, it is fashionable yet warm. Who knew velvet went so well with the traditional reds and golds?
Lehenga with a Sheer Blouse
Sheer and winter blues don’t exactly sound great together. What if we ask you to drape a heavy dupatta across your neck and call it a day? You definitely don’t want to look like the ‘I-am-so-cute’ docile bride when you know how to flaunt those curves. Take a cue from us and ditch the cold outside by surprising everyone. Take the risk, and maybe you will get a few stardes your husband-to-be might get jealous of.
This one’s especially reserved for the conventionalist in you! A lehenga saree can come alive in all its brightness when paired with the right jewellery. You no more have to wait for the dupatta to add a dash of colour to your ensemble. This fusion of lehenga and saree embraces the feminine look, letting you show off the traditional six-yard draping with the ethnic pallu.
Gone are the days when the dulhan had her head covered in the ghunghat to stay warm, with that gawky, woolly jacket struggling to add value to the ensemble. You really don’t need to walk through the cramped lanes of Delhi’s Chandani Chowk or scout for the latest Sonam Kapoor look in ‘Prem Ratan Dhan Payo’ to find inspiration. With a little curiosity for the unusual, you are sure to stay snug and manage to earn brownie points for your quirky winter lehenga.