Lehengas are popular among Indian brides and have been the preferred wedding outfit since many years. Traditionally all lehengas used to have an more full cut but with changing trends in bridal fashion, now a days you get an array of options. Today lehengas are available in various cuts and styles to suit every body type. They look graceful and elegant and can be tailor made or bought off the rack. Here are some tips which may come in handy while selecting a lehenga.
Straight Cut Lehenga
This cut resembles a wrap around skirt and is straight from the waist to the hem. It has slits on the side for ease of movement. This can complement most body types and creates an illusionary slimming effect. Soft fabrics are advisable for this style.
Fish Tail or Mermaid style Lehenga
This style is fitted till the knee and then flares out to the bottom. It fits well on the hips and is hence recommended for women with a curvaceous or an hourglass figure. It is also known as a mermaid lehenga as it resembles the tail of a mermaid.
A – Line Lehenga for Bride
In this style, the skirt flares from the waist to the hem resembling the alphabet A. It has a little flare and will fit thin as well as pear shaped brides.
Panel Length Lehenga
This style is flattering and offers the right amount of flare. These are quite popular as they create a slimming effect. This comprises of a number of panels sewn together. The panels can either be of the same fabric or colour or you can use a combination of fabrics with contrasting colours.
Circular or Flared Lehenga
This style has a large circumference along with lots of pleats near the waist. This adds volume looks very classy. This style will best suit thin brides. Flowy fabric with a good fall can be used to stitch this type of lehenga.
There are plenty of variations to the traditional lehenga – Lancha and Sharara. A Lancha has a long blouse (Choli) which almost comes down a few inches below the hip while in a Sharara the skirt is divided vertically with stitches in the center. The Sharara is quite common among Muslim brides. The similarity between all the three outfits is that they are three piece outfits comprising of a blouse, long skirt and a dupatta and are very popular wedding outfits.