How to style your lehenga to flatter your body type
Elegant royalty, glam diva or classic traditional… doesn’t matter what your bridal look is, you have to style yourself to best suit your body type. So while you may have Deepika or Sonam’s bridal lehenga in mind, be sure to customize it according to your particular body shape. Not sure what silhouette flatters you the most? Read on to discover your unique body type and the styling tricks to make you look your very best.
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Indian brides often have a pear body shape. These body types have a slim waistline, narrow shoulders and larger hip area. Pear-shaped brides can disguise their heavy hips with an A-line lehenga that gently drapes over the lower body, with a minimal flare. The lehenga should be in a darker shade and lightly embroidered with a low-contrast colour scheme.
To draw the eye upwards, style your blouse with an interesting neckline. A few examples are an off-shoulder Cinderella neckline, boat-neck tops, wide V or U necks. Opt for eye-catching embroidery details on the blouse as well, so the overall silhouette balances out beautifully. This will draw attention to the collar bones and shoulders, creating just the right look. Balance your curves by highlighting your defined waist, so wear a low waist lehenga to complete your look. Highlight your assets and embrace your uniqueness, so you can be the best version of yourself on your wedding day.
Deepika Padukone wearing an A-line lehenga, styled with an off-shoulder choli that will suit a pear-shaped body type
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An apple body type belongs to someone who is heavier on the upper part of their bodies, with proportionately narrower hips and legs. An apple shaped bride has the challenge of minimizing her waistline, bust and shoulders. These brides should style themselves with a classic kalidar (panelled) circular lehenga, in a fabric that is soft and has a good fall. The lehenga should have heavy embroidery in bold patterns or a high-contrast border on the skirt. This striking detail will draw attention away from the upper part of the body.
Avoid pairing your lehenga with a heavy blouse. Be sure to opt for a choli in a darker shade that has a longer length, with long sleeves as well. This will make the bride look slimmer on top. Do avoid stiff fabrics like raw-silk, brocade or tissue as they will give a very flat silhouette to your body. Just remember a visual balance is key, in getting your bridal look just right.
Sonakshi Sinha wears a flared pastel lehenga paired with a heavily embellished blouse in darker shade of gold. The full sleeves and darker shade of blouse will minimise the heavier upper half of an Apple shaped body.
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If you have a rectangle or straight body type, this means that your shoulder, bust, waist and hip measurements are similar. To flatter this body type, a bride must use the silhouette of the lehenga to create an illusion of curves. So, a highly flared lehenga paired with a heavily embellished blouse will draw attention in a way, which will make the waist seem like the narrowest part of the body. Add volume to the lehenga with layers of tulle or net for a dramatic effect. The lehenga should be constructed in heavier fabrics like taffeta, raw silk and brocade, as they will help create the dramatic flared effect, that is required for this body type. The choli can have cap or puffed sleeves to give the shoulders a wider look. Heavy embroidery along the neckline will also create the balance required for the perfect ensemble. Follow these tips and the silhouette you create will make you look feminine and lovely for your wedding.
Anushka Sharma wears a highly flared lehenga paired with a heavily embellished blouse. This look will create the illusion of curves for a rectangle-shaped body.
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This kind of body type carries weight primarily in the midriff area. Brides with a diamond shaped body can go for a longer length of blouse, cut in an empire style. This means that there is a seam just below the bust with fabric flaring out downwards towards the waistline. They can also opt for a longer length, princess seam blouse that will be more flattering and give a more structured look to the upper body.
We recommend you choose a single shade for the lehenga and blouse, which will give you a more becoming look. Be sure to avoid bold patterns or too much embroidery, since it won’t be suitable. Fabrics that have a great fall and drape like chiffon or georgette work best. This will give you an elegant and sophisticated vibe, as monochromatic bridal wear is very on trend now. Embrace your natural shape and focus on showcasing yourself in the most comfortable way, so you can have an enjoyable bridal experience.
Vidya Balan wears a dark green monochrome lehenga and full sleeved blouse. This look will minimise the waist for a diamond-shaped body.
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An hourglass body shape is the most idyllic shape as it has even proportions. Selecting a bridal lehenga for an hourglass body is easy and effortless, as many styles work well. It is the perfect body with shoulder and hips in equal proportion and a smaller waist. Since you have the killer curves, opt for a mermaid cut lehenga, which is difficult for any other body type to carry. Team that with a short choli and net dupatta, with heavy embroidery on all or any portion of the lehenga. Rest assured you’ll be sure to make heads turn on your big day.
Tamanna Bhatia shows off her hour glass figure with a fish tail lehenga and dramatic blouse.
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