We all have to agree that traditional Indian wear has undergone a huge transformation, no? We waved goodbye to embellishments and traditional silhouettes, some time back. One of the easiest ways to embrace modernization has been to give up the dupatta. This is also one of the most versatile ways to experiment with your ethnic clothes now with endless possibilities. Wearing or ditching the dupatta is obviously a choice you have, but here are few ways in which you can ditch the dupatta-
Unexpected Silhouettes & Details
If you are ditching the dupatta, you must make your outfit a little more interesting with embellished hems or beautiful prints. We suggest you stick with a monochrome theme and add details in contrasting colour to make your outfit pop. You can also accessorize with chunky jewelry.
Capes Capes & More Capes
The designer Anamika Khanna is the brainchild behind everyone from brides to bridesmaids are draping capes over sarees and lehengas! You can opt for a small capelet with a fringe or embellishments which gently sits over your shoulders or even a full length, flowing cape. Just remember that the tip to nailing this trend is the choice of fabric. Choose a fabric with delicate embroidery on the edges or all over which makes for an ideal piece for events such as cocktail nights. You can even add trims like beaded fringes or tassels to up your style game.
Oh That Blouse
When you ditch the dupatta, all the attention is on your blouse. Take full advantage of this opportunity and switch the boring brocade blouse with a shirt. We suggest a crisp shirt and a chunky necklace, is all you need.
Maximize Those Sleeves
We all follow or at least stalk the blogger Masoom Minawala from Mumbai. If you followed the live updates from her wedding you would know that she sported a lehenga with elongated sleeves for her Sangeet function. The long sleeves make up for the missing dupatta in a cool chic way.
The famous Telugu actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu has popularized the trend of wearing dupatta as a shrug. She sported this trend at her reception which has paved the way to make dupattas more wearable. This style has gained popularity because of the way it delicately falls over one’s shoulders and arms, adding that elegant touch to the whole look.
#ProTip- Choose a style that flatters your body type. Don’t just blindly follow trends. Chances are there may be one style which won’t suit you as every girl’s body is different and we should learn to embrace our body type. Hence, it is important that we dress according to our body.
If you are on the heavier side, wear a lehenga with layered frills or ruffles, as that will hide your concerned areas. For smaller frames, opt for a crop-top style.
Even though the dupatta is an essential part of the Indian ethnic wear, it is also a symbol of modesty, this versatile luxury item has obviously been hard to give up but with so many styles available today, it is not that hard. Don’t forget to tell us in the comments below which one of these styles.