Tips on Styling Indo-Western Lehengas
Colors & Tints
With the wedding season or the festive season comes, the hunt for something unique, something stylish and something trendy, and no matter how modern women of today get, in their heart of heart, they always like to go ethnic during special/festive/wedding occasions! A lehenga can look beautiful and suit all body types and moods. With an intriguing set of jackets styled the western way, cold shouldered cholis, asymmetric hems, floral prints and more, the Indo-Western Lehengas are far from boring! If you’d like to go colourful and would prefer looking vibrant, then experiment with colours by having a multi-layered border with intricate embroidery work on your lehenga. Not only is the minimalist approach visually appealing, it is also very festive appropriate.
Orange is the new black! Perfect for an evening duo, and a floral print, the lehenga would give off a warm appeal, add to it the funkiness of a belly button and you have yourself an orange wonder! Slay a new look with shades of silver on your Indo-Western Lehenga. With a silver net base and a full sleeved blouse, you’d add to the glam quotient with just the right bit of detailing. However, if you’d like to go subtle then retain the fanciness with a beautiful metallic rust gold tinge with a peplum styled off shoulder choli blouse, making for an offbeat design. A dirty yellow coloured blouse with a minimalist off white and golden shaded lehenga are an outstanding combination making for a simple yet beautiful ensemble.
And when you’re lost in the world of colours, then the basics are always the right choice. A gorgeous blend of white, gold and pink with an intricate design on the lehenga is definitely a contemporary choice with unique designing and off beat patterns on the edge. Avoid going berserk with colour detailing or over the top embellishments and instead opt for rani pink off shouldered crop top with a touch of gold on your lehenga against a white base with some ethnic doris/tassels.
Prints and Patterns
While the banarasi prints and the kalis are adoringly beautiful, in the realm of Indo-Western styling, it’s all about the oomph. Go in for abstract print patterns which are cool and trendy or geometric prints that make you stand class apart from the crowd. In the current scenario, while, prints inspired by ethnic art forms or murals from all across the globe have been pretty evident, your individual taste and style is equally important in making you stand out.
For instance, Aztec or Moroccan inspired prints, patterns are free of embellishments, as their base is full with a riot of motifs and colours and aren’t as heavy as the traditional lehengas with heavy detailing, making it easier for you to move around, twirl, sway and dance comfortably! An ethnic blouse choli with a bohemian print lehenga skirt would really chic. You can also mix and match with ikat designs and patola paint effects. There are tons of floral prints for casual wear, that make for casual chic and subtlety at the same time.
Fabrics & Work
There’s a reason why there is a variety of fabrics for different seasons, and that is so you can enjoy wearing your outfits without feeling uncomfortable or out of place. Investing in a lehenga ensemble is an expensive choice most of the time and if you don’t really think about the kind of fabric, fit, work or choice of colour when investing in it, then the whole point of standing out on your choice of occasion falls flat. For summers or during spring, fabrics like chiffon or georgette work best, as they allow you to keep cool and comfortable, look great on most body frames and you can customize the work on these fabrics from intricate for a curvy frame to heavy for a petite frame.
During the monsoons, it is best to avoid heavy fabrics like silk, velvet or brocade and opt for crepe, net, chiffon or georgette with minimal embroidery and rich lace work, in order to accentuate your features; while during the winters, silk and velvet are the best. They drape well and add for a royal elegance, and are thick as well, which is apt for the weather woes and you need not do much work on them owing to their rich texture. Colours like maroon, red, green and wine look good in these fabrics.
10 Indo Western Lehenga Styles That are Ruling in 2019
Round Neck Printed Lehenga and Choli
This round neck printed Lehenga and Cholis comes as an excellent piece of fashion from Juniper that flaunts a combination of dull gold and dark navy blue colours, giving it a regal and elegant appeal. While the print on the lehenga highlights its design through the entire length, the whole ensemble has been styled and tailored with premium quality taffeta fabric with gorgeous finishing. With a boat neck choli that’s waist high and half sleeved, the beige colour of the choli and tiny print patterns through the fabric, on the neck and on the sleeves, make for a chic party wear. Available in sizes small to XL, the Beige and Navy round neck printed Lehenga Choli is priced at Rs.1,959 on Shoppers Stop.
Orange Embroidered Net Lehenga
This orange embroidered net lehenga features a raw silk kameez in net fabric with a silk lining and comes with a net lehenga and net dupatta. Styled as an A-line, the lehenga is made plain in the colour orange, while the kameez has embroidery work and is styled like a jacket kameez with a front open slit starting at the waist. The crop top choli’s embroidery is weaved against an orange background in varied colours of royal blue, rani pink and dull gold throughout the neck, sleeves and at the hemline and comes in full sleeves. The dupatta is also crafted out of net fabric and is 2.5m long. The Orange Embroidered Net Indo-Western Lehenga Ensemble is priced at Rs.6,210 on Mirraw.
Embroidered Jacket Style Light Beige Lehenga
The embroidered light beige lehenga styled with a jacket is made in satin fabric and is decorated with digital print, resham and zari work, stone and patchwork. With a semi-stitched faux georgette kameez in a light beige colour and a faux chiffon dupatta in the same colour, the kameez is made with a round neck measuring 54” and a sleeve length of 18/19”.
The semi-stitched lehenga’s waist and hips can be custom tailored from 30” to 34” and 38” to 42” respectively with a length of 43”. The gorgeous embroidered jacket style light beige lehenga is priced at Rs.5,678 and is available at utsavfashion.com.
Maroon Silk Embroidered Bollywood Lehenga
This Bollywood style Maroon Lehenga is an Art Silk embroidered set apt for a party/festive occasion made with a full sleeve top, custom made to suite a bust size of 32”-42” and a maximum length of 57”. It can also be shortened in length on request. This maroon art silk embroidered kameez with a front slit is embellished with zari and stone work and resham embroidery and comes with a matching art silk lehenga and a contrast Nazmin dupatta adored with lace detailing.
Priced at Rs.4,202 on indianclothstore.com, the maroon silk embroidered Bollywood ensemble is best dry cleaned after the first use and then hand washed under a shade without the use of bleach or harsh detergents. Heat or sun’s harsh rays can damage the fabric dyes used on the lehenga.
Solid White Semi-Stitched Lehenga Set
This semi stitched lehenga set comes with a long jacket styled kameez with a slit at both sides that flaunt the lehenga well. The style is called Lachha Lehenga, a preferred ethnic style inspired by the Punjab/Pakistan fashion trends. This style features a longer blouse with a length below the hips, the jacket is made of silk and is embroidered with a beautiful rose pattern in resplendent colours of red and shades of green adorned with zari work and santoon lining, styled with a round neckline and full sleeves.
The choli fabric is Georgette while the dupatta is made in Chiffon with red borders. This beautiful White Embroidered Faux Georgette Semi-Stitched Lehenga Choli is priced at Rs.1,515 on Flipkart.
Nargis Yellow Shrug Indo-western with Taffeta Silk Blouse
The Navy Blue Jacquard Ora Nargis Yellow Shrug Indo-western Lehenga with Taffeta Silk Blouse comes with a lehenga made in georgette fabric weighing 60gm and in Chiku colour, adorned with heavy digital print pattern. The lehenga is pleated and comes with a silk lining and is 44” in length with a 3 meter flair. The blouse is made in Tafetta Silk measuring 0.8m and is royal blue in colour, styled sleeveless with heavy digital printing.
The ensemble also includes a Nargis Yellow coloured shrug made in Tafetta silk again, with heavy digital printing, is 60” inch in length and has a flair of 2.5m. The Navy Blue Jacquard Ora Nargis Yellow Shrug Indo-western with Taffeta Silk Blouse is semi stitched and is priced at Rs.2,094. It is available at amazon.in.
Taupe and Golden Taffeta Silk Designer Lehenga
The Taupe and Golden Taffeta Silk Designer Lehenga Saree with Sequin Flowers is made in Lycra and Tafetta fabrics with diamond, dori, embroidery and sequins work and includes a mega sleeved blouse in taupe lycra fabric embellished with resham, zari work and embroidery, styled with a boat neck. The blouse is semi-stitched and can be custom tailored from 32” to 58” size. This taupe and golden taffeta silk designer Indo-Western Lehenga saree’s designed with regalia and elegance at its core and has a definite flare to the lehenga with a lycra drape.
The gorgeous work through the entire set forms beautiful floral designs, with its drape edged in floral cutwork. Easy to wear and with a comfortable fit, the Taupe and Golden Taffeta Silk Designer Lehenga is priced at Rs.9,510 on saree.com.
Maroon Floral Lehenga
This raw silk embroidered fishtail lehenga set in Sea Green colour by Patang Sarees includes a Lehenga made of raw silk fabric with silk lining and embroidery. Measuring 44” in length and weighing 1.5kgs, the flare on the lehenga is 4m and designed in the fishtail style with a dori closure. Apt for party wear, the lehenga is adorned with beautiful and intricate floral embroidery pattern in multiple colours. The set also includes an unstitched raw silk blouse in the same shade and measures 120cm. The dupatta is in chiffon fabric in a darker shade of green, adorned with gota edge work and dull gold embroidery, measuring 2.25m in length. Floral Printed Lehenga is priced at Rs.2,095 on limeroad.com.
Black Net Embellished Lehenga with Blouse
This black, ready to wear net embellished lehenga set is made in silk fabric with black net paneling and embellished detailing, a flared hem, a drawstring and concealed zip closure. Made in silk fabric with a shantoon lining, this gorgeous set is apt for festive wear. The blouse is styled with a round neck, short sleeves and black net cape choli embellished again with gold detailing. Featuring an intricate design the net embellished lehenga ensemble is best paired with statement jewellery and ethnic heels and ethnic pair of danglers. The Net Embellished Lehenga set is priced at Rs.3,359 and is available in sizes small to large, available at myntra.com.
Pista Green & Pink Lehenga Set
Weave magic around you with this elegant green and pink designer lehenga choli that features a long green choli in pistachio green color, with a front slit, and decorated with beautiful resham and zari work, accentuated with diamond like stone work for an elegant touch, with a plain pink lehenga skirt, made of a majestic raw silk fabric. Priced at Rs.9,600 the A-line style hot pink lehenga works charmingly with the sea green jacket styled kameez that’s busy with gorgeous embroidery work and is available at aishwaryadesignstudio.com.
Bonus Tip: Restyling your Lehengas
With a swirl of colours and dazzling piece of work, the lehenga is one of the most sought after and elaborate ensemble of Indian culture. With changing trends and social norms dictating that clothes don’t repeat, leads to expensive buys that tend to become dead investments hidden behind closet doors for ages. If you’ve had your pricey lehenga for long now and repeated it more than once, so much that you don’t want to be seen in it on any other occasion, but don’t wish to discard it yet, thanks to rolls of money you paid to acquire it, then restyling it is the best way to go! With some out of the box thinking and restyling tips, you can recreate your favored lehenga into a completely new outfit.
- Blouse – In an era of creative blending, go ahead and pair your lehenga with a western style ruffled top, instead of the usual heavy/co-ordinated choli or a plain black mandarin neck blouse or a striped t-shirt for that matter! Basis your individual style and personality, take away the common embellished dupatta and strut forward like a diva with a fusion ensemble. Better still, get a new stylish blouse to match the lehenga.
- Suit – If body fat is your fear or you cringe at the thought of a short blouse, then a long kurti or tunic would be better with your lehenga, transforming into a comfortable Indo-Western Lehenga Suit, which works best in case of plain lehengas. These versatile options work will not only for party duos but also casual outings like shopping or family dinners. Explore a frock style choli or peplum blouse which is easy to wear and looks classy too.
- Layers – Experiment with layering, which is quite a rage these days, with the right combination. Whether it’s a short or long jacket, shrug, a cape or poncho, or even a simple layer of a dupatta, the extra layer will not only give you an extra edge, a new look for the same outfit, but also extra coverage to those not so flattering curves. Pair a black lehenga choli with a colourful embellished jacket or a simple satin silk ensemble with a sequined poncho for an elegant outfit. You can drape your dupatta differently and accessorise it further with a scarf or a belt to add variety.
- Alterations – When all else seems overwhelming, then modify your outfit by converting it into an Anarkali suit, or wear it in way that gives off the Anarkali appeal, reconstruct it into a jacket, what with its heavy work, appliques, and variety of work. This would work well with plain palazzo suits, tunics, trouser suits or ripped denims. You can even use the remains of the lehenga to convert it into a custom clutch or potli bag!