Embrace your ethnic self.
Hey Pretty Ladies
Every lehenga has a story behind it and I too have my own tale of how I found my perfect lehenga, which I would love to share with you guys. So, it all started last year when my brother finally said a yes for marriage, happiness & celebration came knocking on the door. The whole thing became a great deal for me when the marriage date was set and I realized I had to plan so much on my outfit because hello? I am the only sister of my brother (grinning me) & looking less than perfect was just not acceptable. Since marriages are made in heaven, it’s all about the bond connecting two beautiful souls; I feel the same way when it comes to me and my choice of lehenga.
Girls, you know how big a deal it is to imagine the perfect dress you want to wear on the D-day, what colour, what kind it should be; a perfect lehenga choli or a western attire may be, what kind of hairdo is to be chosen, what footwear to go with, nail paint, jwellery.. ..OMG! The list had no end to it. I am a diehard fan of traditional Indian attires, like a saree, lehenga choli, ghagra… It has something very special that I believe cannot be compared with any western outfit. Ethnic dresses, hands down, are any day my first pick over western as they are rooted to our culture and traditions. Having said that, I knew I wanted to wear a tradition, lehenga choli, something in red as I simply love RED, the colour of Love but when I shared my idea of lehenga with mom she denied saying “let the bride take red, you are not the bride!” and trust me I got convinced with what she said. Then began my perfect lehenga hunt with what type of work I wanted on my lehenga; bet it zardozi, gota patti, pitta work, dori, aari work or Kundan. After endless hours of research & hours spent ogling designer’s ethnic dresses I finalized a few things, firstly I decided I am gonna go for lehenga choli preferably in vibrant colour in Raw Silk material with fine zardozi work on it. Secondly, I wanted a nice messy bun with voluminous curls and flowers to with it and a not too loud make up.
As every delhite knows it for a fact that the best shopping place for wedding can be done at Chandani Chowk, so I headed straight to my destination without wasting any time anywhere else. It was Sudhir Bhai Wala that I paid a visit, as he is the master in delivering new trends out the earliest and you can also find replicas of designer pieces at amazing prices, so I went in, tried and loved a few pieces in red and off white combination on raw silk but because of a late delivery date than what I wanted, I had to drop the idea of getting anything at all from there. Explored more shops but to my dismay I returned empty handed as I was fixated at the lehenga I saw at the previous shop. Just when I thought that I am gonna look nothing but ordinary in my own brother’s wedding I met this stunner net sea green lehenga with a long jacket, full net sleeves worked up in golden gotta patti (Honestly, it was the last thing to get a gotta patti lehenga) at GIP Mall, Noida in Bombay selections. But an instantaneous connection established with that one, it was that unique colour, out of the box that I have never seen people picking for their sibling’s wedding, it reflected royalty with the golden work it had on it & the lehenga was simple net lehenga with satin underneath and layers of golden border. Moreover when I saw that dress and tried it on I realized that it won’t be a onetime dress in my closet rather it can be put up with so much more that I can wear that dress in 3 different ways.
The three different looks that I came up with are below and I sure am gonna write a blog on it very soon.
- The lehenga can be paired with a nice golden sequence blouse
- The jacket can work amazingly with a pair of paints, in golden or sea green colour.
- And the complete dress as it meant to be!
Enjoy my Look lehenga avatar !!
What am I wearing
Lehenga from Bombay Selection
footwear from lajpatnagar
Jewellery from chandichawk
MUA by Rochelle Baretto