Recently, I met one of my old friends at my dance class. She has metamorphosed into a very beautiful woman with a curvaceous figure. I was telling her how I loved the way she sashayed, during the rehearsals, when I noticed her frown. I asked why, and pat came the reply – “Oh, how I hate my heavy bottom…and you say I look good!”
Well, I am all for body positivity. So, the poor girl had to listen to all the free advice. But, by the time I finished, I had convinced her, which made me pretty smug. During the exchange, we shared wisdom on how to flatter a body shape like hers – the Pear or the hip-heavy structure. Since she is soon to get married, conversation, obviously, veered towards bridal lehenga cholis(for pear-shapes).
Here’s a lowdown on the checklist, we prepared for a great look in wedding lehenga cholis, if you have a Pear-shape –
[By the way, a pear shaped body frame tends to have bulk in the hip/ thigh area. Skimming problem areas, adding girth to relatively narrower (top) half and enhancing star areas – are our motto.]
- Type – Hip and thigh heavy and broad
- What to do? – Take focus to upper frame and shoulders; achieve balance
- Lehenga – Flared and Panelled; Flared/ broad A-line; bring attention to your waist, if it is defined and attractive. So, low waist lehengas can be worn (if you have a taut stomach).
- Lehengas to avoid – Fish-cut or straight-cut; lehengas that hug curves at hip or thigh area; Sharara and Garara style (fit and flare); extremely heavy lehengas
- Embellishments – Wear embellished cholis, but keep lehenga decoration to the minimum. Lehenga may be plain or embroidered at hem. Don’t keep attention catching ostentation at hip/ thigh level. Avoid wearing decorated panel lehengas.
- Choli/ Blouse – This should be the centre point of your ensemble (along with your defined waist, if it is toned). Keep your choli sensuous and stylish. Heavily embroidered cholis, stylish necklines, sheer necklines – all will look great. Empire line waist choli with an embellished hem will look good too.
- Cholis to avoid – Unless you have a problem mid-riff too, avoid wearing long cholis, especially the ones that would cover your hips.
- Duppatta – Keep it light and flowy. Half and half style long duppattas will look good too, where the lower part may be in georgette, and the other half that drapes the waist and bosom may be gauzy net.
- Jewelry and Accessories – Avoid Kamarbandhs or embroidered belts that would fall over the hip area.
Wear interesting bangles and baju-bandh (arm jewelry) – as this will help you balance your top and bottom halves. Pin up your duppatta at shoulders with eye-catching, big brooches. You can also wear mid-sized neck-pieces and chunky earrings.
Do not carry heavy/ big totes or bags, especially the ones that would dangle near your lower body. Little potlis are great options, though.
- Hair – An eighties-style, glamorous, poufy updo will add height, and will also balance your proportions (while, keeping the attention on your face). Use hair jewelry for maximum effect. French twist knot is a great idea too. Or, you can leave your hair, slightly curled and open.
Star Tips – Wear a dark colored lehenga, paired with a light colored or sheer choli, and sheer, shiny duppata, draped over shoulders.
Walk with a perfect gait – a great posture helps in balancing body proportions.
Wear heels to add height, but only if you are comfortable, and would manage to walk straight and gracefully.