The gorgeous Indian ensemble of Lehenga Choli is a timeless classic — with an astonishing evolutionary history. Starting as Ghagra Choli an indigenous daily wear ethnic dress to the present day finest, exquisite wedding finery — lovely lehengas have had quite a long journey. Here, we attempt to showcase them in all their varieties.
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There are a few more feminine outfits than the majestic yet sensuous Indian Lehenga Choli. Regal, grand yet coy - this festive and wedding favourite has increased manifold in terms of popularity and fashion limelight - ever since the great design revolution in India. Every Indian designer or design house marvels himself/herself/ itself on the mesmerizing detail and stunning gorgeousness of its bridal and wedding lehenga collections - year after year.
Often an Indian girl - adolescent or young - will think of a lehenga - almost always - whenever thinking of attending a wedding - whether close at home or not. This is also most Indian brides’ first choice of their D Day ensemble. The festival and function wear lehenga cholis, obviously, are lighter and more economical - when compared to heavier and more intricately made lehengas for weddings and bridal-wear.
Decoding a Lehenga Choli
Worn with a blouse and styled with a dupatta, lehenga set is one of the first ensembles that will probably come to your mind, when you think of grand Indian dresses. Today, lehenga may have seen tonnes of changes and evolution - yet it continues to remain symbolic of Indian tradition and culture. Both pre and post-wedding functions like the Haldi ceremony, Ganesh puja, mehendi party during the big fat Punjabi and other Indian weddings are incomplete without this popular female attire.
Also called as Ghagra in its indigenous form - the lehenga skirt paired with long or short cholis - was actually a simplistic form of everyday women-wear. It still is worn as Pavadai or a 3 meter saree (dupatta) worn over a plain lengha with a simple blouse - by unmarried girls in many South Indian communities.
Same goes for Gujarat’s Rabari community, whose cultural dressing includes cotton Chaniyas (another name for Ghagra/ Lehenga), paired with famed Gujarati, Kutchi work Cholis. This is actually the everyday wear of women folk in this community. Many women in Haryana - a North Indian state - also continue to wear Ghagras paired with mens’ shirt style collared blouses on daily basis. However, with changing times and fashion influences, lehenga choli has become synonymous with occasion wear, barring the aforementioned exceptions - or the west-inspired, classic Bohemian pairing of a maxi skirt (lehenga) with a waist length top.
Types of lehengas and blouses/cholis
Lehengas are made in many designs and silhouettes. Classically, they are flared garments, but many variations are made to the basic style. Gathered or Umbrella cut - lehenga generally is floor-length, and has a plenty of flare - but there are straight or A line lehengas or even skirt style shorter lehengas like Chaniyas or Banjara skirts.
Types of Lehengas:
Circular or Bias Cut: this is the most basic form - wide with a full circle flare, generally made in bias cut for a full flare - a must-have, if you love taking twirl pictures!
A-line: this form is slightly flared, but not as wide as circular lehengas. Since it tapers at the waist, while goes broader at the hip and hem, it is apt for the ones looking for a slim-fit outfit.
Fish-cut: also called the mermaid lehenga, it is like a half bodycon skirt that is flared on the lower half. Fish-cut lehengas look sensual and contemporary but may not look great on all body shapes. Plus they need proper styling, if they are to be carried well.
Panelled: Made with multiple panels or ‘kalis’ - for creating the required flare - they may have any shape, depending upon the number of panels used. Lesser panels or the straight shape of panels means a straight fit or low flare, while tapered panels in greater number can be used to create awesome, Barbie dresses style flares. Panelled lehengas are very popular for heavier, embellished lehengas, especially where the tent like bias cut cannot be achieved.
Types of blouses:
Choli: this is the most basic type of blouse- a short well-fitted bodice.
Peplum style Choli: a fitted till waist with a slight flare - with waist length - this is a Gujarati ‘kedia’ type top. Peplum lehenga cholis are quite in trend these days.
Bustier: A very short crop top, these are now-a-days sported by the glitterati as well the bold ones.
Kurta: Short to mid-length kurtas are also paired with lehengas. Such ensembles are called indo-western lehenga suits.
The variations don’t end here- with every season, there’s something new offered by our designers that keeps expanding the genre of lehenga cholis- adapting them to global trends. Lehenga sarees, sharara-lehengas, jacket lehenga sets, ruffle layered lehengas, tiered lehenga cholis- well the choice is endless and conducive to the growing specifications demanded by fashion-conscious women.
Buying a lehenga choli online
Ordering a lehenga set over the internet can be baffling, especially if you’re not too comfortable with the idea of buying garments without trying them out. Such ensembles, especially wedding lehengas can cost a packet and getting them resized or replaced can be a tedious task! So if you’re planning to buy these outfits online, we suggest you follow these guidelines-
Choose a reputed site and if you’re living overseas then choose the one that ships garments regularly to your country. You can take inputs from your friends and other Indian associates. Saree.com ships regularly to the USA, Australia, Africa, Middle East, Asia and most of the European countries.
Always read the product details, especially about the lehenga material and blouse fabric. If you have any doubts about the product, then contact the customer care and get your query answered before placing your order.
Opting for blouse and lehenga stitching services provided by the website is always a good idea- it saves a lot of time and effort spent in getting the lehenga choli customized locally. Read the measurement guide thoroughly before filling up your measurement details.
Saree.com also has a video shopping facility for its collection of designer lehengas. This service makes it easier to choose the best garment.
Saree.com has the latest and the best lehenga collection- which is an assortment of traditional, simple, heavy as well as contemporary fusion ones- a colour palette so elaborate and styles that excel in innovation- you’ll always find something to meet your occasion needs!