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Finding the perfect Bridal Lehenga

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A bride’s lehenga is probably one of the hottest topics of discussion at any wedding. That’s why it’s important to choose your bridal lehenga with utmost care. From the way it fits to the colour and the embroidery, your lehenga should ensure all eyes are riveted to you. After all, it is your big day. Take a look at some awesome tips to pick your bridal lehenga according to your body type and skin tone.

When choosing your bridal lehenga, you must keep the three most important details in mind.

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  1. Shape
  2. Comfort
  3. Colour

 

The shape
Try on lehengas in various shapes like A-line, princess, sheath and empire waist, to see which flatters your body type the most. Always make sure that you can walk, turn, sit and bend comfortably, as well as lift your arms to hug your loved ones. Comfort and confidence are crucial on your wedding day! 

If you are short or petite, an A-line silhouette will suit you best. If you prefer a fitted lehenga, choose a mermaid skirt but make sure it suits your body. It must kick out at the bottom.

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For the pear-shaped or hourglass-shaped bride, you need to balance the top half of your body with the bottom. Do not use straight or bias-cut designs; your hips will be greatly accentuated. The perfect bridallehenga will disguise and draw attention away from your least favourite parts and highlight the best.

The neckline
The neckline for your outfit will draw the most attention. Depending on how broad or narrow your shoulders are; your face, neck and bust line can be accentuated or downplayed by the shape of your neckline. Also, keep in mind the shape or style of jewellery that you will wear. If you have already bought the jewellery, show it to your designer, so that she can design the neckline accordingly.

If you have a big bust line, opt for a nice ‘V’ neck that distracts from it. For a smaller bust line, a wide neck with an empire waistline would be great.

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The colour
Choose a colour for your lehenga that best compliments your skin tone and the wedding décor and arrangements. If you have a fuller body, do not use very bold colours. 

The fabric
While choosing fabrics for the outfit make sure you use the season’s appropriate fabric. Also make sure that you choose the fabric appropriate to the design and discuss all this in detail with your designer or an older person at home. Remember the wrong choice of fabric will ruin your look for the day and the silhouette.

 The article is on Michelle Salins
About Michelle Salins: Born in India and having lived a small part of her life in New York, designer Michelle Salins has launched her eponymous label MICHELLE SALINS in the United States. The collection’s international appeal captivates the eye with Salins’ use of rich colours and luxe fabrics. Encouraged by her father’s zest for life, designer, Michelle Salins, founded her namesake line in 2009 after a career spanning over a decade as a successful interior designer and decorator.
 
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Wedding season round the corner -How to Choose your Anarkalis!!

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Anarkali suits seem to be everyone’s favourite for the festive and wedding season. From celebrities wearing designer anarkali dresses to lay women like us, none of us can get enough of this opulent trend. While Anarkalis come in several designs and patterns, the ones with borders are timeless and quite a hit. If you’re planning to wear an anarkali this Diwali, here’s how you can choose the perfect anarkali border to make a dazzling outfit.

Why use an anarkali border?
While you can opt for embroidery, lace and other adornment to enhance your anarkali suits, borders are the latest and most enhancing trend. Designer Aditi Holani says, “Borders enhance the otherwise tonal kalis joined together.”

“Borders add an interesting twist to your anarkali outfit. They highlight the hem and provide visual and physical weight to the overwhelming flounced silhouette of the anarkali,” says designer Aniket Satam elaborating on the use of borders. He adds, “Borders also function as a height lengthening element in the design and gives a break from the monotony of extra long flounce and flare.”

Things to keep in mind while choosing an anarkali border
The border you choose can make or break a design as it can overpower and kill the look if you go wrong with it. Things like length, fabric and design of the anarkali play an important role while choosing the right border for your outfit.

Aniket says, “Maintaining the rhythmic balance of an outfit is an essential factor. Calf length anarkali should be finished with simple mirco borders. For floor length anarkalis, dress it up using different borders which are eight to 10 inches broad.”

“If your anarkali’s flare starts from the shoulder, you can opt for a heavy border,” says Aditi.

Designer Pawan Sachdeva explains how to use borders on different fabrics and colours. He says, “If the fabric of your anarkali is very delicate (such as chiffon), then stay away from heavily embroidered borders.” He adds, “If your outfit has too much work on it, opt for thin and delicate borders. Lastly, if the colour of the suit is too jazzy and vibrant, use a border that is subtle and vice versa.”

Borders according to your body type
Just like there are different patterns of Anarkalis for different body types, one border doesn’t work for all. Aniket tells us what border you should choose for your body type –

Petite: Women with a petite frame should sport bright and sleek styles. Avoid bold and broad anarkali borders as they will overpower the entire look. Pretty and dainty patterns, delicate cutwork and feminine textures work best for the petite body type.

Tall: Tall women are blessed as this is the best body type to sport an anarkali. A tall frame permits you to experiment with bold and broad borders. You can also fabric block and colour block your anarkali with interesting borders using graphic geometrics and bright Indian patterns such as gota, Kutch work and bright brocades.

Slim: If your body type is slim, avoid anything too fragile and delicate. Borders used in gradation and geometric pattern work well for this body type. Use similar borders on your sleeves as well.

PlumpAnarkalis are not a good option for women who are plump. But, if you still want to wear them, experiment with asymmetrical hems and uneven flare as it add lightness to the design. Avoid under bust cut and opt for the shoulder panel variety.

Trends in anarkali border designs

“Traditional South Indian karvat style woven varieties are quite haute this season”, says Aniket. Authentic Paithani and Karnataki temple borders also look great. Rose gold and copper finished borders are trendy this season, more than the regular gold and silver. “Borders in neon and bright colours such as orange, red, green, gold and silver with zari embroidery, kundan work and thread work are quite a hit this season,” concludes Sachdeva.

What to avoid
You can sometimes go terribly wrong with borders. Hence, it’s important that you avoid making certain mistakes. Holani says, “You need to keep in mind your body type before picking borders. Shorter frames should never opt for over-the-top or broad borders.” Borders can horizontally break the outfit into lengths and make one look shorter and larger. Aniket says, “Play with textures of the same tonal colour family and don’t be afraid to mix gold with silver, black with brown and shine with matt.” “Avoid pairing extremely contrasting colour borders with your suit,” says Sachdeva.

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