Lehenga, the quintessential bridal wear is an integral part of Indian weddings. On the most important date of a bride’s life, it is her desire to look absolutely divine and the onus lies completely on the lehenga. Long, heavy and billowing lehengas in vibrant colors and embroidered to perfection lend a celestial form of grace and beauty to the bride. As soon as she makes her entry, everyone’s attention averts toward her and remains captivated by her exquisite elegance.
A beautifully designed lehenga that accentuates the figure and brings out the feminine grace is what every woman desires. However, it is important to know about the various types of lehenga and choose the one that would be befitting for a particular body type. Lehengas are available in different styles and cuts and can either be tailor made or even bought off the rack. Choosing a particular cut as per the body type is the most important requisite.
Mermaid Style or Fish Tail
Typically, a fish tail or mermaid style lehenga is fitted till the knee and then flares out at the bottom. This type of lehenga is apt for women with an hourglass or a straight/boyish figure. The lehenga is meant to accentuate the hips and can be teamed up with a corset or a halter-neck choli.
Straight Cut Lehenga
Straight cut lehenga is one of the most versatile options, as it compliments most body types. Resembling a wrap-around skirt, this type of lehenga is straight from the waist to the hem with slits on the side. Complimenting straight cut lehenga is a blouse or choli blouse or choli that falls below the collarbone to give an elongated look.
A-line cut implies that the skirt resembles the alphabet A that flares from the waist to the hem. Since the flair is kept to the minimal, therefore this type of cut is apt for women with pear shaped body. Ornate cholis or blouses with puffy sleeves can be designed to accentuate the upper part of the body.
Panel Length Lehenga
Offering the right amount of flare and creating a slimming effect is the panel length lehenga. Since this type of lehenga make a person look thin, therefore they are always quite in demand. The lehenga ideally consists of a number of panels stitched together and the panels can be of the same fabric or even a combination of fabrics. Long cholis that hide the stomach and further enhance the slimming effect go well with this type of lehenga.
Circular or flared lehenga
Circular or flared implies that the lehenga is voluminous. The skirt has plenty of pleats near the waist and therefore fabrics that are flowing and graceful are usually preferred for this type of lehenga. It ideally compliments a woman with a cone-shaped body or slimmer torso and is well matched with a choli that is classy and elegant yet very subtle.