Whether you are finally getting married or simply attending the ceremony, finding and buying the perfect lehenga is a very tough and time-consuming task. With so many different boutiques, colours, cuts and styles available, how do you find the one?
Start With A Budget
These beautiful desi two pieces are available in pretty much every price range, starting from super affordable to super, super luxury. In order to streamline your search, you should always have a price in mind before you begin. This makes it easier to make purchase choices and avoid heartbreak when you fall in love with a piece that is way out of your budget.
Buy What Fits Now
Most brides are guilty of this problem – buying lehengas that do not fit them today in the hope that they will lose weight before their big day and then fit into them. This is a major no-no, ladies! You should be prepared for all possible circumstances, which is why you should always buy a lehenga that fits you today, right now. Ask your seamstress to leave some extra room on the inside so that it can be adjusted if you gain or lose weight. Voila!
Figure Out What You Like
As I said earlier, when it comes to Indian wear, the offering is so vast that it can be very difficult to figure our what you like and what looks good on you. Instead of jumping into an ocean of endless styles, figure out a couple of cuts that suit your body type and make you feel like a queen. If you find yourself stuck at this step, speak to an expert and spend some time online. Go into your hunt with three to four styles (maximum!) in mind.
Trust Your Gut
When it comes to the big fat Indian wedding, everyone seems to have something to say. I firmly believe that you should only take advice from somebody your trust – your mother, your sister or your best friend – and no one else. Above all, remember that it is your outfit and your body, so you should trust your gut entirely. If you don’t feel comfortable in a certain ensemble, don’t buy it. Ultimately, it is your decision and no one else’s.
Think About Your Accessories
Remember that a lehenga is not worn in isolation but with a host of accessories like jewelry, shoes and a handbag. If you already have these in place, it is a good idea to take them with you on your shopping trips to ensure that the outfit you choose matches with your accessories. Even if you don’t bring the rest, make sure that you have the shoes in place (or shoes of a similar height and style) so that you can see how the skirt of the lehenga will fall when you wear it.
Finally, remember to have fun! After all, isn’t that what fashion is all about?