7 Banarasi Lehenga Styles for every Indian Bride or Bride to be!

“Royalty, extravaganza and elegance, Banarasi lehenga is all in one package with classic designs and patterns for Indian brides, bridesmaids and guests”


Banarasi silk, being one of the finest qualities of silk has its origin in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh in India. It is that one fabric type which every Indian woman has a crush on, and if not every, then a major share of the female occupancy both in India and outside crushes over it.

There is something about the Banarasi silk that screams royalty, exudes timelessness and gorgeousness with the brocade or zari in gold or silver. Owing to its popularity and to suit almost everyone’s tastes, Banarasi silk is undoubtedly making its way into every bride’s bridal trousseau, even modern brides are gushing over it like crazy. has taken Custom made Banarasi Lehenga to a different level all together. You just need to share the images you like and we will sketch it for you and make you a beautiful Lehenga totally customized especially for you!

So if you’re the bride-to-be or even if not the bride, but someone who plans to attend an Indian wedding; you can always opt for this ‘traditional craft with modern grace’ fabric any time and anywhere. We’ve tried to create some alluring and exciting look-book for you to explore so that if you get some fashion inspiration for your wedding affair, then you know the source 😉 .

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Also, we have already curated a separate blog in advance about Banarasi sarees which will help you know in-depth about Banarasi silk, its variants and segregation based upon design process. If you haven’t read it till now, we highly recommend doing so as it will help you get a detailed knowledge about the same so that you are all sorted about Banarasi silk.

Treat your eyes with some real brides wearing sarees for their wedding and it’s not just South Indian brides, mind it!

So without any further blabbering, let’s dive straight into the serious matter ;). But one more thing before that. You know what, a Banarasi lehenga can be worn for any function and at any point of the day in every season. You can never go wrong with it. It will just make you a million dollar bride or a million bucks lady (in general), if you aren’t the bride.

Let’s get started right now:

1. Banarasi lehenga + jacket blouse =?

We have already discussed a lot about lehenga and jacket and other extravagant stuff in general to pair with Indian traditional clothes. But how would you react if we tell you that you can carry a jacket blouse with a Banarasi lehenga as well and it will look total bomb and you will look a lot chic.

Wanna see how it will look in real? Scroll down!

This lady’s Banarasi lehenga has a metallic shimmer grey blouse with a jacket to give that modern cum ethnic look. Loose hair and polka beaded choker necklace is perfect to complete the entire look.

Banarasi lehenga + jacket blouse - Silksource: wedmegood | Bride and Groom Custom Wear

Below maroon Banarasi lehenga with a jacket styled blouse has full sleeves and some sheer, making it perfect for both a day and a night event. You can either wear it for a reception or even the mehndi function.

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Planning to wear jacket for an evening function with more glitz, glam and to beat the chillz? Then the below one is for you. The lady in the picture is wearing red Banarasi lehenga with a long embroidered jacket cum coat over it having full sleeves and giving some major fashion goals to all the ladies out there.

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What about a waistcoat rather than a full fledged jacket? Sounds interesting? This bride took it to on herself and got a waistcoat customized to go with her Banarasi lehenga, customized from her granny’s sarees.

Waistcoat customized with Banarasi lehengasource: wedmegood

2. Why should the bride have all the fun? 😉

Yes of course, why should the bride only have the luxury to wear Banarasi silk lehengas for any of her wedding functions, why not her sister, friend or a distant acquaintance? Checkout more of what a guest can wear at Indian Wedding.

If you lie in the latter category, then these fun, cool and quirky Banarasi lehengas have to be on your wedding trousseau shopping list for the ongoing wedding season. Who had thought that even Banarasi silk can be so exciting to wear!

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3. Some contrast brings more colors – The Banarasi Way!

As we talked about contrasting colors in Banarasi sarees, similarly contrasting colors can also be seen in lehengas.

Like this bride who sported a red and mustard silk lehenga with floral golden prints and a completely mustard dupatta for her mehndi. Doesn’t the twirling bride look oh so awesome?

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Now this sensuous look is perfect for either a pre-wedding photoshoot or for bride’s sister or friend or acquaintance as well. The fuchsia pink lehenga skirt and dupatta is well complimented by the brocade navy blue choli.

Perfect for engagement or mehndi function. And if you have read our earlier Banarais saree blog or know it already, then brocade is also a type of silk.

Get ready girls, some hot silk designs are also running high in the market besides the traditionally ethnic stuff!

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Another one in mustard color, but this time paired with blue. This color combination is really in these days when it comes to experimental color combinations of the season. And you know who this woman is? She is south superstar Chiranjeevi’s daughter Sreeja who had worn it for one of her wedding functions. Isn’t she looking just so pretty here?

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Now our very own Kareena Kapoor Khan is giving some major fashion goals in this sea green lehenga suit with the skirt in purple color and thin red border, patterned with big motifs all across the attire.

Last one for this contrast color section, we have yet another fuchsia pink lehenga skirt and light blue choli with a mesh dupatta in light blue only. It is so simple, yet so sophisticated and full of elegance. Happy bride!

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4. Roll your sleeves now! But how? The way below!

You might be amongst those who just love the soft silk swishing against your skin but others might not want that heavy look altogether and still look as if they’re in trend, but with the Banarasi silk only. So you know what the trick is?

Just tweak the royal cloth to match your style and look so that it becomes a whole lot easy to wear, re-wear and carry. We have tried to come up with some off-beat Banarasi sleeves ideas for your silk lehenga so that if you think the usual sleeves, whether half of 3/4th are boring, then there are other options as well to explore!

Even angels wear cape and so do you can! Why opt for less when you can have more ;). This green Banarasi skirt with a cape blouse has an added oomph to it and is surely a hatke choice for the next wedding function you have to attend.

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Off shoulder is in trend and with velvet top, paired with a Banarasi skirt, it becomes all the more queenly. Just pair it with a heavy and long necklace or even a choker necklace would work.

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What about showing some dare by wearing a bralette or even a backless choli? Now you might want to wear this for an intimate function only like mehendi or haldi to avoid those unwanted countless stares and judgements (which in any case you’ll get but at least not form the other’s family, just yours ;)).

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Who would mind a little puff and fluff in their personality? Maybe you at least don’t mind, but if you do then maybe this particular instance is not for you! Scroll up or down for more options :).

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Lastly, how about the show stopper- a full sleeves Banarasi silk lehenga? Now this is surely something another level look. Like how can you go wrong or do something wrong with full sleeves? You’re all covered up, decked up and what nto you might want to say!

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Now if you really want to be the most hatke one in the whole wedding function, then go grab your favorite colored shirt and you’re all set to go.

Indian cinema actress, Dia Mirza is looking so ravishing and fresh in this black shirt and pink Banarasi skirt.

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Similarly the very gorgeous Chitrangada Singh. You should surely take some inspiration for these looks if you want to be an amalgamation of tradition and chic.

Now this is like a steal deal as it is a brocade skirt with pockets!!!! Yes! What could be better than wearing a skirt with pockets. Neha Dhupia is totally digging in it and we can’t wait praising her for this chic hairdo, choker and matching clutch. All hearts to her!


5. It’s about traditional Banarasi Lehenga from head to toe

Yes, whatever you might experiment with and however you might experiment, nothing can beat an all head to toe traditional look. These brides in traditional colors and ombre slayed it like crazy and amped up their look without looking as if anything was over done.

Start scrolling to see these lehengas unwind.

This colorful lehenga with hints of mustard and red blouse is all love from head to toe. The passa, maang tika and two necklaces all compliment the entire look as a whole.

traditional Banarasi Lehenga from head to toesource: | Get Custom Made Bridal Wear


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This bride, named Netika is a Rajput bride and she designed her own wedding lehenga taking almost 8 months with a cost of 1.5-1.6 lakhs including all the overheads. Netika had chosen an utterly beautiful pink Banarasi lehenga with purple details on it andthe hem had a single strand of silver beads adding on to the beauty of the lehenga.

To colour-block the-overall pink, she wanted a specific shade of purple, which took almost two months to get customized. Also add a second dupatta to the outfit in mint green, customized to match the rest of her outfit, to break the monotony of the single tone pink colour. Isn’t it uber cool to wear your design on your wedding day?

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Lastly, this red Banarasi lehenga with golden work and minimalistic jewelry is perfect for those brides who want to keep it simple yet wedding appropriate.

And that’s it!

We hope that you must have loved the collection we presented to you and an inspiration as well. Also if you’re planning to get something designed and ultimately stitched for you, then GetEthnic is the solution. We help people with their dream wedding attires totally customized to their needs, expectations and requirements.

We believe in customization and getting yourself a beautiful bridal wear is just a click away now and same goes with taking the measurements. Checkout the below video and as we have made taking lehenga measurements at home really easy and simple:

Just contact us for the same and our team of designers will contact you to provide a free design book which will have anything and everything about the outfits. Excited? Contact us and tadaaaa!!!

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Gorgeous and Stylish Lehenga Saree Styles

Ever wondered whether to wear a lehenga or a saree for an Indian wedding function but then why not a lehenga saree! We bring you various Lehenga Saree Style that you can choose from while option for this fabulous combination.

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Weddings have started and so the wedding season is in full bloom. With ladies shopping for the best ensemble for the next wedding and showing their A fashion game, choosing the most stylish, event appropriate and easy to carry outfit becomes a task. And for that Instagram, Pinterest and loads of online wedding platforms prove to be a great helping friend.

Now in today’s contemporary era, there are a lot of traditional options to go for to look your best, but a lehenga and a saree prove to be the most preferred choices for the major part of the wedding season as they look equally regal, traditional and imperial. But if you are torn between whether to don a lehenga or a saree, then a lehenga saree (aka a lehenga styled saree) is the one for you. It’s like lehenga and saree had a baby and there it was born.


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But what is amazing to notice is that how more and more ladies are opting for it rather more than a traditional lehenga only or saree only look for a wedding. You don’t need to know how to drape a saree, make pleats or know pinning it the right way to not make holes or worst, tear it apart.

“It’s all about draping the dupatta to make it look as if you’re wearing a saree, even though it is a lehenga saree. Also it can be seen as a saree”

What is a Lehenga Saree?

But still if you aren’t clear much about what a lehenga saree is, let us school you a bit about the same.

The lehenga style saree is a semi-stiched garment that is split into different components. The skirt is the part that actually can help one identify that it as a lehenga saree, so this is arguably the most important piece in the whole ensemble. A lehenga saree can be crafted into a mermaid style, A-line cut, or a flared silhouette. However, no matter what style it is, there’s one thing that cannot be missed – the pleats stitched onto the skirt.

Another factor that can help you differentiate between a lehenga style saree and a lehenga is that the pallu (aka the duppata only) of the garment is also stitched onto the skirt on one side. The other side is left free so that women can drape it easily over a shoulder.

Finally, the blouse is often stitched as a choli and not a saree blouse.

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But don’t confuse it with a half saree because lehenga style saree or lehenga saree means that you have a lehenga which looks like a saree when worn with the the pallu and all. But a half saree is one wherein you drape a saree such that it seems a sif it’s a lehenga. The latter way is very useful to reuse a saree in a more modern and girlish way, rather than investing in an all new lehenga whatsoever.

What we are going to talk about here is the first part. So let’s get started now.

Tip: If you don’t want to even invest in a lehenga saree also, you can simply use the dupatta also to tuck it and turn around in such a way that it looks like a saree. You can see this in a number of videos. Komal Pandey, one of the most loved and hot fashion influencers has even shot a video on how to wear a saree like a lehenga. Click here to check that video out.

30 styles of Lehenga Saree

1. Floral Printed Lehenga Saree

If you would like to sport a lehenga saree on a pre-wedding morning occasion or on your pre-wedding photo shoot, something like this one would be a good choice! It comes in a rich color and fabric with printed floral designs and an ornate border. It’s lightweight yet not bland-looking!
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

2. Ruffled Fusion Lehenga Saree

This one is perfect for pre-wedding functions like bachelorette parties, engagement parties etc. This is also a trendy outfit for the bridesmaids. The lehenga part has an A-line fall with ruffled edges and the pallu too has similar detailing. The blouse comes in a printed fabric and the lehenga saree in taffeta silk.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

3. The Perfect Red Wedding Lehenga Saree

What is even more gorgeous than a red lehenga? A red lehenga saree! Just look at this gorgeous bride! The lehenga saree has a more graceful cut compared to a lehenga. The presence of the pallu adds more layers and dimensions to the look. This beautiful lehenga saree comes with exquisite gold zari embroidery which will make any other red lehenga look drab in front of this one!
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

4. Go Neutral on the Wedding Morning!

Sporting a lehenga saree on the wedding morning is a great idea! Go for something which has a neutral base color combined with a colorful border, pallu and blouse. The one in the picture is ideal! Such a color combination ensures great photography in natural light for the haldi ceremony!
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

5. Inspired by Gujarati Embroidery

This lehenga saree is one-of-a-kind! Though not ideal for bridal looks it can be sported by brides on pre and post wedding functions. It is also perfect for the bride’s sister or a wedding guest. It comes in a unique shade of green and is exceptionally light weight owing to the fact that the Gujarati stitch inspired designs or embellishment are actually digitally printed on the fabric.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

6. Teal Green Reception Lehenga

This piece of gorgeousness is made out of fluffy, ruffled georgette and net fabrics with a layered gown-like fall and a ruffled pallu draped cross-body, in the traditional style! A thin gold sequin border and motifs of rosettes adorn this lehenga saree. It is paired with a sleeveless crop top in a dark blue shade with gold zari embroidery. The teal green color of the outfit looks amazing!
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

7. Bottle Green and Gold Lehenga Saree

Call it a lehenga saree or a lehenga draped like a saree, the outcome is indeed graceful and elegant. This bottle green lehenga saree with gold thread work, sequin work and an embellished blouse with latkan details is ideal for a wedding guest as well as the elder sister of the bride or the groom.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

8. Pink Your Bridal Lehenga Saree

If you are planning to sport a lehenga saree on your wedding and are pretty sure about skipping red, go for a pink and gold one like the one in this picture. The pallu has been draped the Gujarati saree way and the pleats have been fastened with a gold ornamental belt or kamarbandh.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

9. The Power of Contrast Coloring

This bride is wearing a unique lehenga saree on her haldi morning function! The skirt comes in a bright mustard yellow and the blouse is in a contrasting light blue color. What brings the two colors together is the red ruffled pallu!
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

10. The Combination of Red and Beige

This bride has skipped all the glitter and gold on her wedding outfit. She wears a red lehenga saree with embellishment in tussar or light beige color and a blouse in the same neutral hue with three-quarter sleeves. The floral embellishment and embroidery on her lehenga saree look amazingly intricate and prominent being in the light beige or matte gold thread it is in.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

11. Reception Night Pink

This gorgeous pink and gold lehenga saree is perfect for bridal wear! The pleated flare of the skirt is excellent. The pallu has gold zari work. The skirt border too is unique and consists of two thick bands of golden zari. Though the lehenga skirt has no other embellishment, the richness of the fabric makes up for it.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

12. Peacock Motif Lehenga Saree

The bride wears the most exquisite wedding outfit in the form of this multi-color lehenga saree. The flared skirt is in a henna green color and embroidered with traditional motifs like peacocks, flowers etc in zardozi and aari work. The choli is in a pastel orange shade and boasts similar embroidery. The pallu is in a pink and gold chequered pattern and has an embellished henna green border.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

13. Neon Green, Gold and Red

The uncommon color combination of the neon green flared skirt and the red pallu, though difficult to carry, is entirely out-of-the-box! The gold embellished blouse and floral motifs on the skirt add the perfect amount of glitter. The outfit is young and vibrant and just perfect for bridesmaids, bride’s or groom’s sister or best friend.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

14. White and Gold Contemporary Lehenga Saree

If you are a bride who wishes to wear something contemporary, unique and different on her reception night or if you are attending a close friend’s wedding and want to sport something which is the perfect fusion of modern and ethnic, opt for such a lehenga saree. The white pleated flared skirt has colourful floral motifs; the tiny sleeveless blouse is in a rich bottle green fabric; the pallu has red and green motifs. However, the broad gold sequin border of the skirt steals the show and the glamour quotient to this outfit.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

15. Multi-color Saree Dress

Call it a South Indian saree dress or a lehenga saree, the beauty of this paiece lies in two things – the combination of bright vibrant colors like red, green and purple with gold and the richness of the high quality silk. Fastened with a belt it looks even more unique!
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

16. Darkest Hue of Navy

If you can then carry it! This truly boutique piece is in a fluffy dark navy blue fabric with a layered gown-like fall. The pallu and off-shoulder blouse boast cut work and floral embroidery. It is difficult to carry but will surely give out a style statement!
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

17. Neon Green and Pink Bridal Lehenga

This South Indian lehenga saree would not suit all skin tones due to the fluorescent or neon green color. But if you can carry it, it is definitely a piece worth flaunting. First, the combination of neon green and bright pink is attractive. The gold thread weave on the silk adds dimension. But the show-stopper is the heavily embellished cold shouldered and full-sleeve choli.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

18. Lace Bordered Grace

This lovely saree lehenga in a vibrant combination of orange and pink is perfect for the sister of the bride or groom. It can also work for the bride on a morning function. The uniqueness of this piece lies in the lace and zari floral border. The skirt has gold zari detailing and the pallu flaunts thread embroidered floral motifs near the border. The dark blue choli too boasts floral embroidery in golden thread.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

19. Off-White Floral Lehenga Saree with Pompoms

Another one-of-its-kind lehenga saree for the bride who likes it different! First, the beauty of this piece lies in the timeless combination of pastel hues and matte gold floral embroidery on an off-white surface. Second, the pallu bordered with pompoms in pink pastel shade makes the outfit extremely unique.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

20. Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

Call it an ethnic dress or gown but the silhouette of the outfit classifies it as a lehenga saree for sure! The drape is unique and so is the color. It’s in a light blush pink shade. The fall of the gown in divided into different layers. The part in net is embroidered in sequins and thread of the same color. The pallu is pleated, pre-draped and attached to the full-sleeve blouse.
Pre-stitched Gown-style Lehenga Saree

21. Gujarati inspired lehenga Saree Style

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Now if you have seen a Gujarati bride, then the pallu is in the front of the bride rather than a back pallu (as can be inferred from above image). So this style of Gujarati style lehenga saree is one which you too can adorn anytime.

Just take one side of the dupatta of your lehenga and spread it over your front as the pallu while making pleats at the shoulder and pinning it there. Now let the dupatta fall at your back and your Gujarati lehenga saree is ready!

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22. Border lehenga Saree style

Now this style of lehenga saree works well if you have a lehenga which has a heavily bordered dupatta, with all the zari work and embellishments. How to do this style?

Start making pleats with your dupatta in a way that your border shows up in the end and pin them so they don’t get disorganised. Now wear the drape on your left shoulder (because traditionally it is on the left side only that the pallu sits on the shoulder) and tuck the back end inside your lehenga. Tadaa! Your work is done and this lehenga saree style is very popular when it comes to Punjabi Weddings. Check out our Punjabi wedding dresses that are very popular and loved by Punjabi brides.

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23. Loose pallu lehenga style saree

Now this is something really cool and easy to do with no pleating and no worrying about the border or even pinning (yes, you can let the pallu drop freely on your shoulder or just pin it also). Simply take one end of your lehenga dupatta and tuck it in the back of your waist. Now you can wear the whole dupatta on your shoulder in any way you like and leave it loose while moving freely.

Now you must be thinking that it is the easiest style to don a lehenga cum saree for this wedding season but there’s one to go which we’ll tell you later. Wait for it!

Loose pallu lehenga style saree


24. One shoulder drape style

As the name suggests, it just contains a dupatta over your shoulder. Pin it up if you feel like and make pleats either before draping or let it loose. You have no actual pallu but still you have it kind of and there’s no tucking also as well or you can tuck also like the way Dia Mirza is doing. This style is very popular when it comes to Haldi Function or Roka Ceremony.

One shoulder drape style - Dia Mirza


25. Just tuck in and drape Lehenga Saree style

Last but surely not the least, this is what most of us actually do in a way when we have to style our dupatta in a different way rather than just throwing it off like that. Simple make pleats of your dupatta, tuck at the back at one end and pin on the shoulder at opposite end.

This is an easy way to drape the dupatta and all you need to do is make the perfect pleats to wear on your shoulder and to let loose around your waist. If you are running out of time, then go for this and style perfectly with some accessories and a nice hairdo.

Above were some of the ways of making the dupatta look like it is the pallu of the saree. But as we have told you earlier in the starting only, there are semi-stitched lehenga sarees as well wherein the pleats are stitched into the skirt for the actual pallu like look and feel, you just need to take it over your shoulder like any other saree. Wanna see how real life brides have managed to steal the wedding day with their version of lehenga saree? Read more and know more.

26. Contrast color Lehenga Saree

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This South Indian bride chose to wear this really vibrant magenta coloured lehenga and a contrasting colored golden dupatta like a lehehnga saree for one of her functions with her hair tied in a messy bun and choker necklace coupled with a long necklace and matching earrings. The little golden work on the lehenga skirt is perfect to break the overall monotony of the outfit. But if you wish to go for an outift like this, then it can also be worn for a sangeet, engagement or even reception party as well.


27. Heavily embroidered Blouse in a Lehenga Saree

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This bride who chose to go an unconventional path with a bottle green and pastel blue outfit, that has gold sequins and heavy embroidered work all over the lehenga. Take inspiration from this fierce bride if you don’t want to make any compromise but still look flamboyant and like a dream come true to all the unmarried and single ladies out there. A special kudos to the bride here!


28. Go Neon! Vibrant Lehenga Saree

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This ecstatic outfit with green, yellow and fuchsia going all over it is perfect for a day event and that golden belt adds an edge to the otherwise overall traditional look. It is perfect for a mehndi function as the green henna will just go so well with the colors of the overall outfit. We are all stolen with the choice of this bride. Are you too?

29. A-Shape lehenga Saree

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Awww, we are in awe of this bride and her choice of color for her sangeet outfit as the maroon lehenga and with a yellow golden dupatta draped like a saree pallu is so gorgeous to take eyes off. The little bling, the light golden work, open loose hair and kamarbandh seem to complete the look like everything.

If you need some sangeet, mehndi or even reception, this is our pick for you. From us to you!

30. Sober yet gorgeous as ever

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Isn’t India’s Dhak Dhak girl, Madhuri Dixit Nene not giving us some major fashion goals for a lehenga saree like the one below in white with thin red borders and golden and red work all along the lehenga saree? The tightly pulled hair back into a bun and some heavy earrings with naked neck is proving to be a true style and fashion statement.


How to use a Saree as a dupatta Lehenga Saree 

Yes, you read that right. You can even use a complete saree as a dupatta by making pleats the way you do for a saree and tucking them with even making pleats of the pallu as well. You can drape the pleated pallu like a dupatta or can form V shape with it in the saree. The pallu is a nice way to finish your unique draping, especially if your pallu is heavily embroidered or studded with the stones.

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So now you have a deep rooted knowledge as to how you can wear a lehenga as a saree without even investing in one. It might seem tricky at once but when once practiced and grabbed hands on, it looks the most graceful and gives fashion vibes one can not even expect it to be. Don’t forget to tell us your version of lehenga saree either in the comments section below or on Instagram by tagging @getethnic.

Also we have just talked about anarkali suits as well for brides this wedding season and more to come. Don’t forget to check that out. One of our happy customer who fell in love with her outfit:



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Bridal Anarkali Styles and Designs for the modern bride

Bridal Anarkali Styles

Hello peeps!

It has been a long time since something specific has been talked about the lovely Indian brides. So today’s segment is again a detailed insight into the bridal wear and is none other than about bridal anarkali. We know you are a hell excited but a bit sceptical also, but don’t worry! You’ll love it.

Yes, if you are an Indian, then you must have heard your mothers, grandmothers and aunts talking in length about this piece of elegance, sophistication and royalty all packed in one piece with a detailed discussion about the no. of “kalis” they had in the anarkali suit which they owned. And that hold true to some extent as well because anarkali has been there for years and years as it was being introduced by the Mughals.

But it became a high point of talking after it was being work by the iconic Madhubala for the song “Jab Pyar Kia Toh Darna Kya” in Mughal-e-Azam, and later on by Rekha and many more. If you haven’t watched the movie yet or haven’t watched the song (yes watch it, not just hear), then go and watch fast.

And if you are not an Indian but know someone, ask them about the same. But if you don’t know, then we are here to your rescue. Today we not only will make you aware about anarkali suits and lehengas, but will also give you multitude of options to choose from bridal anarkalis if you’re the go-to-bride and someone who just doesn’t want to don those heavily embellished lehenga or saree for any of your wedding functions; but still look regal and mesmerizing.

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And you know what, we’ll also introduce you to one or maybe more brides who have wore a bridal anarkali to their wedding day, that is, the D-day. Till now, you must be thinking that it can only be work in one style and maybe for a small event like mehndi or haldi, but no. With the changing fashion industry, unkempt designs and people’s demands; designers are coming up with some exquisite patterns, styles and designs of this age old piece of clothing which looks the same even after loads of revolution and changes.

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Over the years Anarkali suits have undergone several modernization and has elevated to the modish Indo-western look, which is why we thought it will be great to put together a list of different types of Anarkali suits that you need to try at least once. You will be surprised to know the diversity it offers, and the new fancy bridal anarkali in the Indian wedding picture, so let’s get started!


1. Floor length bridal anarkali design

Who doesn’t love floor length outfits to embrace an elegant and sheer style. And what better than a floor length anarkali. This is an ever lasting choice for everyone and anyone who wants to stay rooted to the traditional design of an anarkali but still look flamboyant. You as a would-be bride can invest in all-embroidered, handwoven, thread work, lace-laden or even embellished anarkalis with a flowy fabric to give the “kalis” some added twirl when you go round and round with your partner for photos like georgette, net, shiffon or even silk and cotton.

The material and work of the anarkali also depends on the type of function and time of the day, along with season. Like you might not want to wear a heavily embellished bridal anarkali for a day mehendi, but a heavily embellished net or georgette might work for evening event in summers or even autumn.

Also, choose the right accessory to suit your anarkali in the best way so that the attention doesn’t drift away from the overall style of your anarkali.

Like the below anarkali is a heavily embellished navy-blue anarkali with zari work and gold embroidery. Because the anarkali itself is so heavy, just a subtle pair of gold or multi-coloured earrings with dewy make-up is enough to complete the entire look as more than this can make it feel like it has been overdone. You can wear this for your evening sangeet or even an evening engagement but not for day events as it’s too heavy for a day event plus too embellished as well for the same.

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Now this very beautiful and floral work yellow anarkali, completed by a light green net dupatta is perfect for a light day event like haldi. If you plan to not have sleeves, then it can even be worn for a mehndi event, both for evening and night mehndi as the colours are light and well-suited for any time of the day.

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Truly an elegant maroon anarkali by Sabyasachi, this sequined and embellished dress if perfect for a bride for any pre or post wedding celebrations, best suited for winter or evening event with a belt to oomph up the look. Tie your hair up in a messy hairdo to bring attention to your neckline and dark eyes with attention-seeking eyebrows.

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Tip: Such floor length anarkalis work great for taller women as it accentuates height more than usual.


2. Layered anarkali design

This type of anarkali style has layers at the bottom giving the outfit a bouncy effect across the swirls. These bouncy-like layers give an overall queen-like look and feel to them. The sheer length of the fabric is what makes this typeof Anarkali suit stand out from the conventional ones. You can imagine it from its resemblance of Deepika Padukone inspired suit from the iconic “Mohe Rang Do” dancing scene from Bajirao Mastani where the stunning white layered anarkali suit had striking vibrant colors to it.

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The sensuous hot Chitrangada Singh is looking like a girl next door girl in this net and lace yellow layered anarkali with polka dots on the lower layer and motifs on the upper one. You can even go for a style like this to make a noticeable distinction between layers.

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This grey khatli hand worked double layered anarkali in net for again an evening function like your reception, sangeet or even engagement. And as the neckline is a bit low , you can go for a heavy necklace like one in the picture because the bridal anarkali itself isn’t too heavy to go light on jewelry.

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Again this bride chose a layered and floor length peach anarkali for her wedding day with net at the bottom and heavy embroidery above it to give a contrasting effect to the overall outfit.

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Now this is a style statement and piece in itself. This Indo-western beige double layered anarkali gown is perfect for a cocktail event as it’s chic, embellished and modern with those bell sleeves at the end of the arm. Go opt for this one if you want something Indian but with a western touch.

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3.Jacket style bridal anarkali

Now if you want that traditional appeal of an Indian anarkali but still want something out of the box to get some unusual attention for your wedding day or any other wedding event, then throw off some jacket over your anarkali and you are done.

Now by this, we don’t mean throwing off a blazer or some long overcoat or something over your anarkali, instead don a jacket style anarkali only. Nowadays, there are anarkalis which have either a matching jacket over them or same coloured jacket also.

Just like the below bride who opted for a pink jacket style anarkali for her wedding day with not-so-heavy jewelry and kaleras. The net jacket of same colour adds a sense of sheer to the overall outfit.

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This subtle mustard anarkali with a contrasting colour jacket with no sleeves is perfect for a mehndi event as it is light for a small event and also quite contemporary for today’s fierce bride.

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In all the below images, you can take a cue from the kind of style of anarkali these women are adorning, including the legendary Late Sridevi. The overall anarkali is simple and plain, instead the jacket over it is heavy, embroidered and embellished with heavy work on them. You can also go for a contrasting jacket like in the last image or same color as of the first image.

Colors like black and navy blue are really in trend with bridal anarkalis as they look extremely royal and take one’s look not one, instead multiple notches higher.

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Lastly, again a different and classic piece with some unusual colors of mustard and shade of grey for post wedding functions back at your in-laws’ home.

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4. Dress style bridal anarkali cum dress

Yes, this is perfect for the new age and modern brides who want to look traditional but with a twist. This style is specifically an Indo-western gown style with the dupatta usually tucked within the belt (yes, belt forms a major attraction of this specific style) and falling on either side.

This style suits perfect for reception or even a cocktail party.

This outfit by again Sabyasachi, worn by Aditi Rao Hydari is a beige number with net sleeves having heavy embellishment with the overall anarkali with again heavy golden embellishment and work, with the belt sinching the waist to give a more slimmer and overall a taller effect 9though she’s already tall ;)).

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This style again falls to the floor and you can easily wear them without any pants or churidar and grace every occasion. The beauty of this style speaks for itself and it is going to be an evergreen style as far as fashion is concerned. You can team up this with an embellished clutch with open or tightly tied hair and light or heavy make-up as per the outfit.

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5. Royal Pakistani style anarkali design

Last but surely not the least, this particular style needs a special mention because it is this heavy duty, embroidered, hevaily worked on and stone work anarkali style that makes it stand out of the entire lot.

If you’re planning to wear an anarkali on your wedding day, then this style must surely be considered once.

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Tip: Don’t fear to adorn unusual colors like pastels, greens etc. if red or maroon is not your thing.


6. Wait, two more are left

And this are front slit and cape style anarkali.

Now these are like just any other anarkali style just with an added element but we found it worth mentioning, that’s why had to interrupt in between.

Choose the one which suits your style, event and time of the day.

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Now we would like to give you some more other examples on how would-be brides incorporated bridal anarkalis in their wedding functions and turned heads round by 180 degrees as they look nothing less than a real life beauty.


  • An orange bridal Anarkali for her sangeet

Sangeet is usually a night event and thus brides opt for something with extra bling, extra shimmer and maybe something metallic to stand out in the crowd. But what if you have a day sangeet?

Maybe a dash or a hint of vibrant hue bring the wedding vibes set in for yourself and the attendees.

So this bride did the same on her sangeet. She opted for a pretty orange bridal anarkali suit for her sangeet to give the quintessential glimmering Sangeet gown a miss. The attire was inspired by Meena Kumari’s outfit in the song Thaare Rahio O Baanke Yaar with the colour changed to Orange. She styled it with floral jewelled braided hair and other gold jewels with blue baubles and a passa (a headpiece worn by mostly Muslim women for weddings at the side of their head, the one which you can see and understand clearly from the below image) that evoked a Mughal empress vibes.

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Image source: Passa, now being worn as a stylish hair accessory with mostly lehengas and suits


  • Achkan style inspired anarkali suit for Anand Karaj

This beautiful and gorgeous Sikh bride is making us swoon with her heavy red embellished lehenga with a dazzling sparkling diamond jewelry, shimmer eyes and a blush pink veil (aka dupatta).

This is a true inspiration for the new age Sikh brides to stay comfortable all day long while still being royal.

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  • Rose gold Sabyasachi bridal anarkali for this Hindu bride

One can often see Sikh brides ditching heavy duty lehengas for their Anand Karaj, but seeing a Hindu bride do the same for a bridal Anarkali suit is kind of rare. But this bride knew how to kill it with her heavily embellished rose gold anarkali by none other than Bollywood’s favorite and esteemed designer, Sabyasachi Mukherjee. She took it to another level with a belt around her waist and a net dupatta, chandbali earrings and maang tika to complete her D-day look. And because her lehenga was quite heavily embellished, she opted to go for nothing on her neck and minimal bridal essentials.She also went for a minimal chooda set and lightweight kaleras, portraying a strong bridal look overall.

We are pretty amazed and shook. What about you? Comment down below!

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