The year 2023 is going to be a roller-coaster, almost, when it comes to ethnic wedding fashion! While you prepare to usher in 2023, make sure you also keep planning your ethnic wardrobe because like the New Year, the wedding season too is just round the corner! In 2023, we will see a lot of returning trends like jacket lehenga, sequin, organza as well as completely new fashion statements like colliding colors, attached dupattas etc. Some styles like the love for pastels, ethnic block prints, cut-out choli – that were extremely popular last year – will continue to dominate the ethnic fashion scenes. Based on the Fashion Weeks that took place this year, the opinion of experts and our own sixth sense for ethnic fashion, we have picked out the 35 most important trends of 2023 in lehengas, sarees and other types of women’s ethnic wear! Read on to find out more.
The flared lehenga skirt is a classic and will always stay in vogue but 2023 will give priority to more experimental cuts, which we have discussed
below. The other elements of the lehenga look – like the choli, the dupatta etc – all seem to be shifting a bit away from tradition. It seems, 2023 is focused on playing around with these elements to create unique looks in traditional silhouettes.
1. Monochromatic Lehenga
Monochrome looks, that is a single tone for all components of the lehenga, are making a comeback. But this year will probably see a surge in monochrome lehengas in pastel tones.
2. Anarkali Lehenga
The Anarkali or Kalidar style lehenga is basically a lehenga with a long kurta-style choli with a slit down the middle – and sometimes the sides too – that exposes the lehenga skirt. This kurta-choli has the cut of the anarkali kurta. Such lehengas have recently gained popularity in the local wedding fashion market and is expected to enter the elite scene quite soon. The more the number of kalis – 16, 32 or more – the greater the flare and the more mesmerising the lehenga looks. Checkout more of Yellow
3. Full Sleeve Lehenga
2023 will witness a lot of experimental choli-sleeve looks! Though not experimental but definitely unconventional, the full-sleeve choli is making a
comeback. The full-sleeve lehenga silhouette is so much for graceful and sophisticated. Long sleeves are unthinkable without sheer fabrics, embellishment, sequin work and embroidery on net etc. Puffed or Dope shoulders look great too with full-sleeves.
4. Off Shoulder Lehenga
Though off-shoulder cholis are not a new thing, lately a few Bollywood celebs like Tara Sutaria and Sara Ali Khan have been seen sporting this look. Similarly, designer Tarun Tahiliani has created off-shoulder choli looks in 2022 are stunning! We see a lot of bead-work hems, feathery fringes and
5. Bustier Choli
Bustier cholis are well-fitted blouses, inspired from structured lingerie! They are often sleeveless and sometimes come with off-shoulder statement sleeves. Bustier cholis usually flaunt a lot of striking embellishment like mirror work, chunky sequin work, bead and stone embroidery etc.
6. Sequin Lehenga
Sequins will make a huge comeback in 2023. Matte textures and
thread work had outshone the ‘bling’ factor of sequins for a few years now. But this year, it’s going to be all about the sparkle and the shine! Designer Manish Malhotra can weave magic from sequin embellished looks in his lehengas. On the other hand, designer Payal Singhal kept the use of sequins minimalistic but striking in her designs in the Lakme Fashion Week.
7. Fuchsia Pink
Poppy and electrifying, this year is all about the vibrant Fuchsia pink on the ethnic wedding fashion palette. Bridal reds will take a backseat as more and
more brides will opt for bright shades of fuchsia pink in non-that-traditional, chic and contemporary lehenga looks. Checkout more of pink
8. Pastels Tones
With Alia Bhatt opting for pastel tones on her wedding attires, this trend is here to stay! Pastels have ruled ethnic wear shade cards for a
few years now and going by Anita Dongre’s and Gaurav Gupta’s latest designs, the shades will continue to appear in wedding wear lehengas and why not? Pastels work beautifully in creating matte,
understated, subtle and more contemporary looks in Indian weddings and millennial ladies won’t hesitate to ditch the traditional reds and maroons!
9. Cut-Out Choli
These cholis that flaunt a triangular cut out from the sides to
the back. They show off the skin a tad bit making them extremely sensuous and sexy without being vulgar. This trend has left behind the backless choli that was quite popular even a year back. Cut out cholis might be a bit daring but amplify the look of the lehenga. Designers like Falguni and Shane Peacock, Manish Malhotra and Tarun Tahiliani among others seem to be working on this look for their wedding couture for 2023.
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10. Multi-color Juxtaposition
While typically Bohemian looks are not in vogue this year when it comes to
lehengas, the juxtaposition of different patterns and colors will play an important role in wedding couture. Various different patterns, textures and colors will be brought together by weaving techniques or sewing ways. So, multicolour designs will rule the lehengas this year. Checkout more
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11. Quirky Dupattas
While the Banarasi dupattas with lehengas was an “in-thing” in recent past, 2023 is all about sheer and fluffy textures like that of organza, shimmer and tulle. 2023 will see more of ruffled looks, feathered textures and embellished finishes – in both sombre and popped up colors.
12. Mirror Work Lehenga
It seems 2023 will see a lot of sparkle in lehengas – be it through sequin work or mirror work or a combination of both! Mirror work lehengas can be diverse as they can be paired with various types of textures and prints. Mirror work lehengas can also be styled to create Boho looks.
13. Layered & Ruffled Lehenga Skirts
This will be the year for unconventional and out-of-the-box
elements in bridal or wedding lehengas. Panelled and layered lehenga skirts are already gaining popularity and add to that the quirky grace of ruffles. Layered or ruffled lehenga skirts work well with little or no embellishment!
14. Lacha Style Lehenga
This is an erstwhile style originating in North India and promises to make a comeback in 2023. A lacha comes with a lehenga skirt or ghagra and a longer top-style choli. These skirts are usually lower in the embellishment scale when compared to lehenga skirts and are not very flared. They usually showcase zari embroidery, mirror work etc. Lacha skirts nowadays are also paired with shorter cholis and ornate dupattas.
15. Velvet Lehenga
Though this year will see a lot of lighter airy fabrics like georgette, organza, net, crepe etc, velvet will not lose its popularity. Velvet is very appropriate for occasions in the colder months. Moreover nothing can beat the richness and decadence of this fabric.
16. Mermaid Skirt Lehenga
The flared or A-line skirt is not a priority anymore! This year
is all about shapes and cuts that are unconventional. The mermaid or fishtail skirt is fitted till the knees and then flares out downwards, not unlike the tail of a mermaid. This style goes very well with pear-shaped bodies as well as with the ‘broad shoulder, slender waist’ body type.
17. Quirky and Experimental Sleeves
This year will witness a lot of experimentation with sleeve designs. From voluminous puffed sleeves to those with ruffles, feathered sleeves, sleeves with tassels, sculpted shoulders etc – we are looking towards lehengas that create new silhouettes with more quirky sleeves. Such sleeves would look better with fishtail, fit-and-flare or bodycon lehenga skirts.
18. Lehenga with Capes or Jackets
Lehengas with a cape or jacket were in trend even a few years ago. They never really went out of fashion, but this year designers are more focused on capes with a more flowing look, with trails. Capes and jackets again help improve the silhouette of the lehenga look. Checkout more of Cape Lehengas.
19. Attached Dupatta
This trend does away with the hassle of carrying a dupatta. The dupatta alternate does the job of a dupatta without being one – it’s just a piece of fabric attached to the lehenga that looks like a pre-draped dupatta but isn’t detachable from the rest of the outfit. The trend emerged from the designs of Anamika Khanna and Gaurav Gupta in 2022, and is here to stay.
20. Self-Tone Embellishment
It seems that bridal couture is done with gold and silver
embellishment. This year, it will be all about ‘tone on tone’ embellishment, meaning the color of the embellishment will be matching that of the fabric. This also tells us that the use of zari will be limited and instead we will see more thread work, sequins for sure and also bead embroidery. Think Sabyasachi Mukherjee’s sombre color embellishment design language and you will know what we are talking about.
In the case of sarees, we see three major factors that are governing the 2023 trends – the love for regional flavour and handicrafts like block printing, embroidery, tie-and-dye etc, experimental components and an affinity towards light, translucent or see through textures!
21. Regional Block Prints
This trend has come into the picture in 2022 itself!
Regional prints like ajrakh, bagh, bagru, sanganeri, pipad, akola etc are extremely popular and look very exquisite. The ‘print on print’ style is still in vogue! Pair a block print saree with a blouse bearing a different print, in contrast to the print of the saree and add oxidized silver jewellery to create a trendy ethnic boho look!
22. Sarees with Quirky Tops
2023 will see quirky tops being paired with sarees instead of
traditional cholis! These include crop tops, full-length tops, short kurta, tube and halter neck blouses etc. There is a thing about pairing a western top with a traditional Indian saree that is
very striking but it needs to be carried with confidence.
A saree is fully pleated and paired with a neutral, preferably single tone choli and an ornate belt is placed above the waist! This can be done with embellished sarees and blouses as well as single tone non-embellished sarees, but the belt should not look out of place.
23. Sequin Sarees
Sequins are going to flood the market this year. The Manish Malhotra style sequin sarees will be back for sure! So if you have some important parties and dinners to attend in 2023, start looking for a shimmery sequin saree! The glamour of a sequin saree is enough and you don’t need much more than dainty jewellery and nude make up to go along with it.
24. Floral Embroidery
Like old habits, traditional styles die hard! Floral embroidery techniques of India will never go out of fashion. Floral embroidery will rule the saree scenes this year. Techniques like Kashmiri crewel work, chikankari, kantha etc – which predominantly and traditionally have floral motifs – will be seen a lot on cotton, georgette or chiffon sarees.
25. Color Transition or Ombre Saree
In contemporary Indian fashion, ombre tone sarees in chiffon or crepe will rule the charts. Ombre sarees are those that showcase some kind of color transition effect. They are light as they are very low on the embellishment scale. Sometimes they have a lace or zari border or a bit of sequin work
26. Printed Organza Sarees
Organza is a very classy fabric which had been quite out of vogue for a few years now. But this year is all about combination looks and Indo western styles and organza sarees do have that rich, affluent look and a bit of erstwhile European grace. We are thinking about lighter tones, less or no embellishment and printed motifs –
the kind of sarees sophisticated ladies wore to watch polo matches, with their huge sunglasses and vintage pearls!
27. Tie & Dye Styles
Styles like bandhej, leheriya, shibori etc were not that trendy a few days back! But with the increase in popularity of shisha work, the tie-and-die techniques have regained popularity. Sarees showcasing these styles along with mirror work and bead embroidery will rule the casual wear saree scenes in 2023.
28. Net Saree
For party wear or wedding wear too, nets are replacing pure or raw silks! Women prefer the light, almost transparent look of net sarees that are heavily embellished with sequins, beads, stones, crystals, pearls etc. The embellished net saree look is here to stay!
29. Translucent Textures with Zari weaving
Light fabrics with sheen – this seems to be the code for saree fashion in 2023. Like organza sarees, traditionally light weaves with translucent textures are becoming popular day by day. Add to that zari-woven motifs. This includes traditional sarees like Chanderi, Jamdani etc
Trends for Bridesmaids or Wedding Guests
Ethnic wear is not only about sarees and lehengas – it’s a lot more! Fusion ethnic wear will surely be a trend in 2023 and bridesmaids and wedding guests can reap benefits from the styles that are emerging!
30. Mix-and-Match Lehenga
The focus on contemporary styles is high in 2023. Mix-and-match concepts were not in trend in the last few years, but this year the style is expected to come back. Bridesmaids can pair a tie-up shirt top with their lehenga skirts or an ornate choli with a long skirt – the more creative you are the better you can flaunt this style.
31. Floor Length Dress with Dupatta
Floor length dresses like the maxi dress, the anarkali dress, the Indo-western gown etc are light yet fully ethnic. Add to that the grace of an ornate dupatta. This style of dressing is gaining popularity and is expected to be
seen on the runway as well as the top notch wedding venues in 2023.
32. Skirt & Kurta
Though not a style completely traditional, an ethnic skirt paired with an ornate kurta is a great way to create a light ethnic look. In the summer weddings of 2023, this style will look great – appropriate and stunning.
33. Color Collision
The year will see a lot of bold color combinations. For example, prints or embellishment or thread work in bold shades when placed on a fabric in another bold color, creates a unique style – the juxtaposition of bold and contradicting colors. Placing two or more contradicting colors creates a color collision – a style which will be seen in plenty in 2023, especially in Indo-western attires.
34. The Trail
A trail is an extension of the fabric of your long dress or lehenga. Inspired from western fashion, it adds just that essential bit of drama to your ordinary lehenga or dress. It’s a great option for
any evening party, dinner, wedding etc.
For further guidance, understanding and help with creating outfits following these trends, you would need an expert! And who better than GetEthnic itself? Get in touch with us and we will tell you exactly how you can use the 2023 trends to create your bridal outfit or any other outfit that you want for the 2023 wedding season!