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“Tis the shaadi season!”
Many of your friends are getting married or you have been asked to be a part of the bride’s brigade in more than one wedding! What do you need? Clothes – stylish ethnic wear or stunning Indo western options! And it’s so not done if your Instagram feed is full of photos of you wearing the same lehenga at every wedding! And, more importantly, this is just one reason out of many for which you definitely need a few budget cocktail lehengas

The cocktail lehenga is a perfect example of Indo western attire! Before choosing the ideal cocktail lehenga for yourself, just keep a few things in mind!

The concept of the cocktail dress evolved after the First World War when women started attending non-formal late afternoon or early evening parties in well-tailored, sleek dresses rather than flared Victorian gowns. A cocktail lehenga is inspired by such cuts! It is devoid of the flared cut of traditional Indian bridal lehengas. Cocktail lehengas have sleeker looks with straight, fit-and-flare, fishtail and more body hugging skirts.

The design language of cocktail lehengas are pretty much different from ethnic ones. You need to keep in mind the concept of semi-formal party wear, while choosing a cocktail lehenga. Thus, go for colors like black, navy, wine and colors more common in western attires like magenta, amethyst, plum, raisin, orchid etc.

Unlike ethnic or bridal motifs, you are likely to find dainty floral details on the neckline, sleeves or hemline of the attire. You might even find subtle self-work on the fabric that creates a texture. The overall embellishment quotient is quite low in case of cocktail lehengas. The attires focus more on a play of textures. Rich colors coupled with rich textures fulfil the lack of traditional embellishment.

With cocktail lehengas, you might want to skip your heavy gold jewellery! The look is more about class and understated glamour. So bring out your diamonds, platinum and crystal jewellery. Less is perhaps more, in this case!

Cocktail lehengas are a great option for you if you are a wedding guest. Most reception parties are held in the evening and cocktail lehengas look really smart in those occasions. They are great even for bridesmaids, sisters of bride or groom etc. Cocktail lehengas are not particularly bridal. If you are a bride and want one for your wedding day, we can assure you it’s a bad idea! Instead go for one on occasions like the engagement party or the reception party.