7 Different Ways to Drape Lehenga Dupatta

Hello pretty ladies,

Wedding season is on full swing, and we all love this time of year because it gives us more reason to dress up. We all want to look our best and different than others in the wedding, but if you see the kind of attire we can choose from then the choice is very limited Sari, salwar kameez or lehenga we mostly wear one of this. What makes the difference is how we style it. Lehenga is a costly dress, and other then weddings we don’t really get chance to wear it many times, however wearing the same lehenga again and again is boring and no one wants to do that. But if it is draped differently it can change the whole look and can fetch you many compliments too. So no more doing the same Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu style for lehenga, let’s try something new and interesting. I have come up with 7 styles with photographs and instructions on how to do them. Let’s check out all the styles one by one.

1. Tie on wrist:

This one is simple yet elegant style of draping, which gives a bit of royal feel at the same time is very practical to. To do this style pleat the dupatta and keep it on your right shoulder, adjust the length of pallu (let it fall little below your knees) and secure with a safety pin as you generally do. Now take the other end of the dupatta and place it such that only the board is visible, fold it around your wrist in a loop and secure it with safety pin. You may need someone’s help here to put this pin, in case you have no one then put the pin first then insert your wrist in it. This style also gives you nice posture as you always have something in your hand. Picture shows how it looks from front and back.
Tie on wrist

2. The Half Sari:

This style of dupatta draping is inspired from the south Indian half sari. In this style dupatta hugs your waist making your waist look more defined and slim. Take one corner of your dupatta and tuck it in at right side of your lehenga. Now let the dupatta wrap your waist, make pleats and secure it with a pin on your left shoulder. Make sure dupatta is making a nice V at back and is tightly wrapped around. This will make you look slimmer, and will hide your problem areas like stomach and waist.

The Half Sari

3. The V pallu:

V pallu is modified version of Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu, it is a good option if your dupatta has a lot of work on it and if the blouse is plain this will cover that up. So to get this look tuck one corner of the dupatta in left side of the lehenga as you do for Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu then make pleats and secure it with pin on your right shoulder. Let it fall till your knee. Then take one corner of dupatta and put it on your left shoulder as shown in picture. While doing this make sure you are making a clean V in front. Put a pin to secure the neat V on top side. This is a very good option for people who have heavy upper body. As the V of dupatta removes the attention from your problem area and makes you look slimmer.

The V pallu

4. Sidha-Ulta pallu:

This one is my favourite, it looks very modern and interesting. This style if you see from one left side and front looks like sidha pallu(Gujarati /Rajasthani pallu) and from right side and back it looks like the ulta pallu(normal style of sari). To get this look first tuck one corner of dupatta in left side of lehenga then make the pleats and let it go over left shoulder, let it fall till your feet. Now take one corner of the dupatta wrap it around your waist and tuck it on the same place where we tucked the dupatta first on the left side of lehenga. Confused, read the instruction again and see the pictures you will get it. This look is very different and will surly fetch you many compliments.

Sidha-Ulta pallu

5. The bong touch:

This is inspired by the Bengali saree, so if you are attending a bong wedding or just want to put some bong touch to your look then go for this. Pleat the dupatta and secure it on right shoulder with a pin. Take one corner of dupatta from front side wrap it around your waist and tuck in lehenga. Now take one corner of the back side of dupatta bring it over the left shoulder, pleat it in such a way that only the border is visible. This look is like the Bengali sari look but I have just changed the shoulders.

The bong touch

6. Cocktail look:

This look is apt for cocktail parties. To get this look, pleat the dupatta and secure with pin on left shoulder, let it fall till your knee. Take one corner of the dupatta from back side and bring it to front around your waist and tuck it on left side of lehenga as in the picture. So if you have sweated it out in gym and want to show off your  slim waist then go for this look.

Cocktail look

7. Flowing dupatta look:

Have a heavy work dupatta and want to make that the centre of attraction then opt for this look. Tuck one corner of the dupatta on left side of the lehenga, then bring the dupatta on top of the left shoulder, pin it. Take one corner of the dupatta and wrap it around you and tuck at back side. This will cover up your all your problem area and flaunt the beauty of your dupatta.

Flowing dupatta look

I hope you all liked these looks and will try them out too… and please let me know how you liked them. That’s all for today, stay stylish and rock this wedding season.


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101 thoughts on “7 Different Ways to Drape Lehenga Dupatta

  1. Fabulous.. why didn’t you show us your pretty face 🙁 I think the tie on wrist is always very classy…i love the bong touch too.. very nice post.

  2. Oh mann! This came at such a great time!!…Thank you sweta!! Now I can try these at an upcoming wedding , where I have to wear a lehenga..yayyy!!
    Loved the bong touch and the V Pallu..and wow the lehenga is soo gorgeous! 🙂 Love that green! 🙂

  3. OMG…this post is a life saver. No kidding! I usually wear my lehengas half-sari or flowing style and it sucks because everyone thinks I’m wearing a saree! I can’t do V-pallu, because I’m top heavy and it makes me look much bigger up there.
    I’m going to try tie-on wrist, seedha-ulta and cocktail look next time. You won’t believe how many lehenga pictures I’ve been browsing to find an appropriate draping style. Thanks a lot! 😀

    1. Thanks Devie,
      Actually the V pallu is done perfectly is supoosed to make you look slim.. just try it out and ask ppl at home to tell you honestly if that makes your upper body look slim… otherwise baki style tho hai heen 😀

      1. @ Sweta… that makes sense. Will try it out and get feedback. I think I’ve been bunching up too much fabric in the “V,” which adds bulk.

        @ Jomol…Morning! 😀 Time for me to go to bed, though 🙁 . And *blush* I was only speaking euphemistically 😛

  4. oh woooowwww shweta. the lehenga is soo pretty and so is your figure. 😛 every style is gorgeous but my personal fav is half saree because i find that easiest to carry and i can wear a saree without actually wearing it. 😛 Loved the post shweta 🙂

  5. Shweta, u r such an intelligent girl..
    What a wonderful post!!
    Loved allllll the styles very much..
    I dont this that I need to go to a parlor for getting the dupattas draped now..
    Pl do a favor n show us some different styles of draping sarees as well.
    N yes, plz show up ur face this time.. would love to see the whole look..


    1. Thanks for liking it Amisha… And if people are really intrested in saree draping tutorials i will love to do it.

      I love wearing saree and experimenting with it So I will try to work on your request Amisha 🙂

  6. thats a very good post!! apart from half-saree i never tried anything else since i am a south indian so that was the only style i knew.. 😀

    wish you showed your face as well 🙂 🙂

  7. Wow Shweta it’s lovely, I’m a person who strays away from ethnich wear due to all the fuss bout draping the flowy dupattas n lehangs but this is definitely useful for a person like me, thanx for sharing, TC

  8. that’s SUCH a clap worthy post shweta! 😀 i donot own a lehenga as i always thought i don’t have the figure to carry it. but now with these various styles, i m sure it will look good on me too! am bookmarking it! thanks a lot hun… lots of love!

  9. Shweta, very innovative post..have never seen so many options anywhere else! !!and u look great and fit!! plz do something on diff ways to wear a stole and salwar dupatta too

  10. very nice styles and all are so elegant. best thing all are easy to do also. need one suggestion one of my lehanga dupatta is very heavy (heavy embroidery), its so heavy i cant even tell you. that lehanga i always consider useless but i really like to wear that. which dupatta style you will suggest which will go with heavy dupatta. (my body size is mediocre kind of not thin not chubby)

    1. Hi Divya,
      the description of your lehenga reminds me of my wedding lehenga, that is also so heavy.
      such heavey dupattas can not be fixed with just one pin. I will suggest you to try tie on wrist style but do not pleat the dupatta, keep it flowing. that way you won’t spoile your duppta with so many pins and the heavey work on dupatta will be visible too 🙂
      hope this helps..

      1. thanks Sweta for the suggestion, trust me its really of great help….my wedding lehanga is also very heavy it looked great that time ,now i dont think its of no use except karwa chauth…if you can do any tutorial on how to reuse wedding lehanga will be great….:)

  11. I hv tried the v- neck and half sari drapping styles but m eager to try the bong style never imagine could drape it with lengha… Thnx a ton for this wonderful post…. In betwn Slim waist lucy you…!!!!:)

  12. wwo nice sweta..
    but i dont have a single lehanga..i end up buying silk sarees 🙂 🙂
    but i will bookmark this page.if at all i buyone, i wil use ur tips 🙂

  13. dats such a wonderful post sweta!!! i was just searching for styles to drape dupatta for my wedding lehenga…. the ones i find online are mostly impractical…. but these are just gorgeous… thanks so much dear !!!!

  14. U hav a lovely figure!! 🙂 loved all looks thanks for sharing!! N such a pretty colour of th lehenga my goodness! My personal fav is th look 3 here 😀 seriously thanks so much for doing this!

  15. very novel and unique post… i am not a fan of sarees just worn 2 to 3 times in my life… bt u seem to be a pro…. love all the style esp the bong touch…good for healthy women like me 🙂

  16. excellent post!!! thanks a lot sweta.. i was desperately looking for different ways to drape chuni on lehnga..:)

  17. o wow… i mean awsum work sweta… now that is why we love imbb… here everybody does so much work to share their knowledge with each other… i have my real brother’s wedding in 2 months and i was trying to find this stuff on google… 😉 😉 and today this post comes up. hehe… thankyou sweta… 🙂 🙂

  18. Oh my God….this is just awesome Sweta. I have already laid back my lehengas….think its time to ger them out..Kudos and u do have a figure to die for…

  19. Shweta such hot happening n apt post yaar.. 🙂 i already saved ur tips for festivals and occassions.. really u made our task so easy peasy.. I wud personally ask u for more detailed tips for pallu.. i hope you won’t mind.. 😛 🙂
    This is my fav post of all in imbb..:)

  20. Thanks sweta… Actually my mother work in a parler.. She wants different style to drape a dupatta.. Now I find this things here… If you have another styles for
    drape dupatta or any other helpful tips for parler… Then Plz send all this on my email I’d… I will be thankful to you…. And again thanks from me and my mother:)

  21. This is amazing! This is great for me who does not have an arsenol of indian clothing so basically wear the same saris and whatnot over and over again for almost a decade (since we dont live in India and very rarely go unless there is an occasion). It gives new flavour to old pieces. Thanks!

  22. Hie sweta,actually my problem is i have a lehenga choli and in it my choli is quite short.at the same time i dont want that my belly is seen so can u suggest me what i should do so that my belly is not seen.

  23. Style of dupatta is unique..!! I have silk sari of blue shining colour and I want to make choli from it. Can you suggest me that which other colours of blouse and dupatta match with blue lahenga please?

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