By Pallavi Mahendra
This is Pallavi. First of all, I’d like to mention that this is my first article on IMBB and how excited I am to share it with all of you. I’m from arts-commerce background, but fashion has always been my thing. It’s like being united with my long lost love whenever I see a new outfit in the market which catches my eye, especially Indian outfits. I think every girl should embrace the beauty of the traditions we are blessed with.
Anyway, so it was my friend’s wedding and since I already mentioned I like eye-catching pieces that are elegant yet simple, and not very gaudy ones. But, at the same time, are not very expensive. So I’ll be sharing the outfit which I designed getting ideas from all over the internet. And hope my outfit will also give you ideas to design your own lehenga.
• Raw silk blue color – INR 350 per meter (used about 3 metres)
• Shantoon blue color – INR 250 per meter (about 4m- used for inner lining purpose)
• Cane blue color – INR 120 per meter (to give a flare to the lehenga or skirt)
• Golden brocade – INR 200 per mtr (for the choli/blouse)
• Blue zip for lehnga (no idea about the price as the tailor got it himself)
• Some hooks for the choli or you could get a zip for the choli too
Another piece of information that I’d like to share, the tailor charged me INR 3000 for the stitching as we are his regular clients; some tailors were even charging around INR 7000. So if you know a good and cheap tailor, then nothing like it. The total cost was around INR 5000 only. Isn’t it great! I got many compliments for the outfit.
About my Lehenga and Choli:
• The skirt has got 4 block pleats in the front and the back as well
• The blouse has got a boat neck, and more or less it’s a backless blouse with hooks at the back
How I Styled It:
• Kundan set
• Kohl on the eyes
• Peach lip gloss
• Curls done with a straightener
• You could wear a watch or kundan kada too
How You Can Improvise Your Own Outfit:
• Add a border at the bottom of the skirt like brocade or any other golden lace or patches all over the skirt
• The blouse can be made of net and brocade can be used as lining; will make its appearance more heavy and classy
• You can also get some embroidery done on the golden blouse as it can be paired with a saree also; golden blouse will become your all time favourite
• The skirt can be made from different fabrics like pure silk or satin or even plain cotton fabric in a bright colour like pink and use net lining on top of it with a little golden embroidery to give it a chic look
• A heavy dupatta with a lot of embroidery and gota work can be paired with the plain lehenga and choli
• A black sequins choli and a bright cream lehenga with mirror work can be paired together
• Neon colours can be combined like a lemon yellow and a contrast colored dupatta with a border can be carried along
• A white mirror work choli can be paired with white lehenga or even different colours as white would go with almost every color
• The lehenga can also be paired with a long kurti like Kareena Kapoor’s famous brocade pink and green lehenga
• Make sure you get it stitched from a trustworthy tailor because he will be bringing the real magic to the outfit and give your ideas a figure
• Also accessorize it ideally as in if the outfit is really plain like mine, wear heavy jewelry, but if it is heavy light jewelry like a watch, a pair of earrings and a clutch is all you need
In my next post, I will share another outfit that I designed. Also, I’m not a professional designer. I hope this was an inspiration to all you ladies out there and you enjoyed reading the article.
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