Lehenga cholis, in the last few years, have rapidly become one of the most sought after outfits for special occasions. In India, glamorous, evening ethnic attire is largely required for weddings as this is the one occasion where women can go all out without looking or feeling out of place. In fact, at a wedding, guests as well as close family members are expected to be ornately decked out from head to toe and lehengas are a great way to achieve this look. Wedding lehengas are both flattering and feminine, subtly highlighting the attractive curves of the wearer while at the same time maintaining the traditional look that is so essential at wedding ceremonies and functions. They are much easier to wear and carry off as compared to the somewhat finicky saree outfit. Wedding lehengas are also very stylish and formal looking. They effortlessly combine a modern, gown like silhouette with traditional designs and patterns to create the perfect ethnic glam look for a wedding.
There are many different varieties of this outfit, starting with the traditional, old-fashioned one that comes with a long tunic style choli and a voluminous, circular lehenga. Also called the wedding ghagra choli, this type of outfit comes embellished with colorful patch border work, mirror work and intricate and colorful embroidered designs. It is mostly seen at Gujarati and Rajasthani weddings where this is considered traditional garb. Comfortable and colorful, the wedding ghagra choli is the perfect outfit for a high energy wedding function involving a heavy amount of dancing and activity.
More modern and trendy types of wedding lehengas are distinguished not only by the cut and designs on the lehenga itself but also by the designs and style of the choli or blouse that is worn with it. Wedding lehengas are usually quite ornate and heavy, incorporating traditional Indian techniques such as zari, zardosi, ek taar, gota patti, cut dana and booti, often in the form of elaborate panels. They may have a traditional straight fit, a wide and circular fall that flares out or a well-fitted silhouette such as the mermaid or a-line cut. These types of western and modern style of cuts in the skirt are combined with similarly modern types of wedding choli styles such as a corset top or backless top. Low-cut, corset style fitted cholis are very much in demand with the younger generation who love to bring in a little bit of style and flair with their ethnic outfits; those with more conservative tastes opt for back-less or cut back cholis which can easily be hidden with a demure draping style for the dupatta.
One of the most exciting things about ethnic fashion today is that women can now get all types of outfits, from glamorous wedding lehengas to classic Uppada silk sarees, online at highly affordable prices. Online shopping has made it extremely easy for women to purchase exquisite, traditional varieties as well as modern, fusion styles of ethnic garments.