Within a relatively short space of time, the dupatta has evolved from its former status as a supposedly simple head covering, into little less than the most stylistically significant element of the Indian bridal ensemble.
As leading suppliers and designers of wedding lehengas, here at Khubsoorat, we thought we would take a closer look at just five of the wonderful ways the dupatta can be draped to attract more than a few admiring glances and compliments on your wedding day.
Few dupatta styles exude such class and elegance as the front-flow style. While it is by no means the perfect style for the wedding itself, it is sure to dazzle all of your guests at the reception.
This style can be achieved by neatly pleating your dupatta and pinning it at the left shoulder, so that it falls behind you, up to the back of your knees. With regard to the front part of the dupatta, you should allow it to reach up to the floor, before folding it up and bringing it over your forearm.
If you are looking for an elegant dupatta style that is also very practical, you could barely do better than this simple, but regal look.
To achieve this style, you should pleat the dupatta and keep it on your right shoulder, adjusting the pallu length – letting it fall a little below your knees – and then secure it with a safety pin. You will then need to take the other end of the dupatta and place it so that only the board is visible, folding it around your waist in a loop before securing it with a safety pin.
This is a brilliant look to go for when you have a relatively light bridal dupatta and wish to draw attention to the blouse. You could fold the dupatta into a straight or cross body sash, or loosely drape it off your shoulder, while allowing your belt to hold everything in place.
Another great advantage of this look is that the belt itself becomes another styling opportunity – whether you opt for something plain, encrusted or embroidered, the choice is entirely yours.
This style does not cover the choli, which makes it a good choice for lehengas with a heavily embroidered blouse.
All that you need to do is tuck one end of your dupatta at the left-hand side of your waist, loosening it up and taking the dupatta from behind your left arm over your head. You can also allow the dupatta to rest over your right shoulder.
As favoured by such style icons as Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor, the double dupatta style involves simply draping one dupatta across your shoulders and the other dupatta from the back of your shoulder, with the other end tucked in at your waist.
Make the dupattas of contrasting colours to ensure the maximum number of turned heads at your wedding ceremony and reception!
As you can see from these examples, the lehenga dupatta is a fantastically versatile garment that – when styled imaginatively and intelligently – could go some way to making your wedding truly the most special and memorable day of your life.
Contact Khubsoorat today to learn more about precisely how we can work with you to make your dream outfit possible, or to take your cue from our selection of existing wedding lehengas.