There was a time when only an Indian bride would sport a lehenga at her wedding, but these beautiful dresses have captured the imagination of fashion lovers all over the country. Today, practically every young woman has a colorful array of lehengas in her wardrobe, to be worn when attending weddings or during the festive season.
What Makes a Lehenga Such a Well-Loved Outfit?
The lehenga-choli was first seen in India during the Mughal rule, when queens, princesses and royal ladies sported these gorgeous outfits at feasts and grand occasions. The flowing drapes and elegance of the skirt-blouse-dupatta ensemble would be heavily embellished with rhinestones, embroidery and trims.
What’s led to the ever-increasing popularity of the lehenga is probably its versatility. It is equally well-suited for dressy bridal wear, festive gatherings with friends and family, or even a special occasion at the workplace. In addition, this style is well-suited for almost every body shape and size, since it forms a flattering silhouette for any figure!
The Lehenga as a Modern Masterpiece
Lehenga-choli outfits are huge favorites with designers all over the country, who have created one-of-a-kind celebrity bridal lehengas and others for red-carpet appearances. Teamed with choli blouses that often feature intricate embellishments, these flared skirts are available today in a mind-boggling array of colors and designs.
With the Indian fashion industry losing its heart to the graceful ensemble, lehengas have seen a variety of avatars and will probably see even more in the years to come. It wouldn’t be quite accurate to say that the lehenga is ‘back in style’ - this ageless outfit never really has gone out of style!
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