The lehnga saree - A delightful fashion hybrid!
Love to wear saree? Hate the pleats? Well, now you have something to your rescue- the lehnga saree. It is your perfect answer if you want the aesthetic appeal of the traditional saree minus all the hassles. Normally around 4.5 metres to 5.5 metres long, this doesn’t require pleats to be formed by simply following a ‘tuck and drape’ mode, just like a lehnga choli. It evolved in recent years as a solution for all those ladies who seek an artistic yet easy to wear party attire, mainly for traditional occasions. Ever since Katrina Kaif walked the ramp for one of the leading designers of India, in a stunning mermaid lehnga saree, this trend caught the fancy of every fashion-loving girl of the country. Ever since then, it is being seen everywhere- be it ramps, movies, kitty parties, marriages, and so on.
Just like the traditional saree, the lehnga saree is worn over a petticoat along with a designer blouse as the upper garment, which is often referred to as the ‘choli’. The style of the ‘choli’ may resemble that of a conventional lehnga or ghaghra choli, or one may also prefer to keep it conventional, like the regular blouse. The fashion-forward ones, however, usually settle for halter neck style, deep neckline or “backless” style. These are also more often than not embellished with kundan work, beads, mirrors or any other embroidery. Women who are not comfortable with the tedious draping and pleating that the traditional saree demands you to perfect, switch over to this outfit that they easily slip into the ensemble, fasten the zipper at the side of the long flared skirt, drape the ‘pallu’ over the shoulders, and can get ready in minutes, since it is absolutely fuss-free. The look is also fabulous as the skirt is made according to the measurements of the wearer, so that it sits snugly onto the body, lending it a wonderful fit. The ‘pallu’ again, has the dramatic effect of the ‘dupatta’ that usually comes with lehnga choli.
The ladies have come to be immensely fond of this attire as these lehnga sarees are now available in different fabrics and materials such as chiffon, georgette, dyed, silk, brocade, crepe, brasso etc. while the embellishments and art-work can come in bagh, chikan, kantha, shisha, zardosi and so on. These are the ethnic embroidery patterns that prevail in the various states of India, thus offering the women a large variety to choose from. The rich and exquisite work is further enhanced with additional work of silver or golden embroidery, metal, glass or wooden beads, pearls, mirror work, lace work, sequins, stones etc. These intricately embellished ‘gotas’ or panels at the front not only look gorgeous and alluring, but also lends it a flaring silhouette with makes the look even more dreamy. Many fashion designers have lehnga sarees in their collection, with Sabyasachi Mukherjee being the most celebrated one.
Not only are many new-age brides opting for this attire on their D-day, but many of her female friends and relatives too are following suit! It has emerged to be the current favorite among Indian traditional wear, and rightfully so! Make sure you have eye-catching accessories to complement the magnificence of your lehnga-saree and you’re all set to be a treat for sore eyes!