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8 How To Wear Lehenga Notes To Work Different Outfits To Absolute, Trendsetting Perfection

Want to put together an ensemble that stands out from the crowd? Here's our practical guide on how to wear a lehenga and give it your personal touch for your wedding day. Recreate different look for every occasion.

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Now that you’ve chosen a flared lehenga over a saree for your D-day, the next big thing on your mind could be 'how to wear lehenga' for that straight-from-the-runway kind of look. Well, the beauty of this traditional garment lies in its versatility- drape it in different styles or instead pick a style that’s unique and fashionable to create your personalised fashion statement, quite literally.

So, be it your wedding, sangeet, mehndi or a cocktail function; here’s how to wear lehenga in different styles to create a look that would catch everyone's attention.

1. Cancan Lehenga

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For that fairytale fall, nothing works better than a cancan lehenga. This is a perfect style if you want to keep it flowy and exciting. But are you confused about how to wear lehenga with cancan? Here's our expert tip: If you are a bride-to-be who is curvy and yet is keen to make use of cancan should use it in the lower half only as otherwise, it can make you look bulky.

For petite brides, there is no restriction though. Also, make sure you don't fold your bridal lehenga as otherwise it may crush the cancan and spoil the overall effect you've been longing for.

2. Contemporary and Vintage Lehenga

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If you want to try something that’s different from those monotonous bridal lehengas, this is the style you should choose! Incredible detailing and the quirky colour palette is what makes new-style lehenga cholis look so dreamy. Go minimalistic in terms of jewellery and accessories.

Even a simple Rajasthani Borla with open tresses will glam up your bridal look. But if you are still not sure about how to wear lehenga with contemporary silhouette or style, take cues from this bride and recreate your own version.

3. Lehenga with Crop Top

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This modern lehenga style strikes a perfect balance between a traditional and contemporary look that’s being loved by the millennial brides. This fusion-style gives freedom to choose a crop top lehenga pairing instead of a regular choli or a blouse. While pairing a crop top with lehenga, put together an ensemble that stands out from the ordinary, such as team up a designer lehenga or a flared skirt with a crop top.

Typically, extremely ethnic or lehengas with too much bling don’t go well with a crop top, so try and pick something with delicate embroidery or sequin, etc. You can pair this look with a statement choker or big danglers and add some extra bling.

4. Jackets and Layers 

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This dramatic style is one of the biggest trends these days and it suits all body types. Are you confused about how to wear lehenga with jackets? Well, the lehenga style either comes with a tunic that’s attached with the blouse, or you can also pick any matching jacket and wear it over your top or choli to complete the look.

Brides-to-be who do not want to show too much skin or are looking for ways to cover the extra flab at their pre-wedding functions should go for this style. You can accessorise this look with matching jewellery and a glamorous hairdo.

5. Skirt with Contrasting Choli

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If you are sure to keep it minimalistic on your sangeet or Mehndi function, this is the style for you! Pair your plain long skirt with a contrast coloured choli or blouse to bring about a contemporary look. This is the perfect lehenga style for the millennial bride who doesn't want to get weighed down by her heavy lehenga.

Depending on the occasion, you can either team this look with floral jewellery or with some matching statement piece and a bracelet.

6. Saree Style Lehenga


Combine the elegance of a saree and comfort of a lehenga with this outfit. To create this style gather your dupatta into thin pleats and wrap it the way you would wrap a saree. To ensure your drape doesn't make you feel uncomfortable, pin it up around the shoulder area.

Team this retro look with a classic bun or a romantic side loose braided hairstyle. Accessorise hair with matching head ornaments or some fresh flowers and slay it like a diva!

7. Sharara Lehenga

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Sharara lehenga is ideal if you wish to add a modern twist to your traditional look. The outfit is chic and comfortable at the same time. You can wear a Sharara with a long or mid-length kurta and to complement the look, you can team it with some matching accessories like a Passa or a Nawabi-style Nath.

With a Sharara, you don't have to worry about things like 'how to wear lehenga' or 'how to make it look stylish' as it is perfect for your sangeet or Mehndi functions.

8. Anarkali Lehenga

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If you wish to mix your all-time favourite Anarkali with the timeless lehenga, this is the style you should choose! Don't worry about how to wear lehenga with Anarkali designs as you can pair your favourite long Anarkali kurta, preferably one with a centre slit, with a plain lehenga or a long skirt.

This style is apt for your pre-wedding functions. To add a touch of glamour, you can pair this look with a statement neckpiece, earrings and a mang tikka.

Do let us know which lehenga style you can’t wait to try out for your special day!