Top 10 Ways To Drape?Your?Bridal?Dupatta
Lehengas, Punjabi suits and anarkalis- one thing all Indian bridal outfits have in common is the dupatta. In recent times we?ve seen the dupatta evolve from it?s humble beginnings as a (not-so)simple head covering to, stylistically speaking, the single most important element?of the Indian bridal ensemble.
Fashion stylists will always tell you they prefer autumn/ winter collections to spring/ summer- why? Because in fashion, as with character, layers add depth. With winter comes layers and with layers come more opportunities to style. ?But when it comes to your wedding day, your dupatta is really the only layering opportunity you get, so you’d better make it good! Here?s our pick of the top ten ways to drape your bridal dupatta?
This style is ideal for designs where the bridal dupatta is relatively light and?you want to draw attention to the blouse. The dupatta can be folded into a straight/ cross body sash or loosely draped off the shoulder, whilst the belt does it?s job keeping everything in place. The back section can be taken up and used as a head covering. Belts work with most Indian bridal outfits, but work especially well with bridal sarees or slightly more A-line lenghas nothing too poufy. On a side note, the belt in itself becomes another styling opportunity;? plain, embroidered, encrusted, go crazy!
2.?????THE DOUBLE (LAYERED even)
Since it?s all about layers, why stop at one dupatta? This style is great for the bride who wants to wear a lighter veil on her head but who also wants a?heavier, more opulent bridal dupatta to drape with?it. If you’re?going for a contemporary layered look, why stop at two- why not mix?n?match a couple of different styles from our list. For maximum impact, choose different weights and textures for the dupatta fabrics.
3.?????THE ONE SHOULDER- WRIST TWIST
This style works well with bridal lehengas and anarkali?s alike. It?s the equivalent of a half-up/half down hairdo; it makes the anarkali a little more formal and the lehenga a little more contemporary. Again the over the shoulder portion can be used to cover the head. This style works best with slightly heavier weighted fabrics, which give?great drape, such as georgette, velvet, or crepes.
It?s the style favoured by Indian royalty throughout history, so is guaranteed to inject instant elegance into any bridal look- perfect for today?s retro bride. This style works with bridal lehengas, anarkalis and even Punjabi suits, where a heavy bridal dupatta is the focus of the outfit.
With this?style the dupatta is draped over both shoulders and usually pulled into a v-neck at the front. It’s a great way of styling a heavier bridal dupatta. A versatile look- it works well with bridal lehengas, anaraklis and Punjabi suits. Again one of the back sections can be pulled onto the head for a proper Punjaban look!
Perfect for the more traditional Indian bridal lenghas. With this style, the dupatta is draped across the body in palloo fashion, then pulled up onto the head from behind. For that touch of authenticity, make sure the? head covering comes further than the hairline. And since Rajasthani jewels are famous the world over, a large kundan necklace will finish this look nicely.
7.?????THE SAREE STYLE
Sarees are the quintessential Indian outfit. So for brides opting for a bridal lehenga but who want the added glamour of a saree, this is your style. As with any saree palloo there?s are any number of ways to drape it; taught across the body, loosely draped, hanging off the shoulder, or folded into a sash across the body- the choice is yours.
A twist on the saree style- this style drapes the dupatta across the body using the width of the fabric. This is a great choice for the petite bride, who maybe worried about pulling off other dupatta drape styles.
9.?????THE STOLE STYLE
For more of a contemporary Indian bridal look the dupatta can be draped across the back, either hanging off the elbows, or pulled onto one or both shoulders. This style is great for framing the Indian bridal outfit- where the bridal dupatta is really more of an accent, rather than the focus of the outfit.
10.?THE VEIL STYLE
This look is perhaps the most ?fusion? of all the dupatta draping styles. It combines the elegance of a western cathedral veil with the mysticism of the traditional ghunghat/ ghund. It?s the perfect choice, for a contemporary bridal ensemble but can be incorporated into a more traditional look, by pairing it with a heavier dupatta. The best fabrics for this style are fine tulles, very light weight chiffons and georgettes.
So gone are the days when a bride would be expected to just balance a heavy dupatta on her ?delicate? up-do with a mountain of hairpins. The dupatta(/s) is now an opportunity to inject some serious style into your bridal look!