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Long Lehenga Choli
By LARREN SMITH 494 views

The Timeless Allure of Long Lehenga Choli – A Deep Dive into Traditional and Contemporary Styles

Choli and lehengas have been on the map of Indian fashion for ages. Like every other aspect of human life, even the fashion industry has witnessed a lot of evolution. While choli and lehengas come in multiple varieties.

in this blog we are focusing on the allure of the traditional to contemporary lehenga with long top variations and some awesome tips of accessorizing this timeless outfit.

The long choli, as part of the traditional lehenga choli ensemble, has seen various design transformations throughout fashion history, influenced by cultural and regional diversities across India. The history of the lehenga choli is not linear but rather a composite of many different garments and styles that have evolved.

The allure of the traditional to contemporary long choli lehenga variations:

The long choli in Indian fashion history has undergone a remarkable journey, adapting to regional tastes, historical influences, and modern fashion trends, resulting in a rich tapestry of styles and designs

  • Regional Variations: Traditional styles like the Sharara, Gharara, and Lacha, which emerged in the 18th and 19th centuries, include variations of the long choli lehenga. The sharara and gharara are lower attires resembling flared pants, often worn with a lehenga with a long blouse or kurti. The Lacha features a lehenga with a long blouse, almost knee-length, showing how the length of the choli has varied in different regions and periods.
  • Historical Influences: The lehenga choli has been influenced by various historical periods, from the voluminous, circular-cut lehengas of Rajasthan to the simple Patu Pavadas worn by little girls in South India, originating from the silk weaving industry.
  • Innovative Styles and Fabrics: Over the years, designers have experimented with both the choli and the lehenga, incorporating modern influences and global trends. This includes lehenga style sarees that merge the saree and lehenga silhouette into one, and Anarkali lehengas, a more recent innovation. Fabrics have also evolved, with traditional cotton and silk now being accompanied by chiffon, georgette, crepe, velvet, net, and tissue.
  • Design Evolution: The designs and patterns of lehenga cholis have also evolved. While traditional gold thread designs (zari or zardosi work) have always been popular, other styles like ek- taar work, buti work, cut dana, and gota patti are also widely used. These intricate designs and artistic motifs have diversified the aesthetic of the lehenga choli over time.
  • Contemporary Influences: Modern trends and styles have had a significant impact on the evolution of the lehenga choli. Bollywood, in particular, has played a major role in defining the popularity of various outfits and accessories associated with the lehenga choli.

Accessorizing a long choli lehenga outfit can enhance its elegance and beauty.

Here are some tips on selecting the right accessories:

  • Jewellery: Choose traditional Indian jewellery like Kundan, Polki, or Jadau sets. For a modern twist, you might consider minimalist gold or diamond pieces. The type of jewellery should complement the neckline of the choli and the level of embellishments on a lehenga with long top. Chandelier earrings, statement necklaces, and bangles work well.
  • Footwear: High-heeled sandals or juttis (traditional Indian flat shoes) are excellent choices. The height of the heel can help with the lehenga’s drape and length. Choose footwear that matches or contrasts nicely with your outfit.
  • Hair Accessories: Depending on the occasion, you could use decorative hair pins, a maang tikka (forehead ornament), or even fresh flowers for a classic look.
  • Clutch or Potli Bag: A small embellished clutch or a traditional potli bag not only complements the outfit but is also practical for carrying essentials. Aligning with today’s fashion trend you can also get a customised potli bag made out of the same fabric you use for the lehenga choli.
  • Dupatta Styling: How you drape the dupatta can significantly impact the overall look. You can drape it in a traditional way over the shoulder, or in the format of a saree with loose folds or, for a more modern style, drape it like a cape.
  • Belt or Kamarband: A decorative belt or a traditional kamarband can be used to cinch the waist and add an element of style. This also helps keep the dupatta in place.
  • Makeup and Nail Art: Go for makeup that harmonizes with the colours of your outfit. Nail art can be a subtle yet beautiful addition, especially if your lehenga has intricate handwork.
  • Watch or Bracelet: A sleek watch or an elegant bracelet can be a good addition, especially if you prefer minimal jewellery.

Remember, the key is to balance the accessories with the outfit. If the lehenga is heavily embellished, go for simpler accessories, and if the outfit is simple, you can opt for more dramatic accessories.

Which accessory are you planning to do with your long choli the next time you are you to wear a traditional outfit?

larren SMith

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