Rakshabandhan – Lehenga looks Decoded

Rakshabandhan is round the corner. Come celebrations and we all want to deck up. The innate desire to look good and feel festive looks for aesthetic dressing options, pieces of jewelry, and everything to pull in together, and pull –out a great look.  Well, honoring the desire is our prerogative and we love ourselves more each time it is done.  My favorite (I guess everyone’s) is elegant attire that is easy to wear and carry and is comfortable to be worn the whole day long, without me feeling like getting out of it the moment Pooja is done. I love to dance in it, flutter around, take innumerable selfies, steal a few laddus from my brother’s plate, put the Rangoli, and feel every bit of a Divine diva the whole day long. And a lehenga stands true to this every bit. Elegant, Easy, Comfortable, Sassy, Festive, Celebration-ready, and makes feel like a diva. It gives me the feet to steal the laddoos and dodge the chase by my brother in an attempt to get the booty back.

Well you know I am already thinking of the lehenga for the attire this Raksha Bandhan. Hell Yesss! That’s been on my mind lately and I have been scouting women's wear sites for some time, for going to shops and a mall is so passe.  While with the sites flaunt intimidating variety, it is such an eye-tonic to look at beautifully crafted lehengas with no guilt attached. Thanks to technology, sites are displaying the products via reels and videos on their social media handles. I realized making a choice has become all the easier. It also helped me to create a look easily (and copying it is the easiest 🫣). It is easy to gauge the fabric, the fall, and the overall look via a reel or video.

There are so many types of lehengas that you could pick this RakshaBandhan and the array of festivals and weddings on cards.  I fell in love with some really simple ones, elegantly embroidered lehengas in paper mirrors, sequins, and zari, while some digitally printed ones with sequins work or light embroidery done on them made me drool. Super light and breezy these would let me breathe and enjoy while being able to move around with ease. Easy to maintain is another point in favor. Others took me in trance and I was already feeling like a diva. The heavy ones, with thick borders and also the ones with thinner borders and lovely craftsmanship all over the lehenga, were the ones with magic woven in them, esp. on the borders.

Borders, I feel are the highlight of any lehenga. Usually at the hem of the lehenga, at the periphery of the dupatta, at the endings of the Sleeve, and sometimes at the neck hem, this defining technique has come a long way and has been beautifying the lehenga since the time of yore. The versatility of borders makes it easy for it to fit on any aspect of the lehenga and still hold the command. Made in a variety of ways like embroidered stone work, zardozi, gotta-Patti, cut work, laces, sequins, thread work et al, this piece of most sought-after detailing is a dedicated and romantic partner to the lehengas or sarees. This is also a huge chunk of lehengas that come with borders in one of the placements, and we love them all.

Dedicated and romantic partners to the lehengas are also the jewelry, bags, and great pair of shoes. Put them together in a tasteful mix and you come out with looks that fetch compliments. The best bags that compliment a lehenga are undoubtedly Potli bags and Batuas. Well, Clutches too. However, Potli bags, Batuas, and metal Box bags ooze traditional vibes and get along so well with lehengas. Pay tribute to your lehenga twirls with the flirty frills of pearls on your necklace and danglers that catch your laughter in their sway.  Austrian Diamond jewelry on the other hand tends to hold space for a graceful, dignified look.  Then we have the Rani Hars, the long neck pieces that would end in intricate pendants, or the chokers that would happily sit on your neck, contouring your face and highlighting it. If you’re a lover of colors, the variety of jewelry will boggle your mind. Well, whichever look you choose, heels are going to pump the whole style game up. These are a must unless you are a comfort freak like me and prefer platforms or mules for the happy-feet experience.

It's time you buy the lehenga of dreams and match it with the jewelry, bags, and other accessories for your festival look and dazzling you. The key is not only finding a flattering style but also the perfect fit. Unstitched lehengas are a boon in disguise as you can stitch them specific to your requirements. Whereas, readymade lehengas are your answer to last-minute shopping and saving rounds to your tailor ahead of a festival. Festivals are already upon us. So you go girl, scout sites like Odette, etc, and get yourself a gorgeous lehenga and matching jewelry, bags and shoes, and everything else. Click pictures and be all over social media and the hearts of your loved ones. Don’t forget to tag us when you share your pics on social media. Happy festivities!

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