Bridal Wear to Suit Your Body Type
Don’t know if that certain lengha style will flatter your waistline? Let us help you determine for the best shape or outfit for your body type. Most South Asian outfits are forgiving and look elegant on any shape, any size. But there are some rules which no bride should break on her wedding day.
If you are pear shaped: Wear an A-line lengha and select a heavier fabric. A lengha or an anarkali salwar in velvet or heavy silk will be a great choice for you. Make sure the top fits you and highlights the smallest part of the waist.
If you are busty: Play with the neckline of your blouse or salwar kameez. Get a sweetheart shapes neckline or what is called a necklace shaped neckline (with three corners). You want to give an illusion of an open neck and face that does not draw attention to your chest. Also, keep the fabric basic and matte and stay away from big prints and shiny fabrics. Solid colors work best. Your fabric choice should be a light or medium weight silk. You can always play with the draping of the dupatta and work it to your advantage, too.
If you are plus sized: An empire-waist style blouse would be perfect for you. It’s not too tight around the waist and tummy area but is well-fitted near the bust. Usually, the blouse should be a bit longer than your regular blouse. Sarees are always a great choice. Choose fabrics that are not not heavy like chiffons and light silks. Also, use a dupatta that is light and drape it closer to your body to give your outfit a streamlined effect.
If you are apple shaped: Try a corset-style blouse that cinches at the smallest part of the waist. The lengha can be A-line that gently flares. You can wear the dupatta draped around your neck.
If you are tall: You can carry heavy salwar kameez or a heavily embroidered lengha with ease. You should also invest in some heavy silk sarees. Just make sure you focus on one heavy item and keep the others light. Choose a heavy blouse but keep the saree light, or get a heavily embroidered dupatta and keep the lengha and blouse light. Longer lengths works well on you. Make sure your anarkali salwar kameez starts to flare out at the right place and the length of the kameez is longer than usual too. You can also highlight your arms by wearing a long sleeved blouse which is hot right now.
Boyish, straight lined figures: If you want to give an illusion of curves try the very latest, tennis star Sania Mirza’s style, ballgown inspired lengha. Drape your dupatta in gujrati or rajathani style to give an illusion of a defined waist. You can also try a shorter fitted kurta and chudidar.
If you are petite: The rule of thumb is to draw the eye upward. Make sure your dress does not overwhelm you. You want to make sure the fabrics you use are light and airy with delicate embroidery. Stay away from big prints or large peacock like handwork on your clothes. Try gota patti or something with small crystal work. You want to wear blouses that are not too long but are higher than your natural waist. If you wear planning to wear a lengha, try to go with shimmer fabrics with a modified A-line with a slightly flared skirt.
If you are small chested: If you want to give the illusion of a curvy top your best bet is a ruched top. If you are going to wear a lengha try a little padding in your blouse, any tailor should be able to fix that for you. If you are thinking about wearing a saree, a halter blouse would be a good choice. You could even try to wear an anarkali salwar kameez with a halter or a mock halter neck.