While dressing up in ethnic separates, having a well-fitted blouse is half the battle won. Right now, the modern desi woman is not saving her blouses just for sarees, they are being paired up with lehengas, dhoti pants, ethnic skirts, flared palazzos and much else. Honestly, these days we are spoilt for options when it comes to fab blouse designs, from designer pages to real wedding coverages, there is so much style inspiration at our disposal right now! And that is exactly what we have done today, a curated list of designer blouse inspirations, Bollywood style, real bride snaps and a few other style tips for fresh blouse designs ideas! From blouse neck designs to style tips for when you get a new pair stitched, this list is all you need to ace this traditional piece of ethnic wear!
If you’re an adventurous fashionista who loves trying new blouse designs or want something that covers your waist, this peplum style blouse is something you can definitely wear. The heavily embellished and intricately embroidered blouse is super pretty and will make you look beautiful!
As far as blouse neck designs go, we bet you would have never thought of getting something like this designed for your wedding day. If you’re a bold bride-to-be who likes to experiment and isn’t afraid of trying sultry blouse neck designs, just get this one tailormade already.
A contemporary designer blouse pick, sheer, button down, bell sleeves and delicate embroidery all over… this one’s absolutely gorge! You can definitely try this with a bustier and be the badass desi who is also the ‘it’ girl!
Pair your bustier bandeau style blouses with this sheer Anita Dongre tulle jacket, available for Rs 35,980. Buy it here
Sheer blouses with pop coloured embroidery are a great choice for your wedding day blouse. It makes your jewellery stand out and has a sexy air about it, without being too scandalous. You can get delicate embroidery that matches your lehenga and this will definitely fetch you all the compliments.
If you love going all out then a fringed, tasselled blouse is the way to go! This blouse is going to stand out and is perfect for outdoor winter occasions - when it’s chilly and you want something warm and comfortable! It’s very luxe, statement-y and worth a try!
Flaunt those lovely collarbones in an off shoulder blouse that also accentuates them well. Take a cue from Kriti Sanon’s gorgeous emerald green number for some epic blouse designs inspiration to wear with a silk saree or a smart pair of dhoti pants.
Recreate Kriti’s ensemble, pair your solid off shoulder tailored blouse with this Printed Mid-Rise Maxi Skirt, available for Rs 2,399. Buy it here
Stand out from the crowd just like the gorgeous Karishma Kapoor in this stunning balloon sleeves blouse. The high neck balances the flouncy sleeves, perfect for when you are planning a vintage look for a formal event.
Show the world the diva that you are, in a strappy blouse design just like Sonakshi Sinha. The delicate straps are perfect to balance out the beautiful embellishments of the saree, a look that is both modest and sexy at the same time!
Nothing looks more stunning or beautiful than a peek-a-boo lace blouse. Jacqueline Fernandez looks like a dream in this white lace and cold shoulder blouse. We can’t take our eyes off, can you?!
If you thought round blouse neck designs and mega sleeves blouses were only meant for yesteryear’s 60s heroines, then you need to think again. We love how Aditi Rao Hydari teamed her floral saree with this gorgeous blouse. Bookmark this look for daytime traditional functions!
Love bright colours and a mix of all things striking? Just add a few pom-poms as a clever accessory on your blouse design. Incorporate it as a latkan or just as accents like shown in the picture!
Going all out and bold is not for everyone, but hey, it’s all about the details, isn’t it? This blouse with the prettiest asymmetrically hemmed sleeves that are oh-so-perfect! This sort of a hem adds a little bit of detailing and a whole lot of sass to your ensemble!
Bride Saloni wore a Shantanu & Nikhil outfit and the blouse sure does lend her an absolute royal look. Full sleeves with a high collar, this style is great for your reception or cocktail. Also, a great pick for winter weddings.
Off-shoulders look so chic and so edgy. For the bride who does not want a traditional look for her wedding, an off-shoulder blouse is a great option. We love the bride’s pretty yellow lehenga that she chose for a day function.
Nothing looks more timeless than a high round neckline and elbow sleeves. This Sabyasachi bride redefines elegance in her stunning bridal look. A perfect pick for your D-day.
The classic horseshoe design always stands out. The triple dori is quirky yet cute. If you are a lover of everything classy with a twist, pick this blouse back design. It is simple and elegant, but still makes you look and feel pretty!
Okay, back to classics! This is a basic button down blouse design which is perfect for the ‘old soul at heart’, one who craves for a vintage charm yet look contemporary at the same time. Both pure and raw silk fabric complement this pattern.
This is one back design that doesn’t show too much skin, but still manages to look sexy AF! Perfect for the beautifully poised bride, who knows how to charm everyone with her royal dressing sense! Anita Dongre is a master when it comes to stunning designs and this designer blouse, in particular, is one of our favourites!
Marilyn was right, “Diamonds truly are a girl’s best friend!” So why not incorporate them into your blouse designs too. This diamond cut back design shows that Manish Malhotra sure knows how to design clothes that flatter a woman’s body!
We personally love this design a lot! It has hoops attached to each side, that look oh-so-cute! The thing with this kind of blouses is that you have to get a side zip attached to them so that you can put them on without assistance.
Sheer is sexy, and we know it! But when it comes with this amazing cape styling and super pretty embellishments, it becomes all the more gorgeous! A good companion for your see-through sarees, this blouse will become your go-to chic pick for a fancy evening.
Button-down blouses are a major rage nowadays, but you don’t have to stick to the basics. Again, get creative just like this bride did and get some customizations done to the basic design. This way, you can get a bit of a sassy look, without having to bare too much skin!
Always make sure you give your measurements right. Make sure you’re not wearing anything that’s too thick or something that’s not too uncomfortable either. And always give your tailor the size of your bra for your blouse as well. This way, you can be sure that your blouse will not only fit you well at the bust, but the sleeves will be well-fitted too.
It is important to keep the blouse design and the sari complementary in at least one aspect. Be it the embroidery, the colour or just an overall pattern running through. If you plan to make your blouse the centre of attraction because your sari is simple, ensure it's different enough to be noticed but has some common element or detail with your sari.
The shape of your garment depends a lot on the fabric you pick. Some fabrics are stiff and unbendable, whereas some are so soft that they get crushed in no time! In both these cases, your blouse can end up looking like a disaster! In order to avoid such a situation, ensure that you’re buying a fabric that can be easily cut and stitched. Once you wear it, it should flatter your curves, enhancing the entire look. Some fabrics require a lining, so make sure to choose the perfect colour and material for your lining as well.
Do you have small shoulders? There are different necklines and sleeves to choose from to flatter your body type well. Check beforehand if you’re a peach, an apple, an hourglass or a diamond in terms of body shapes. It can help you select your blouse design beforehand! If you feel like your back isn’t too toned, get a keyhole/peek-a-boo design instead of going backless. Remember that scoop-necks flatter apple-shaped bodies the most, straps and halters look great on pear-shaped woman and oval and rectangle necks look pretty on petite sizes.
Not all necklines suit everyone, and that can actually make or break your overall look. It can make you look sexy or cutesy - totally depending on what sort of a look you want to carry. With a host of designs to choose from, it is best to try and visualise these on yourself. If you have a short neck, try avoiding high neck blouses, they look best on tall women. Round and square necklines flatter almost anyone and elbow length sleeves can look elegant and sophisticated. Remember, the key is to be comfortable. Don’t decide on strappy and backless styles unless you’re comfortable in them.