Flying High On The Chic New Update Of The Traditional Dupatta!

Sumona Bose

Fashion Writer

Just like the saree, the dupatta holds a special place in the hearts of Indian women. From holding on to our mothers’ chunis at melas to the iconic imagery of the flying dupatta in Bollywood films, the drape-free style is a cultural icon. Whether you like wearing the piece in a sanskari way or let it hang by your side as a formality, there is always room for improvement. Discover newer dupatta draping styles, from cape styles to heavy cover-ups, we have ten new ways you can style your regular dupatta. With the seal of approval from India’s top designers and fashion girls, these easy dupatta styles won’t have you calling your mother for help!

The Cape Cover-Up

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(Pictured above: Ashwini Reddy at the Lakme Fashion Week 2018)

Capes made a huge appearance in the ethnic scene this season, with billowing draped sleeves being a designer favourite. Use your dupatta to create a cape style cover-up; pair with A-line silhouettes to maintain balance in your outfit structure.

The Angled Drape

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(Pictured above: House Of Kotwara at the LFW 2018)

We love the straight lines and sharp angles created by this dupatta style. Collect and pin your dupatta on one shoulder, press down to create the perfect creases and drape it loosely on the other side.

The Longline Shrug

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(Pictured above: Juhi Godambe)

If you have trouble styling your long dupattas, this can be a fun and unique way to do it. It solves the annoying problem of your hands always being occupied, trying to keep the usual dupatta placement intact. Style tip: wear this style like a shrug with your easy ethnics like palazzos and shararas.

The Elegant Twist

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(Pictured above: Lajjoo C at the LFW 2018)

Oh, how one little twist alters the look of an Indian ensemble! One that works brilliantly with silk, rayon and cotton blends, this neat little trick can get you a blissfully laid-back look.

POPxo Recommends: Handblock Print Pure Silk Tussar Dupatta for Rs 2,799. Buy it here

The Slender Lines

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(Pictured above: Tarun Tahiliani at the LFW 2018)

Dainty little mesh dupattas can pull off this look perfectly. A chic stole can also be used to create this style, most suited with your fitted kurtis and suits.

The Arm Candy

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(Pictured above: Kritika Khurana)

Step 1: Pin one end of the dupatta on your right shoulder.
Step 2: Twirl the other end around your left forearm.
...and done! Ms Khurana proves, yet again, how effortlessly cool she can be with her ensembles!
POPxo Recommends: Multicoloured Phulkari Embroidered Dupatta for Rs 2,309. Buy it here

The Robed Cover-Up

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(Pictured above: Anamika Khanna at the LFW 2018)

This one might need more than one try to get right. Start by draping the dupatta around your shoulders like a wrap. Then, pin the two ends of a dupatta at your waist, or belt it, to create a robe like silhouettes. Work your heavy dupattas with simple outfits to give them an upgrade!

The Deconstructed V

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(Pictured above: Gaurang Shah)

Truth be told, the traditional V-shaped dupatta has been out of sight for too long! We are totally digging this classy deep-V style by Gaurang Shah, pinned somewhat unevenly to give a deliciously deconstructed look!

And Of Course...The Belted Dupatta

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(Pictured above: Masoom Minawala)

Need to be bhangra ready for an upcoming wedding reception? Pleat your dupatta over one shoulder and belt it at the small of your waist to keep it in place.

POPxo Recommends: Studded skinny belt for Rs 1,432. Buy it here

We hope you have your slinky collection up to date?

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Published on Feb 17, 2018
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