The wedding season may have shifted towards more low-key, intimate settings this season, but in no way does that mean comprising on your style. If anything, you can take your sartorial experiments up a notch this year, and with existing separates, as you attend the shindigs. We looked for inspiration from Bollywood for some stellar dupatta draping styles that can be tried out at home and recreated easily. And there were indeed some exciting options to take into account!
Here’s taking a deep dive into the many ways you can style your dupatta for the intimate weddings that lie ahead.
If Kiara Advani’s experimental festive take in an Arpita Mehta outfit taught us anything at all, it was that a mere tuck in done the right way, with the right separates, gives you a winner of a look. For hers, the Bollywood actress chose to drape her dupatta with an uber-cool tuck trick at the back of the waist which, paired with her gharara and embellished bralette, made for a stellar designer look. Not only does this style hack put the focus on the dupatta of choice, but it’s also balanced in the attention to other co-ords, something you could try out for a small wedding this season.
You aren’t alone if you have had that fantasy of a trailing cape ever since you first set your eyes on the style but if not a cape, you can very well recreate the wedding-goer look with a dainty dupatta. Take cues from Diana Penty’s designer look, a distinct version to add to your new-age lehengas this season. All you gotta do is pin it up real nice and you will be all set for the ceremony.
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Though introducing a belt to the waist is a style that has been long established at this point of time, it’s still one worth trying out if you wish to step out on the conventional territory but in a failsafe manner. For lessons, there are plenty in store but Dia Mirza’s on-point iteration is one worth paying attention to, straight from the drape to the detailed belt.
For an effortless and easy look, a neatly pleated dupatta tucked on a side on the shoulder works brilliantly—wear with your anarkalis, densely embroidered kurtas and even contemporary co-ords. The versatile style works with just about everything, as Kajal Aggarwal’s look demonstrates. In terms of jewellery, add ear cuffs or a pair of earrings to the mix to take it up a notch and you will be ready with the perfect wedding-guest style.
A heavily embroidered dupatta works quite like a charm with clothing ranging from your decadent lehengas to shararas. For those who like to keep it unconventional, draping it across your shoulders, much like a jacket, is bound to make an impression. Take cues from Malaika Arora who recently donned the look. If you wish to secure it against any movement, tuck it on the side or add an additional belt to hold it in place. And of course, don’t forget to add a vibrant lip colour to elevate your look further.
Another way to drape your dupatta to give it maximum exposure whilst keeping it as the highlight of your outfit is like Tara Sutaria—let it hang gently on a single side, letting the embroidered or printed details sit centre stage. Reliable, age-old and foolproof, there is no denying the appeal of this styling hack that works every single time!
Might we divert your attention towards a new-age drape, one that trails much like Shilpa Shetty’s Tarun Tahiliani pick? While draped blouses are also a ready-to-wear option, for intimate weddings this year, you can repurpose your existing dupatta to give it a similar look; all that you need is a little patience and a couple of pins to hold it in place!
And one that works for everyone, every time! If getting out of your pyjamas and then creating a drape style seems like a challenge, the easy way out would be to wrap yours gracefully around your shoulders, no restraints required. Keeping the highlights of your dupatta in focus, read embroidered details, motifs and such, the dupatta draping style has an elegance to spare. Case in point: Athiya Shetty’s refreshing and relaxed style.
Pick whichever you like, all you need for a chic wedding-guest style this season!
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