‘Fashion keeps changing with time!’ – We all have heard this phrase “n” number of times, haven’t we? But the difference this time is that our very own Indian ethnic lehenga-choli has undergone a drastic transition. Just like we have Indo-western suits for men, the lehenga-choli too has been introduced now with a tint of western style. Gone are the days when women had to be wrapped in a traditional lehenga with a body-hugging choli, and a matching dupatta. Fashionistas have introduced a very unique pattern of this lehenga-choli which has spread across women – from Bollywood celebrities to the regular ladies – like wild-fire.
The twist in this lehenga-choli is that a coat has successfully and fashionably replaced the conventional choli, and the dupatta has practically lost its existence. The lehenga, however, has managed to maintain it identity as before. The coats (also known as jackets or sherwani) vary in design and length as per one’s preferences and body structure.
The most common length of these coats is the one that reaches a little below the knees. They majorly have a standing collar pattern with a perfect fitting, full sleeves, and a cut in the front. However, again, the collar designs, sleeve lengths, and the length of the cut can be altered based on one’s choice. These coats are usually made of premium fabrics like velvet or silk and have detailed and heavy patch-work and embroidery done on them. Many a time, they are also made using chiffon and net, and have very heavy embroidery done on them. The lehenga is left mono-color by nature to highlight the look of the coat, and has a thick border that has embroidery and work matching with the work done on the coat. This attire looks best when kept with minimal jewellery and accessories. Minimal accessories help in defining the detailed artistry and creativity of designers in designing these lehenga-coats, and at the same time it also showcases a very powerful personality of the wearer.
This unique and innovatively designed lehenga-coat has gained immense popularity ever since its introduction and has brides demanding to wear them in their engagement ceremonies, sangeet ceremonies, and reception as well. This is because it showcases the traditional yet contemporary personality of women and adds a lot of grace and beauty along with portraying a royal and classy look. Dark and bright colors look best and truly define womanhood. Not only are these perfect to be worn on traditional and festive occasions, but they are also apt when one wants to wear them in semi-formal and modern events like a cocktail party and the like. Celebrities too, have been wearing this to several promotional events, award functions, and regular visits.
The coat-lehenga’s popularity has been reaching the skies and this trend is definitely here to stay for long as this transformation has been heartily welcomed by all women across the nation, but what comes up next is something that we’ll have to wait and watch!