May it be an engagement party or marriage reception or Diwali or Christmas, to look perfect on each occasion we always turn to our traditional attires. The ethnic ensembles not just embody the spirit of Indian women but also subtly accentuate her curves. Hence, saris, anarkalis, and lehengas are deemed suitable for special events till date. However, continuous influx of new fashion trends and huge changes in our lifestyle has led to a general evolution of the traditional dresses as well – that can be very aptly termed as modern ethnic ensembles. These modern ethnic ensembles are high on style yet absolutely hassle free, providing ease of carriage to wearers. They are a fusion of traditional and western influences, possessing sleek designs with opulent craftsmanship. The long traditional kurtis have evolved into chic and elegant ethnic dresses with fit and flare cut or asymmetrical hemline. Plush velvet, linen or net jackets are worn with traditional lehenga cholis. To help you adapt the latest additions and subtractions to our beloved traditional garments, here is a list of 9 festive, perfect modern ethnic looks that you too can try.
1. Sizzle in Gold and Royal Blue Lehenga Choli
Our model Gauri is wearing a heavily embellished royal blue lehenga and a golden choli. To create visual variety, she has adorned herself with a pretty pink Dupatta which has a thick golden border and small stone embellishments. Instead of wearing an all blue or all pink lehenga, combining two to three colours together gives your look a vibrant and chic elevation. Gauri has chosen a colourful slip-on sandal with yellow, blue, indigo, red and orange pom-poms. For an accessory, she has chosen a Borla, a Rajasthani hair adornment worn on the parting of hair or the middle of the head, so its circular dangler stays just at the hairline. The colourful mix of pink and blue glass bangles has added a feminine charm to complete her look with ethereal precision. If you want to try this look, you may wear white stone or golden work danglers with it. Instead of sandals try medium wedge heel with pink straps. Pink lip gloss will be the ideal choice for the touch of sheen this attire demands. If you are fair skinned with small to medium sized eyes, then a blueliner will do justice to your beauty and if you are wheatish skinned then try drawing thin gel winged eye-liner to give your eyes the doe-like appeal. MukeshAmbani’s new e-commerce retailer Ajio has a stunning collection of lehenga choli like this to choose from.
2. Bewitch in Violet Floor Length Anarkali
If asked what’s the colour of royal elegance one of the most resounding answers will be violet. To give her festive look a regal twist, Prajna has worn a cascading floor-length violet anarkali. The simple lines of this dress emphasize the waistline and curves without making one feel uncomfortable or over-exposed. The sleeveless anarkali has high, closed neckline highlighted by matte gold embroidered jari work. The Maharani Style embellished neckline of this dress makes it unnecessary to wear a necklace. Three parallel golden borders near the hem make its flowing silhouette even more enticing. It has same colour Dupatta edged by Golden border as well. Prajna has paired the elegant outfit suitably with golden jhumka earrings, golden bangles, and bindi. For makeup, you may try a purple Smokey eyes look to go with it. This look can be achieved with charcoal and purple eye-shadows. To nicely balance out the heavy eye-makeup keep the lipstick shade light the shades of the Lakme 9 to 5 lipstick range will be a perfect match. A baby shade lip crayon will help you get the perfect pursed pout. Don’t forget to wear stilettos with this floor length anarkali to strut in grace. FabIndia churns out magisterial designs like this in different silhouettes that you may try.
3. Charm in Majestic Fuchsia Sari
No matter whether it is a gala Sangeet Night you are attending or a Diwali bash, the colour fuchsia is ideal for every occasion. Going by this logic, Priyanka has chosen a wonderful Fuchsia net sari with an intricate paisley and flower jungle design and golden beige short sleeved designer blouse. There is golden embroidery and sequin work throughout the entire sari. Its edges are especially ornate with lovely thick sequined golden border. Priyanka has worn her sari in the Gujarati style. She has worn elaborate jhumkas, stone studded necklace bangles on her right hand and a kamarband. You too can get metal or bejeweledkamarbands online to keep the pallu in place and Modern ethnic emphasizing the delicate waistline with exquisiteness. Kundan jewellery set works well with a heavily embroidered net sari like this one. Golden medium heel shoes will help you walk without stumbling in case you are unaccustomed to managing sari. From vibrant amaranth to matte mauve, play with bright lip colours for making your look more appealing. Go for a champagne and gold eye do to match its golden paisleys. India Rush carries an array of traditional net saris that you can make your pick from.
4. Captivate in Black and Baby Pink Lahenga
Rewati has dressed herself in a two-piece lehenga comprising of a Baby pink skirt and a lime yellow choli with a black net jacket. The flared pink lehenga skirt is made of silken material and has a black embellished border. It also has a black waistband with drawstring details. The three-quarter sleeve black net jacket adds an enigmatic beauty to the whole ensemble. Trendy betel leaf neckline gives this lehenga a classy appearance. Rewati has kept accessories to the minimum, choosing only a jhumka to go with it. You can add bigger danglers in quirkier styles available Vajor to make your look even more spectacular. Blow dry and brush your hair to keep them loose. Statement rings studded with stones are ideal pieces of adornment for this kind of lehenga. Burnt rose lip colour and kajal will complete your look with élan. Since the skirt reaches the ankles it is advisable to pair this type of lehenga with block heels. Black Peep toe style of heels will do justice to its magnificent black border.
5. Dazzle in Azure Cold Shoulder Anarkali Dress
Sayali has picked up a gorgeous Azure coloured floor length, cold shoulder ethnic dress in anarkali style. Despite its simplicity the fit at top and flared at hem dress is perfect for stealing gazes and earning accolades from friends and strangers alike. The half sleeve dress has round woven silver design in traditional motifs. She has left her hair loose and worn one simple kada bangles on each hand. For ornament Sayali has also chosen medium hoop earrings to go with the dress. To jazz the anarkali dress up pair it with chunky beige wedge heel or a silver stiletto. Use a straightener to give your locks the envied poker straight appearance and comb it well for a silky texture. Instead of hoops you can try Chandbalis with this lovely ensemble. Thick matte black liner will foil the shiny outfit perfectly. Orange or red with blue tint are suitable to the azure of the dress. Biba has an eye-widening collection of gorgeous anarkalis with flare like this one that you are bound to love.
6. Mesmerize in Navy Blue Ethnic Dress
Tirtha is wearing a Navy Blue ethnic style dress with multicoloured hemline and Navy Dupatta. The attraction point of this dress is the wide crescent-shaped embellished and sequined neckline. Like the hem of the floor kissing dress, the Dupatta too has similar multicoloured border. Tirtha has taken the Dupatta on right shoulder and tied the corner with her bangle on the left hand. You can try different ornaments with this dress but do not wear too many ornaments together. Choose one statement piece like a Hathphool or ring bracelet or a floral drop earring or a mangtika or a gold plated chandbali. Tie your hair in a top knot to add more oomph to your look. Traditional red lipstick will enhance the allure of this dress. Take a kajal pencil and line only the lower corners of your eyes with it for a clean and simple appearance. Lifestyle’s International’s value fashion retail chain Max Fashion has an amazing stock of ethnic dresses to choose from this season. You will definitely find something as attractive as Tirtha’s outfit there.
7. Stun in Orange and Sea-Green Lehenga Choli
Vidyashree has opted for a classy and contemporary combination of sea-green Lahenga and orange choli. The A-line lehenga skirt has woven jari design on its entire span along with designed drawstring detailing. The paneled orange choli has jari work in some parts, and the rest has a textured surface. The beige Dupatta nicely counters the flamboyance of the colourful attire, lending it a sophisticated touch. Vidyashri has back brushed her hair to tie it in the back and paired the dress with big stone danglers in a teardrop shape. She has also worn some white stone bangles on her left hand, keeping the styling clutter free and chic at the same go. This attire is ideal for cocktail parties and evening bashes. Stiletto would be the right choice of shoes with this dress but if you are uncomfortable in high heels kitten heels and pale gold strappy sandals are the alternatives to choose. A statement choker necklace might be a good substitute to the huge danglers. But never wear two statement pieces together or they will look overcrowded. Pale gloss and golden eye-shadow will look magnificent with this attire. If you prefer this style of festive look, then Anita Dongre has a line of splendid contemporary lehengas and ethnic gowns that you should have a look at.
8. Enchant in Cold Shouldered Prussian Blue Dress
In the picture, Gauri is wearing a cold-shouldered dress in a combination of Navy and Prussian blue. Its upper half has small orange and white print on navy blue and the lower half is a slightly flared A-line silhouette. At the end of the upper half there is yellow tasselled detailing. Gauri is wearing similar tasselled earrings. She is also wearing yellow and blue bangles on both hands to match the dress appropriately. If you like such designs then check out the latest collection by W for Women to find a match. Such a trendy dress can be paired with quirky earrings and sling bags with frills. The hair can be both either tied in a ponytail or left loose as per your personal style quotient. Light natural makeup with nude pink gloss will be best suited to this kind of peppy yet womanly dresses.
9. Astound in Graceful Blue and Pink Lahenga
Amruta is dressed in a deep blue lehenga and pink embroidered Choli. The Multicoloured orange, yellow and pink Dupatta is the main attraction of this ensemble. The thick paisley motif on the choli is done with excellent deftness. Chunky white stone studded bracelets and a traditional stone necklace completes her look. She has also worn hoop danglers and small stone bindi. If you enjoy such lively and colourful attire for festive parties then have a look at the collection at Stop of Shopper’s Stop. A side braid or fishtail braid or French bun will look magnificent with this kind of dress. You can opt for sleeker bracelets or choose long chandelier earrings to go with it. Try fuchsia gloss and nude eye-makeup to revel in the boisterous colourfulness of this dress.
This blog talks about how to get a perfect modern ethnic festive look with the right accessories and make-up that are high on style and comfort wear.