Hello wonderful people of the internet!

It has been a while since my last post and I have dearly missed creating content for the blog. But after overcoming a writer’s block and other technical difficulties, I am back and excited for the content I have in the pipeline for all of you.

With the wedding season just around the corner, I am beaming with ideas for the different outfits I want to wear. I usually keep it to a minimum or stay away from too much sequins and glitter when it comes to festive wear. I try to play with different prints, basic colors and mix them with jewellery to create different looks.

This is why when my sister and I had to design an outfit for Navratri, our first thought was to shy away from the usual Gujarati lehengas (although we did wear them for one of the nights) and chose Bagh-printed kurta material instead. We both picked similar prints but chose different color and style for our outfits.

One thing Vani definitely wanted in her lehenga was a lot of flare. That is why she had a black cloth skirt stitched along with her mehendi-green Bagh lehenga. The black skirt gives the bounce and flare needed and also provides support to the otherwise heavy lehenga. This is a common and very easy trick to add something extra to the outfit. The slit on one end gives the entire outfit a different and unique touch.

To add a touch of bling, she chose a heavily beaded border for the lehenga and paired silver jewellery to complete the look.

I wanted a simple lehenga which I could dress up or down for different occasions. That’s why I went for a Anarkali lehenga with a golden beaded border and a black & white ribbon border for the blouse and dupatta. The ties for the blouse and for the skirt was made by mixing the pink cloth with a black one, plus a few beads.

You can easily dress up a simple lehenga like this with a heavy Kundan necklace and bracelets or even a nose ring if you are wearing it for a big occasion. Or, you can keep it simple like I did for functions like mehendi or sangeet.

The possibilities with creating your own lehengas are endless. You can have a delicate border between all the kalis in the lehenga, or do a quick DIY by adding beads or sequins in the lehenga with fabric glue. Just like any other blouse, you can design this one based on your style! One style that I personally love is to have a solid color blouse against the printed lehenga or to have a solid color dupatta with a heavy border.

A big thank you to my beautiful sister, Vani for being the wonderful and adorable person that she is. You’re the only one I will ever wear matching clothes with!

I would love to know your favorite way of styling a lehenga in the comment section below! Also, do let me know what would you like to see on the blog for this festive season.

xx Surbhi