Got the perfect lehenga but can’t figure out what blouse to get stitched with it? The blouse or the choli is very important to get the right look. We already did write about the basic do’s and don’ts that go with stitching the blouse of your choice. But first, more than the colour or the material or the design, the blouse must match your body type. It is one of the most important aspects to nailing the look!
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We all have different shaped shoulders, necks, arms and busts, so it’s not necessary the design in the catalogue will look the same on you. That’s where it gets disastrous for most brides – copying a look without understanding it’s nomenclature. That’s why we’re here to help you suit any blouse to your frame!
Body Type: Tall and Athletic
Slim with a enviable figure? Then anything will work for you! You can even try to be a bit daring with a strappy or halter blouse! And if you’re also tall with a long neck, you can even opt for a high-neck blouse that’ll really flatter your height and slender neck! You can freely choose fabrics like net, georgette, crepe – they will accentuate your figure. As well as Benarasi and other heavier fabrics because they will add volume to your look.
Body Type: Petite
You can take your pick from designs and necklines, but oval and slightly rectangular necklines look better on a figure like yours. More than the top, you can make sure to focus the attention on your tiny waistline which will do the trick! So you can get away with wearing a choli that ends right below your bust, which is an inch or two above the normal blouses which we get stitched. Try to use bulkier fabrics so you can look more prominent – a nice raw silk or full-embroidered blouses work well with you. Look at your sleeves to give you volume: half or full-sleeves will work well for you. Keep your necklines higher.
Body Type: Heavy bust
This can be a bit tricky. No, the solution is not to hide your assets or flaunt them tastefully without attracting unwanted attention at the wedding. Avoid any blouses which are made of a thick material or have heavy work or embroidery on the chest area, as this will attract more attention and make your bust look heavier. high-necks can make you look bulkier. A boat-neck really gives the illusion of a slimmer frame. Keep your sleeves simple too – small-sleeves can make you look slender, off-shoulder blouses are better!
Body Type: Small bust
Traditional Indian clothes look best with a little bit of a curve, so it would work well for you to use some padding to make your bust size look slightly bigger – but not just that the kind of fabrics you choose will take care of that. Go with surface embellishment, pick heavier fabrics and embroidery or metal work on the blouse to give a sense of being fuller. Alternatively, you can also choose to go with a deep neck as it wouldn’t look too revealing on you. Try one of those draped blouses that come with an attached chunni – they will fit the bill perfectly!
Body Type: Heavy Bottom
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This means that you’re more endowed below rather than on top, so the key is to balance it out by making you proportional. You could opt for blouses with new-age embroidery as well as work or maybe choose cap or padded sleeves so that the looks stays even. Try fabrics that show more skin – maybe net sleeves or some delicate sheer inlay so you can accentuate your slender upper body. Even a backless blouse will look great on you.
Body Type: Heavy arms
If the top of your arms are a bit on the heavier side, then avoid opting for a sleeveless blouse or one that has cap sleeves. You could go for net sleeves or short sleeves, but trust us, 3/4th or sleeves till the elbow will also look the best. Choose fabrics that fall well and are extremely delicate and effortless – anything too bright or heavy might not fit the bill. You can try blouses with delicate fabrics and lots of backless options.
Body Type: Broad shoulders
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If you have broad shoulders then shoulder pads or puffed sleeves or barely-there straps are a big NO NO! They might look amazing in the catalogue, but this will just work towards making your shoulders look broader. Boat necks will also attract attention to the width, so stick to displaying your collarbones rather than the shoulders which will make the frame look narrower. A halter neck blouse or a thin strapped blouse will play off your shoulders well. Look for one with a wider neck – it will add sass to your look.