30 Lehenga Dupatta Draping Styles - Learn Different Ways
BY The WMG Bride | 17 Jul, 2020 | 218245 views | 11 min read
Every time one plans to invest in an designer bridal lehenga, common thoughts that often arrives in the mind are 'is it worth investing since I won't be able to wear it more than once' or 'how to wear lehenga dupatta in different styles so that it can be repeated again'!
Well, nothing changes up your look faster than a dupatta drape (nothing non surgical anyway! ;) You could have worn your anarkali/ lehenga once and had your photos all over Facebook but change up the drape the next time, and it will look like a spanking new outfit. Even for brides - adding a new dupatta, or re-draping an old one is a sure fire way to stand out. While there are some standard drapes that everybody knows- we compiled the mother of all lehenga draping styles in one post! Plus, as a bonus, we even have different dupatta draping styles based on materials!
How To Wear Lehenga Dupatta In Different Styles
While those are double dupatta draping styles, we take you through all the ways we know- single, double- all the gyan we can give, put together for you to browse and compare at a glance!
- Single dupatta drapes
- Double dupatta drapes
- Different dupatta material draping styles
Single Dupatta Draping Styles
Here are all the single dupatta draping styles we recommend for brides- these are usually popular for the smaller functions, but some brides choose a single dupatta even for the wedding day.
Drape 1: Pinned low on the bun, and pleated over one shoulder
This is a good style for the sangeet, ring ceremony or the mehendi ceremony. The dupatta stays pinned up and you don’t have to worry about it restricting your movement.
Image via @aashnaparikh27
Drape 2: Pinned on the head, and brought over one half of the blouse and arm
This is a lovely style for the wedding day and looks very royal and regal.
Image via @throughthebarrel
Drape 3: Pinned on the head, and one side pinned to wrist
We love this look because it has such a gypsy feel to it. And because the dupatta is pinned at the wrist and on the head, you know it’s not going anywhere. Also, you don’t need any accessories for the wrist the dupatta is pinned on. Another advantage.
Image via @ajstudioofficial
Drape 4: Single dupatta taken around the neck
This look has such a girly feel to it. It ideal for the mehendi or any day function. However, adopt this style of draping the dupatta only if it is a light one and not very heavy. A heavily embellished dupatta gets difficult to handle, if draped in this style. You can even pin up the dupatta loosely on the shoulders for more freedom of movement.
Image via @kashifrashidofficial
Drape 5: Draped over the head, over one side and brought forward through the other elbow
The shoulder to the front and the other side draped over the other arm. This is such a royal and regal style of draping the lehenga dupatta and you can wear the dupatta this way for any wedding function, and even the wedding itself.
Image via @palwashaaminhas
Drape 6: Single dupatta taken low over both elbows
This style of draping the dupatta looks very formal. If your lehenga has a dupatta that is the focal point of the outfit, then this drape is a great way to show it off. However, it may restrict your movement a bit, because it cannot be pinned anywhere.
Image via @eugene_kam_photography
Drape 7: Dupatta over one shoulder and arm
This is another easy way of draping the dupatta and doesn’t require too much handling. You can just pin it on the shoulder and forget about it.
Image via @theweddingshades
Double Dupatta Draping Styles
Here are some double dupatta draping styles we have been loving off late, some of which are tried and tested, some of them, new!
Drape 8: One over the head and over the shoulders, the other like a pleated saree with a waistbelt
The waistbelt cinches the dupatta at the waist. This double dupatta style on the lehenga looks very pretty and is ideal for the bride for the wedding day.
Image via The Wedding Story
Drape 9: One over the head and brought to the front on both sides, the other draped like a deep U
This style is a very Mughal inspired style and looks absolutely lovely. You can use this dupatta draping style with an Anarkali or a lehenga, as it complements both very well.
Image via Sam & Ekta - Sonder Frames
Drape 10: One over the head, the other diagonally like a pleated saree pallu
This style is a little different, because the dupatta that covers the head does not come in front over the shoulders, but stays at the back. This style gives you freedom of movement and shows off your beautiful lehenga too.
Image via Artfoto Studios
Drape 11: One dupatta draped over the head and the other tightly with a part tucked in the front
This is an interesting take on the dupatta draping styles we have already discussed. Keeping one dupatta behind the shoulder helps show your lehenga while the other one is draped tightly across the front like a sari pallu with one end tucked in the front of the lehenga skirt.
Image via Reelsandframes
Drape 12: One over the head, the other left straight over one shoulder draped at the bottom
This is a unique and simple way of lehenga dupatta draping. It shows off your outfit, while also affording you the freedom of movement and not restricting you in any way. We especially like the contrasting colours of both the dupattas. While the bride can wear both on her wedding day or even her Shagan ceremony, later on , she can choose to wear the lehenga with either of the two dupattas.
Image via @aligphoto
Drape 13: One over the head, the other with just a short pleated side over the shoulder
This is very similar to the style we discussed above, except the dupatta that is draped on the shoulder is shorter to show off the skirt of the lehenga.
Image via Fotowalle - The Story Folks
Drape 14: One pleated like a saree, the other over the head and brought forward from one side
This style of lehenga dupatta draping is quite popular.
Image via Baraati Inc
Drape 15: One over the head, and the other over the shoulder and arm from behind left home
The dupatta that the bride has taken over the head is made of net and is lighter. The dupatta that is draped across is much heavier with heavy work and embellishments. This adds an interesting contrast to the bridal outfit and is an interesting way of wearing two dupattas with one lehenga.
Image via Wedding Art
Drape 16: One over the head and brought in front tied on the wrist, the other like a pleated saree
A dupatta when draped like a saree, can give you best of both the worlds.
Image via WeddingNama
Drape 17: One over the head, and the other one brought diagonally, but low, and taken over elbow
Such a pretty picture this bride makes with her 2 dupattas. Both the dupattas are different in colour and complement the lehenga beautifully. Her style of draping the dupatta too looks very elegant. You can use this style with lehengas, anarkalis and even shararas.
Image via Sunny Dhiman Photography
Drape 18: One on each shoulder, in two contrasting colours
This is a simple and fun way of draping your lehenga dupattas. Easy and no fuss and keeps your look light, without too much bother. This dupatta draping style is perfect for a sangeet or a cocktail or a reception too.
Image via Matsya by Utkarsh Ahuja
3. Different dupatta material drapes
Bridal dupattas are of a lot of different materials and types, and while some draping styles are common, others can differ due to the hold and the fall of the material. Here are some draping styles for single and double dupattas, categorised by the dupatta material.
1. Net dupatta drapes
One of the most popular dupatta material for brides, especially for the one over the head, thanks to how light and dainty looking the material is.
Drape 19: Simply over the head and brought to front on both sides
This style of draping the bridal dupatta is the most common. It is also very easy to handle, thanks to how light the fabric is.
Image via @milighosh
Drape 20: One over the head, one over the chest
In this case, both the dupattas are very light and easy to carry. One has a thick border while the other has scalloping on the edges.
Image via Sunny Dhiman Photography
Drape 21: Open drape around the neck and chest
This is again a very simple style and is pefect for day functions such as mehendis and sangeets. It looks light and airy, making it a breeze for the wearer of the outfit.
Image via Shutterdown - Lakshya Chawla
2. Georgette dupatta drapes
A very flowy material, this one needs to be pinned well to be kept in place, but looks very elegant.
Drape 22: Single dupatta taken like a cape
Image via Ombre by Harsheen Jammu
Drape 23: Dupatta opened up and draped over body diagonally
Like the pallu of a sari, if pinned up properly this style is very comfortable to carry off. This style of lehenga dupatta draping is ideal for a sangeet or a mehendi.
Image via Beginnings For You
3. Lace dupatta drapes
These are not so common with Indian brides, but they do look amazing, and mostly come on net.
Drape 24: Lace dupatta on the head left loose on sides to show it off, the other tightly around the chest.
Lace and chikankari dupattas are so pretty, that they must be shown-off, so draping them on top of the head works best. The other dupatta can be a net or a georgette, or even velvet, if you prefer.
Image via @lucier.photography
4. Silk dupatta drapes
Very very flowy and silky, this one needs to be kept in place! Benarasi ones are easier to handle though.
Drape 25: Over both the elbows from behind, but draped over one of the arms too.
This helps to keep this rich fabric in place.
Image via @ishamultani
Drape 26: Over the shoulders
In this dupatta drape, you can see that the net dupatta is draped over the shoulders from the back, leaving shorter pallus in the front. The heavier, silk dupatta/ stole is also draped from the back over the forearms. A rich coloured silk dupatta looks lovely with a pastel coloured lehenga.
Image via Through The Barrel
5. Printed dupatta drapes
They are the new dupattas on the block, and are very trendy right now. Printed dupattas are great for pre-wedding functions and have a fun playful, look to them.
Drape 27: Dupatta pleated and pinned to a shoulder, and then other corner pinned to lehenga near the bottom
The printed dupatta offsets the embroidery on the lehenga, giving it a lighter yet still formal look. Pinned and tucked in all the right places, this dupatta drape is easy to carry.
Image via The Royal Affair
Drape 28: Tucked into the waist and taken over the opposite arm and shoulder
This printed lehenga and dupatta are perfect for a mehendi ceremony. The pastel colour is lovely for the day time, and the style of the dupatta draping looks young and girly.
Image via Artfoto Studios
6. Velvet dupatta drapes
A staple for winter weddings, this one has a very heavy look, so has to be included in the bridal look wisely.
Drape 29: One over the head, and the velvet dupatta draped loosely over the chest to show the blouse
The velvet dupatta is heavy so is generally not draped over the head, because it will pull your bun down. Drape it on the shoulder and let it fall like a pallu. The lighter net dupatta is perfect for draping over the head.
Image via Oleg & Diipa
Drape 30: One over the head and then brought over shoulders, the other draped like a Gujarati saree
Both the dupattas are of different colours and materials, giving the bride the option of choosing between a lighter or a heavier look, when she wants to wear the lehenga later on.
Image via The Wedding Story
7. Embroidered dupatta drapes
They look lovely, but can look too busy sometimes with the bridal look, so need to be draped wisely as well.
Drape 31: Over pleated neatly the shoulder left to show off the embroidery
As you can see, there is a lot happening in this lehenga with a heavy blouse and very heavy skirt. The dupatta can be plain with just the borders embroidered. This kind of a dupatta drape shows off the embroidery to the maximum.
Image via @ibtida.co
Drape 32: Over the shoulders neatly on both sides like a jacket
The contrast dupatta is a perfect foil to the skirt of the lehenga. The drape of this dupatta shows off the embroidery as well as the colours of this lovely outfit. This dupatta wearing style is an ideal drape for pre-wedding functions, your own or even if you are attending any function as a guest
Image via @rohan.foto
So out of all these unique dupatta draping styles for lehenga, which ones did you love?