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What Curvy Brides Should Know Before Getting Their Wedding Lehenga!

BY Sakshi | 20 Oct, 2016 | 2187 views | 4 min read

So it's like a natural instinct with all of us- the minute we know we're getting married or have to attend a close friend or relative's wedding- the first impulse is to decide on losing weight. That comes like an impulse to us, right girls? But you know what? Slim is not necessarily the way to go. It is being healthy that matters, no matter what shape or size you are. Some of us obsess about it even if we're fit and healthy, and honestly- it's not worth it. The aim should be to become fit and healthy, and not thin and frail. Besides, brides with curvy bodies look amazing- most of our Indian wear is meant for a body with curves, and with a little help from us, you can make sure you pick the right lehenga that accentuates the right bits and hides what you want to hide.


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Here are some tips which can really help in giving you that amazing fit for your curvy body type!

General Tips to Keep in Mind

  •  A-line lehengas generally look most flattering on a fuller figure. The wide bottom of the lehenga tends to balance a heavier chest, tummy or hips out and makes the body look more proportional.
  • Draping a lehenga dupatta saree style is what looks best on curvy brides. If you want to show off your hourglass figure, then keep the pleats really thin.
  • When it comes to the work on the lehenga, scattered smaller motifs look better as opposed to larger ones placed sparsely.
  • Montone is more flattering. Pick one color and go with it. It creates one single illusion from top to bottom and gives a slimmer look.
  • However, if you love contrast, then go ahead and pick variants of that one color, but more or less- pick a color from top to bottom instead of getting a different blouse, dupatta and skirt in different colors, which might not look as flattering.

Problem area- Tummy

  • Get a high-waisted lehenga. Wearing your lehenga just over the belly button is the most flattering place. Remember, the area around the rib cage is the thinnest ladies!
  • Prefer not to get a lot of heavy work or a border at the top of the lehenga skirt- that grabs attention to the stomach.
  • Don't show your tummy if that flatters your figure more. And trust us, it still looks amazing! More tips on lehenga silhouettes for that here.


Problem area- Love Handles and Hips

  • Get Saree Shapewear. So if a spanx or a tummy tucker works really well for you under a tight dress, then you can get saree shapewear which works well on lehengas as well. It has a lot of elastic which works to compress the love handles and hips and make them look narrower to embrace those curves well. You can check them out on Zivame here.
  • Do not pick a fish cut lehenga. It will accentuate the broader hips even more.
  • For girls wearing Kanjivarams (which can be a wee bit poufy), ensure your pleats all don’t create bulk in one place. Spread them out just a millimeter from each other, and ensure they stay pressed down you can cut down on that bunched up look heavy silk sarees tend to give.
  • If you have heavier hips and a flatter chest in comparison, get a blouse with a lot of work or embroidery all over which will balance the hips.

  Problem area- Arms
  • Goes without saying, but avoid sleeveless.
  • Do not get sleeves made of velvet or other such bulky fabrics which will just add on to the heavy look on the arms.Avoid heavy work on them as well.
  • Get proper fitted sleeves, preferably semi sheer ones in georgette or net and have them fitted till the elbow. They look really elegant, and the snug fit ensures your arms look slimmer.

  Problem area- Chest
  • Make sure the neckline is not very high. A scoop neck, sweetheart or deep square works well.
  • Don't get a lot of embroidery or bulging work on the blouse, as it will only add to the heaviness.
  • Be careful with the foam inserts inside the blouse- heavier or harder ones can make your chest look bigger.
  • Avoid puffed sleeves or sleeves which stand out, which can give the illusion of a broader chest area.
  • Pick delicate jewellery as opposed to chunky jewellery for the neckline.
  • If you're wearing a Kanjivaram saree, ensure the pleats on your shoulder are super neat and pressed down, and your saree drape cuts across your pleats right at the edge.

  Problem area- Face
  • All the tips you want? Right here in this article.
Embrace your curves ladies!
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