Thursday, April 6, 2017

Indian Bride - Indian Pride

When I got married in the year 1978, thirty two years ago, my bride was wearing a traditional Indian dress. She was very proud to have her dress designed and styled in India, she was wearing Ghagra (skirt) choli (blouse) in white, her blouse was made of white silk with lots of embroidery. Her dupatta (head covering) was made of lots of heavy work. It was exactly what she wanted, and she wore her dress with pride. Her matching jewelry complimented her outfit very nicely.

In the year 2007, my daughter got married. She was wearing an Indian made ghagra choli and dupatta. Again she wore this with pride. My only son got married to his bride from India recently. When she came to the wedding venue she was wearing an Indian designed traditional ghagra and choli with dupatta.

I have seen many changes in life. We have seen the whole world change in the last 30 years. However, one thing has not changed and that is our Indian traditional bride. We have adopted and accepted many things in our life, but our brides will not accept or settle for any thing less than the tradition. They have maintained the heritage in line with faith, because one can not change the faith related way of performing our weddings. Our Indian bride will not change the perception of the Indian bride. This is something we Indian parents are proud of. Our children living in any part of the world, growing up in any area, educated in any world class institution, will remember when it when it comes to weddings. We are Indian and we are proud to be Indian.

A wedding day is a dream day, and it's not for the bride or groom only. It is a dream for the parents too. When parents see the dream of their daughter as a bride they see an Indian bride and on the day when they see the bride it is the same as seen in dream. With tears in the eyes, they, the proud parents of the bride, they open a safe deposit box and spend thousands in celebration. Father considers himself as very lucky and honoured to have completed the responsibility. And if you can add the support of the daughter till that day, it actually does not end there. It goes on and on and on, and the blessing of love never ends for the parents.

In the tradition of Mehdi, going back to as long as you can imagine, want, Asian Bridals have always wore Mehdi. It is most difficult and painful to sit for hours on floors, and the Mehdi smells strong, and keeping one arm in the same position for hours is also difficult. Yet they have no problem with wearing the Mehdi. In fact it can provide most enjoyable moments for them. There has been no modification of this and they have kept the tradition going, so no wonder our Indian brides are so full Indian pride. God bless you.

Indian Ethnic Clothing: Vibrant and Colorfu

Indian fashion has finally started receiving long-overdue notice in fashion circles around the world. From the long, flowy fabrics to the fun, bright patterns, these clothing styles are as lovely as they are bold. The Indian fashion industry originates new trends every season. Fashion trends emerging from international runways are mostly restricted to casual wear clothing; but what makes our Indian designers stand apart is their choice of colors and fabrics which is making an incredible statement for every festivity and wedding ceremony. Latest trend reports that came into the view from the recently concluded Couture week targeted Indian bridal and festive wear market and comprises of Indian Sarees, bridal Lehengas, wedding Lehengas and luxe Salwar Kameez designs.

When one talks about fashion, everyone defines the Indian fashion industry as nascent when compared to the world fashion circuit. Saying that, another fact that is inevitable is that no other fashion industry in the world designs clothes as vibrant and colorful as India designers do. Since ages, we have seen Indian clothes radiating vividness and effervescence of Indian culture which comes for its diversity and liveliness. Be it's a saree, a salwar kameez or for that matters a dhoti or a sherwani worn by men. Each piece of Indian ethnic clothing symbolizes the rich textile heritage that India holds within.

Saree is the most traditional and ancient clothing attire considered for Indian women. With exposure to different cultures of the world and industrialization, salwar kameez became the second most popular attire among women post independence. Also in menswear, dhoti kurta is conventional attire, but today very few chunks of male population in India drapes a dhoti. With development in the fashion industry, each of these Indian dresses has attained a sense of newness in their basic constructions.

Each Indian state has its particular way of dressing which distinguishes it from their neighboring states. For instance, in Rajasthan lehenga choli or ghagra choli is the prime style of clothing worn by the Rajasthani woman, while men wear dhoti kurta with a turban. On the other hand, if we take a journey towards the north, women from the agriculturally rich state of Punjab sport a three-piece attire popularly known as salwar kameez. All these types of Indian clothing look beautiful which declares India and its culture extremely alluring for the people residing outside.

Today people within India and ones residing outside the sub-continent aspires to get this colorful look by decking up in Indian clothes. And, internet shopping has made this possible for everyone. Today e-commerce websites are stocking Indian dresses online which make Indian clothes online shopping a very simple and easy process. Numbers of facilities like express shipping, overnight shipping, customized clothing and secure payment services have made online shopping a very successful and reliable retail industry across the globe. Now, one can buy Indian clothes online from any part of the world.

So, if you wish to wear an embellished designer Bollywood saree for your sister's wedding, there's no need of paying a visit to India. Just browse through many online Indian shopping websites on worldwide web and you can order a saree of your choice.

Utsav Fashion, a leading online store, offers a wide collection of Indian Ethnic Wear, Salwar Kameez and a huge collection of Indian Bridal Sarees as well as accessories. The site has a user-friendly interface, where you can make online purchases of ethnic apparel and offer speedy delivery across many countries the globe over.

Wearing Indian Fashion Dresses to Stand Out From the Crowd

Women of all ages have always searched for fashion dresses that will enable them to feel unique, special and stand out from the commonality in parties and functions. This is evident in the hundreds of clothing stores that specialize in fashions for women. Not to mention the myriads of fashion catalogs and web sites geared toward the fashion conscious woman. The problem however has been that some of these high end fashion dresses can end up costing a lot of money that not all women can easily afford.

This problem can easily be solved by shopping for Indian fashion dresses. Not only are they comparatively cheaper, but because they have not yet become a mainstream attire in many western societies, wearing such clothing can catapult you to the center of attention in any social event. Many of the Indian fashion dresses are elegant as well as they do not display inappropriate body exposure. This is important especially when considering wearing such attire for formal office or business functions.

Many Indian fashion dresses come with elaborate handiwork such as beadwork, bathikwork, gold strand embroidery and such which make a great conversation piece in any social event. Adding your own flavor to your chosen Indian dress by including accessories such as shiny bangles, designer bindis and fancy Indian anklets can make your outfit more appealing and exude tremendous levels of confidence in your own self.

Such cheap but elegant outfits will be easy on your purse but beautiful on your body. You could always say that you bought it from some kind of high end clothier and they will never know.

Indian Clothing for Kids

Indian kids have a wide array of dressing options available to them including both Indian and western wear. Traditional Indian clothing for kids has always been in vogue. No matter how much the kids are influenced by the western fashion trends, almost all of them own at least a few pieces of traditional apparel in their wardrobe. The charm of the ethnic dresses never dies.

If anything, modern designers have again revived traditional clothing and have in many cases experimented with a fusion of both Indian and western styles. This Indo-Western style has gone down very well with everyone and has brought to the fore innumerable options in kids' wear.

Clothing for Boys

Some of the ethnic clothing items for boys in India include kurta pyjama, dhoti, sherwani, jodhpuri suits and so on. These clothing items are available in a host of colors, designs and price ranges. Each type of dress has its own charm, and beautifully brings forth the richness of the Indian tradition. The Kurtas are also worn with jeans sometimes, which give a smart look.

Clothing for Girls

When it comes to ethnic outfits for girls, the choices are aplenty. Some of the traditional Indian dresses for women include saris, lehenga, slawar kameez and ghagra chol among others. These are available in different sizes to suit children of different age groups. The traditional dresses come in different colors from elegant whites to rich and bright blues and maroons - you can have your pick. The dresses, featuring delicate embroidery, rich materials and exquisite beadwork reflect the remarkable artistry of the Indian craftsmen.

Some of the materials that are used to make traditional dresses for kids include satin, georgette, tissue, crepe and silk. These days there are several varieties available in kids clothing. Vibrant designs and color combinations are in the market that are sure to make your kid stand out. Most kids' clothes are easily washable and long-lasting considering the fact that they might spend considerable time outdoors. While buying, check that the clothes are a good fit for your child's body - neither very tight nor very loose.

With such a wide variety of styles available to choose from, buying clothes for children is a lot of fun. No matter what the occasion - whether it is a wedding or a fancy dress competition or a dance programme or just about anything - you are sure to find something in traditional Indian wear to suit the occasion.

How to Dress in India - Clothing Tips For Women

Traveling to India? It's important to realize that many of the clothes that we wear at home are not appropriate for India, either in terms of the climate or in terms of the culture. As far as the culture is concerned, India is simply not a country where one can safely go around dressed as most of us do in the West, so it's important to be familiar with the Indian dress code and the reasons behind it. Moreover, many styles of dress that are perfectly acceptable in the West are downright offensive to most Indians. For this reason, you may be better off buying clothes once you arrive. A great excuse to go shopping-and clothes are so much cheaper than back home.

Whether you believe it should or not, how you dress profoundly affects how people respond to you (this is even more the case in India than in most other countries). Women who dress and act modestly are much more highly regarded than those who flout the cultural norms, and they are safer from sexual harassment. Wearing clothing that is indecent by Indian standards is insulting to the culture, and it also gives men the idea that you are available for sexual favors to anyone who wants you-even if your behavior emphatically indicates the opposite.

It's true that many girls and women-especially in Mumbai and Delhi and other places that see a lot of tourists, as well as on college campuses-have taken to wearing jeans with short tops, etc. However, as a visitor, you are already at a disadvantage due to common preconceptions, so it is much safer to dress a bit more conservatively. And don't look to Bollywood or fashion magazines for cues on how to dress; they have nothing to do with real life.

While it's OK to wear Western clothes most places, it's essential to wear them in a manner that is respectful to the very modest Indian culture. Virtually every Indian, including both men and women (not to mention several foreigners), to whom I mentioned my book (Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook) told me, "I hope you are going to tell the women how to dress!" Most Indians are much too polite to tell you to your face if you are inappropriately dressed, but they certainly notice.

Basic standards of modesty all over India require that you cover your knees, upper arms, shoulders, cleavage and midriff. It's acceptable for your midriff to be exposed when wearing a sari, but not otherwise. Shorts and short skirts are not acceptable. Underwear should always be worn discretely under your clothes where it belongs, and it should not show at all; moreover, a bra is essential unless you are as flat-chested as an eight-year old. Tops should not show your cleavage or be too tight or revealing. Leave your sheer blouses, shorts, spaghetti-strap dresses, bikinis, tank tops, etc., at home. While sleeveless tops are becoming more common in some of India's big cities during the hot season, in general they are not acceptable; however, short sleeves are usually OK.

When wearing pants, go for loose, tunic-style tops that cover your crotch and buttocks. At home, many of us like to wear our blouses neatly tucked into jeans or slacks, but here, it's better to let them hang out. One great advantage of wearing long tops is that they hide the fact that your underwear is visible through thin fabric so you can wear lightweight pants in hot weather.

If you bring a swimsuit, it should be a conservative one, no matter where you plan to wear it; a one-piece is preferable. On the way to or from the beach or pool, or whenever you are interacting with locals, put something modest on over your swimsuit. Bikinis are not acceptable, even in Goa, where many women wear them.

In certain conservative locations and in many places of worship, you will also need to cover your head. Observe what the local women do, and do likewise.

Traditional Indian clothes are more comfortable than Western clothes, especially in the heat. Even in extremely hot weather, having your arms and legs covered with very light cotton actually keeps you cooler than shorts and halter tops can. And most Indians love it when you wear Indian dress because it shows your appreciation of their culture. Wearing traditional clothing also serves as a great ice-breaker; many people will comment on it, and you will find that the comments are generally very appreciative.

If you'd like to try Indian clothes, you'll probably want to start with one of the two basic varieties of ladies' pantsuits: the salwar-kameez (a.k.a. Punjabi suit), which consists of a long tunic top (kameez) over baggy pants (salwar) which are banded at the bottom, or the churidhar-kameez, which has the kameez over skinny straight pants (churidhar) that are worn bunched around the calf and ankle. Incidentally, churidhars are mainly worn by young women and teens, and not so much by older women in most places. A scarf draped across the front completes the outfit; the scarf (chunni or dupatta) is an essential part of the ensemble, without which you may be regarded as an immoral woman, especially in small towns and villages.

In many parts of South India, as well as a few other places, ankle-length skirts (lehngas) worn with an overblouse and a large scarf are common. However, do pay attention to which styles of dress are worn by women of your own age to avoid unwittingly parading around in something considered childish or inappropriate. Long dresses are not traditional; the ankle-length dresses you see for sale everywhere are really nightgowns. While it's OK wear one, say, to the corner market for some milk, or while having morning chai with friends on the veranda, it's not acceptable to wear one all day.

The sari, which is arguably the most beautiful style of dress in the world, is the most common form of women's clothing; it's worn almost everywhere in India, although it's wrapped in different ways according to local custom. Saris are comfortable and easy to wear once you get used to them. It's fun to learn to wrap one, and any Indian woman will be happy to show you how to do it.

Incidentally, those long, plain cotton 'skirts' that you see for sale are actually sari petticoats. They may look like long skirts, but they are undergarments that are worn under saris. If you wear one as a skirt, people will stare at you mercilessly. Only an extremely poor woman who had nothing else would ever wear one as a skirt.

A conservative Western-style dress or business suit (i.e., below knee length and not too tight or low-cut) is appropriate for doing business in India. If you prefer a pantsuit, it should cover your buttocks and crotch.

For social meetings with business associates, you can wear conservative dresses, or nice pantsuits, either Indian or Western style. Long pants and modest tops are the norm for sports activities; shorts are not acceptable except in some exclusive health clubs (but you would normally change there rather than wearing the shorts en route). See what the Indian women you are working with wear for casual attire and follow their example-as long as it is reasonably modest, of course. Evening attire may be extremely fancy, depending on the occasion; saris can be worn for many celebrations.

Even if you are a budget traveler, you'll need at least one nice outfit to dress up in if the occasion calls for it. Whenever you go somewhere that requires getting dressed up, ask your friends what is appropriate. If you are invited to a wedding or other fancy event, ask an Indian friend or acquaintance to take you shopping for clothes. You might also be able to borrow something for the occasion. Incidentally, Indians are generally much too polite to tell guests that they are dressed inappropriately even when asked directly, so you have to figure out in advance what is the right thing to wear.

If you are invited to a temple for an important celebration, do dress nicely; at the least, you should wear something clean, modest and pressed. If you choose to wear a sari, it doesn't necessarily have to be an expensive one-even a simple cotton one will often do. Happily, you can get a beautiful sari for much less than you would pay for a new pair of jeans at home.

The important thing to remember is that your clothing should be respectful of the culture, no matter where you are. Obviously, you can be a bit more relaxed in some places, such as five-star hotels, but don't overdo it. Those you meet will appreciate your cultural sensitivity if you dress according to local standards.

J.D. Viharini is the author of Enjoying India: The Essential Handbook, a book that shows you how to experience the best of India by offering up a wealth of practical tips and cultural essentials that no visitor or expat should be without.

Ms. Viharini was born in the US, but has lived and traveled extensively in India. She has learned that traveling smart and functioning in harmony with the local culture is the key to enjoying life in India. She has traveled around India first class, sardine class, and everything in between. Ever eager to know more about India and its people, she has made friends with people belonging to all the major religions, interacting with people belonging to many levels of society. She holds an MS in Vedic Studies.

"Being an Indian myself, I can tell you that this book is an authentic account about India. India is a vast country and it is difficult for even Indians to gain such depth of knowledge about the country as this author has achieved. I have read other accounts about India by Westerners and was always disappointed by the superficial nature of those books and observations. However, this book was a surprise. It was thoroughly enjoyable...a must for anyone to carry and read if they are visiting India even for a brief time. This book is about the real contemporary India and about real Indians. I highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in India. I commend and thank the author for an unbiased view of my country that I so love." - Satyanarayana Pamarty, Chennai

Fascinating Varieties of Indian Dresses for Women

There are quite an interesting variety of clothing options for women. Ranging from traditional Indian wear to the trendy western wear, the countless options are quite baffling. Dresses are the symbols of traditional values and cultures of specific countries. The Indian attire is known to have fascinated millions of people all over the world.

Variety of Dresses Women Love

Women love to experiment with their clothes and accessories. The most commonly used Indian attire includes sarees and Salwar Kameez. Though sarees are known to be the traditional outfit of the country, most of the women love to wear Salwar Kameez as it is easy to carry and quiet comfortable to wear.

There are many styles and patterns of Salwar Kameez which include the Patiala style, Afghani style, Short Kurtis, Parallels, Sharara and so forth. Today you can find a wide variety of Salwars stitched in various patterns and designs. You can also find beautiful patterns of suits available at reasonable rates in the online stores.

This outfit was introduced by the early Mughals and it was the traditional outfit of the Muslims but now the outfit has become so popular that it is worn by women all over the world. Earlier the outfit was a loose fitting tunic with pyjamas but now suits are stitched in tight body hugging patterns. There is quite a variety of Salwar Kameez which includes the Anarkali style.

Today designers have succeeded in customising the outfit with the introduction of a variety of appealing designs and patterns. Salwar Kameez is known to be the favourite dress due to availability of an array of colors and designs that suit women of all ages and body types. It can be worn in all seasons with different fabrics to suit summers and winters.

Available in different fabrics like georgettes, silk, velvet and cotton, this outfit has the advantage of being a multipurpose wear which can be worn for parties as well as casual outings. Printed cotton suits, bridal suits, designer suits are some of the popular dresses worn by women. Heavily embellished bridal suits decked with precious gems, crystals, beads and stones are designed specially for brides. Today Salwar Kameez is available in different combinations of fabrics which make it wrinkle free, comfortable and more durable.

The Popularity of Handloom Sarees

The handloom sarees have gained immense popularity for its exquisiteness and elegance. It is available in silk and cotton in both online and offline stores. The cotton sarees are chic and comfortable to wear. These sarees include an exclusive collection such as patola sarees, mangalgiris, baluchari sarees and narayanpet sarees.

The baluchari sarees are the traditional handloom sarees of West Bengal. Popular for their unique designs and artistic patterns, these sarees are exquisite examples of perfection and sophistication. Known to be the wear of the royalties in the earlier days, these elegant sarees are made in pure silk. Attires can be of different varieties but it is important to choose dresses that match your personality regardless of whether it is western or Indian.

Beautiful Indian Dresses at Really Affordable Prices

After visiting each and every state of India, I'd say that it is not possible to write everything about the clothing style of Indians because there is not one, two or ten style of clothes. There are hundreds of different styles. India has every kind of climate and geography one could think of. This makes the clothing style very unique from what people wear in other parts of the world. From Chaniya choli of Gujarat to Banarsi saree of Benaras. From leather woolen cloths of Ladakh to white lungi of south India. Be it 10 different kinds of Sarees to Salwar Kameez. From lungi to chudidar and from Ghaghracholi to Paithani, India is full of style color and fashion.

The saree is probably the best known piece of Indian women clothing. A saree basically is a few meters long wide strap of cloth. It is wrapped around the body with one end on the shoulder. It is called a Pallu. The place of the pallu depends upon the place where the person lives. Saris are generally made of cotton or silk and the expensive saris are decorated with silver or gold.. is a website which offer traditional cloths for women. We have tired our best to bring latest saree, salwar kameez, kurties, bridal wear, designer wear, wedding saris, embroidered sarees and indian traditional wear to suits every occasion.

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A Sneak Peak Into the Art of Indian Dressing

When it comes to Indian wear, there has been lots of choices open for one to make a selection. Despite of the fact that western fashion is ruling the trends, still many of the Indian outfits have managed to stick on top. Salwar kameez has found out the way to every woman's heart no matter wherever she stays.

Not only they have been appreciated and admired by the Indian women but their grace, elegance and comfort never remain neglected by the women located overseas. To quote an example in support, there are many online Indian stores that dispatch tons of suits and suits fabrics overseas each day.

After all, who don't wish to buy such outfits that grant sophistication and versatility to the wearers? Not only these salwar suits are popular as regular day wear but are graded highly when counted as some striking party wear outfits.
Salwar kameez, is considered as most elegant attire that truly defines the beauty of a woman. It helps her to look at her finest by imparting grace and exquisiteness to her overall look and appearance. Wearing these salwar suits handover a lot of a poise which stands beyond comparison.

Hats off to the Indian dress designers who have managed to churn out so many different patterns and designs available in these type of Indian apparels. There are many choices open with respect to the selections. One can choose from Patiala Salwar Kameez, Churidar Salwar Suit, Designer Salwar Suit, Parallels suits, Kurti Kameez and lots more.

When it comes to fabric, again the salwar kameez dresses are manufactured using various glossy as well as sober materials which include satin, silk, chiffon, cotton, velvet, organza etc. This has enabled a woman to easily opt for any kind of material in selection with salwar kameez without bothering about the availability of designs and patterns.

Though, there are many trends that come and go but the trend of Indian salwar kameez is something that remains forever. These outfits are meant for those who anticipate and stay very high on the pole of fashion. The magnetism of these Indian apparels never fades out.

Ten Reasons For You To Try Indian Dresses

There's something so different about Indian dresses that all the people around the globe go GAGA over them. No matter where you go, you always see people talking about the way the Indian women dress and doll themselves up to enhance their already existing beauties. First of all, Indian women are already quite popular for the kind of skin and texture they have; secondly, the way they carry themselves is something that adds the spark to their personalities.

Talking of Indian dresses, Anarkali suits have gained immense popularity all around the globe. These suits look like prom gowns of the western countries, but when you watch the detail and the differences in them, you get amazed by the kind of designs they are available in. These suits are fluffy and beautiful at the same time, which make you look like a royal princess or a queen of some random kingdom.

Following are the top ten reasons for you to try Anarkarli suits, if you don't own one already:

1) Anarkarli suits are pretty comfortable, which means that you don't need to be worried about any kind of 'wardrobe malfunction!'

2) Even Hollywood celebrities are seen in Indian suits these days because of the growing popularity of Indian dresses

3) There are thousands of different patterns and designs in which these dresses are available out there

4) No matter what skin texture and color you belong to, you surely have that beautiful Anarkali dress waiting for you somewhere!

5) It doesn't matter if you are skinny, slim, fat, curvy or even overweight; there's this perfect dress designed and created for you, waiting to be picked by you

6) Some of the dresses are stitched in amazing color-shades like turquoise, burgundy, mauve, mustard color, etc., which are pretty fashionable and unique in their own special ways

7) Not all the Anarkali dresses out there are expensive or make you pay more than you can afford; there are many fashion designers out there that allow you to buy their designs and dresses at affordable prices

8) Most of the Indian women prefer Anarkali address over the 'side-cut or apple-cut' suits because no matter how you sit or stand, you are always comfortable in the same

9) If you prefer covering yourself up all the time, an Indian dress is all that you need

10) No matter what the occasion is, this dress makes you look simple, elegant and gorgeous - all at the same time. You never look too simple or over-dressed if you are in such an outfit.

Salwar Kameez: A Perfect Traditional and Stylish Indian Dress

Salwar Kameez is no doubt one of the most traditional and famous Indian dresses. This beautiful ensemble is so diverse in its ability to be molded into any type of style that it has become quite trendy. Even in western countries women love to wear Salwar kameez mixing it with Eastern and Western styles. Holly wood actresses like Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Angelina Jolie have also worn traditional Salwar Kameez on many occasions, and of course, the legendary Princess Diana was a well known lover of the Salwar suit.

These days you can find many designer Salwar Kameez that you can buy online, as well as embroidered and printed varieties. With so many fashions and trends available to one, this beautiful dress can be worn for any occasion. Here are some styles of Salwar Suits that are popular:

Casual styles of plain fabric:

These are usually of breezy cottons, khadi (a rich thick cotton cloth), chicken, georgettes, cotton silks and many other fabrics. They can be designed in almost any manner, with or without light embroidery for casual wear and lightly embellished dupattas. Plain or lightly embroidered suits are ideal for wearing at home for everyday wear and even at work. A casual style of plain fabric is more comfortable and easy to use than other.

Salwar Suits for semi formal wear:

The Indian Salwar Kameez can be styled in any way that suits the wearer. You can have beautiful chicken fabrics embellished with light embroidery, or printed crepe, silk, satin or chiffon with hand work done. You can also have or any of these fabrics embellished with lovely laces. These materials with or without embroidery are usually great for semi formal parties like lunches, teas and even small sit down dinners. Block print and hand painted varieties in silks and chiffons and even cotton are also great for semi formal parties and events.

Salwar Suits for weddings and formal events:

Beautiful heavily worked Jamawars, satins, silks and chiffons are lovely for weddings and other formal events. They can have heavy work done by hand or machine of sequins, chicken karri, zardozi, bead work and many more. Beautiful bandhini Salwar Kameez are most traditional and very popular all over the world.

No doubt the salwar suits is one dress that has been in fashion since time immemorial and it is not going to go out of fashion anytime soon all over the world.

Lehenga - The Traditional Indian Dress

What is a the story of Lehenga?

Lehenga is a garment that is draped around your waist. Let us say like a skirt. However it is normally ankle length. It gets its early origin from the Moghul period. When the Mughals invaded and India and conquered it, the queens of the period used to wear a long skirt type of thing known as lehenga accompanied with a choli and duppatta and decked up with heavy jewelry. It was then considered to be a dress of high society for the queens.

The girls, women of those days used to wear lehengas as their daily wear clothes like we wear jeans and t-shirts! But later on with the development in the fashion world, it became more of a fashion statement for girls and women, but this attire has largely been left for special occasions. But even in villages nowadays also, women and young girls are found wearing lehengas in their daily life.

It is a very elegant garment and is usually worn along with a dupatta (say like a stole or a shawl) and a choli (like a shirt or a top). Indian women wear many kinds of clothes and they range from the sari to slawar kameez. However Lehenga holds a special place in these garments.

With the world becoming global, the traditional Indian attires have been applauded through out the world. With our fashion designers making the borders of countries dissolve, the traditional Indian dresses are now even worn across the borders.

Different drapes

Down south when a girl turns into a teen they drape her with a silk Lehenga and celebrate the occasion with family and friends. It is called as Pavada or Langa. In the Northern part of India they celebrate weddings and the girls Lehenga is the most important of all. Here they call it Lehenga or Ghagra. In the East of India they wear the traditional Mekhla. It is like the wrap around and is exquisite in design. It is said that a Lehenga can cost anything from Rs 300 to 30000 or more. It all depends on the texture of the garment.

Flowing future

In today's world Lehenga has made its way into the everyday life of women. Instead of the heavy embroidered ones, women prefer to wear the cotton skirts. These are comfortable and can be worn with a tee or a choli. They can use a stylish stole to cover it and throw in an accessory to fit the contemporary style.

Variety is the spice of Life!!!

When you walk into to buy a pair of jeans, you do want to know if the pair that you pick up is authentic. The same applies to the Lehenga. So when you walk into a store to pick up this Indian garment make sure you know what you want. Here are a couple of varieties that may catch you eye.

If we are talking about the material then you get to choose from

o Crepe

o Net

o Tissue

o Silk

o Satin

o Cotton and many more

If you want to pick up one for specific occasion then you have

o The Traditional Lehenga worn for weddings or called the Bridal Lehenga

o The Casual Lehenga without a choli , which can be teamed up with any blouse for get informal together

Stitch in time saves the Lehenga

Yes, the more intricate the stitch the more exclusive and the more expensive will be the Lehenga. You have to go to the top notch wedding and want to wear a Lehenga that catches the bride's attention! Get yourself the Gota work Lehenga, this design is mainly stitched on to the material by using gold threads or if you want it less expensive you might as them to use in silver. I will tell you one thing here; you will shine through the day or night wearing this piece.

If you want to wear something to a casual get together, go for the ones that are Tie and Dye. Yes, this one is still in fashion here and they come in great cottons.

So, if you want to wear one this season, just wear one and shake your hips or sit down in the corner. But beware you will be noticed and complimented!

What Are the Different Types of Indian Dresses?

There are 29 states and 7 union territories of India and each state has its own culture and traditions. The splendour of this country is widespread all over the world. It is a country of diversity with the feeling of oneness. People of different castes and religions have different standards and norms of living. These different castes and religions are characterized by different Indian dresses. Indian dresses reveal the beauty of the country's culture and traditions. Now we will discuss different types of Indian Dresses in the following manner.

• Sari

It is a dress which is worn all over India with different styles of wrapping. It is a pride of country's woman. The dignity of the country's culture is revealed by saree. There are different types of sarees like kanjivaram, banarasi, patola, silk and pochampalli etc. The pallus of the sarees are arranged in different formats.

• Churidar or Salwar and Kameez with Dupatta

This is the most common costume of India. It represents the soberness of Indian lady. Different sizes of Kurtis are worn by the girls or women. Dupattas are arranged on the kameezes or kurtis of different patterns, thereby representing cultural beauty.

• Lehenga

Indian Lehenga is available with different designs and patterns. The exotic works and colours of Indian Lehenga are up to the mark. It is worn with choli and odhni and thus provides a graceful look.

• Sherwani

It is a costume worn by men, which is just like a long coat. It is generally worn in marriages by bridegroom and other persons. It is also available in different designs and colours, thereby providing an attractive look.

• Sharara

It is a costume for girls or women. It is worn in place of ghagras. It is generally worn with long kameez and dupatta. It is a traditional dress which came into existence during the eras of nawabs. It is most probably liked by muslims.

• Puanchei

It is a costume of women belonging to the state of Mizoram and is worn by ladies at the time of doing the bamboo dance during festivals or marriages. Kawrechi is worn along with it.

• Pheran

It is a garb for both men and women, which is worn in Kashmir during winters. It is a full length gown. It is a common garb of Kashmir.

• Dhoti

It is a prestige of villagers. Generally it is worn in marriages under sherwani. It is also worn during traditional dances and occasions. It was the garb of the people of India during ancient times.

• Lungi

An attire which is made up of silk or cotton and is worn in South India is called as
Lungi. It is a part of traditional ceremonies and is also worn in bhangra dance of Punjab. It is an attire to get relaxed in the heat of the summer.

• Kurta and Pyjama

Kurta and pyjama are worn by boys or men. It is the most common attire. It is worn both casually and occasionally (marriages and parties). Generally, they are worn in nights so as to be comfortable.

Gear Up With Black Indian Dress Which Never Goes Out Of Fashion

The color "black" is synonymous with elegance, beauty, and grace and classy. Right from school and college farewells to big award nights, both girls as well as celebrities love to wear something in black. Black Indian suits and sarees look gorgeous when worn in the evening. It seems this color has left everybody absolutely spell bound. Nevertheless our Indian women add more charm to their outfits by wearing proper accessories. Thus a black Indian dress never fails to attract.

A black Indian dress like saree with a well-fitted, deep blouse and a diamond pendant with matching earrings make a woman look debonair. Often our Bollywood stars are spotted in such kinds of Indian outfits. Even the masses quite appreciate a decked up women. In our day-to-day life also, many ladies and young girls prefer to wear a black Indian dress for a nice evening. This color apart from making one look gorgeous is preferred by women of every age. And the most important part is that the black Indian dress can make a lady look slim and sexy.

Even a well-designed Indian dress like kurta in black with a chudidar or patiala gives a fresh look. For any kind of a function, one can is sure that with color black, there will be no looking black. People will surely appreciate you and your apparel. The best part about this color is that it is not season specific because in every possible season, the charm of wearing black dress doesn't die that easily.

Our Indian market despite of having a wide range of colors like pink, red, yellow, blue etc, we still-hunt for designs in black. In other words, it can be said that an Indian dress in black is the safest option. If you are going out wearing this color, people are destined to bestow you with compliments. Surprisingly, the color black has captured our hearts since time immemorial.

So girls, gear up to be called Black Beauties. Be ready to make the masses ponder over your gorgeous color and your killing looks. Lots of online stores are offering the variety of Indian black dresses for the people not only in India but also worldwide.

A-Line Indian Dresses Never Go Out Of Fashion

A-line dresses have always topped the popularity charts. Regardless to say, A-line apparels have always been in fashion. In many Indian weddings, young girls wear bright colours in this specific style of Indian lehnga dress. The cut of these A-line Indian dress is worth mentioning. It is well fitted from the waist and as it goes towards the ankle, the flare widens.

The best part about A-line Indian dresses is that one feels comfortable wearing this outfit. And it never goes out of fashion despite the fact we are witnessing a fashion change almost every fortnight. A-line Indian dresses have maintained their charm and grace even in these fast growing scenarios.

When compared to fish cut dresses or straight dresses, those dresses were popular at a particular point of time. But of late, the charm of these fish cut and straight cut dresses have withered away with the passage of time. However, A-line dresses have been able to sustain its vitality. In other words, it can be said that with these A-line dresses, there has been a stability factor which makes it all the more famous.

Even for women who are over weight, one can surely think of wearing an a-line Indian dress for a simple reason it is not body hugging. And as result, an individual doesn't look vulgar. This adds to the reason why these a-line apparels never go out of style. They are always in demand and more and more women are going in for this style statement.

In weddings, often girls are noticed in all shades of a-line Indian dresses. These pulsating hues add to the overall beauty of women. And when worn with suitable jewellery, the effect is mind blowing and one looks absolutely dazzling and impressive.

Stylish Western Dresses Versus Ethnic Indian Dresses

Each country has its own dress codes where people of different cultures wear different kinds of outfits. India is a country with diverse cultures and religions. The Indian outfits are known to be colourful and unique. There are different types of Indian dresses worn by people of different states in India.

Outfits worn by the people of Northern India are very different from the outfits worn in the southern India. In spite of the diversity in the choice of dresses, many of the people who live in urban parts of the country prefer to wear western dresses.

Variety of Western Dresses and Indian Dresses

Due to the growing popularity of western dresses in India, there are a huge variety of outfits available in many of the leading stores. These dresses are comfortable and suit Indian men and women. Most of the men and women prefer to wear outfits such as formal shirts and trousers, jeans, T-shirts, knee length skirts, short blouses and so forth.

Western dresses are considered the symbol of class and elegance. It is worn by most of the working women as it is both comfortable and chic. Many corporate offices in the country have particular dress codes which include western outfits as mandatory.

Outfits such as leather jackets, denims, suits, sleeveless dresses, cocktail dresses, party wear dresses, formal suits, evening dresses and cocktail gown and frocks are some of the common dresses found in many of the leading and branded online and offline stores.

These dresses add a touch of sophistication and prove to be a style statement. Worn mostly by the upper middle class men and women in the early days, today it has become so popular that it is worn by most of the youngsters and professionals in the country.

The outfits and dresses from the west include floral patterns and designs. The patterns and designs of these outfits are entirely different from the traditional Indian wear. However, there are many outfits which are a unique blend of both Indian and western styles.

The Distinctive Dresses of India

The Indian dresses are quiet different from the western wear. The traditional outfits are more subtle and unique. Each outfit is a symbol of the diverse culture of the country.

In the northern part of the country men wear kurtha pyjamas and women wear Salwar Kameez. The Salwar Kameez is one of the most popular dresses of India apart from the traditional sarees. Salwar Kameez is worn by most of the women and girls in India. It is one of the most loved attire in addition to western dresses.

Traditional attire in India also includes the sari which is a nine feet long cloth draped around the body. It is one of the most acclaimed outfits which enhance the appearance of a woman. Saris of different textures, fabrics and colors are available today. The most expensive sarees include the Banarasi and the Kanchipuram silk sarees.

Similar to the traditional outfits of India, the western dresses have its own distinctive features. Apparels from the west have fascinated people of all ages and genre. Check out some of the latest outfits available in the online stores.

Choose Hot Indian Dresses Online To Match Your Style

The world of couture and high fashion can sometime feel far removed from that of a classroom and cubicle. Fashion in India is becoming a growing industry. Fashion in India covers a whole range of clothing form ornate clothes designed for wedding ceremonies to prĂȘt lines, sports wear etc.

The times are changing. Indian dresses like sari and salwar kameez doesn't apply only to aged women. By doing mix-match you can create hot Indian dresses to match your style and occasion.

Indian dress like sari remains the traditional clothing of Indian women, worn in varied styles; it is a long piece of flat cotton, silk or other fabric woven in different textures with different patterns. The sari has a lasting charm since it is not cut or tailored for a particular size.

The graceful feminine attire can also be worn in several ways and its manner of wearing as well as its color. And textures are indicative of the status, age occupation, region and religion of women.

Now days the Indian dresses like sarees, salwar and lehnga are introduced in a style that no Indian dress designer would have dared even a year back. The new collections will include a new line of women's wear called "trouser sari" and "skirt sari" that as the name suggest, are pre-pleated saris with a trouser underneath and a skirt-pleated and designed to look like a sari. Indian dresses are being introduced now with all latest cuts and styles thus giving them all new cuts thus making them more hot!

These are some of the new trends of making sari a hot Indian dress. From georgettes to crepes to cottons are the best fabrics for the designer wear and best of designs too-be it heavy zardosi or simple light aari work.

In the party town, one gets to see party ladies flaunting backless and noodle straps.
Choosing the hot Indian dresses online are basically exclusive wear which are heavily embellished and make wearer look quiet attractive. Georgettes, crepe, silk are the common fabric used in designer apparel.

Hot Indian dresses whether saris, salwar kameez, lehngas are also worn by teenage girls with innovative cuts for the blouses and kameez giving Indian couture that hot look. Bright color and basic embellishment of smart embroideries form the basis of these dresses.

These experimental hot Indian dresses like saris, salwar kameez sell more. Women say that the innovative ideas make them wear sari once again. Shaded chiffons, georgettes, silk, tissue with embroideries including gara, dabka gotta Patti and even embellished with sawaroski crystals and sequins with harmony of colors like light fuchsia, pistachio, primrose, white, ivory, azure, aqua, party wear have been ones favorite. These are some of the colors style work which can help you in choosing hot Indian dresses online.

The Indian Fashion Apparel Is Imitating West?

Indian market has gone through major changes in policies; liberalization, globalization and privatization projected fast growth and changes in fashion industries. From ancient times the traces of Indians being fashionable can be found out. Globalization is being witnessed after independence and thus Indian dressing has been modified. Indian industry is constantly evolving and emerging. It has been observed that the fashion industry generally gives Indian touch to all the foreign designs.if someone ask me is the Indian fashion is emulating the west? The answer would be yes up to a great extent.

There are many reasons accounting western collision on the Indian attire and outfit industry. As a melting pot of multi national groups, the flexible culture coupled with cultural diversities of India squeeze the entire world in patience posture. Every group has its own exceptional style and variety of costumes and dresses. Indian Fashion designers are famous to blend together these unlike fashions and provide a remarkable Indian touch to them.

One more reason can be involvement and captivating in different beauty shows on intercontinental level. Many significant international beauty pageants had been won recently by Indian women. Indian fashion industry is influenced completely by their fashion.

Indian movies are the most influencing aspect. People of India have a lasting impression on them by watching Indian movies. People blindly follow what the celebrities are wearing in the films. Many of the Indian movies have usage of western patterns in their costumes and this is eventually followed by the Indians.

Transformation has also been brought in the fashion and standard of living of Indian youngsters because of overseas edification and employment opportunities obtainable in foreign countries. They get influenced by the western culture and change themselves with the lifestyle of the foreigners.

Though the West is manipulating the Indian fashion industry the attire appears to be beautiful original designs. Indian fashion has been continually improving to perfection.

Evolution of Indian Fashion Over The Years

Indian fashion has changed with each passing era. The Indian fashion industry is rising by leaps and bounds, and every month one witnesses some new trend or the other. India's economic growth also had a major impact on fashion trends. The ever increasing purchasing power of the middle class has brought fashion within easy reach of the commoner. Evolving work standards have also increased the scope of fashion in the country as there is a striking need for comfortable clothing during long working hours.

Indian Fashion Trends down the line

To understand how Indian fashion has changed over the years, let us go back to the last century. In the 50s and 60s, the fashion scenario in the country, though not colorless, was exciting, stylish and pretty graceful. Designers, models and fashion design labels were relatively unknown. Back then, the value of a garment was judged by the quality of its fabric and not by who made it.

In the 60s, ladies preferred wearing tight kurtas, high coiffures and churidars. Coated polyester fabric was in vogue during those days. The 70s saw bold colors and bell-bottoms adoring one's wardrobe. Bell-bottoms were popularized by the leading actors of the generation like Amitabh Bachchan and Rajesh Khanna. By the end of 70s, the disco culture also started affecting Indian fashion.

The opening of the first fashion store Ravissant in Mumbai in the early 80s marked the dawn of a new era in fashion. The Indian population started identifying themselves with designers like Calvin Klein. More designer store options gave Indians a wide variety of choice.

In the 90s, one witnessed the evolution of models and fashion designers who came up with new designs every other day. Garments became more affordable and Indian fashion began to spread its wings globally. With leading ladies like Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai winning international beauty contests, Indian fashion was all set for a huge leap.

Since the last few years, international fashion brands have started tapping the huge potential of the Indian fashion market. Companies like Nike and Reebok have made a mark through their retail store chains in shopping malls. Shows such as Lakme India Fashion Week and Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week have provided a great platform to new designers to showcase their talent. In these two events, leading Indian fashion designers such as Manish Malhotra, Ritu Beri, Rohit Khosla and others charm the audience with their designs and introduce them to new trends in fashion for the upcoming season.

The west also influenced the evolution of fashion in India. Today, a teenager and an elderly can both be seen wearing a pair of denims. Designers returning after obtaining fashion degrees from abroad have brought a global perspective to the country's fashion circle. They have also helped to introduce Indian fashion to the west. Indian designer labels are increasingly becoming popular among the global audience. At this rate of growth, the Indian fashion market will be a force to reckon with, on par with the fashion world in Paris if not more.