The ABCs of choosing lehengas
An ideal wedding dress is the dream of every bride, and is planned even way before the engagement. While selecting the ideal wedding lehenga and saree, one must consider quality, price, design, trends, as well as complexion and body shape. There are various wedding lehenga and saree shops where one can go and explore option, but here are a few tips to get you started.
GET TO KNOW YOUR BODY
There are basically five types of body shapes:
• The heavy-bottom or pear-shaped: Do not choose a hip hugging dress, choose a bridal wedding lehenga with simple and straight cuts. If wearing a sari, do not go for the heavy bordered ones but choose a light printed sari, as bold prints will add more volume to your shape and frame.
• The heavy on top shape: Do not choose a hip-hugging lehenga; instead choose a dress with simple and straight cuts. While wearing a sari do not go for the heavy-bordered ones and choose a light printed sari, as bold prints will add more volume to your shape and frame.
• The perfect shape or the ‘hour-glass shape’ Wow! You’re the lucky one! : With this kind of figure almost all types of dresses would suit you and you have to select your dress keeping in mind your height, and complexion.
• The slim shape: If you have a slim figure then choose a dress that would add volume to your frame. A lehenga or saree made of tissue cloth or cloth which gives a baggy fit is perfect. The same holds true if you are wearing a gown — you can go for a fluffy, balloon look around your waist giving you a fuller look.
• The heavy from all sides shape: For these shapes avoid any kinds of pleated or flared clothing or bold prints also horizontal lines. Opt for single colour attire, vertical line dresses, slender heels. And avoid chunky jewellery.
Colours play a vital role in enhancing or diminishing your complexion. Every colour has a different effect on skin tone. Complexions can be categorized into three major types. To know what skin tone you have just take a look at your inner thigh or inner arm.
For very fair-skinned people: It is preferable that dark and rich colours are worn if the skin tone is fair. Some other colours that can be experimented with are white, pink or shades of blue. Try to avoid shades of brown.
• Fair skin: Wear neutral colours. Avoid bright colours if you have a ‘warmer’ skin tone. Try cool pink, blue, and yellow pastels
• Gold or brown undertones: For those with a ‘wheaty’ skin tone, it is best to wear rich and warm colours like shades of orange, gold and brown, and shades of grey in lighter colours. Avoid bright colours and pastels.
• Dark undertone: Wear pale colours, such as shades of yellow and blue. For brighter colours, wear true reds and bright greens. Avoid black and white.
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