Here’s the thing about having a brother or sister getting married: You can’t outdo the bride and yet you need to look glamorous too – all eyes are going to be on you as the next eligible bachelorette! Well, we’ve got just the trend for you. They’re called dhoti pants and they’re all the rage this season. Designer Payal Singhal presented different styles of these lowers, as did Anamika Khanna, Anupamaa Dayal and many others.
These are versatile and can be worn with different kinds of tops depending on your body shape and comfort factor. Best part is: They end at your ankles so you can get henna on your feet without worry. They are also comfortable so you will have no problem putting up a dance performance or running about helping your sisters and cousins as they get their own mehendi done. Here are 5 ways to wear dhoti pants to a mehendi function.
With a Crop Top: Pair your dhoti pants with a crop top. Cover up with a sheer, embellished cape jacket and voila! You’re sexy and everyone knows it.
L-R: Red thread-embroidered butterfly jacket, Surabhi Arya, $143 @ Perniaspopupshop.com; Resham-work kurta and crepe dhoti, Rs 29,500 @ Neetalulla.com
With a Jacket: Wear neutral-toned dhoti pants with a bright, embellished jacket. With a short, sleeveless style, you can show off your toned arms and slim waist. Sleeveless tops are also a good idea so that your arms are free for elbow-high mehendi.
With a Kurti: A short kurti is a good option if you are pear-shaped and want to hide your lower body’s curves. Embellished shoulders will draw attention away from your problem areas too.
L-R: Black gota work crushed silk top with ivory dhoti pants, Ayinat by Taniya O’Connor, $350; Black dori embroidered peplum jacket with dhoti pants, J by Jannat, $501, both @ Perniaspopupshop.com
Black Bonanza: This combination is trending this season and here are two ways to do it. An empire-line top is a good option again for women with bigger lower bodies. If you are hour-glass shaped or slim, go for an A-line kurti. Top off with gold embroidery to add the glitz quotient. Accessorize with bangles, long earrings and a heavy anklet that tinkles when you dance.
L-R: Emerald Applique Kurta Dhoti Set, Rs 43,900; Red Satlada Kurta Dhoti Set, Rs 17,300, both by Tarun Tahiliani @ Exclusively.com
Ethnic Touch: Add a traditional touch to your modern dhoti by pairing with a heavy kurta in festive colours. You can experiment wearing dhoti pants under your anarkali suit, or play safe with a thigh-length embroidered kurta. Either way, get ready for compliments!
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