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Bored Of The Basic Dupatta? Here Are 13 Unique And Trendy Styles To Try Out Instead

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The relationship between a woman and her dupatta transcends logic and the inherent need to be neat. The dupatta has very often been a close personal friend, given that it’s such a versatile piece of clothing. Messed up the neckline of your kurta? Hide with a pretty phulkari dupatta!  The bridal blouse popped a hook in a moment of frenzy…the dupatta swoops in for the rescue. The list goes on!

When it comes to bridal fashion, though, the dupatta is elevated from being merely functional to a decorative one. There are so many ways a dupatta can make or break an outfit. Which is why it’s imperative that we get the drape right. Fortunately for us, modern brides are not satisfied with the standard draping styles and are craving for some variety. This sentiment is shared by some of the best bridal designers in the country as well. Their fresh and unique take on the dupatta styles has inspired us to make a case for the offbeat drape as well.

Here are some of the trending styles we have spotted lately!

The Dupatta Cape

With this style, use the dupatta as a cape. Pick out two centre pints in the length of the dupatta and pin it to the edge of your shoulder. You can let the rest hang either in front of your arms or push it behind, the choice is yours.

The Slim Drape

Fold the dupatta in a slim drape and wrap it around the front of your chest, dropping it from one shoulder to the side of the other arm. A simple pin-up or tie-back in the back is sure to secure it as well. We aren’t sure this style allows for any movement of the arms, but it is what it is.

The Subtle Drop

Dupattas have been long used as ghunghat with bridal lehengas and sarees. Instead of doing the traditional look, we are loving this Sabyasachi bride’s version of a single gathered panel on one side, with drop pleats at the back.

The Dupatta Cover-Up

There are many ways the dupatta can be draped to create a covered look. Best suited for a mehndi or haldi ceremony, we love the variation of a cowl neck to show off the beautiful neckline.

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The Shoulder Flare

The side dupatta secured with a belt is a look that was made popular by Anushka Sharma’s second reception outfit. Brides who do not wish to add even a sliver of bulk with a dupatta can opt for this look.

The Plunge Drape

A chic choice of drape for shararas and kurta skirt sets, we love the simplicity of a plunge dupatta. Keeping the dupatta uneven allow for the spouting of a number of styles, all of which we ‘d love to experiment with.

The Tuck And Slide

The diagonal draping style was a big hit at the Lakme Fashion Week SS19 shows and we anticipate it will bleed into the wedding season as well. We like it because it’s cool and so easy to do on your own as well.

The Cool One

Madhuri Dixit Nene walked so that we could run! This dupatta style got so big after Dil To Pagal Hai came out and now that the dancing diva has recreated the look a number of times, it is time for the millennials to rock it.

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The Wrap Dupatta

Yet another version of the cover-up style, the wrap dupatta works great with sheer and sequinned drapes. The style being in-trend is yet another indicator of the modern bride elevating her joda by going old-school and we love it.

The Side Tuck

Given that you can drape, tuck and twist a dupatta any which way possible, it becomes crucial to lay some ground rules. This look is a good example of how to pick the right tucking spot according to one’s neckline and it’s so classy.

The Twist And Flare

A good look for brides who like to add casual elements to their look, the twisted dupatta is unique and interesting. We suggest steering clear of heavily embroidered dupattas for this look to avoid damaging them.

The Pleated Drop

Dupattas used to create side pleats in lehengas have been one of the biggest trends for a couple of wedding seasons. And rightfully so, it looks adds character. The same can be done with salwar suits as well, as demonstrated on Jayanti Reddy’s fashionable runway.

The Choker Dupatta

Ain’t no time for accessories when we have our dupatta in tow! The choker drape is a good look with spaghetti strap and off-the-shoulder blouses, adding that retro charm to bridal wear like no other!

What are some of the ethnic wear trends that you wish to explore with us? Let yourself be heard!

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