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Festive occasions are special for us, women, because apart from getting a chance to let our hair down we also get to buy different kinds of gorgeous ethnic wear. Which woman doesn’t love to pamper herself every once in a while by dressing up in the whole nine yards of ethnic royalty? Nonetheless, sometimes with the vast range of eye-popping choices that are available in ethnic wear; our decision-making abilities can sometimes be paralyzed. To make this choice a little easy for you, here is a list of five of the most fashionable ethnic wear items that you can pick up for any festive occasion:

1. Bridal Sarees

Bridal sarees are crafted to make you feel special and the best thing about them is that you don’t have to be a bride to wear one. These sarees are usually made from rich fabrics like silk, brocade or chiffon, and are typically embellished with crystals, kundans, beads, pearls, sequins, glittering stones and silver or gold embroidery. You can choose to get a pink bridal saree for those sweet little wedding functions or a red bridal saree for the big ones. A multi-coloured bridal saree can take you through most celebratory occasions with aplomb. However, do not forget to accessorize in the right manner to add to the look of these alluring sarees.

2. Anarkali dresses

Anarkali suits seem to have been conjured up from fairy tales because no matter what your body shape is, they magically make you look so good. You can go in for an ankle-length anarkali if you are a tall lady or a knee-length one with fewer flares if you are on the shorter side. And good news for those ladies who wish to camouflage their flabby arms- most anarkalis come with full or 3/4th sleeves which is just perfect to hide what you don’t like. Finally, your pretty anarkali suits not only give you a royal silhouette, they are also fun to twirl around in (yay).

3. Embroidered kurtas

Nothing can beat the classy look that an embroidered kurta can create for you. The fine detailing creates an additional dimension in your kurta and makes for a sophisticated style statement. Depending on the occasion, you could also go in for sequins or other embellishments on your embroidered kurta, or add the needed shimmer with the right accessories. You can choose from different kinds of region-specific embroidery like bagh (Punjabi), chikan (Lucknow), kashida (Kashmir), kasuti (Karnataka) or Kantha (West Bengal and Orissa). Finally, it does not matter which type of embroidery you choose for your kurta so long as you accessorize it right. With this garment, you are sure to enjoy a feast of envious glances and plenty of endearing compliments.

4. Ethnic skirts

If you’re bored of the same old ethnic dresses, then try something new with an ethnic skirt. Apart from being languid and feminine, ethnic skirts come in a variety of designs and embellishments like mirror work, patch work, cut work, etc. Team it with an equally pretty sleeveless embellished kurti and you’re all set for a fun ethnic day. When it comes to accessorizing your ethnic skirt- think plenty of bangles, bracelets, a pair of anklets, a pair of danglers and a statement neckpiece. However, keep the glitter and shimmer limited to either the accessories or the clothes for low-key events.

5. Georgette Lehenga Choli

Lehenga choli is one type of ethnic wear that is a hit with every woman. While there are multiple designs such as fish-cut, umbrella style and asymmetrical cuts available for the lehenga, the choli too is available in different styles like corset, backless, sleeveless, bustier, spaghetti, etc. A georgette lehenga choli has a fluid, feminine grace about it and is a staple ethnic wear for most Indian women. Depending on the embellishments and the design of the lehenga choli, this garment also fits well into most ethnic occasions from Raksha Bandhan to family weddings.

6. Lehenga Saree

When you cross a beautiful lehenga with an elegant saree, what do you get? A lehenga saree obviously! Being just 5.5 metres long or less, a lehenga saree is pretty straightforward to wear and does not need you to make those pesky saree pleats at the front. This beautiful outfit of ethnic opulence is usually made in rich fabrics such as silk, brocade, crepe or georgette and is embellished with mirror work, gotas, kundans, gold or silver embroidery, sequins etc. Finally, if you love to wear sarees but are wary of its pleats and folds, then the lehenga saree is the perfect solution for you. By blending together the convenience of wearing a lehenga with the graceful finish of a saree, the lehenga saree will steal your heart for sure.

Now that you know about these six types of spell-binding ethnic wear, which one would you be buying for your next festive occasion? Tell us in the comments below!

Source by Natalie Granger

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