If you are a self-proclaimed fashionista yet you never experiment with clothes, are you really a fashionista? Or are you that person who thinks ethnic wear is only made for the ‘sanskari’ Indian people? Well, Well, Well! One thing that you aren’t aware of is that Indian traditional clothes can make you look better than a western outfit if you wear it in a proper way. This article is simply written for those who never hesitate to try something new be it a new style or a recreated old style. We are going to tell you how you can turn your simple dupatta into a saviour of your look. Be it a cotton dupatta, net dupatta, silk dupatta or any fabric dupatta, you just name it and we have a special style for it.
Find out these 5 brilliant dupatta hacks that can turn any ordinary outfit extraordinary. Take a look.
1. Drape it like a diva
They say a Saree is not just a long piece of fabric but six yards of sheer elegance. But not every girl can carry a Saree due to its heavy drapery and multiple layers. Right? So, why don’t you try a dupatta? Yes, you heard that right. A dupatta can be worn in a Saree style on a lehenga or any long skirt. All you have to do is fold your dupatta in half, make uniform pleats like there are in a Saree, pin it on one of your shoulder from the folded end and tuck the other suspended ends on your waist in a Saree style and Ta Da, it’s done. This way you may give people a chance to wonder if it’s a Saree or a lehenga. Also, you will be saved from the weightiness of a Saree. Here’s a little fashion tip for you, teaming it up with a chic waist belt can do wonders to your dress. Also, Banarasi dupatta or net dupatta or Gota Patti dupatta are best suited for this kind of draping.
2. Like a pro, like a shrug
Scared of exposing your arms but have an intense love for that sleeveless top? Hide it with a dupatta. No I am not asking you to do it the ‘Thakur’ way from ‘Sholay’ or like a shawl. Just take a dupatta that goes best with your top, drop it on your shoulders from the back, and remember that both the suspended ends of the dupatta should be equal. Now once you do that and you see that the dupatta now looks like a shrug, you can pin or stitch the ends from the bottom. And your DIY shrug is ready! Ikat printed dupattas with plain tops are one of the best combinations.
3. ‘Top’ it with a dupatta
Too western to try Indian? How about welcoming a new top in your wardrobe? Trust me, this trick won’t burn a hole in your pocket. All you need is a plain silk or cotton dupatta, depending upon the weather. You may also opt for a printed dupatta but keep in mind that the design on the dupatta should be minimal. Bigger patterns doesn’t look good on a top. Let’s start. Take the dupatta and wrap around your torso in whatever way you like. You can wrap it on your body and then tie the ends around your neck. In another way, you can wrap it around your upper body and make a big bow at the back or a little bow in the front at the bottom of that top. This will look as a crop top or a body fitted top. You can pair it with trendy jackets or shrugs to complete the overall look. Also, statement earrings will act as cherry on top a cake.
4. Dare the dual dupattas
Did I just say ‘dual’? Yes. Donning dual dupattas on a single dress may sound stupid to some but there are some selected outfits that actually require more than one dupatta. For example, a Pakistani bride carries two dupattas at a time on her gown or lehenga or sometimes, a gharara. One on the head and other on the shoulder. What should be kept in mind is that both the dupattas should be in contrast. Although, you can keep one dupatta with lesser adornments and embroidery and one with heavy embellishments because it won’t be easy to carry too much weight of the whole dress for a bride. Also, too much of something reduces its beauty and turns it into a mess. Nowadays, most Indian brides are also trying this look.
5. What’s ‘up’ with a dupatta?
What’s on your mind can be on your head too. Didn’t get it? Well, being a fashion lover, you must know that a dupatta is as versatile as an egg. Although you can’t wear an egg on your head but you can definitely wear a dupatta there. If you are heading to a beach this weekend and want to flaunt your ‘Outfit of the Day’ then try being a Boho diva. All you need to do is take a cotton dupatta as cotton won’t hurt you in the heat at the beach. Wear it as a crown on your head and team it up with a long Boho style maxi or tunic. You can also carry this look while exploring the streets of Goa. Trust me, you will look cool and classy and may inspire a lot of fashionistas out there.
Where to buy a dupatta from?
If the above hacks are forcing you to try them but you are still not sure where to get these dupattas from then you do not have to worry about it. Dupattas are easily available online as well as offline. There are various online websites that sell all kinds of dupattas at reasonable rates. You can buy embroidered dupattas online, silk dupattas, net dupattas, mirror worked dupattas, phulkari dupattas, cotton dupattas and much more variety in dupattas. Wear it, flaunt it, and love it!