Shararas are traditional ethnic wear worn prominently by women living in India and Pakistan. This outfit essentially comprises of pleated loose pants that are worn with a chunni (which is somewhat like a stole) along with a kurti, which is a traditional Indian top. While the most popular style of a sharara suit comprises of pants, variations of this outfit include long skirts instead of the pants. These skirts are usually fitted till the knee and flow from there to the feet, which is an aesthetic that helps them stand out from other skirted ethnic outfits. More often than not, when it comes to modern wedding sharara designs, a crop top or a choli is the most preferred form of the upper body garment. This is because the combination of the bared midriff along with the loose pants or the skirt lends an extremely elegant look to the outfit. However, long flowing kurtas that end at the knee are also worn as a substitute to the cholis. The dupatta, which is the third component of this outfit, can be draped in any way, according to one’s body type and preferences; however the most common way to do so is to drape it from one shoulder. Essentially, there is no ‘wrong’ way to drape a dupatta.
Sharara suits can be worn to almost any occasion, depending on the style of the suit itself. An Indian bridal sharara, as the name suggests, are worn during a wedding by the bride. However as heavy garments and large amounts of jewelry is the norm in Indian weddings, almost anyone can wear this outfit to any of the occasions, as long as they are less elaborate than the sharara bridal dresses. A sharara lehenga choli can be worn for day functions such as the mehendi or Sagan while heavier versions of the lehenga and sharara can be worn for the cocktail ceremony or the wedding itself. Family occasions and festivals are also appropriate times to wear a lehenga sharara or, if one is so inclined, one can wear it to an informal gathering with friends as long as it isn’t too rich in design. The reason why this outfit is so versatile is that it can be designed with a variety of fabrics and almost any work done on it ends up standing out because of the cut and style of the outfit itself.
Tips for Styling your Sharara Suit
Styling a sharara is relatively easy as one can achieve a formal and informal look without much effort. Sharara suits that include pants can look quite funky with flat shoes like juttis, chappals or kolapuris. This outfit creates visibility to one’s feet which is why the footwear should be chosen wisely. Heels can also look great with these pants however flat shoes can add a more youthful, relaxed vibe to your look. On the other hand, a sharara suit that has a skirt is best worn with high heeled shoes. This is mainly because the grace of the skirt is what defines the whole look and heels greatly add to that by complementing the fall.
While mixing and matching contrasting styles is in fashion and color blocking is the norm, it is important to choose tops and bottoms that complement each other and then set them off with a different dupatta. Adding an Indian jacket can help to create an interesting, on-trend outfit.
Kundan sets as well as polka sets are the best jewelry pieces to go with these outfits. These sets are most likely to complement the work done on the Indian wedding sharara although westernized jewelry such as diamond sets and gold sets can also look good. Other forms of jewelry such as a mang tikka or a set of pretty bangles can add an attractive traditional vibe to a sharara wedding dress.
Many women tend to fret over the perfect hairstyle and while some hairstyles complement only certain outfits, the advantage of a sharara lehenga is that your hairstyle can vary, depending on the type of choli or top paired with the outfit. For instance, a backless choli can be exhibited well with a French twist as opposed to flowing open hair.
In terms of the handbags, Indian handbags or even gold clutches are the right choice. Some of the most commonly carried bags with this outfit include cutdana handbags and moti work handbags. As the aesthetic used while creating them is highly ethnic, these bags can really complement the outfit on the whole. While choosing the ideal handbag, one must ensure that the embroidery or work done on it does not clash with the work on the outfit as it can create a jarring look that may ruin the style you’re going for.