When thinking of Indian dress you may at first
envisage a draped sari worn with a choli top. But think again -
Bollywood films have recently popularised the Lehenga Choli as a
glamorous alternative outfit fit for the heroine to marry the
hero. For today's Indian bride influenced by Bollywood
actresses, this often makes the Lehenga Choli a perfect bridal
wear choice. The lehenga is the skirt while the choli is the
bodice (which can
be cropped or worn longer to cover bare flesh). The Dupatta is a
shawl stole that is draped over the shoulder or head as desired.
Designer examples of the lehenga, choli and dupatta from Vibrant
Fashion Week 2010 are shown below.
Extras include an overlay jacket for those who don't want the
brevity of a choli top and a lehengas belt. Contrarily for the
less modest and more modern woman, the lehenga skirt is
sometimes teamed with Western crop top, halter neck or baby doll
When women wear saris they also wear a midriff baring blouse
called choli. India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka are all
places where women don saris. In Urdu the word for choli is lehnga
and so it's easy to get confused as the many Asian languages affect clothing
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