The global pandemic introduced the concept of minimalist weddings as the expense on the venue and the guest list was marginalized. However, this allocated more budget towards the bridal attire in the form of heavily-embellished lehengas in a riot of colours for nailing a jaw-dropping look on their D-day.
Indian brides are adding some playful twist to long-time classic trousseau by donning shades of emerald, bright fuchsia and many more in sexy silhouettes. We have scanned through the looks of top Indian bridalwear designers like Gaurav Gupta, Manish Malhotra, Natasha Dalal etc. to present a curation of some lust-worthy trends to try out in 2021.
New 2021 Bridal Lehenga Designs Trends
1. Plunging Neckline
V-necks have always been the frontrunner amongst bridal choli necklines as they can be paired up seamlessly with heavy jewellery. Brides can either showcase their love for bling by donning a chunky choker or simply ooze out sexiness while flaunting their cleavage to perfection. Renowned designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has captured the sensuousness and playfulness of ladies in the perilously low-cut blouses of his latest collection.
2. Puff Sleeves
Brides are conveying power and femininity by opting for cholis with puff sleeves. This style has become a rage amongst fashionista brides wishing to enhance their oomph quotient with fearless bunching and tactical ruching of sheer fabrics. Millennial brides are increasingly opting for this liberating style for elevating their look and staying glued to the spotlight on their big day.
3. Printed Lehengas
The best thing about printed lehengas is that they do not weigh down their wearer. You can choose amongst a wide gamut of timeless hand-blocked florals to ornate digital prints. This style has even received a nod of approval from leading B-town celebs like Katrina Kaif who wore a sky-blue gossamer skirt adorned with large floral motifs for a romantic look at the Ambani wedding finale.
4. Paint The Town Red
Priyanka Chopra Jonas looked like a stunning Sabyasachi bride in a gorgeous all red lehenga which was accessories to perfection with Mughal fashioned jewellery. Self-work embroidery enhanced the simplicity of her outfit while making her stand out in style. A similarly styled lehenga was donned by famous singer Neha Kakkar on her big day. Her outfit by designer duo Shane and Falguni Peacock featured a deep square neckline and intricate silver embroidery.
5. Millennial Purple
Bollywood’s fashionable flock showcased their affinity towards candy-hued millennial purple which can blend in with the romantic quotient of weddings. This feminine facelift of royal purple can be styled to a variety of wedding festivity, be it sangeet, cocktail or a formal reception.
6. Chevron Print
Bid adieu to flamboyant concept sarees and embroidered lehengas with the chevron printed beauties which strike the right balance between the modern and traditional fashion. These beautifully textured lehengas with an Aztec print came into vogue when B-town celeb Sonam Kapoor sported a stunning off-white piece on her reception. Modern designers are experimenting with this style through a mélange of exceptional mirror attachments and tie n dye work.
7. Ruffles Galore
Ruffles have imparted a big makeover to the world of bridal fashion for elevating your ethnic ensembles by adding to its level of drama. Brides can choose between all over ruffles or walk baby steps like Alia Bhatt who sported a pink floral lehenga with a ruffled crop top by Anushree Reddy. There are endless options ranging from larger-than-life ruffles having an avant-garde flair, micro ruffles on the dupatta to dainty ruffles on the skirt’s hem.
8. Belted Beauties
Classy belts can bring in more symmetry to your bridal look as it holds the dupatta on being wrapped around the shoulder. Belted lehengas made their foray into the world of fashion with Anushka Sharma who made the shutterbugs go crazy with her dreamy Sabyasachi wedding lehenga in the shade of subtle pink. Whether you opt for high-waisted or low-waisted designs, belts are the one accessory that will never let your down.
9. Grey is New bridal hue
While pink, red and maroon are considered traditional bridal hues, the daring fashionistas are also opening up to shades like grey which has already won the consent of the fashion police with its superb elegance. It also becomes easier for the grooms to colour co-ordinate with this subtle shade which is an absolute favourite of celebs like Sagarika Ghatge and Disha Patani. Creating a style statement becomes easy with a shimmery grey lehenga when worn with vibrant coloured chunky jewellery.
10. Trim Game
Bask in a #DulhanWaliFeeling with the scallop trim lehenga which can infuse a fresh vibe to your wedding trousseau. Turning up your style quotient a notch higher becomes easy with the scallop cut trim and ostrich feather detailing of these lehengas tailor-made for modern-day brides. Brides can also choose from scallop trim dupatta for enhancing their overall wow factor.
11. Jacket Style Lehenga
Get the layering game on point with the jacket style lehengas which can match your style vibe even when it isn’t too cold outside. The latest bridal fashion is all about mixing layered OOTD’s with sheer capes for rocking the glamorous jackets like a true diva. Jackets have imparted a style lift to the regular choli blouse style while adding more structure to your look.
12. Pretty In Pastel
If you thought that weddings and light shades do not go hand in hand, then you can take a cue out of the look book of Meera Rajput and Neha Dhupia. These divas adorned ravishing pastel-hued lehengas on their wedding day to ooze out pure elegance. This look is well suited for brides who wish to keep things simple and serene without coming off as too overwhelming. Brides can choose amongst sophisticated pastel lehengas with intricate embellishments and exquisite embroideries like scallop-cut trims, subtle floral embroidery etc.
13. Lightweight embroidery
Modern-day brides are slowly gravitating towards styles that can amp up their comfort meter. After all, they need to be on their toes throughout the wedding whether attending guests, performing rituals, or posing for those pout-perfect selfies. It pays to invest in lightweight lehengas which guarantee complete freedom of movement so that the confidence radiates on your face. Brides can select fabrics like georgette and chiffon for radiating princess vibes without sacrificing comfort.
14. Ombre Lehengas
Brides who defy being tagged as ordinary can find their match in ombre lehengas which can impart a breath of fresh air to your bridal wardrobe. The classic choice of ombre graduates beautifully from one shade to another for presenting a prettier version of trending monotone ones. Brides with a flair for traditional fashion can choose a timeless red lehenga with ombre shading of Fuchsia pink for a breath-taking look. Ladies with a penchant for millennial fashion can opt for a lehenga studded with mirrorwork detaining and subtle shading at the bottom. Nailing a sultry look becomes seamless with rich hues in a sheathed ombre pattern for the new-age brides.
15. Off-Shoulder Sleeves
Boost up your glamour quotient with the off-shoulder lehengas which can keep you under the spotlight while adding more drama to your appearance. Imparting a feminine touch to these stylish sleeves become easy by choosing fringe detailing and pearl embroidery on the sleeves.
Lehenga has attained the numero uno status in Indian bridalwear with designers presenting myriad iterations of this festive staple on a yearly basis. The fuss-free style of gossamer creations can keep everyone ranging from the brides to the bridesmaids and even wedding guests basking in comfort as they pose for those Instagram snaps. If you are a would-be bride who wishes to strike the right balance between ethnicity and modernity, then 2021 is your time to shine. This year is all about letting in the good vibes and you can do it with flair after browsing through our collation of the top lehenga trends.