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22 Types Of Carrying Dupattas To Ace The Ethnic Look

Dupattas are though a simple and cutesy piece to fall for, they offer every special look that every stylish woman deserves. Be it designer lehenga, saree, wedding salwar suit or kurti, this number always stays there for that magnificent appeal.


by : Paromita. On 08/12/16. 0 Comments.

Indian dress is a beautiful array of sets of clothes, complementing each other in a very well maintained manner. Stylish women just love to take a chance on their experiments with new draping styles every day. After all, when you have such a wonderful collection, no one can just sit back and try same-lame procedures of draping. Isn’t it?

In the case of dupatta carrying and draping styles, we wonder how many styles have been discovered yet. Every other day you will notice new styles of dupatta draping with Indian dresses such as salwar suits, designer lehengas, kurtis or sarees. Though a little piece to show off but can do lots of wonders with your attire. In Indian society, dupatta holds a special place of prestige and beauty of a woman. Be it a family function, wedding ceremony or any fashion runway, these new styles will add oomph to your glamour. Now introduce yourself to the new variety of draping styles which you can also try with western dresses. If you are one of them who have an obsession with these little things then you are at the right place. Now learn or try at an instant these styles and ace your ethnic look.

Ghoonghat Or Head Cover


This is the most adorned style in Indian tradition. Generally, North Indian women love to adopt this style during their wedding ceremonies. This classic style of dupatta draping is seen in both Hindu and Muslim weddings and reflects the prestige and beauty of the bride. Over-the-head drape is the most elegant type of carrying a dupatta and showcase many amusing hairstyles as well. It adds a regal element to the bride's look. The fabric used in this style is generally net, chiffon, or sheer silk which translucently reflects the face of the wearer. Chain nose ring is a must if you are going to the wedding podium. And in general, open soft curled hairstyle will be apt for this style.

Single Shoulder N Arm Carry


This style is mostly used to flaunt your salwar suit or lehenga sleeves and neck designs. In this style, dupatta needs to have heavy border designs and preppy colours will adorn the length. To make the dupatta still on the shoulders, pin it carefully there. Heavy dupatta is a big no-no for this draping style because it won’t stay still o your arms and shoulders. Experiment with new neck designs and patterns of online lehengas and blouses and try them all one by one with this style. It will also adorn your neck shape and taller woman can adopt this style confidently.

Front Fall


Sabyasachi has shown all these styles so beautifully that we love to fall for all of them. Isn’t it belles?
Now focus on this simple yet most fashionable style which is adorned to reflect one’s serious persona. This simple and classic look will showcase your complete attire and if you have few inches more, then nothing can beat this look. Generally, this is tried with kurtis or designer lehengas where prints, designs, patterns and traditional works are so important to showcase.
Do you have a latest designer blouse pattern or choli that can stop some heart beats? Then this is your piece dear!

Around The Neck


A woman who loves to have unconditional and untimely hugs should try this formula. Simply drape your dupatta around the neck as shown in the image and pull them at the front to showcase you best persona. This style also gives an illusion of height and thus great for petite women. The ethnic wear with this type of dupatta focuses on the central portion of the length. Here dupatta is an additional accessory to magnify the effect of the whole attire. You can ditch necklace here and go off with fashionable earrings.

Pinned On The Waist


Check out this new style with an old back connection. Pinned up dupatta look is often worn with lehengas and ghagras that showcase the heavy fall of dupatta. Take inspiration from Nandita Thirani, an Indo-contemporary designer. In this style, the first end of dupatta is to be pinned at the waist and the other half at the shoulder. It creates a heavy droop at the back of the outfit and looks like a skirt from the back side. This fashionable draping style adds volume to the outfit and will magnificently draw the eye from the corners. It is a handy way to handle pallus.

Shoulder Pinned


Most catchy and easy way of draping in our list is this style. Though it looks so heavy and difficult to adorn, this carrying way can also be pre-made when you are about to start wearing your lehenga or suit. Create a circular shape of your dupatta, take its wide edges and then simply pin them up at any of the corners with the other. It will also create a messy affair and thus pose well with Banarasi silk, Pashmina, Bhagalpuri, tussar dupattas.

Single Shoulder Fall


Most following and adopted style is this – Single Shoulder Fall Dupatta. Whether you are in a hurry or in a non-messy mood, this dupatta carrying tip will help you to manage heavy falls of designer lehengas and suits. In wedding sarees for women, this style is also used as secondary in double layering look. This can be adorned in plain salwar suits or catchy ethnic wears for women because dupatta is taking only one portion and another side is left to showcase the marvellous persona of yours.

Shoulder Knot


Give a treat to your androgynous likings and carry now dupatta in this way. Shoulder knot is easy and apt when wearing off shoulder or corset style blouse. An easy way to discover the fashionista in you, this style will look beautiful on wedding dresses. Take round the ends of the dupatta from your shoulder and tie a knot at the front. Don’t make it too tight or too loose. Stone embellished dupattas should be avoided in this look. Try this style with embroidered or chikan kari dupattas.

Full Back Fall


Your elbow strength is essential here. Dig deep into the fashion of dupatta draping and this time let it loose and fall at behind. Take your dupatta from your elbow inner corners and let them rest there only. This look will be perfect if the bodice of the choli or blouse has something extra to offer. Vehement work patterns, embellishments, cut holes are some reasons to take the fall at back.

Diagonal Fall


Fall for the love of this pretty chic style of dupatta draping because it is widely adorned and still not at all boring. This drape can be at times fussy as well, so you can also pin up the other end at the bottom side corner to walk freely. Heavy and bold dupattas won’t work here. So, try select light in weight and trendy dupattas.
This easy-going mantra will show off a great part of your outfit. This number is easy to manage and looks fantastic in any case.

Arm Candy Drape


Arm candy drape took the limelight during 90’s. Women admired this style due to its non-fuss feature that can be generally played with light in weight dupattas.

You need to hang it off loosely over your arms and drape it to look like sleeves. It also gives a contemporary effect and can be done without safety pins. Hang it well on the arms and make sure it is placed comfortably. Adjust it just like that!
Deep backless adorns with doris will look apt with this style. Catch it up girl!

Full Wrapped Up


You need a pin and searching eyes for the best part of the dupatta if it has embroidered work patterns and styles. Wrap your dupatta like a shawl and pin it up at the mid-half. Just make sure that the best part of the dupatta is at the front side. Pull down the latter part at the front and let it fall down freely for a dreamy effect.
Georgette dupattas, chiffon dupattas or similar fabric showcases best silhouettes and flow. So pick it up accordingly.

Side Head Cover


Mostly adorned by Muslimah girls and brides, this style is like the cherry on the pie. They take their abaya in the most trending way and I’m pretty sure one can copy them at the very first try.

Make a side tight bun or braid and draw your dupatta in a tilted position near it and pin it up strongly with two or more pins to be sure. Heavy dupattas with broad border works or lavish patch works are not for this style. So, make sure your dupatta is light enough to carry.

Double Layered Drape


There is no limit in draping styles to only head or arms! There are more ways! Make sure your dupatta or scarf is long enough to cover all the parts you wish to cover. And you know double drape means a requirement of double length!

Carefully lie it on your right arm and then cover your shoulder while covering half of your head and then following the same pattern on another side. Draw some traditional élan to your attitude and dash with your ultimate regal look.

Shawl Style Drape


It’s easy and just like that!
The best part is - You need not follow any guide or hard and fast map to pull this style. Just drape like front fall spread its full coverage around your shoulders. To place the dupatta aptly over your shoulder, you can pin it up at the exact place. If you are wearing a full sleeves lehenga, then you can pin up the ends of dupatta on the sleeves as well.

Low Dip Head Drape


This style is definitely for the bride or woman who loves to adorn high stylish buns because this hairstyle will make a perfect match with this dupatta drape. Make a low dip head drape by pinning up your dupatta at the lower line of your bun. If you have dusky complexion, try some bright hues in dupattas and for fair girls, preppy colours will act like magic.

Front All Covered


Now this is all about show off your dress’s design and your style pick quotient! Actually, this is not about your Anarkali flow even; if you have a dazzling or quirky dupatta style and can’t stop yourself from flaunting then this style is your best companion. Now take the glory from front to all your side with this classic front drape.

Lay your designer dupatta across the shoulders and let fall freely beneath. Make sure your dupatta width covers your bust line and reaches till the abdomen. Cover your neck fully instead tightly and let this timeless look add instant grace to your appeal.

Deep Neck Drape


Much similar still different!
Now come deep neck drape just after front all covered style because both are somehow inter-connected. This style showcases your beautiful deep neck and is recommended for them who are comfortable at showing a little more of the feminine oomph. Take your dupatta across both the shoulders and let the ends fall loose at the back. Allow your dupatta tilt a little down from the beauty bone so that you can flaunt perfectly among your peers.
Adore this style with sheer dupatta and sequin choli or blouse. Let the event or gala go chiller than ever!

Centre veil


Let the angel befall on your looks and look aghast on your appeal. Hire a mesmeric beauty from centre veil style and add Victorian visage to your reflection. This style is really fun and flowy and mostly admired y the Indian brides at their wedding ceremonies. In this style, the dupatta stays at the centre of the wearer’s head and then it flows effortlessly down her back. The dupatta resides lightly only at the centre of the head and vehemently pinned thereby.
So, you can prettily show off your head jewels because this style won’t block any of them dear!

Double Dupatta Drape


Don’t limit the power of dupattas only to the arms or shoulders or neck! They can do even more than on only those areas. Now cover up all at the same time with a great fall as well. For this type of style of dupatta draping, you will be needed a long fabric enough to wrap all sides. Grace your shoulders and head with this style and wrap up with double turns. This traditional style has been adorned by many classic ethnic lovers. Grab this regal look, and flaunt of adorning two more styles at the same time.

Cape Style


Let’s give the front fall or front dupatta styles a new quirk with a contemporary touch of cape style. And here is the twist.
Drape your dupatta like a cape or poncho across the back and shoulders. If you feel uneasiness in carrying the same, you can always pin up your dupatta from the inner side of the dress. You can also find brocade pins, especially for Indian ethnic dresses. This delicate glory doesn’t cover the front but falls freely at the back.

Side Loop


This style showcases a dramatic pose and mostly adorned by the brides and bridesmaids. The fabric is pitched up by sequin works and especially border works which make this piece alluring and captivating. To grab this style, pin up at the ends to make a complete loop of it. And then wear it like Miss Universe. Women who don’t want spare a second in voguish styles and tricks can opt for this one as this style is totally hassle free and also perfect for all busy bees.

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