8 Celeb-Inspired Ways to Ditch The Dupatta This Wedding Season

Take cues on how you can ace your ethnic look without dupatta this wedding season.

Published On Feb 08, 2022 | Updated On Mar 07, 2024


What’s a big fat Indian wedding without over-the-top couture? And who doesn’t love a dramatic lehenga, embellished with the finest threads and stones? But let's not overlook how inconvenient these massive lehengas are, especially with a hefty dupatta! There goes your plan to dance the night away, without the dupatta getting in the way or under someone's feet! Well, what if you can just take the dupatta out of the equation? If you are intrigued, then do hear us out.

We have come a long way from bowing down to the demands of donning a dupatta to rebelliously ditching it to make a fashion statement. Besides, whoever said a bridal ensemble isn't complete without the veil of modesty hasn't seen contemporary women wearing their exquisite lehengas without one. So, if you too want to be hassle-free yet effortlessly sassy, have a look at the bewitching hacks approved by the celebrities on how to wear lehenga without a dupatta.

On your search for a magnificent lehenga that doesn’t need a dupatta, look for ones with a bold and striking blouse. A statement blouse will definitely take the focus away from your rebellious choice of not wearing a dupatta to the conventional Indian wedding. Add classy yet minimalistic jewellery and nail this look just like our Bollywood diva Kiara Advani in the trendy black, plunge neckline blouse that definitely surpasses the oomph factor in the outfit.

If you are looking forward to making a daring fashion statement by experimenting with your conventional outfits, then try this year's favourite new trend for winter weddings—lehengas with blazers! From cape coats with tiny flowers to lavishly embroidered ones, there are a number of options available. Go all-in with a colour that compliments you or one in contrast with your jewellery to add spice. You can also turn to Shilpa Shetty's take on the trend, in which she donned a monochrome velvet orange lehenga with a bralette-style blouse, and teamed it with the identical blazer.

Dial up the drama and bring on the heat with some dramatic sleeves that are all the rage right now. If you are looking for a quick and efficient way to enhance your lehenga, then opt for a full-on voluminous sleeve that reaches your legs! Take the cue from the one and only Madhuri Dixit who understood the assignment by donning this stunning green lehenga with cape sleeves.

Crop tops and lehenga without dupatta is a combination we are sure all contemporary women don't want to miss out on. If you are looking to amp up your style by adding a western twist to your conventional lehenga then a crop top is the ultimate answer for you. Bring on the elegant, subtle glam just like Parineeti Chopra did with a black printed lehenga paired with a plain black crop top and the statement jewellery.

If a problematic dupatta is something you don’t want to deal with, then try the Indo-western blend of a classic printed knotted shirt with a playful lehenga—and be hassle-free! These lehengas are perfect for occasions like a dance-off at a sangeet or jolly mehendi celebrations. Get inspired by this printed shirt-lehenga Masabaensemble worn by Sonam Kapoor.

We all are aware of how chilly winter weddings can get, and wearing those sleeveless and backless blouses can be challenging especially after dusk. But worry not ladies and excuse the dupattas—because we have shrugs and jackets to keep us fashionably toasty. Jackets come with a variety of embellishments, from delicate embroidery to elaborately beaded, to make you stand out in the crowd. An ideal way to ditch the dupatta and look stunning at a mehendi function, take cues from Sonakshi Sinha’s all green bustier and lungi-style lehenga with a floor-length shrug.

Winter is synonymous with the wedding season. Be it a close cousin’s wedding or that of a distant relative, we are sure you must have exhausted most of your lehengas and dresses till now, but not your spirit for attending all wedding functions. Well, then ladies let us solve all your fashion dilemmas with the super stylish and pleasing peplum top that you can pair with your lehengas. Opt for a lovely pink lehenga with elaborate embroidery and a peplum top, as Kriti Sanon did with this Jayanti Reddy couture.

Wearing a spectacular neckpiece that amplifies the appeal of your clothing is a solid reason to leave the dupatta at home. Be it hefty opulent jewellery or a classy modest one—we assure you, you’ll be turning heads at the party for sure. After all, we have Shraddha Kapoor serving us dreamy inspiration in her regal red lehenga and layered polki jewellery.

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