The lehenga saree is by far one of the most sought after in saree styles have become quite a rage about five to seven years back. It was with a purpose of the reinventing of the saree to acquire a more hybrid form between the lehenga and the saree. The growing popularity of lehengas for most of the north Indian weddings and traditional ceremonies slowly gave rise to the need to make sarees more conducive to this slowly shifting preference to lehengas and then, came the most stunning of silhouettes that stumped all who had not only grown up seeing the sarees the traditional way. The lehenga sarees were the game changer in terms of upping the style ante. But just like the lehenga, the saree needs to be doubly cautious of the choice and the design of the blouse. While the pallu or the drape part of the lehenga saree is already stitched into the almost ready made attire, the blouse is something that has to be designed to ones liking.
One of the finest embellishments that you can find for your lehenga saree is the blouse that can be worn like a choli to make it look more traditional or like a crop top or peplum, , to give it a flair of modernity. There is no doubting anyway that a blouse can make a saree look and feel different-from demure to daring, modern to traditional, artsy to glitzy, there are so many flavors that can be exhibited with the choice. And the manner in which the neck is designed that makes the design of the entire blouse itself seem unique.
Here are some of my top picks of neck designs that will suit a variety of lehenga sarees. One has to however be looking at certain pointers, however that will help make the choice of design more practical and far more suited to your need. These are:
Here are some stunning examples and how well you could team it up with your choice of lehenga saree
This example of the sweetheart neck has never quite gone out of fashion and can be delivered with great elegance as much on net and lace fabric as on any other rough, material that is thicker. Do remember that it is an ultra feminine design and not too experimental thus you could wear it with gorgeous neckpieces which have always been an advantage with such neck designs.
The next one is a boat neck in a combination of net and golden zari with a row of floral embroidery highlighting the very simplicity of the lehenga part of the saree. The design along with boat neck has short sleeves with heavy embroidery. Remember that in case you have a boat neck blouse stitched either go without a chunky neckpiece or simply wear one of the longer necklaces as the neck of the blouse is bound to have some kind of design that would clash with the ornament.
The next design has the roundness of the neck intact, this blouse design is truly simple as the rest of the lower drape is truly experimental. Remember as a thumb rule that if one is being radical with the neck design, it is important to tone down the choice of saree design. You cannot load up on both ends. As you can see that the blouse converts into some kind of a cape jacket that travels down the length. In such a case the neckline could be kept simple with a minor embellishment as in this case.
There is a huge upsurge of designs that are using the back to try out different neck designs as in this case the net pattern allows one to have a gorgeous looking design that an ordinary fabric will not.
The Chinese collar with gorgeous embroidery is another such neck designs whose popularity never quite waned and here it is in maroon with embroidery in bootis and collar with heavier work. The blouse looks lovely with its long sleeves in a sheer fabric to tone down its dense color.
The blue blouse takes the asymmetric design to quite another level with its simple neck that ends in a cutaway style complemented by a strip of gorgeously embroidered material that coordinates perhaps with the lehenga design. Scintillating indeed!
The simple Chinese collar with gorgeous zardozi work and a front neck that has a flap or overlapping closure. When this kind of blouse is worn with a lehenga saree one can take the drape loose and not covering the front so as to show off this pretty pattern.
The short jacket blouse too looks pretty when the closure in front is simple and uncomplicated. The artisanal quality of the embroidery should always be highlighted with simple neck designs.
Two back neck designs that show off a sophisticated style and would look best when fashioned out from heavily worked net fabric. While the first could have a deeper neck in front the other would do best to go with a boat neck as the tie up back will look best when the front is more elegant and simple.
The off shoulder neck designs always look classy when worked on in silks and heavier materials as in this case the collar-like band needs to settle well at the shoulder and carry the weight of the work done on it. The neck complements the manner in which the wide cutaway back has been designed so well.
The next design is a simple tie back dori neckline that looks great with almost all kinds of sarees irrespective of type. Here is an authentic choli look that is meant to look great with lehenga sarees any way.
The next design,of course, is the high neck kind that would look great only if you are tall and have a slim frame. An avoidable style if you are stockily built and have broad shoulders. The blouse is not too long and does not cover the midriff.
The yoke neckline with a simple definition. There is heavy work on the front and the neckline is close to the neck as it is followed up with a richly worked yoke and the little keyhole pattern in front.
A high neckline with a Chinese collar and sheer sleeves looks great when tiny false fabric buttons are added to the front. While this is blouse length and ends at the midriff, one could take it to a longer length and make it into a choli.
The flap overlap or the overlay blouse neck is another beauty of a design most suited for the winters as it can be created with soft silk wool fabric and can be extended to the waist . Here we see the usage of heavy fabric and the high neck come into play with the front covered in the overlay.
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