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21 Different Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style For All Occassions

A lehenga dupatta draping style can certainly amplify your traditional ensemble. Whether you’re the bride, a bridesmaid, or a wedding guest – contemplating how a dupatta mantles your lehenga can add drama and dimension to your ethnic look. And that’s what also drives spending those big bucks on Indian attire. A lehenga dupatta style can give you a new look just by changing its drape. So, there’s peace of mind that your lehenga won’t become a thing of the past just after one use.

In recent times, many different dupatta styles have graced the market. Some even highlight ditching the dupatta altogether: because, let’s face it, sometimes it’s one more thing to carry on your embellished, heavy ensemble. While you might skip it once or twice, the ethereal tradition of draping a dupatta will call to you most of the time. And that’s why it’s imperative that you’re well aware of the different lehenga dupatta draping styles. Here are 21 of the most popular ones listed below:

Single Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

#1 Front Flow

The easiest drape on the list and the ones that add a subtle feminine touch to the wearer. You can either leave it open or tie it with a pin on the side – like in the last two pictures.

Front Lehenga Dupatta Style

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Front Lehenga Dupatta Style

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Front Lehenga Dupatta Style

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#2 Pinned Neatly On One Side

The dupatta tied neatly in pleats and set on one side gives a smart and crisp look to your attire. This can be a dance-friendly option for your sangeet or cocktail night.

Pleated Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

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Pleated Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

In-frame: @monikaasinghal

#3 Saree Drape

Looking for a lehenga dupatta draping style to look slim? A saree drape is your pick. It nicely conceals the tummy and hip portion while looking elegant.

Lehenga Dupatta Saree Drape Style

Lehenga by @shyamalandbhumika

Lehenga Dupatta Saree Drape Style

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Lehenga Dupatta Saree Drape Style

Photography: @coolbluezphotography

#4 Pleated Neatly & Pinned To The Back

Another lehenga dupatta draping option to look slim. It goes on diagonally across the front sneaking away from the notice from your abdomen and gives a graceful look at the same time.

Single Dupatta Draping Style

Source: Vivek Krishnan Photography

Single Dupatta Draping Style

Makeup: Shradha Luthra

#5 Pinned On One Side & Tucked On The Arm On Other Side

To add a twist to the first dupatta draping option, just take the other end of the dupatta and tie it on the wrist of your other hand. A smart hack to keep the dupatta hassle away through the whole event.

Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

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#6 Cowl Gather

You can also wear your lehenga dupatta in this basic and classic style. Simply gather it like a cowl or leave it open for a contemporary touch.

Lehenga Dupatta Style

Outfit by Shyamal & Bhumika

Lehenga Dupatta Style

In-frame: Sagarika Ghatge

#7 Free Flow Dupatta Over The Head

Some brides like to stand out from the crowd and do things their own way. Here, brides ditch the double dupatta trend on their big day and opt for just a single dupatta over their head.

1. Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

1. Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

Images by Punya Sharma

#8 Gujarati Style Dupatta Drape

Favorites among Ambanis, considering they are of Gujarati heritage, this drape is a traditional one and has been passed on for generations. Also popular in Rajasthan, it’s also known as ‘seedha pallu’ locally in these states.

Gujarati Style Dupatta Drape

Gujarati Style Dupatta Drape

Gujarati Style Dupatta Drape

#9 Tucked In Place With A Belt

A dupatta cinched at the waist defines your curves and lends a suave look to the outfit. You can either pleat the dupatta or let it loose – both will add the same definition with the belt.

Belt Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

Photos: Sunny Dhiman Photography

Belt Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

In-frame: Isha Multani

Belt Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

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#10 Wrapped Around The Neck

The perfect lehenga dupatta style for bridesmaids and sisters of the bride or groom is this effortless, graceful one. Take cues from these two bridesmaids on how to nail down this style.

Dupatta Draping Style Lehenga

Ensemble: Nomi Ansari

Dupatta Draping Style Lehenga

Via Riya Jain

#11 Held Low Over Both Elbows

A simple yet modish way to carry your lehenga dupatta is this one. If you want to add a contemporary touch to your traditional outfit, this is the dupatta style to go for.

Dupatta Drape Lehenga

Bride: Avi Katyal

Dupatta Drape Lehenga

Images by Israni Photography

Dupatta Drape Lehenga

Images by Israni Photography

#12 Cape Style Dupatta

Alternately, for a chic and fashionable look, go for this in-trend cape-like dupatta style. Just wrap it over your shoulders like a shawl, pin on both sides and then, either let it hanging or tuck over your wrists.

Cape Like Lehenga Dupatta

Bride: Rubal Wadhwa

Cape Like Lehenga Dupatta

Cape Like Lehenga Dupatta

Via Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor

#13 Held Over The Shoulders

A simple twist to the above two styles is this lehenga dupatta draping style. All you need to do is attach the pin in the middle of the blouse, below your neck instead of both sides. And voila, you’re all set to make a statement.

Over The Elbow Lehenga Dupatta Draping

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#14 Attached To The Blouse

A fuss-free way to wear your dupatta is to buy a lehenga set that already has one attached to it, like these two real brides here.

Dupatta Attached With Lehenga

Outfit by Gaurav Gupta

Dupatta Attached With Lehenga

In-frame Masoom Minawala

Bridal Lehenga Dupatta Draping Styles

#15 Sabyasachi Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

India’s most celebrated bridal couturiers, Sabyasachi, passes on trends in the bridal world like no other designer. One of them being how to drape a bridal double dupatta. A traditional, classy, and graceful style that will look great on any type of bridal lehenga.

Sabyasachi Bridal Lehenga Style Dupatta

Sabyasachi Bridal Lehenga Style Dupatta

Sabyasachi Bridal Lehenga Style Dupatta

#16 One Open On The Side & Other One Over The Head

A beautiful and unique way to drape a bridal dupatta – just let it hang loose on the side and pin the other end to the backside of the lehenga. Seek inspiration from this pretty-in-pink bride on how to carry this look.

Dupatta Draping Style For Bridal Lehenga

Source: Sunny Dhiman Photography

Dupatta Draping Style For Bridal Lehenga

Via Shradha Luthra

#17 One Low Held On The Elbows & Other One Pleated On The Side

This is for our millennial brides, and also for women looking to re-wear their bridal lehenga. As we mentioned above, a dupatta drape is the best way to change the whole look of the outfit. Here’s one of those ways. P.S.: We’re crushing hard on her paneled Sabyasachi lehenga.

Bridal Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

Bridal Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

Via Mannat Gill

#18 One Over Head & Other One Draped Like A Saree Pallu

A traditional dupatta draping style for bridal lehenga is to wrap one of the dupattas in a saree pallu manner while letting the other one loose on the head. An easy drape that wouldn’t budge throughout the wedding ceremony.

Double Dupatta Drape For Brides

In-frame Evneet kaur

#19 One In A Deep-U Shape & Other Over The Head

Most prominently donned by Sikh brides, it’s simple yet classy and looks amazing when worn with the same colored dupattas.

Sikh Style Bridal Dupatta Drape

Sikh Style Bridal Dupatta Drape

Via Sunny Dhiman Photography

#20 One Flowing Diagonally & Other One Over The Head

If you have a heavy dupatta, then letting it flow is better than trying to attach it to your lehenga. This ensures it stays on through the lengthy nuptials and keeps you at comfort as well. You can even cinch it in place with a kamarbandh to elevate your bridal look.

Bridal Dupatta Style Drape

Via Rashi Sehgal Official

Bridal Dupatta Style Drape

#21 One Attached With Nice Pleats & Other Over The Head

If you want a fuss-free bridal lehenga dupatta style, here’s a superb option for you. Pleat one of your dupattas nicely on one side and let the other one hang loose on the head. Here are two real brides who show you how it’s done.

Bridal Lehenga Dupatta Draping Style

Source Pooja Khurana Beauty

Bridal Lehenga Dupatta Draping

Images by Israni Photography

No matter how you decide to drape your dupatta, this time-honored tradition will only elevate the poise of your ethnic look. These 21 styles are the best ones we found to be relevant as of now, but feel free to experiment. With social media becoming the tool to set new trends, who knows you could set the next one with your own lehenga dupatta draping style.

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