Last week we covered dressing for weddings and on Monday scarves. So keeping the topic in mind drapping is what follows next. The drape of the dupatta is very important as it not only helps in style but also accentuating your figure and outfit. There are many ways as they also change depending on outfit and occassion. ( shaadi shine)
The drape of the duppatta also depends on the fabric.Lets take a look at them and how they can enhance your look :
1. V shaped. : the regular or most common way, the dupatta is worn on both the shoulders forming a v depending on the pinning. If pinned on both shoulder after being folded it forms a v. The look is very starched and proper if the material is stiff or bulky e.g. cotton or net as the borders are used to outline the dupatta. It shows your entire outfit but makes one shoulders look broader and weighed down.
2. U shaped : the dupatta is draped on both the shoulders like the v shape , the difference that it is pinned on one shoulder. Its not stiff and is slightly flowy. Its pinned on one side and showcases the dupatta from the other side. It gives more proportion to the body.
3. Full u : the dupatta is tied on one shoulder and draped over the other. This drape is fuss free as its opened in a u shaped in front and the back and leaves your hands free. Mostly worn on heavy outfits like lehenga and ghararas and heavy Salwar suits. It showcases the borders and the beauty of the duppatta and is best worn with plain tops. It focuses more on the arms and also gives one a longer and slender torso.
4. Open dupatta : there is no pinning and the dupatta is just draped over the shoulder and streched ove the front. It is draped entirely over the top. Its like a veil over the torso, excellent options for transparent fabrics and for elongating the torso. Keep in mind the fabric should be flowy, great option for petite women to add more to their frame.
5. One shouldered : the dupatta is put on one shoulder and pinned. Its draped on one side but in a slightly looser manner. It focus more on the outfit as the dupatta is just for colour and texture. It works on all body types and looks great with all kurtas especially anarkalis.
6. Wristlet : here the dupatta is pinned on one shoulder and then tied on the wrist or to a bracelet of the opposite arm. It looks great when that arm moves as the dupatta adds texture to the outfit. Great for embroidered and heavy dupattas. Even for dupattas which more for style like printed dupattas which enhance the outfit with colour.
7. Around the neck : this is worn like a loop scarf . Great for softer dupattas and plain ones. Great for casual dressing and a fuss free look. More of a daytime style and looks good with straight kurtas. The other version could be as just around the neck and not shoulders, defines your shoulders and works well on wide necklines or even when you want to showcase bodice embroidery or work. Beware of the shortcomings of this style as the focus is on the bustline.
8. Half Saree drape : mostly used for lehenga and ghararas but the trend is growing even for patialas. The dupatta edge is tucked in on the waist on the side and then it circles the hips to come on the same side shoulder where it was tucked in . Mostly frequented by brides, or even more on lehengas. It gives more structure to a flowing bottom and is a good way to highlight your waist.
9. Gujrati style : it is tucked in on the waist on one side and then goes over the shoulder of the opposite side. It is not snug on the hips but loosely over it, one can pin the edge at the back below your blouse if you are conscious of your stomach showing. It is a nice way to showcase your entire outfit, now becoming popular even with patiala salwars.
10. Edge pinned : this style came into light during ram-leela by Deepika Padukone. It is worn in the similar fashion to the gujrati style but the edge is pinned on one shoulder and the other at the waist. It really showcases the edges and borders and forms a triangle. Great for tassles and also for lehengas with short blouses. Your back is open so looks with great with a low back or tie back chills. The focus remains on your torso , great for petite frames.
11. Wrapped up : here the duppatta is used a wrap, it can be opened or folded and held by your elbows in place. It is like a back veil and great waybto showcase outfits with work in the front. Enhances ones shoulders and front torso. Good option for curvy women , as it gives more proportion.
12. Men’s shawl style : the dupatta is folded and worn on one side and is wrapped on the opposite arm on the elbow taking the dupatta from the back. Great with collared kurtas. The other variation is it is wrapped on the opposite arm but from the front. Great for very adorned outfits and looks great with the right Kurta as per Kurta klad.
13. Head cover : here the dupatta is worn on the head, face open and left on the shoulders. One can even wear 2 dupattas where one is on the head and the other to cover the torso this is mostly used by brides. But if you are just covering your head you can variate it with pinning on one shoulder or using the u shape or around the neck. These styles are more traditional and great options for religious gatherings.
14. Kardhanied : the dupatta is tucked in one the waist and then taken from the back to the opposite shoulder and fanned out. A kardhini or belly chain is used to keep it in place. One can also put it over the head, this is very traditional rajasthani and looks great with gherdar lehangas.
15. Hyderabi style : only used on the khada dupatta. The dupatta is tucked in the back at the waist and then one side is taken in the front like an anchal and the other is worn on one side like a shawl. In front they look like 2 seperate dupattas forming an upside down v shaped. It focuses on the entire beauty of the dupatta and its borders. Mostly net or georgette showcase an entire different look of suit and the dupatta.
16. Drapes : these are actually kurtas which have a dupatta or a drape attached at the waist or the back. Mostly chiffon or softer materials, used most with the anarkali styles making it more flowy. Its good for athletic frames as adds more curves.
So these are just the a few styles to drape the dupatta. The drape actually depends on the outfit and how you want to showcase it to enhance your figure and the beauty of the outfit. Formal outfits are more adorned so keep in mind to show their beauty, but again the dupatta should add more form and structure to an outfit to make you looked proportioned and polished. You can also refer to drape gyan for more styles.
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