Sharara Sharara!

that day isn’t far when shararas take the place of lehengas, with the former becoming increasingly popular with both designer and celebrities alike as an ethnic wear option! There’s a certain vintage charm that a sharara carries unlike any other.

Bollywood’s hottest have taken to shararas of late. Sonam Kapoor wore a glittering one during a promotional event for her film Raanjhanaa. Kareena Kapoor’s hot pink sharara in Agent Vinod is one that left a lasting impression on viewers, as did Parineeta Chopra’s sharara in Jhalla Wallah from Ishaqzaade. Other beauties spotted wearing this shashaying trend include Shraddha Kapoor, Swara Bhaskar and Tisca Chopra.

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From not-so-traditional colours to bold prints; modern twists have made this Mughal attire come alive. Designers that made intricately worked shararas include Sabyasachi, Meera & Muzaffar Ali and, Rina Dhaka. Adarsh Gill on the other hand showcased shararas in bright hues with bold floral and geometric prints.

Team your sharara with a choli and embellished jacket for that urbane touch. A short kurta traditionally accompanies the sharara and would be perfect if you don’t have great abs to flaunt! Mirror work, zardosi and heavy dupattas in brocade are best kept aside for weddings. Shararas in georgette, silk and satin with embroidery and sequin can be worn for celebrations and during the festive season (read: Diwali card parties). A net sharara dupatta with a heavy choli and a worked sharara is a great alternative for occasions like Diwali instead of heavy lehenga cholis and anarkalis.

The sharara is uber comfortable owing to its roomy nature, and a lot more comfortable than a lehenga choli or even a saree. It’s vintage, feminine and a bit bohemian.

For occasions that demand bling; heavy jewellery like a kundan set or gold jhumkas with bangles are good options. For some reason, we can’t think of shararas without a gorgeous maang tika; it’s as if the two were made for each other.

Gold or silver heels go well with these. If you are blessed with height and want to wear flats, glamorous mojaris it is!  So go ahead and embrace this stunning outfit, it’s a refreshing change from other ethnic wear!

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