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Hello, newly-wedded ladies! Do you remember how Kajol reflected simplicity and elegance in a fire-brick coloured saree with embroidery on her blouse in the film, Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge for Karwa Chauth? Or her maroon and beige coloured heavily embroidered lehenga in Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham...? Or Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s lavender-coloured net lehenga in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam? With Karwa Chauth just a few days away and it being extra-special for the newly-weds who will be celebrating the festival for the first time, it is high time for them to put their thinking caps on and pick the best outfit for the day!
Gone are the days when the newly-weds used to wear their wedding lehengas and heavily embroidered sarees for Karwa Chauth. Time to bid adieu the monotonous outfits and it is time to switch on the fusion and experimental side of yourself. While it is truly said that beauty lies in the eye of the beholder, plus-sized girls have often expressed how societal pressure has governed them for being ‘fat’. There is no ‘perfect’ body and there will never be. Being fat doesn’t take away fashion and style from you, it rather paves way for more. And this Karwa Chauth, the plus-sized newly-brides can break the norms and flaunt their experimental fashion that will make them look more breathtaking than the moon!
With fast-changing trends and not much money to shell out, the newly-married girls can reuse their bridal lehenga, on which they had already spent a fortune and have hardly worn it since the wedding. From pairing the heavily-embroidered blouse with a simple saree or a peppy skirt, drape the heavy dupatta with a plain lehenga, keep the heavy dupatta aside and drape the lighter one like a cape to ditching the heavy jewellery and pairing the lehenga with minimal accessories and make-up, there are multiple ways in which one can re-style their wedding lehenga and dust off the guilt to splurging on the dream-that-came-true outfit. If you are conscious about your tummy, drape the dupatta to cover it up!
When it comes to festivities, sharara often leads the way for striking the right chord for fuss-free fashion. Be it for the wedding season, light occasions or a festival, sharara has proved its versatility and even your favourite divas from B-town have approved the style. Pick a colour that suits you the most! With the traditional and a modern contemporary feel, sharara seems to be perfect for plus-sized newly-married women to experiment with their Karwa Chauth look that will make you go ‘sharara sharara’.
Being a plus-sized girl doesn’t mean you have to limit your options and it definitely doesn’t mean you can’t be trendy! Pick a colour that suits you the most, a style which makes you look ‘chaand sa roshan chehra’ and the accessories to make everything work better. Amidst the fashion of some girls putting forth minimal makeup and jewellery with a heavily embroidered ensemble, and some trying experimental outfits with maximum accessories, you can stand out by opting for the perfect blend of two. The plus-sized girls celebrating their first Karwa Chauth can give their outfit a spin of fusion which will take their husband go into ‘Ek Ladki Ko Dekha Toh Aisa Laga’ mood.
High five to the girls, who are blessed with the curves and are in love with them! Time to move on from the traditional heavily-embroidered ensembles and look vogue in stunning gowns for your first Karwa Chauth. Gowns are the perfect pick for Karwa Chauth as with less hassle, you get much more oomph. Dear plus-sized ladies, amidst the all-day fasting all you need is a fairytale moment to yourself and for that, you can never go wrong with gowns!
Now Whatever You At Bae, You Can Make The Whole Room Stare, But You Know That My Favourite, Is When You Rocking That Desi Swag, O Tainu Suit Suit Karda, O Ni Tu Lagdi Punjaban Lagdi Patola, Lagge Ni Tu Sareyan Ton Wakh Ni, Tainu Suit Suit Karda… As a newly-married bride, your outfit picks shouldn’t be just limited to lehengas and saree when it comes to any family function or festival post-wedding. Tired fasting all day long on Karwa Chauth, the plus-sized nayi naveli dulhans can opt for easy-to-carry suits as there are so much in the suits and kurtis’ world to choose from.
Travelling from the heart of Varanasi to every girl’s heart is Banarasi outfits that we crush over! With its grandeur and charm, the lure of Banarasi fabric is something that no girl can ignore. Banarasi makes you look stylish and at the same time, it adds a traditional touch to your look. Be it a gorgeous lehenga, graceful saree, a classic suit, elegant gown or just team up a Banarasi dupatta, skirt, jacket with a non-Banarasi pick, it will make you look royal and classy by setting the mood just right. And that is what you need for your first Karwa Chauth.
While most of the women end up playing around their shaadi ka lehenga by pairing it up with minimal jewellery or teaming it with a subtle choli or dupatta, you can take a voguish yet traditional route by opting for a saree. After all, who doesn’t like the 9 yards of elegance for a festival or function? No matter if you are size 0 or size 16, saree is what you need this Karwa Chauth to accentuate your natural beauty. Be it ruffle sarees, pant style, the traditional drapes or the ones with a modern twist, the plus-sized newly-married women can experiment with this ogle-worthy timeless and classic outfit option.
You love wearing saree and lehenga, but tummy is your problem area, then fret not! Giving a big slam to the stereotypical remarks that plus-sized women can’t flaunt lehengas and experiment much with their outfits, all you need to do is to pick a high-waist lehenga/skirt or a long choli and ace your first Karwa Chauth with utmost confidence and grace. Work the trend around to suit your body and flaunt the look with confidence than the other way around. Also, try it doesn’t have too much work on it and it fits you well. 3/4 sleeves would look great with such blouses as along with the fact that it will cover your stomach, it will cover your arms too, if you aren’t comfortable with sleeveless outfits. Avoid getting inbuilt padding as it might make it looks heavier than it is.
‘Embrace your real self’, ‘Break the societal norms and stereotypes’ – it is easier said than done as when it actually comes to implement them, it needs a lot of confidence and courage. Living in a society with a set standard of beauty makes the implementation even more difficult. But with the evolution of society and fashion, it isn’t an impossible task anymore. So, this Karwa Chauth, the newbie bahus can break the norms by taking cues from the above-mentioned ideas and experiment with their looks! Just remember, if any gives you unwanted suggestions or remarks pertaining to your pick of the outfit, all you need to do is flash the beautiful smile on your face and be confident about yourself. Share with us if you have any other unique idea that would help plus-sized women experiment with their first Karwa Chauth look.
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