The city of Banaras with its temples, ghats, chat and Banarasi sarees has given us something new to revel in- the Banarasi dupatta. It might not be as long as a saree but it looks just as grand!
A Banarasi dupatta lends a unique old world yet modern charm to any outfit it is paired with. It can be used to spruce up a plain looking outfit or add more glamour to your already charming look. The versatility of a single Banarasi dupatta lies in how it can be worn with several different outfits in a variety of ways.
Let’s take a look at all the different ways it can be styled to suit your outfits and your mood.
The classic one shoulder
Pleat your Banarasi dupatta on one side and pin the dupatta on your shoulder. Now take the dupatta from the back and hold it in your opposite hand. This style allows for easy movement and also lets you show off your entire outfit.
The Single pin-up
All you have to do is pin your Banarasi dupatta on one shoulder and let it fall free. Flaunt your dupatta with this easy look that can be worn all day! This style looks equally elegant with a salwar suit, lehenga and a dress.
The carefree single shoulder
This is a small variation to the single pin-up look. Pin up your Banarasi dupatta on one shoulder, wrap it from behind, and hold it in your opposite hand.
This look gives a lovely relaxed feel to your outfit while also highlighting your Banarasi dupatta. This can be worn with a long dress or a salwar set.
Pleats across the shoulder
Pleat your Banarasi dupatta on one side and pin it up on your shoulder, and then, wear it on your other shoulder without pleating it. This look can be used to spruce up the look of a plain outfit by making your dupatta the highlight of your look.
The double pin-up
This is a step up in convenience from pinning your dupatta on one shoulder. Simply pin your Banarasi dupatta on both your shoulders without pleating it. This will allow for more free movement while also creating different elegant silhouettes as the fabric of the dupatta moves with you!
Wrap your Banarasi dupatta like you would a shawl to add some extra poise to your salwar suit look! This simple to create look gives a royal touch to your outfit and allows you to flaunt your dupatta with ease.
Make small pleats with your Banarasi dupatta and wear it like a scarf. Let the fabric spread out and fall gracefully in the front. This gorgeous look looks best with a salwar set!
For this magnificent look, make large pleats with your dupatta and wear it around your neck so that the pleats spread out in the front. Wear a belt to seal the look! Wear this with your salwar set or when you wear a plain kurti and it’s sure to make heads turn.
Make large pleats with your Banarasi dupatta on one shoulder and pin it up. Hold the opposite edge of the dupatta from behind. This look adds grace and convenience and allows for free movement with your outfit.
So go on, style your Banarasi dupatta and make sure you send us pictures on Instagram. Tell us which style you cannot wait to try in the comments below!