Dupatta draping techniques inspired by celebs, to ace this festive season


Celebrity-inspired dupatta draping techniques to ace this festive season

Major festive dressing inspiration ahead

By Isha Mayer  October 21st, 2020

Festive season is here and that means it’s time break the cycle of slipping into one PJ set after another. Even though we will celebrate the festivities at home this year, it doesn’t mean that we won’t enjoy it remotely. Can we really let the opportunity of dressing up at home go by? Guess not.

This year, retail therapy may have come to a standstill but we’re here to help you look your best through the festive season. Case in point: one of the ways that you can elevate your traditional ensemble is a dupatta. Whether you’re set to wear a salwar suit or lehenga set, the way a dupatta is draped can help you up the ante. Need some inspiration? Trust these Bollywood celebrities to show you easy dupatta draping techniques to try out for the festivities.

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Dupatta Draping Techniques
Cape style
Opt for a simple cape-style drape for a fuss-free look, just like Kriti Sanon. One of the classic dupatta draping techniques, this method goes around both shoulders and can be sported on several occasions.
The one-shoulder drape
When in doubt, choose a one-shoulder dupatta drape. This easy technique only requires you to pin up the dupatta on one shoulder and let it fall over your hand all the way to the floor. Take notes from Athiya Shetty.
The pallu drape 
Malaika Arora makes a strong case for this unique style. She paired her embellished lehenga set with a dupatta draped just like a pallu. The pleated effect over her tube blouse gave texture and enhanced the whole ensemble. Quick tip: a statement choker can add that extra finesse to your look.
The belt style
Wearing your favourite Anarkali this season? Here's a style to try. Don't stop at pleating your dupatta and draping it over one shoulder. Go one step further and cinch it on the waist. This trendy style gives a clean, sophisticated look and Dia Mirza is proof. Balance the look with a loose side-braid.
Dupatta Draping Techniques
The two-shoulder drape
Never underestimate the power of a sheer dupatta. Sonam Kapoor wore a tonal kurta set and used her embroidered, sheer dupatta over both her shoulders. This outfit combination is perfect for those who like to keep things simple. She paired her ensemble with a matching potli bag, a timeless accessory for any and every festive event. A sleek, low bun with a bold, red lip finished her elegant look.
Dupatta Draping Techniques
Over the neck 
While wearing a bustier style, strappy blouse, you can choose to highlight your décolletage by simply draping your dupatta over your neck and transforming it into an accessory. Tara Sutaria looked ethereal in an all-white lehenga set. She restricted her jewellery to long, gold chaandbalis.
Dupatta Draping Techniques
The dhoti effect 
Love to experiment? Then this style is for you. Add a scowled effect with your dupatta around your salwaar or pants. The end result? Dhoti effect. Trust Shilpa Shetty to show you how it's done with her brocade, fuchsia pink kurta set.
Dupatta Draping Techniques
Over one arm and one elbow
Sonakshi Sinha draped her crushed dupatta over one shoulder and held the other end of it a little abover her wrist, creating a texture play with her monochrome set. A pair of jhumkas and a chunky silver bracelet were her top picks for accessorising the look.

Photographs: Instagram