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13 trendy dupatta styles that we spotted at Lakme Fashion Week

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By ELLE team  February 5th, 2018

It’s been a while since we saw Sushmita Sen in her red dupatta, making the chunari the ultimate in fashion seduction. This year, at Lakme Fashion Week, the actress was back serving us this season’s hottest dupatta styles. The designers at fashion week seemed to have realised that the real hero of the outfit is, in fact, its cape. At Tarun Tahiliani, Swarovski crystals exploded over the lightest drapes of fabric which were then paired with classic lehengas and even elaborate ballgowns. Shaymal & Bhumika focused on romantic ruffles, while cape styles — that allow the arms to move freely — seemed more popular than ever, with Jayanti Reddy, Anamika Khanna and Anushree Reddy all showing off the dramatic drape   

If you’ve treated your dupatta as an after-thought all this time, these gorgeous offerings — paired with innovative draping techniques — can add dimension to every outfit you try. Here are 13 styling ideas fresh off the runway. 

13 dupatta styles we saw at Lakme Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2018:

Lajjoo C

Lajjoo C's dupatta seems to be folded in half and tied around like a preppy scarf, without the prep. The front knot gives it a bit of edge and the cowl style is perfect for showing off your back.

Shyamal and Bhumika

Organza layered to form ruffles was Shyamal and Bhumika's statement dupatta. Not only is the fabric light and feminine, but the design also has depth.

Anamika Khanna

The dupatta draped into a belt is a trend we've been seeing across runway shows at fashion week but a heavily embroidered one isn't as common. Trust Anamika to intricately embroider her dupatta in warm earth tones to be the hero of any outfit. 


Anamika Khanna

Anamika's dupatta has so much going on, it could be the entire look in itself. The main body of the dupatta is heavily embellished fabric with cutwork with a ruffled border.

Tarun Tahilliani

At Tarun Tahiliani, high-shine metallic stripes were stitched onto a champagne net for maximum impact.

De Belle

Like we said earlier, the belt replaced the kamarband this season to hold dupattas in place. De Belle also managed to drape theirs through the epaulette on this military-inspired shirt. This one is a definite trend to try. 

Shyamal and Bhumika

We're aware that attaching a dupatta to a jumpsuit probably qualifies it to be a cape, but somehow Jayanti Reddy has managed to keep the fall and style like that of a dupatta. 

Tarun Tahilliani

Tarun is giving us some head-turning dupatta work. This piece features diamond-shaped sequinned embroidery on the body and a beaded fringe hem. 

Jayanti Reddy

Jayati Reddy is all about repurposing her dupattas, this one is multi-functional thanks to the barely-there armholes. Wear it as a jacket or how you would drape a dupatta normally.


At SVA, the dupatta was tied to the back of the model's off-shoulder choli, adding a dramatic flair to this lehenga.

Payal Singhal

Payal Singhal's creation made it to our list thanks to the border on her dupatta. Threads worked to form a net style border and then finished with a scalloped edge. It looks simple, yet stunning. 


With white bridal lehengas dominating runways all season, Sushmita Sen's dupatta combo is proof you can have the best of both worlds. A star-spangled veil reminiscent of Christian brides, as well as a dupatta with Mukaish work to drape around the body. 

Anushree Reddy

You can dress up pretty much any outfit with a light printed dupatta that has a little extra something going on.