Easy Dupatta Draping Styles Inspired By The Bollywood Divas, That Will Amp-Up Your Look

A dupatta is a traditional ensemble that is worn with Indian suits, and lehenga-'cholis'. However, styling a dupatta in a unique way with your outfit can pep up your overall style.


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Easy Dupatta Draping Styles Inspired By The Bollywood Divas, That Will  Amp-Up Your Look

A dupatta draping style can drastically amplify your traditional ensemble. Whether you’re dressing up as a wedding guest, bride, or a bridesmaid, styling your dupatta differently, adds glamour to your ethnic look as well as creates a new look. Currently, many different dupatta styles have graced the market, which is why it’s essential to learn some easy tricks to drape a dupatta at home and stand out with your look.

Therefore, we have listed out some iconic dupatta draping styles, inspired by the B-Town actresses. These draping techniques are super easy and can be recreated at home without any hassle. These are indeed some exciting options to take into account. Check it out!

The clinched waist

Dia Mirza

Adding a waist belt with an Indian outfit has become very common these days. This fusion of Indian and western style definitely creates a smart look. The actress, Dia Mirza used a fancy waist belt to fix her dupatta with her ethnic ensemble. Even the television star, Jasmin Bhasin, had paired her mesh dupatta with a waistbelt. The clinched waist style had provided a sleek look to her body.

The saree style

Kiara Advani

The saree style drape has been in fashion for years. Kiara Advani chose to drape her dupatta and tucked it at the back of the waist to avoid the hassle of carrying a flowy dupatta. She had paired it with a gharara and an embellished bralette. Whereas, the bubbly TV star, Jasmin Bhasin donned a grey ensemble and draped the dupatta in a similar way.

The side tuck

Madhuri Dixit

Side tuck is the easiest drape one can create. This draping technique gives a clean look. Actress, Kajal Aggarwal and the ever glowing beauty, Madhuri Dixit Nene's looks demonstrate a neatly pleated dupatta tucked on one side of the shoulder. One can drape it with kurtas, anarkali or contemporary co-ords.

The cape trail

Diana Penty

A trailing cape is inspired from the western style outfits. However, it can easily be recreated with a dupatta, just like Diana Penty’s designer look. To create this exquisite style, all you have to do is pin your dupatta up nicely on one side of your shoulder or both the shoulders and let the trail flow from the back.

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The side see all

Sonam Kapoor

Another way to drape a dupatta is to give it maximum exposure and keeping it as the highlight of the outfit. Just like B-Town diva, Sonam Kapoor gently styled it on one side of the shoulder with her red anarkali. On the other hand, actress, Kiara Advani, flaunted her dupatta in the side see all drape, with her lehenga-choli set. Make sure that the dupatta is not crushed, or else it will give a clumsy look.

The corset trail

Tulsi Kumar

The corset trail is the new-age drape, which Shilpa Shetty Kundra picked from the designer, Tarun Tahiliani. While a ready-to-wear blouse in this style is available in the market, you can still recreate this look by simply draping a dupatta with your blouse or by attaching it to the shoulders of the blouse, like singer, Tulsi Kumar's look.

The jacket drape

Sara Ali Khan

Draping a dupatta across your shoulders creates much like a jacket look. Taking cues from Malaika Arora, who donned the look with a heavily embroidered dupatta, at the Lakme Fashion Week, 2021. She had paired her jacket drape with an intricately designed blouse and a red skirt. Whereas, the cutesy actress, Sara Ali Khan, created the same drape with her black dupatta. So, if you don’t have a cape with your skirt, you can immediately create one on your own. 

The wrap round

Deepika Padukone

This is the simplest way to drape a dupatta. Just wrap your dupatta nicely around your shoulders, keeping the highlights of your dupatta in focus. Exactly how Deepika Padukone and Konkana Sen Sharma casually wore their silk dupattas with their ethnic ensembles. This drape will only look graceful if you wear a dupatta that has heavy designs.

The free-falling style

Alia Bhatt

If you want to flaunt your dupatta, then free-falling style is the best way. Here’s the way bubbly actress, Alia Bhatt, draped it. Keeping the dupatta on her shoulders and letting it magically flow from the front. Even the gorgeous actress, Yami Gautam, had kept her dupatta in the free-falling style with her glittery blue lehenga and golden choli. This drape is the oldest way of draping a dupatta.

The rolling drape

Madhuri Dixit

The rolling drape is indeed an elegant style. Just like the Dhak-Dhak actress, Madhuri Dixit, and TV star, Jennifer Winget, you can drape your dupatta by rolling the other end of it on your arm or wrist. This drape is the most suitable with a lehenga and choli, however, this can also be done with an anarkali, salwaar-kameez or any other co-cord set.

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The shawl drape

Vidya Balan

We all know how to drape a shawl. Similarly, this can be done with a dupatta. Just drape it from your back to front, and it’s done. The Bollywood actress, Vidya Balan accentuated the shawl drape with her simple orange kurta. Whereas, Prachi Desai popped up the drape with a maroon anarkali.

The double drape

Neha Dhupia

The double drape is mostly done for the brides. Keeping one dupatta over the head helps to show your lehenga while the other one is draped tightly across the front like a saree pallu. This interesting draping style was created by the Bollywood actresses, Neha Dhupia and Bipasha Basu on their wedding day.

The Mughal drape

Sonam Kapoor

This is a traditional way of draping a dupatta which creates a royal look. One can easily create the Mughal drape, like Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone, by draping the dupatta over their head and fixing one end over a shoulder. That's it, and you are all set for the function.

Aren’t these drapes super easy to create! Try them out.

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