A blouse is the easiest to assist in revamping a basic Indian attire into an eye-catching, jaw-dropping number. For far too long blouses played a supporting role in the shadows of the intricacy of the pallu. This has gingerly changed in recent times as more and more consumers prefer to experiment in order to get their hands on something unique. This has also paved the way for designers to be increasingly bold with their creative choices. Blouses are the most exciting part of the outfit and can easily make or break the whole look.
This cultural staple has shone through in some of the previous festive seasons and we’re here to tell you that it’s not changing anytime soon. The pre-eminent part of this whole narrative is the continual transformation of every aspect of the blouse but primarily the back. The back of the blouse is the backbone of the ensemble rightfully sat atop the spine.
Here’s a roundup of some contemporary back designs for cholis/blouses. Scroll ahead for an extensive look at what back designs work the best.
1. Multiple Doris Blouse
2. Reverse U (With A String) Blouse
3. Sheer Back With Embroidery Blouse
4. Deep U Blouse
5. Fringe Border Blouse
6. Cut Work Blouse
7. High Neck Blouse
8. U Shaped (With A String) Blouse
9. Square Back (With A String) Blouse
10. Round Pot Blouse
11. Tie Up Blouse
12. Sweetheart Back Blouse
13. FAQs: Lehenga Blouse Back Designs
Multiple Doris Blouse
One dori is a pure sensorial tease. Multiple doris? That’s regal. Well constructed and skillfully designed, these blouses can take any room you enter by storm. It takes an extreme eye for detail to do these blouses justice. As it can be observed in the blouse worn by Janhvi Kapoor, this style is youthful and playful. Addition of oversized latkans takes it to a whole new level.
Style Tip: Neutral colours go a long way and work well with almost everything. Get yourself some basics to use it with a variety of outfits. Keep the doris tied after you remove it to keep them from tangling.
Reverse U (With A String) Blouse
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja
A choli held together by a string is a costume designer favourite. We have seen versions of this on multiple occasions even on screens. Sonam Kapoor in this number is an inspiration.
Style Tip: You can increase or decrease the length of the string and add tassels or huge latkans based on how OTT you’re willing to go.
Sheer Back With Embroidery Blouse
A sheer blouse complements well with a conventional sari. The bodice half-covered in embellishments and held together by little potli buttons is simply stunning. Sheer back blouse styles are apt for an evening event. Patralekha in this House Of Kotwara sari is a vision in silver.
Style Tip: Experiment with the sheerness of the fabric. You can also pair some heavier fabrics to complement the lightness of the blouse.
Deep U Blouse
Sonam Kapoor Ahuja
Do not consider this blouse style as ordinary, for in the mundane lies the sublime. This neckline has stood the test of time and continues to floor us with it’s every reinvention. This Manish Malhotra ensemble worn by Sonam Kapoor Ahuja, sprinkled with a touch of dramatic flair, hints at ultra-modern while still remaining traditionally rooted.
Style Tip: For a pop of colour trade silver heels for a brighter colour. The hairstyle in this look has the power to transform the look in its entirety.
Fringe Border Blouse
A fringed border detail made up of mini latkans and an old classic round neck. What’s not to love? The pearl dusted bodice with a fringe border worn by Pooja Hegde is the blueprint for this blouse design. Being a Manish Malhotra number, it surpasses expectations and makes the wearer look drop-dead gorgeous.
Style Tip: Tie up your hair to flaunt the back more. This style paired with a lehenga is unmatched.
Cut Work Blouse
A more niche style that appeals to modern sensibilities, cut work can elevate the look exponentially. It pairs with a lehenga or a saree in perfect symphony. An open back as displayed by Kangana in a Jade by MK sari is a smart way to embellish the look with minimal tweaks in a conventional blouse.
Style Tip: The dori could be used as a closure. Keep the handwork on the sari minimum to let the blouse shine without making the look seem crowded.
High Neck Blouse
Typically, hi-neck refers to high back blouses with or without a cutout. This style is more popular for workwear saris and channels the old school Bollywood glam. We have seen this style time and time again on our Instagram feeds and is definitely a must-have in your festive wardrobe. The saffron zari blouse with a navy sari is timelessly magnetic and Taapsee carried it like a pro.
Style Tip: Full sleeves with high back neck accentuates a swan like a neck. You can customise it by adding a mock neck or mandarin collar.
U Shaped (With A String) Blouse
The string or the dori is the highlighting feature in this design. Back of the blouse features a drawstring closure. Dori has an aesthetic appeal that is bound to attract attention. If you are planning to wear your saree or dress on the waistline, this could be your go-to dori design. Shraddha looks like a proper Marathi mulgi in this modest yet tasteful set.
Style Tip: Add a nath to complete the look and make it traditional.
Square Back (With A String) Blouse
A square back is a flawless replacement for a U or a V shaped design. Eternally timeless and universally flattering. It works really well for leaner frames and gives the back some dimension. Katrina Kaif effortlessly owns the square back in a Sabyasachi saree.
Style Tip: Steal the spotlight by pairing this style with a net sari or lehenga.
Round Pot Blouse
One of the most popular back blouse designs from time immemorial. These can either be heavily embroidered or subtly tied with a knot near the nape of the neck. Small details like piping, tassels or dori enhance the look and make it glamourous. Alia Bhatt finished off this round back style with a button. It was accompanied by some heavy chandbalis and a vibrant sari.
Style Tip: To flaunt the back make sure to put your hair up in a bun. You can either go for some statement earrings or bare.
Tie Up Blouse
Restrained elegance with some 40’s charm, tie up blouses are back and here to stay. They are très chic and will remain a treasure in your wardrobe for a long time. Isabelle Kaif was captivating in a knotted silk blouse with her Picchika silk organza lehenga and chiffon dupatta.
Style Tip: Softer and fluid fabrics work well with this style of blouses. You can also pair some retro sunglasses.
Sweetheart Back Blouse
A versatile design for both front and back, the deep sweetheart back blouse design is predominant. One of the unmistakably feminine shapes, it is reminiscent of a heart shape. Add some embroidery to it and pair it with a silk sari, you’ve got a winner on your hands. Karisma Kapoor looks breathtaking in this half sari by Priyal Prakash house of design for Navratri.
Style Tip: Keep it traditional like Karisma with a maang tika or pair with statement earrings to transform the look to a more modern one.
FAQs: Lehenga Blouse Back Designs
Q. What are the basic back blouse designs everyone should have in their wardrobe?
A. The most practical way to go about this is to find pieces that go well with more than one sari or lehenga. That way you can rotate them without having to spend extensively. Go for basics like the U shaped with a string and square back with a string design to achieve a capsule wardrobe. Have at least one statement piece to switch it up on any occasion.
Q. Do different body shapes also factor in considering what kind of back design we should get?
A. Yes. Although, it’s not as much of a hassle as when you have to decide on a design for sleeves or the front of the bodice. A few things to keep in mind are— go for high neck style only if you have a longer expanse of a neck otherwise it could make you look shorter, the doris could create unwanted bulge if tied too tight. Other than that, the back designs are quite versatile.
Q. Can these designs be used for daily/work wear as well?
A. Yes. It’s all in the fabric. To make it workplace appropriate, for all the working ladies out there, any of the above-mentioned designs in lighter fabrics, accessorised with subtle pieces can work wonderfully. The high neck design is most commonly used as it looks professional and elegant at the same time.
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