Not everyone can afford a lehenga with 24 kalis. Not everyone WANTS a lehenga with 24 kalis – the fabric adds a ton of weight.
But if you’ve picked a lehenga that falls straight, chances are you’re wondering how to make it look more bridal and royal, without spending more money on additional kalis.
There is ONE way you can make your lehenga go from flat to flared (so that it puffs up and spreads out) like all those gorgeous lehengas at designer stores:
Add can-can underneath!
So that your lehenga looks like this…
What Is Can-Can?
It is a frill of net under your lehenga, that adds flare to it through the use of crushed net and occasionally, underwire.
Types Of Can-Can
#1 Soft Net: this is ideal for your wedding lehenga as it will settle down well when you sit down for your pheras. Hard can-can might keep your lehenga embarrassingly upturned!
#2 Hard Net: when you want to add some serious volume. Best for any day except wedding day (since you have to sit down on a low chair or floor for a long period of time)
How Much Can-Can?
That depends on how much volume you want! The more the can-can, the more the volume.
How To Add Can-Can
There are two ways in which you can do this:
- Attach can-can directly onto the lehenga, on the inner side. Ideally, it should be stitched in such a way that the can-can itself is detachable so you can re-use the lehenga after the wedding (as you won’t need the extra volume later on)
- Wear a separate can-can skirt underneath the lehenga
Do The Sit Test
Once your lehenga and can-can are made, put it on and sit on a low seat. Does the lehenga turn upwards and reveal an embarrassing amount of can-can? If for any reason you have no option but to stick to hard net, arrange for chairs of a higher height to sit on during your pheras. That might help with the issue of the can-can sticking out too much.
Important To Remember
PLEASE DO NOT FORGET TO HAVE SOMEONE FLUFF YOUR LEHENGA FOR YOU (basically, open it up physically with their hand) when you’re getting dressed for your event – otherwise it will remain flat!
After your wedding, you can remove can-can from underneath all your lehengas to reduce the volume (which is why I mentioned opting for detachable can-can) as this flattens the silhouette and is more comfortable to wear to other people’s weddings. With too much volume, you might look like you’re trying to steal the bride’s thunder. Now why would you want to do that?! 😉
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