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Decoding the New-Age Sharara

Aisha Rao (2)Aisha Rao

Tracing its roots back to Yemen’s ancient tribes, the sharara was initially popularised by the royals of Lebanon. It then travelled to India with the Mughals in the 16th century, and became the uniform of Muslim women in the country. While the classic sharara is synonymous with opulence, the new-age iterations are fused with trendy elements and modern styling. Aashni + Co sifts through fusion hybrids, drapes, lighter silhouettes and contemporary cuts to bring you the most desirable shararas of 2021.

Offbeat Shararas

Finding a sharara that works beyond festivities can be a delicate balance. Payal Singhal gives it an athleisure spin for a comfy boost that will take you from resort vacation to an after-party with ease. Chokhi Chorri customises the breezy set in wispy chanderi resembling a celebrity-inspired airport look.

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 Twirl-ready volume

As your calendar brims with wedding RSVPs, count on shararas to ace your twirls at sangeet nights. A look with exquisite design, comfort and a dash of drama— Monika Nidhii checks all boxes by adding layering frills on the sharara. Gulabo by Abu Sandeep takes it to new heights with shimmy-ready layers and a flouncy top to dance the night away.

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GulaboGulabo by Abu Sandeep

Drapes that evoke drama

Seeking the beauty of a sari with the ease of a sharara? Riddhima Bhasin presents a modern rendition with meticulous drapes and layers. Borrowing the resort wear staple, Mahima Mahajan introduced a breezy kaftan to her sharara. Reserve the look for a poolside wedding party.

Ridhima-BhasinRidhima Bhasin

Mahima Mahajan shararaMahima Mahajan

Prints for a light and bright look

Lightweight printed shararas will certainly prove their alliance to year-round festivities. If you’re a self-identified minimalist looking for a functional sharara, take cues from Aditi Rao Hydari in an Astha Narang ensemble. Drishti and Zahabia present a clash of prints that will stand out through festivities from dawn to dusk.

195415691_484703772756304_9158327918966486948_nAditi Rao Hydari in Astha Narang

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Statement tops for winning style moments

Statement tops are the trend du jour to elevate a classic sharara.  When in doubt, count on the offbeat charm of a bustier paired sharara trousers. If bridesmaid duties are on your POA, the blingy numbers from Vvani by Vani Vats and Itrh promise a fuss-free spotlight-ready statement.

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If you’re inclined towards practical tops, this Punit Balana peplum and sharara combination can transition from low-key to extravagant affairs with a jewellery change. While Bhumika Sharma goes bold on volume, Rajdeep Ranawat renders exquisite prints to make the peplum and sharara stand out as statement-making separates.

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Bhumika SharmaBhumika Sharma

Rajdeep Ranawat shararaRajdeep Ranawat

Leave it to light layering pieces to upgrade a demure sharara set. Case in point—Torani treads the line between elegant and glamorous with an embellished sheer chogha. Varun Bahl displays an easy-breezy festive look by adding a printed cape. In contrast, Tarun Tahiliani offers a dressier take with a rich embroidered ensemble for brides-to-be.


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Tarun Tahiliani shararaTarun Tahiliani

Shop the new-age sharara edit by Aashni + Co here.