"Arch your shoulders back",” stand straight”, “tuck your tummy in”, no these aren’t military orders, but well meaning advice given to every bride who wishes to wear a lehenga for her wedding, or pre-post wedding celebrations.  Girls know it that looking every bit glamorous is not a piece of cake, lot of effort goes into choosing a comfortable lehenga. Combine this with the stress of getting married and apprehensions about a life ahead, can give even the best of us a headache, or a back and a leg ache to the bride who is wearing a lehenga. But come girls, let not something as trivial as ‘discomfort’ get in the way of looking beautiful and graceful, especially when there are ways to manage them.

Body Type 
Your lehenga needs to match and enhance your body type. If your waistline ain’t perfect, don’t go for an ensemble that exposes the midriff. Holding your breath to tuck your tummy in will turn you into a shade of purple.  Be honest with your designer and discuss the flaws you wish to conceal. A designer is an expert in playing with fabrics and colours to get the right look without making you uncomfortable.

Right Fit
Now this is one thing all the girls know about – our need to get into a size smaller!!! I know it sounds outrageous, that then indulgence is our birthright! However, this is one place this indulgence must be kept at bay. A lehenga is made up of three parts; full-length skirt, a choli and a dupatta. A well-fitting choli will not only accentuate your curves, but will also be very comfortable, no pulling and no unfolding the folds towards the seams.  While trying out various lehengas, make sure the embroidery does not hurt you. It is better to avoid the tying string in the skirt, go for zippers. This way you won’t have to worry about the skirt shifting. Fit is a very important aspect when it comes to choosing a comfortable lehenga.

Fabrics Matter
The season you are getting married in should play a role in deciding the fabric of your lehenga.  Heavy silks and tussars in summers and flowy crepes and chiffons in winter is not a good option. Although the use of silk in a lehenga is essential to bring out the rich beauty of the overall esenemble, opt for easy breathing silk variety with light linings if you need to beat the heat. Don’t restrict yourself when it comes to fabrics, experiment with lace, cotton silks, raw silk, etc. Worried about the winter chill? Designer Zubair Kirmani has the perfect solution. Drape pashmina shawls with delicate embroidery and fine construction, and look every bit glamorous!

Stand on Comfortable Heels
Believe me, this is one accessory that can literally break your back. Make sure that while you are paying attention to the colour and look of your footwear, their comfort levels should not be ignored. Go for soft soles that won’t bite into your feet and sturdy heels so your feet can manage the weight shifts easily.

According to the young and vibrant designer Anupama Dayal, choosing a comfortable lehenga starts with falling in love the outfit. If it is light and easy, and makes you feel rich and luxourious, then it will also make you feel comfortable.