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Short, Skimpy, Sexy

As Bollywood babes herald the tiny choli trend, we tell you how to get the look right.

fashion and trends Updated: Oct 17, 2010 00:27 IST
Aroma Sah
Aroma Sah
Hindustan Times

It is the short skimpy choli look that has been dominating the traditional wardrobe of our


actresses for quite some time now. From Sonam Kapoor in the film Aisha, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan in her recent release


and Priyanka Chopra in the movie

Anjaana Anjaani

to Katrina Kaif, Malaika Arora Khan and Bipasha Basu during their recent public appearances, everyone seem to be on a midriff flaunting spree. The look has been adding more oomph to the ladies in the ethnic saris and lehengas.

With the festive and the marriage season here, it is no surprise if you wish to experiment with the same look. To make things easier we get you advice from fashion designers so that you do not get it wrong.

If you have it, flaunt it

While designers think that it is actor Priyanka Chopra who looks the most delectable in that short choli, they say she has the body to flaunt it well. Designer Manish Malhotra says, “I have always been innovative with the cholis for saris and lehengas by playing between Indian and western styles. With cholis, it is most important to have the right cut and ensure that it fits you perfectly.” This fashionable skimpy choli can as easily turn into a fashion faux pas if not worn well.

Designer Abdul Halder says, “The cholis are really tiny so you must have a perfect waist and fit stomach to look good in them. If you are not that fit yet keen on wearing a short choli, there are modifications such as using a sheer cloth attached to the choli to cover the tummy or keep the length normal and experiment with the neck or back that can be made more revealing.”

A confident act

The confidence to carry off the skimpy piece of cloth is of maximum important. Then comes the way you drape the dupatta. Malhotra adds, “A net or a chiffon dupatta over the lehenga in a sari style will give an illusion of the skin and also more confidence to carry it off.” If it is a sari in a thick fabric, pin the palla into neat pleats.

But how short is too short? Halder says, “13.5 inches is the shortest to go. You have to be sure that it is not way too short. It must be enough to cover your assets well. Wear it in seedha palla to make the most of the sensuous choli.”

First Published: Oct 16, 2010 18:54 IST