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25 Stylish Balloon Sleeve Blouse Design Ideas To Experiment!

Balloon sleeves or bishop sleeves are extremely stylish and in trend this season. They not only add an extra element of oomph to any blouse design but also look extremely feminine and pretty, especially in sheer or net fabrics. Check out this collection of versatile balloon sleeve blouse designs to get inspiration from this summer season.

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Beige pleated collar blouse with printed sheer bishop sleeves

This cream colour saree blouse with a fun pleated collar along with sheer printed bishop sleeves is just the perfect combination of quirky and classy! Don’t be scared to combine different elements in your blouses.

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White V neck blouse with balloon hands

A must have for every woman- this angelic white blouse with three quarter balloon sleeves has a lovely satiny finish to it. The fitted sleeve cuffs look especially chic! Such a versatile blouse which can be worn with anything; ethnic or western wear.

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Gathered design black blouse with sheer balloon sleeves

Seems like the term black beauty is totally apt for this design! This gathered raven black blouse with a ruffled collar and embellished embroidery neck design features sheer 3/4 balloon sleeves and looks so romantic, really!

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Emerald green high neck blouse

loving this floral embroidered Emerald green blouse with sheer balloon sleeves with a tie up detailing on the ruffled cuffs. So elegant indeed!

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Deep neck sheer white balloon sleeve blouse

Oozing of rustic charm, this barely there full sheer deep neck blouse with a gold checkered pattern in front and slight ruffles on the neckline looks so romantic and feminine! Pair with bold colored or heavily embroidery sarees.

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Hot pink blouse with shoulder balloon design

We love the eye catching look of this hot pink blouse! It’s got a balloon shape over the shoulder area and straight full sleeves without any other element added to it. The shoulders are definitely the star of this design.

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Black full sleeve balloon blouse design

This vintage style black blouse with a half collar deep neckline and ballooning towards the sleeve hems is something we’re seeing for the first time! How innovative and different does this style of balloon sleeve look?

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Off shoulder net balloon sleeve blouse in cream

We think this off shoulder cream colour blouse with net balloon sleeves looks gorgeous paired with a collar style choker necklace. Definitely a fashion trend to take inspiration from!

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Checkered print balloon hand design

Printed fabrics are not to be left this season on the fashion radar. This checkered pattern bishop sleeve blouse with flared cuffs and geometrical shape designs on the front looks quite in vogue, don’t you think?

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Simple mauve balloon sleeve blouse

Less is more is definitely the vibe we are getting from this minimalist mauve colored three quarter balloon sleeve blouse with a simple boat neck design.

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Burgundy statement balloon sleeve blouse

Simply adoring this western inspired chunky balloon sleeve burgundy blouse with a wide neck that has so cleverly been paired with an ethnic kanjeevaram saree! Kudos to the stylist!

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Deep Magenta balloon sleeve blouse with belt

This deep Magenta blouse is a classic beauty that can be paired with so many different kinds of sarees! Let your imagination run wild and stay trendy.

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Sky blue Chinese collar blouse with sheer balloon sleeves

What can we say about this one? Its a beautiful sky blue color blouse featuring a Chinese collar and midline loop work. Together with matching blue sheer balloon sleeves, it reminds us of Princess Jasmine’s blouse in Aladdin!

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Black and white transition shade balloon sleeves

Transition fabrics are so in right now! This completely sheer white blouse in a black and white transition shade, worn over a white spaghetti top looks absolutely gorgeous paired with a lavender tie dye saree!

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Pastel green blouse with balloon sleeves

Pastel green hues look so classy, especially in floral prints! Mint green blouse with pink lotus prints on the front looks so fresh and appealing. Loving the rosy hints in the design.

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Printed tube blouse with long balloon sleeves

Who said balloon sleeves look great in net or sheer fabric only? Check out Sonam rocking this mehandi color floral print tube style blouse- with matching bishop sleeves and flared cuffs- like a fashion queen!

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Sweetheart neckline blouse with statement ruffles and balloon sleeves

Wow! This sweetheart neckline teal blue blouse with statement balloon sleeves topped with huge ruffles is just out of this world! Get ready to rock your sangeet or cocktail party in this happening number.

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Black tube top with contrasting pink balloon sleeves

A simple black tube paired with vibrant pink poofy balloon sleeves; what a timelessly pretty combination!

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Floral printed blouse with sheer balloon sleeves

We think soft floral prints are hopelessly romantic! Further, the sheer nature of the sleeves and the wide sweetheart neckline just adds to the charming look.

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Yellow deep neck balloon sleeve blouse

Shine bright like the sun with this yellow poofy balloon sleeves in sheer fabric attached to a matching yellow blouse with white floral embroidery.

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Off shoulder pastel pink blouse with pleated balloon sleeves

Step out of a fairytale with this off-shoulder dusty pink and gold blouse with romantic pleated cuffs and balloon sleeves! Truly princess like!

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Rose Pink sweetheart tube blouse with balloon sleeves

How dreamy and yet so savage does this rose pink chiffon blouse look, with flowing balloon sleeves and a clean cut sweetheart neckline? Looks as smooth as water rippling!

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Pink V neck blouse with embellished balloon sleeves

Totally in love with this V-neck pastel pink balloon sleeve blouse embellished with gold sequins and sequin embellishments! Looks pretty as a picture!

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Cream gathered collar blouse with statement ruffles

Whoever designed this cream colored gathered collar neck blouse is a sartorial genius! The big bold ruffles added to the balloon sleeves which also feature metallic embellishments on the cuffs is pure artistry! Furthermore, the layered sequin spaghetti design over the blouse looks brilliant indeed.

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Velvet burgundy blouse

A classic velvet wine colored balloon sleeve blouse with rose embroidery is the perfect choice to wine and dine in, on a cold winter evening filled with merriment and cheer!

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20 Beautiful Bridal Maggam Work Blouse Designs!

This bridal season, stay within the comfort of your homes and shop the latest and most trending designer blouses from Niaa boutique. The brand focuses on Indian ethnic wear, especially designer sarees and blouses. Don’t worry if you haven’t got an outfit planned for your next big wedding yet, Niaa boutique will make sure you have plenty of options to choose from- ranging from bold striking designs to soft subtle ones. We’ve compiled a collection of the most interesting and visually appealing bridal maggam work blouse designs for you below!

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Bridal Doli blouse design

Go for a traditional yet charming look with this maroon colored maggam work blouse featuring intricate embroidery all over the back. The blouse is adorned with beadwork, thread work and a sheer back decorated with traditional motifs. All in all, the richness of the fabric and the embroidery is all too evident.

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Parrot green blouse with red bow

This eye catching parrot green cap sleeve blouse has a dome shaped cut out at the back with a cute red bow detailing as well. The blouse is perfect for a quirky haldi ceremony, a sangeet function or even a summer day wedding. It’s extremely stylish and will surely fetch you tons of compliments.

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Pink flower cut out maggam blouse

Why not try this minimalistic ruby pink blouse with a flower cut out design at the back adorned with silver embroidery. You’ll be sure to stand out the entire evening with this look!

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Red and blue stones maggam blouse

We think this crimson red cap sleeved maggam work blouse featuring chunky jewel toned cobalt-blue stones looks absolutely fantastic! The floral maggam embroidery design is totally unique and the colour combinations feel like a breath of fresh air compared to the usual colors we’ve seen off late.

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Pink floral maggam blouse

This understated pink aari embroidery blouse features a flattering floral design made of beads and zari threads on the sleeve, along with fancy tassel strings at the back. Lovely, isn’t it?

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Peacock green zari work blouse with  leaf shaped cutouts

Feel like a princess stepping straight out of a fairy tale with this lovely peacock green blouse featuring leaf shaped cutouts on the sleeves and along the neckline. The intricate zari embroidery, bead work and sequin work all along the neckline and sleeve hems looks stunning and gives a rather regal flair to the design. We’re completely bowled over with this one!

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Pink floral stone work blouse

This maggam work blouse with floral design arranged in a chequered pattern on the sleeve and the back is stunning indeed. It is the perfect piece to go with your bridal saree! Furthermore, the kundan stones on the sleeve hems and the ball tassels on the back add just the right amount of oomph to the design.

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Blue full work bridal maggam blouse

What a mesmerising jacket style blouse design! The richness of the aari embroidery coupled with the electric blue looks completely hypnotizing. Loving the gorgeous floral patterns on the sleeves and the mango designs along the neckline.

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Pink white zari work blouse

The highlight of this romantic pink 3/4 sleeve blouse is the silver zari work embroidery that is oozing of old world charm. The sleeve hems feature a zigzag pattern adorned with mirror work. The sheer back design showcases a large floral mandala in the centre made of silver zari threads. Truly, a one of a kind piece!

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White and red embroidery blouse

The bold use of red threadwork embroidery on this creamy silk blouse looks not only quirky, but also incredibly stylish! The red roses and sequins along the neckline add just the right amount of elegance to the design.

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Blue peacock embroidery blouse

In love with this peacock blue embroidery blouse with vibrant thread work and stones arranged to resemble peacock feathers. The eye catching colors and peacock design in tear drop shapeslook pretty as a picture!

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Pink latest maggam blouse design

You can never have too much of kundan. Don this peppy yet sophisticated fuschia pink zari blouse with bead work and lots of kundan stones arranged in tear drop and mango embroidery. The deep back design looks steamy, dont you think?

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Electric blue traditional motif maggam blouse

Loving this cold shoulder electric blue bridal maggam work blouse featuring a sheer back decorated with a traditional chariot motif. It’s the perfect mix of ethnic and contemporary, and will surely turn heads everywhere you go!

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Full maggam work blouse

Perfection in zari is a difficult art to master. But the artisans at Niaa boutique have managed to create this beautiful emerald green bridal maggam work blouse from zari threads and Kundan stones arranged in floral designs all over the sleeves. Doesn’t it remind you of fresh jasmine flowers?

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Green kasu work blouse

Go for a classic look with this green blouse featuring kasu embroidery and kundan stones on the sleeves and neckline.

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Hot pink maggam blouse

This striking hot pink maggam work blouse featuring multi coloured silk thread and zari work embroidery looks fabulous indeed! Vibrant peacock motifs on the sleeves and neckline along with a diya shaped cut out at the back adds much more dimension to the blouse!

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Peacock motif emerald green maggam blouse

Peacocks are truly magnificent Birds.Try this stylish and chic boat neck blouse with a peacock motif embroidery on the back and look like a million bucks.

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Latest bridal maggam work blouse

Try out this Emerald green maggam work blouse with golden bead work, red stones and mango design embroidery. You’ll surely be the star of the evening with this look.

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Pink jhumka motif maggam blouse

We love jhumkaaswith anything! Opt for a feminine and traditional look with this pink zari blouse adorned with jhumkaa motifs and french knot on the sleeves and the neckline.


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Mint green maggam work blouse

this elegant pastel green zardosi bridal blouse features a mix of zari, bead work and kundan stone work embroidery. the criss cross arrangement of beads on the sleeve hems along with green Kundan stones on a golden base gives it a royal look indeed, don’t you think?

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20 Unique Ways To Drape Your Lehenga Dupatta!

With so many weddings and functions to attend all the time, styling ourselves differently for each of them takes some serious thought and effort. How do we make our favorite ensemble for the wedding season -the lehenga choli- look different every time we wear it? Not everybody has the kind of cash to invest in different pieces for every occasion. So what then can we do differently with our lehengas? Styling with assorted accessories and draping our dupattas differently of course! For this very reason, we’ve compiled for you a list of easy lehenga dupatta draping styles that are trending to make things easier:

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Lehenga Dupatta Draping Styles:

1. Dupatta draped in saree style and open on arm

Drape your lehenga dupatta like a half saree and look your most elegant self in your favourite lehengas!

Dupatta draped in saree style

2. Dupatta over one shoulder and pinned to skirt at back with triangular pleats at the bottom

For ladies who don’t want to bare it all with their net dupattas; a great idea is to drape it diagonally on one shoulder in the front and then pin it to the back of your skirt, forming triangular pleats on the bottom. You can opt for a waistbelt for a more stylish drape!

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3. Dupatta draped in a triangle or U shaped across the chest

Dupattas draped around the body with a V or U shaped front look extremely graceful too!

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4. Dupatta draped open over one shoulder and crossed over to the wrist

We love this majestic looking open drape on one shoulder and then crossing over from the front to the other side wrist!

Cross over from shoulder to wrist draping style

5. Dupatta draped like a cape

Drape your dupatta like a cape from behind, on both the shoulders. Extremely in vogue right now! This style is a favourite among celebs like Sonam Kapoor and Kareena Kapoor.

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6. Dupatta falling straight from one shoulder; other end tied onto the waist from behind on the other side

This is another favorite amongst everybody! Look like a royal in this style of dupatta drape.

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7. Dupatta in thin pleats draped diagonally from back to front

Thin pleats look extremely aesthetic on most lehenga designs. Try it out for your next wedding or family function. You’re sure to receive tons of compliments

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8. Dupatta pleated on one shoulder

Such a simple draping style yet so classy and elegant! Keep your pleats a open at the bottom or shorten the length of your dupatta fabric in the front to go for a Gujarati style dupatta.

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9. Dupatta draped open over one arm and then crossed over the chest in a diagonal

This stylish drape will keep you warm and cozy during the winter months. Don’t shy away, it looks incredibly unique and sophisticated!

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10. Dupatta draped in front with cowl gather

Cow gathers look extremely feminine and pretty with lehenga dupattas. Perfect for those who want to stay a bit more covered.

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11. Dupatta pinned to both sides and left open in the front

This style of draping dupatta on both shoulders and leaving it completely open in the front is so simple and yet so stylish!

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12. Dupatta left open on one shoulder and gathered at the other in a diagonal drape

Loving this diagonal draping style that will leave everyone envying your style.

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13. Dupatta with pleats on one shoulder and cinched with waistbelt

Look chic with neat pleats on one shoulder and belted at the waist with a matching embroidery belt.

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14. Dupatta pleated over one shoulder and taken over the other side wrist

Another lovely draping style that looks extremely regal. Will make you feel like a woman again!

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15. Dupatta draped over the back of both shoulders

Be a boss with this unique draping style over the back that looks so ultra-modern!

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16. Dupatta brought over the head to front of one side shoulder and tied to wrist

Look demure and pretty with this over the head draping style!

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17. Dupatta draped Sabyasachi style

Popularized by designer Sabyasachi, this style of draping lehenga dupattas is extremely voguish.

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18. Dupatta taken over one arm and brought around from back on other side arm

Carry your dupatta with poise with this one shoulder draping style that is so on trend right now!

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19. Dupatta worn over elbows

Look pretty as a picture with this dupatta drape over the elbows. You’ll have everybody turning heads at your confidence, for sure!

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20. Dupatta draped ‘U’ shaped over the chest, then brought over the head and on to the other shoulder

Go traditional with this over the head drape brought around and across the chest.

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Be sure to try out these draping styles and let us know how you liked them!

5 Fashion Trends By Sonam Kapoor That You Should Try This Summer!

Bollywood’s resident “Fashionista”- the gorgeous Sonam Kapoor- put up an exciting display of innovative new trends this past year and continuously wowed us with her stylish and glamorous looks! We saw lots of monotone looks, red and white outfits, jackets, power suits and lots of unconventional saree looks that mixed traditional elements with contemporary draping styles. We’ve compiled a list of running trends that Sonam Kapoor has kept alive in the past year with her sartorial choices so let’s go ahead and take a look!

1. Jackets with kurtas

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We know that Sonam loves her jackets and capes! She’s managed to pair jackets with all sorts of ethnic wear- kurtas, anarkalis, sarees, you name it- and came out looking extremely chic and polished. Not just Sonam, but a host of other celebs have also stepped out flaunting this style in 2020.

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2. Unconventional saree looks

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sonam kapoor unconventional saree looks

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We saw a variety of draping styles from Sonam Kapoor in the past year. From a simple double shoulder drape at Armaan Jain’s wedding reception to a heavily embroidered Anamika Khanna  ethnic jacket thrown over a white saree for an event; she looked breathtakingly beautiful in every look.

One of our favorite looks was a daisy printed ivory organza saree by Masaba Gupta which looked spectacular on her. She also managed to pull off a red biker jacket blouse paired with a matching red saree with equal poise and grace. Her brick red plain silk saree by Anavila paired with a matching sheer long cape jacket is worth mentioning too!

3. Red monotone outfits

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sonam kapoor in red

Sonam chose to wear a lot of red outfits the past few months and we’re absolutely loving it! Red is often a color that people shy away from and we can’t help but wonder why. Red is bold but red is also beautiful.

Well it seems Sonam Kapoor definitely doesn’t mind when experimenting with hard hitting vibrant hues. That’s something we should all take inspiration from!

4. Statement sleeves

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sonam kapoor statement sleeves

Statement sleeves were a big hit in 2020; almost every celebrity donned at least a few outfits with large puffy or frilly sleeves. The bigger the sleeves, the better! Be it Sonam’s black ‘sari gown’ at the 2019 Glamour and Style Awards or her various printed saree looks, puffed up sleeves are definitely in right now.

5. Blazers

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Wide shouldered blazers are the ultimate power suits for women. Throw on a blazer over wide legged pants, a feminine skirt or even on a kurta like Sonam Kapoor. Play around with light pastel colors or have fun with your prints! Blazers will never let you down. And you’re sure to leave everyone awestruck with your high class voguish looks!

Karishma Kapoor shows us how to rock whites this summer!

When the hot summer months roll in and heavy dark colors are a big no-no, light colored kurtas in breezy fabrics are a perfect option! Rocking the classiest color of them all-white-has never been more easier than in spring or summer. Imagine basking in white, under that gorgeous golden sun and looking fresh as a daisy! Sounds fabulous? It is!

We’ve already talked to you about Karishma Kapoor’s versatile kurta game. Today we are featuring the diva’s diverse collection of white kurtas in different styles; Read on to find out more!

Karishma Kapoor in Manish Malhotra

Karishma rocked an embroidered ivory and gold floor length anarkali jacket kurta-lehenga set for cousin Armaan Jain’s wedding reception.  We love how effortlessly stylish this looks on her!

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Karishma opted for minimal jewellery with diamond chaandbaali earrings from Begani Jewels and bangles from Goenka India. She went for a sleek updo with dewy makeup and silver eyelids to complement the ivory in her outfit. An embroidered potli bag completed her look.

In Surily G

For Ganapati celebrations, Karishma opted for a white floral threadwork kurta-pant set teamed with a matching chiffon dupatta by Surily G. The kurta had colorful floral thread work all over the front and leaf motifs on the hems which looked like a breath of fresh air.

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She accessorized with silver hoop earrings, aviator shades, a red bindi. embroidered potli bag and Fizzy Goblet juttis . She left her tresses open to further elevate the laid back summery vibe going on with this outfit.

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Karishma Kapoor in Varun Bahl

At the India Business Summit 2019 held in Dubai, Karishma sported a floor length anarkali kurta in eggshell white by couturier Varun Bahl. The high neck along with intricate embroidery all over the full length sleeves, fitted bodice and flared skirt makes her look like a royal indeed!

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She teamed this kurta with a matching white embroidered potli bag and silver jhumkaas by Azotiique. Moreover, a pulled back low ponytail and soft romantic makeup with perfectly lined lids, oodles of pink blush on her cheeks and soft lips complemented the outfit perfectly.

Karisma in Anamika Khanna

Doesn’t Karishma look breathtaking in this ivory hued jacket-style kurta with sage green cigarette pants?  The jacket kurta has sage green floral embroidery all over the bodice.

karishma kapoor white anarkali

Karishma’s choice of accessories included gold chaandbali earrings, a golden clutch purse, and gold stiletto heels. She went for her signature poufy hairdo with a low braid at the back.

In Antar Agni

For an event, we spotted Karishma sporting a high-neck white button-down khadi kurta with a front slit and pockets which she paired with cropped straight pants and a matching white shrug jacket. The whole tone on tone style is quite trending and Karishma looks no less glamorous in this white avatar.

karishma kapoor white kurta

She paired the monotoned outfit with chic white sneakers and metallic earrings from Azotiique. Bold red lips added a pop of colour while a sleek middle parted hair-do added sophistication to the clean silhouette.

Karishma Kapoor in Tarun Tahilliani

Karishma stepped out for an event in a white collared full sleeved anarkali kurta layered with an ivory and black jacket. She accessorized with simple black stud earrings and black stilettos.

karishma kapoor in white kurta

We’re especially adoring the poufy braided hairdo along with the dramatic eyes and red lips. This lady sure knows how to layer in style! The whole ensemble without a doubt screams contemporary fashion.

Karishma Kapoor in Shruthi Sancheti

For Shruthi Sancheti’s store opening in Mumbai, Karishma wore a boho print co-ord set in white.

Karishma went for a half up half down hairdo with a pouf. She also opted for nude makeup with kohl-rimmed eyes and glossy lips. Looks perfect for a sunny summer day out with your friends, doesn’t it?