Gharara vs Sharara - Knowing The Difference!

Published by - The Wed Post | 6 minute read

Traditional numbers like Shararas and Ghararas have made a grand comeback to Indian wedding fashion and how! From best friend’s mehndi ceremony to their own reception, both the styles have become a go-to outfit for many divas out there. While the two sound similar and are often used interchangeably, they are actually quite  different from each other! If you love to experiment with your looks and want to try these evergreen styles of bottoms, then here's everything you must know about them.



The Gorgeous Gharara


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Gharara is a traditional Lucknowi outfit, historically worn by ladies belonging to Nawabi families. It is a pair of well-structured pants that are cut close to the body till the knee and flare out at the knee or a little above the knee. The flare of the gharara is marked with an adorned band like gota Patti to hide the joint. A gharara is usually paired with a mid-thigh length Kurti and is believed to use lesser fabric than a sharara.


How To Style A Gharara


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Traditionally speaking, Ghararas look best paired with kurtis. You can opt for a long or short kurti, a straight fit or with an Anarkali cut, the options are endless!


When Should I Wear A Gharara?


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A Gharara is an ideal pick if you are a wedding attendee. It is a subtle, no-nonsense outfit that looks traditional and sophisticated. From a college friend’s wedding to your best friend’s pre-wedding pooja, a sharara will surely make you stand out from the crowd.


The Stunning Sharara


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Tracing back to the Mughal era, not only was the Sharara a huge hit amongst the royal ladies, but modern day women too sport the outfit with absolute élan. It is a pair of wide-legged pants, that are not ruched at the knee and make for a gorgeous, elegant silhouette.  


How To Style A Sharara


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A sharara is traditionally paired with a long or short kurti but you can always try different ways by pairing it with a blouse, peplum top or a jacket. The key is to focus on striking the right balance of colours and embellishments. Try opting for a monochrome look with either the top or bottom both being heavily embellished or you can opt for different colours for the two and get only one with detailed, intricate embellishments.


When Should I Wear A Sharara?


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If you are in a mood to dress up for a fun occasion but think wearing a lehenga would make you look all OTT, then a Sharara is sure to be a perfect pick for you! Shararas make for an ideal outfit for a day mehendi ceremony, for your best friend’s sangeet or a smaller pre-wedding function. It is apt for occassions that require you to look all dolled up without appearing over-dressed!