The sharara is a variant of the magnificent gharara, the original flared pants treasured in households across North India. The gharara is associated with the royal court of Awadh – the princely state, pre-dating the modern city of Lucknow and the surrounding region.

Gorgeous in their own right, shararas are a contemporary version of the regal gharara. This outfit does not have gathers at the knees stitched with gilded ribbons like its opulent predecessor. Fitted at the waist, the sharara has a large ghera flowing more like a skirt or lehenga.

There used to be ornate ghararas trailing the ground gracefully. These were called “farshi” owing to their association with the ground or “farsh” – an inspiration in fact for the modern ethnic farshi trousers. But there were also simpler, daily-use versions.

Today’s Sharara

When crafted right, designer sharara suits retain the luxurious splendour of their royal prototype. You’d have noticed these elegant, glittering ensembles featuring short kurtis and palazzo-like pants on movie stars as they pose on the red carpet, attend festive celebrations like Eid, or even get photographed at their own weddings.

When you look at a designer sharara, it’s easy to get lost in a whimsical shower of sequined flowery vines and the dreamy allure of glistening gilded shades. The rich fabric of a kalidar sharara seems to have endless folds around the legs, lending the piece a hint of nostalgia.

If you’re not in the mood for a traditional sari or lehengas begin to feel like an eyesore, don a sharara instead. Play around with the dupatta drapes and mix and match the sharara with different blouse silhouettes.

The Popularity of Bridal Shararas

Styled in velvets, silks and stunning brocades, designer shararas are the ideal outfit for brides and bridesmaids. Once the canvas of exquisite handcrafted gold and silver work, festive ethnic outfits have not lost the charm of shimmering embellishments.

Separates such as shararas are decorated with intricate zari, sequin work, gem-like stones, zardozi, and tastefully articulated beadwork over an expanse of deep maroon, rosy magenta, black or royal blue. Traditional floral motifs are laid out in fresh artistic arrangements. Some designer sharara suits require up to eight metres of fabric to get the proper fall.

Not all pieces have a heavy look and feel, of course, and not all of them come in jewel tones. Some carry the exuberance of summer in their bright colours and more subtle embroideries. Fabrics like georgette, organza and chiffon have lightened up the traditional bridal sharara. Apart from kurtas of different lengths, some ensembles are creatively completed with chic shrugs, corsets and capes.

Sharara & Gharara Trends

Names of famous designer labels working with the sharara silhouette include Tarun Tahiliani, Rahul Mishra, Jayanti Reddy, Aneesh Agarwaal, Payal Singhal, Varun Bahl, Arpita Mehta, KALKI Fashion and many more.

One-of-a-kind outfits are available in online retail spaces such as Myntra Luxe, Pernia’s Pop-Up Shop, Tata CLiQ Luxury and Ajio Luxe. Jump on the bridal sharara fashion trend and look nothing less than a princess at your wedding.


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