A ghagra choli is another popular Indian costume. Considered North Indian in origin, traditionally this outfit was reserved for occasions like marriages or festivities. Modern India has seen a rise in the number of ghagra choli wearers from all parts of India. A ghagra and choli, like a lehenga choli, comprises two parts; a blouse and a skirt. The main difference between a lehenga and a ghagra is that a ghagra is traditionally more flared than the cuts of the lehenga. The cholis come in various designs now but initially, and in more interior places of the country, they extended till the hips. Latest designs of a ghagra choli however, show more innovation and have trendy designs like a tapering skirt or an umbrella cut.
A ghagra choli can be combined with traditional jewellery to add that extra bit of glamour to the wearer. The ghagra is more layered than a lehenga and has pleats around the portion where it sits on the waist. A ghagra choli can be made from all kinds of fabric like silk, crepe, chiffon, or tissue.
Other than traditional colors, newer shades like bronze and pastel shades are making their presence felt. The duppatta of a ghagra choli can be draped around the shoulders or taken over the head. Nowadays there are a large number of designers who have their own line of ghagra cholis. This outfit is not only worn during occasions but is worn, in simpler fabrics, in various semi urban and rural areas in India.