Lehenga Choli has been worn since the Mughal era. The royal court in that time considered it flattering to a woman’s beauty. It is a pleated skirt called a lehenga and a fitted short or long blouse called a choli. It is usually embroidered and accompanied by a 2.5 yard shawl, otherwise known as a dupatta or ohdni, which was traditionally used to cover heads as a show of respect when around elders or when offering prayers.
This is a popular look amongst younger women and also worn by brides as opposed to a sari. It is less inhibiting, easy to wear, and sexy. There are many popular styles varying from a fitted skirt to skirts with a lot of flare. Most styles are designed for weddings, parties, and ceremonies and are embroidered to catch and reflect light.