The Chikankari Cheat Sheet Approved by Top Celebrities


If ever the legends of Lucknow script their history, chikankari embroidery will certainly not go unnoticed. The impeccably handcrafted beauty with intricate finesse and gorgeous lineage lets us bask in the glory of fascinating fables that surround the chikankari heritage. This goes without saying that the unique and exquisite silhouette has become a global flag-bearer of charm and eternal elegance, it’s popular amongst the Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities alike alongwith the celebrated designers. Here are some of the best looks put forth by the talented and popular celebrities which we are crushing on:


Deepika Padukone

Laced in mint chikankari half and half designer saree, Deepika strikes a stunning look as she keeps her makeup au nature and minimal. She styled her elaborately designer saree with a contrasting soft blush pink blouse, statement chandbalis and a messy top-knot to complete the classic cameo look. We love how she gracefully carries off Indian ethnic with panache and effortless élan. The simplicity of chikankari coupled with sheer net pleats and floral motifs is indeed the blend of western and eastern style sensibilities.


Aishwarya Rai

The veteran and world-approved most beautiful woman on the Earth slays it every time she makes a thrilling appearance in chikankari. The lady with blessed look pulls off a signature white chikankari long kurta paired with churidars and streamlined with a coordinated dupatta. The keyhole in the front and full-sleeved elegant chikankari kurta is all you need to steal the glances at a gathering. A perfect work to party look, Aish painted her pout deep red and unfurled her soft natural noir locks.


Jacqueline Fernandes

Miss Sri Lankan who is well-known for her witty humor and quirky antics is indeed a popular name amidst the budding youth. The slender leg queen dressed oh-so-Indian in a deep red chikankari embroidered kurta with white thread work styled in a feminine A-style is both romantic and perfect for brides-to-be. The trending bridal fashion is here to steal, just add a bit of vermilion for the Indian aesthetic and get rolling with a perfect Indian Bride. We bet this sophisticated kurta with a standing collar and button-down exudes ethereal vibes and Jacky certainly knows how to carry it off like a true diva.


Kareena Kapoor

The scintillating Kapoor is well-known for her sartorial style and extremely good looks good looks and good looks! Because who didn’t turn and admired Bebo, eh! She flattered us on-screen with her one-after-another alluring looks, however, she stole our heart away when she showed up in a pastel pink floor-length anarkali suit. The chikankari embroidered anarkali suit with sheer net dupatta wowed us when she made a striking appearance at Sonam Kapoor’s wedding day. The slick back hairstyle accessorized with statement chandbalis completed her royal Pataudi look.


Alia Bhat

This chirpy and full-of-life Bollywood diva is all about that base, oh well, because she puts forth with such a confident face! And not-to-forget Bhat’s flattering and jaw-dropping styles coupled with aesthetically pleasing looks. How wonderfully she toys with the idea of fusion and blends the best of western with ethnic sensibilities so seamlessly. Like here, she was seen wearing the beige chikankari full-twirl skirt crafted to perfection paired with a trendy and fashionable silk blouson. The blouse featuring flannel sleeves and English Victorian period drape is indeed giving us major fashion goals.


Sonam Kapoor

How can our muse fashionista not top the charts when its anything and everything related to the current trends in the fashion landscape? This fashion nerd takes her staple chikankari floor-sweeping anarkali suit to the airport and strikes a stylish edge in her signature sense. Slick open hair, au naturale makeup, statement accessories and jootis for comfortable stay-in, Sonam is indeed a perfect concoction of style, fashion aesthetics, and creativity.


Priyanka Chopra

The ace Hollywood-face actress recently took us in awe when she got engaged with her long-time boyfriend Nick Jonas. The 36-year-old actress planned a beautiful Indian style roka and engagement ceremony in The States. The bride-to-be was seen wearing a bright yellow and white chikankari salwar kameez while color-coordinating with Jonas who was all-white in an authentic Indian white salwar kameez. We love her simplicity and the touch of Indian-ness that she endowed in a pretty chikankari suit.


Karishma Kapoor

Talk about the nonchalant elegance of all-time and Karishma is the first name that strikes our head, the timeless fashion icon for women to follow, you just can’t retire Lola! How breath-taking she looked while attending an event, she wore a pristine white classic chikankari saree embellished with Sarkowski crystals and precious stones, she styled her sari with a gem encrusted mandarin collared full-sleeve white blouse in fine silk. Our eyes rested at her picture in peace because her beauty is at par and we couldn’t resist staring at her.


Sushmita Sen

Yet another inspiring figure and leading woman role model, Sushmita Sen is more than just her sensational looks and infectious aura. This knowledgeable repertoire gets n to the feel and vibe of every look and character that she portrays, here, while walking the runway for an esteemed designer, we loved how she recalled our fond memories of Rekha Ji in the much-popular song “ Inn Ankhon ki Masti Ke” We were truly hooked at her timeless beauty and delicate moves, she sashayed in a handcrafted chikankari lehenga choli inspired by the Persian and Mughal architecture. The stunning arches and kalis complemented with a wide encrusted hem and sheer net dupatta added layers of elegance to her everlasting charm.


Dame Judi Dench

Last but not the least, this Hollywood godmother surely knows her way to style haven when she surprised the coterie at Cannes Film Festival in a surreal Indian chikankari anarkali suit. Dipped in mint, dashed with sequins and encrusted gems, the floor-length chikankari anarkali suit accentuated her graceful persona in the truest sense.

 Image Courtesy: 1. HauterFashion, 2. Elle, 3. Popsugar, 4. Fashion2Frugal, 5. Vogue, 6. Harpers Bazaar, 7. Kraft, 8. Pinterest, 9. Huda Beauty, 10. Instagram; Featured Image : India TV

Article By : Ambika Asthana

1 comment

  • julie

    Where can I buy these beautiful chikankari outfits?

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