As an indian and a recent bride, I understand the importance of dressing right during wedding festivities. We have big weddings with a lot of bling and also a lot of who’s wearing what. So how can my blog be complete without atleast touching base on this particular topic.
The wedding season just ended last month till the new one sets in we have some time to relax. So what is the most important while choosing an outfit to wear during a wedding .i.e. the material. If you attend a day summer wedding your heavy brocade saree will make you boil in heat. So with seasons the materials change as well, and also keep in mind the time of the day.
As you must already know, Indian weddings are big and known for festivities and colourful events. So we all know, no wedding is complete without donning shades of yellow or orange for the haldi and shades of green, blue or black for the mehendi. There are no restrictions but people tend to be in celebratory moods.
So first lets take a look at outfit options :
1. Salwar suit : the most popular and hassle free of all the outfit options. The different styles of kurtas and bottoms have just put it on another level. You can refer to Kurta klad and rock bottom chic for style references. While dressing up ensure that if the dupatta and Kurta are heavy the bottom is not. Its good to be blingy but it has to be balanced. Embroidery, gottapatti and stone work are the most popular choice.
2. Sarees : the most elegant option. Heavy borders, embroidery or stone work are the most popular choices. Blouses are what make the statement, so pay attention to details. Refer to sari-nation and
all buttoned up for style information. The latest accessory to go with sarees are broaches be it on the back of your blouse or to hold your pallu. They are making a bling statement of their own.
3. Desi gowns : long anarkalis are the most trendiest outfits around. Their popularity has even become a part of the bridal trosseau. You can refer to anarkali disco chali to find out which anarkali would look the best on you. The biggest trend with them is the right mangpatti and a big cocktail ring. The more flowy with subtle bling is the way to go.
4. Sharara : it is a long skirt which is divided. It is loose but flares out at the bottom. Its worn with a Kurta which is below your hips or longer. You can spot kareena kapoor in one but with a blouse ( bole chudiya) but I find the best ones are with longish kurtas. They normally have heavy blouses and heavy bottom work on the sharara. Made out of flowy material mostly georgette or chiffon for a better fall as stiff fabrics don’t give you the same look. They are less hassles than some more options explored. A fitted Kurta gives more structure and also elongates one’s frame.
5. Gharara : the traditional mughal outfit now worn in various ways. The traditional Gharara is similiar to a sharara .i.e. divided but the flare starts from below the knee or in the rampuri style from mid shin. Traditionally worn by the Muslim bride with a Kurta which is mid thigh, but the latest fashion is to wear kurtas till below the knee. They are mostly made of heavy silk, brigades and zardosi. The traditional ones even being woven with real gold and silver threads. Kurtas are plain maybe with borders. The Gharara and dupattas are heavy and having borders. The long kurtas are heavily embellished with no gottas on the relatively plain gharara. They are also farshi with long trails, work well on taller builds as they add alot of curves and do not have much structure. If you opt for long kurtas they add more structure and make one look more proportionate. If you are petite framed be careful of the material as it may look like too much fabric for your frame. Ensure that the kurtas are longer if you want to take focus away from your hips.
6. Lehenga : the forever favourite wedding and bridal wear. Been experimented with styles, cuts and cholis. Started with a full length gher skirt but now have styles like A line, straight fit and mermaid. Tops ranging from tie back cholis, long blouses to even kurtas. They can be embellished from choli, lehenga to dupatta or sometimes the lehenga and dupatta. Some trends even are of heavy blouses and heavy borders on the lehenga. Fabrics can range from flowy to heavy, embroidery and gotta Patti of all types. Net and soft full lehengas are still in with borders and crystals. I love embroidery and zardosi but now even they have been experimented with in parsi garra work or even chikankari or pattiwork. Flowy lehengas look nice so do stiffer fabrics as they give better fall. Petite frames should opt for shorter kurtas or blouses as it gives a longer silhouettes. Curvy women should opt for longer kurtas as they give more structure. Mermaid styles are good to add more curves. The draping of the dupatta is also very important as it adds to the fall and structure of the outfit.
7. The khada dupatta : traditional hyderabadi bridal or wedding outfit. It is actually a Kurta with a straight pyjama and a dupatta of 5 meters. It is draped around where in tucked in from the back and comes in 2 ways for a pallu. Borders are traditionally cutwork but now there are options. The Kurta and pyjama are made of brocade or thicker material and the dupatta is net. The dupatta is what highlights the outfit.
So these were your outfit options for the wedding season, but remember focus is on fit, style and material. Work on the outfit plays an important role in the glam factor. There should be bling but in subtle amounts to add class, colour palaettes should be experimented with. There should be one part of the outfit which is the focal point.
Accessories should compliment your outfit and not overshadow it. Jewelry is important but if you are wearing a heavy necklace then ensure your blouse embellishments don’t take away from it.
We will cover more as the blog progresses. The key to dressing right is the right style for your body and the perfect amount of bling, then you will be the one in all eyes for your shaadi glam.
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