Dreamy silhouettes, heavy embellishments, yards of glossy fabrics and tons of cancan may be enough to tempt you to go all out with your bridal looks, but what about after? It’s no secret that brides who invest in heavy lehengas end up wearing it only once, or at the most twice, in their lives. But, here’s the thing, just because most brides opt for heavily gilded outfits, doesn’t mean that it is the only way. It’s possible to invest in wedding outfits that you can wear post the D-day. Here are six fits to prove just that.
Pre-wedding parties to celebrate your engagement with your close set of friends and family requires a dress that is both special and stunning. If you have a sundowner party planned, may we suggest this striking one-shoulder ruffle dress with an embellished bow in a delicious shade of vermillion? “Pre-wedding parties provide the perfect platform to take those sexy silhouettes for a spin. However, steer clear from anything OTT and stick to flowy sexy outfits. Complete your look with bold eyes, wavy curls, a studded clutch and some strappy heels,” advises Aditi Agarwal, Founder of Label Aditi Agarwal Couture.
Yes, silk sarees may be a staple for Indian wedding functions, but you cannot discount the elegance of a pleated sari. The airy material makes for a lighter, and sexier drape making it an ideal choice for your roka or engagement ceremony. Prefer the ‘less is more’ aesthetic? Lean towards this shimmer pleated saree that comes with a statement belt and a fascinating blouse featuring ostrich feathers. “Pleated sarees are comfortable, easy to move around in, and perfect for the Indian weather. And they come in a variety of options from classic silhouettes and patterns and contemporary designs,” adds Agarwal. Complete your look with a slick-back bun, a choker, and an embellished potli bucket bag to make a statement at your pre-wedding function.
Trends will come and go, but the classic silhouette of a blouse and A-line skirt of a lehenga will never lose its charm. With lehengas being appropriate for most functions for wedding functions, picking up a versatile one can ensure you get the most out of your investment. Think threadwork, printed featherlight fabrics, and wispy skirts. Our pick? This minimalistic salmon lehenga with an organza skirt with cancan that offers a great fall and comes with a hand embellished blouse featuring embroidered sleeves. “Brides today seem to be in favour of A-line skirt lehengas as it packs in all the charms of a hand-embroidered bridal outfit minus the weight. It’s dainty yet opulent, elegant yet impactful, and feels just right,” shares Divya Mutreja, Founder of Divya Mutreja Label.
Here For The Drama!
If making a refreshingly bold statement at your low-key cocktail party is what you’re aiming at, how about opting for this organza ruffle crop and bottom set in french blue with a splendid belt. “Ruffles add a lot of drama to an outfit and are slowly making their way to bridal silhouettes. They’re fun, flirty and also lightweight. You can opt for a ruffled co-ord set or a ruffle gown to dance the night away without any worry,” advises Mutrja.
Unconventional & Unique
While traditional reds may never go out of fashion, we love this modern take on the bridal classic. Everything from the pattern to the aqua colour is refreshing and exquisite. “If you thought Banarasi sarees are conventional and boring, think again. The durability and timeless appeal make them the stuff of heirlooms. There are multiple patterns, techniques, and yarns used to create a Banarasi saree and offer brides a lot of diversity to choose from,” states Somya Agarwal Bothara, Founder of Banaras-e-staan. The best part is that you can easily wear the sari after your wedding as well with different blouses!
Pretty In Pink
If the blue was a tad too much for you, how about opting for these lustrous silk drape featuring geometrical weaves that add a contemporary touch to it. In all honesty, this is a great pick for brides who want to invest in an heirloom saree that will never go out of trend. “Whether you pick a traditional number or a modern six-yard, please experiment with the colour of your blouse. A contrasting blouse will not overwhelm, but instead elevate the look,” imparts Bothara.
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