Indian Bridal Wear
shopping is every bride's nightmare. It has to be perfect
yet as inexpensive as possible. SeasonsIndia.Com have
chalked out a few guidelines for your persual.
The first thing you must keep in mind when you shop
for your wedding trousseau is to divide the list into
three sections - Indian
formal, Western formal and semi-casual.
There aren't many occasions for casual dressing for
the Indian bride. Of course, since it is your wedding,
you must keep in mind that the silhouettes must be ultra
feminine. And as far as possible, let whites and pastels
dominate your new wardrobe. This season, fashion pundits
predict a break away from old traditional fashion phobias
and a move towards bolder definitive statements.
You can look for lots more
metallic tones or undertones in clothes. Sentiments
brand designer, Vandanna Roy promises that the note
for this season is silver, in any and every form. She
feels it's the ice cool colours that will predominate.
She also feels that many people could avoid the earth
colour look this season and go in for more pastel shades.
Vandanna's own collection is based on this premise.
Another look for the season is nets, transparent fabrics
and a general feel of lightness. Vandana advises people
to put away the chunky gold and go in for the white
gold and silver look. So match your wardrobe accordingly.
In the Indian
section, where you can get as dramatic as possible,
get yourself a judicious mix of sarees, salwar kameezes,
lehenga cholis and lachas. Indian handlooms offer some
must haves in the trousseau variety of sarees, like
the Banarasi, the Paithani, Tissue, Kanjeevaram and
the Bandhni sarees in silk. The good sarees in these
traditional weaves all come at the price tag upwards
of Rs 4000, so plan the colours you need. Buy traditional
weaves in traditionally classic shades, they'll never
go out of style. You could complement these with embroidered
cholis which are immensely chic. Alternatively, you
could get embroidered chiffon saris, which look both
understated and elegant.
can get your salwar
kameeze and lehenga cholis from the Seasons,
super store located at Santa Cruz(west), Mumbai or shop
online, if you cannot make it to Mumbai. Make sure you
have some outfits with traditional embroidery.
For your sangeet ceremony, try
a lacha in tissue and zardozi in a pastel shade. Make
sure it's not too cumbersome in case you feel like dancing
at your wedding. Sorbet colours like mango, peach, pista
are some options for an elegant, subdued look.
A mehndi ceremony
This ceremony is one of the
more traditional ones. Try a bright bride-like sari,
in a wine or an ochre shade, a Banarasi or a Kanjeevaram,
with traditional motifs.
For the wedding reception,
ghagra cholis in traditional colours like maroon, burgundy,
pink, red or wine shades, with intricate zardosi work
look stunning. Team this with traditional jadau jewellery.
If you want to be jazzy this is one of the few occasions
when a gold lame blouse and a gold embroidered tissue
sari will not be too much. Or maybe you could play different
with a non-traditional colour like blue or green.
Westerns For Your Honeymoon
Anita Menon, whose work has
always been about minimalism and whose indo-western
outfits are in vogue, does differ somewhat. Her forecast
for the season though is a bit different, and she says
that colours will still be a hot favourite with western
wear. She also predicts the end of cargoes, as we know
it, with low waisted, wide-bottomed pants making a comeback.
Cottons are big this season, according to her. Yet,
even she feels that silhouettes will be the playing
field of the fashion industry and her own range of short
kurtas highlights this point. Include a jacket and trouser
set, which you could team with a silk camisole for a
formal evening look. Also, a floor-length straight sheath
in a fabric with a soft sheen could take you through
many cocktails and dinner parties. A knee-length dress
in a figure flattering fabric is ideal for evenings
out with friends. Antique lace is a good bet for a cocktail
function. Gold lace as a sheath dress is immediately
sexy, attractive and timeless.
Cool It! Ultimately, as jewellery,
accessories and clothes go towards a more heavy, metallic
look, it makes sense to follow the pattern and choose
from the cooling and soothing shades. There is nothing
better to catch the light than a glint of silver in
your attire….and the shine in your eyes.