When it comes to putting your bridal trousseau together, take a moment to pause and reflect on how exactly you wish to look on your big day. The secret is to make sure that each and every outfit you pick is in sync with your personal style. Gone are those days when the amount of sequins or the weight of swarovskis on your lehenga defined you – nowadays, it’s all about how different you look or how unconventional your ensembles are.
This week, we’ve got expert advice from Payal Singhal, fashion designer and trend spotter, whose loyal NRI client base swears by her concept lehengas, saris and other Indian and Western wear.
Her philosophy is simple: A bride should wear the outfit and not let the outfit wear her. She also took us through the latest bridal trends and gave us some useful dos and don’ts .
So ladies, pull out that to-do list and make notes – these sartorial lessons will come in handy, long after the wedding season is over.
How to Pack a Wedding Trousseau
Give a lot of thought into what goes into your wedding trousseau. Pack a variety of pieces that can be worn to different events related to the wedding – from the sangeet to the reception. Mix and match outfits – maybe a sari worn with a crop top or a lehenga with a sari blouse. Use your creativity and make newer looks with your existing clothes rack. Plus, you save space and money.
How to Choose the Right Colours
I always advise brides to pick outfits in colours that work best for their skin tone and complexion. But first, do a colour test. Wear certain hues and decide what looks best on you. Also, heavy lehengas just weigh a bride down on her big day. Rather, let it be beautiful, unique and super light so you can dance to your favourite number without any hassles.
What to Invest In
Nothing requires research more than bridal wear in India. Women here love to don new trends and styles each passing season. While that’s a great thing, you can also fall prey to a fad, end up spending a bomb and regret not getting to use it ever again, after the wedding.
If you are keen on wearing your wedding outfit again, go for a sari. It’s a great investment. Change your blouse, mix-and-match your border and mostly, you gotta agree… saris are timeless.
Churidar-kurta sets in classic cuts and styles can also be worn to several occasions for years to come. Most brides love lehengas, but let me break the news to you — they’re usually the most expensive and have the least repeat value. If you’re looking at your trousseau as an investment, think twice before settling for a lehenga. Go for an anarkali or a churidar because you can change it up with a different dupatta and re-use it again and again.
What to Flaunt
Bridal outfit apart, the mehendi and sangeet functions also warrant showstopper outfits.
Most brides-to-be end up picking long lehengas or saris for the mehendi function, and the beautiful, artistic mehendi remains hidden! Thankfully, modern day brides like to experiment, so I’d recommend short calf-length lehengas. They are comfortable, look trendy and help show the off the mehendi on the legs and feet too. Mission accomplished!
What Jewellery To Wear
I think that jewellery is something that is extremely personal that the styles chosen should reflect your personality. You’ll know the right piece when you see it; it should either appeal to you visually or emotionally. When it comes to jewellery, it’s not necessary to go for the most expensive set in the store or to match it to your lehenga. Pick the design with which you are able to connect and you can easily wear it as a contrasting set.
How to Make a statement
A sari, lehenga or a floor-length anarkali — the important thing is to make a statement. After all, it’s your day and all eyes will be on you. Don’t let the pressure get to you though and follow these simple tips to sari-torial awesomeness.
* Wear an unconventional sari with statement jewellery to stand out.
* If you’re wearing a lehenga, opt for a striking colour combination and go for an exquisitely embroidered one. Look for perfection – no hanging threads, no scary motifs. Just something with a good finish – and we all know how rare it is to find a beautifully ‘finished’ piece. Top it up with intricate silver and gold embroidery for that awe factor.
What Trends to Follow
Soft neutrals and pastel hues are in great demand for reception lehengas whereas bright jewel tones work wonderfully for the main wedding ceremony. Kalidar lehenga saris (a great invention!) and floor-length anarkali gowns are also riding high on the trend wave this season.
But as I always say, don’t follow trends blindly. The season in which you’re getting married also needs to be factored in before making the final choice.
If it’s a winter wedding, go for crepes, velvets and brocades while outfits in georgettes, chiffons and tulle work are best left for a summer wedding.