For every Indian bride, sarees and lehengas have been the hallmark ensemble for decades now. They triumphantly epitomize the grace and femininity of Indian women and their traditional cuts and embellishments are most flattering to Indian brides considering that these silhouettes and workmanship have developed in close collaboration with the traditional arts and cultural heritage of the entire Indian subcontinent.
However change is the only constant and with time subtle changes in the clothing styles of Indian brides have gradually formed into captivating departures from the saree-lehenga norm.
Indian Brides today want to experiment with their trousseaus and want to include Ethnic wear that not only sets them apart but that also conveys the actual essence of the modern Indian woman who is no more the reticent bride to be, sometimes even fearful of the journey ahead, but is a confident and forward looking individual with her own name and place in both social and professional circles.
Moreover, most brides today want to have a trousseau which includes investment pieces, both in garments and jewelry. She seeks practicality with beauty and wants her trousseau to be useful beyond the wedding day in easy and long lasting manner.
And once her mind is made, only the sky is the limit. Couturiers also don't want their pieces to languish in neglect after one use and have come up with a variety of options for Indian brides to choose from.
So why stick to the regular lehengas or saree collections only ? Go ahead, browse through some other ideas and let it inspire you to create a trousseau which is truly versatile and ready for any kind of an occasion be it Indian festive celebrations, black tie events, or even a day event.
Anarkali: A floor-length anarkali is a dressy affair and although you may not want to pick one for your wedding day, you can very well choose an anarkali earthy colors for your mehendi ceremony. Considering that your hands will be occupied with letting the mehendi design set in, this will be a comfortable and easy to carry option compared to a lehenga or saree
Sharara set: A sharara set is also perfect for wearing for a pre wedding or post wedding event like a reception or the new couple's first dinner at the relatives. A richly embroidered sharara set will keep you comfortable and trendy and make sure you can get dressed in a jiffy rather than make the new husband wait while you struggle with the saree pleats.
Ethnic dress: A floor-length ethnic dress is a truly versatile piece that every bride to be must have in her wardrobe. You can style it as a long anarkali by adding a churidar or cigarette pants with a coordinated dupatta. Or you can simply add a dressy belt and a tiara to wear this to your reception cocktail party. Later add an embroidered Indian jacket to it and there- you have a heavy duty wedding outfit read to rock your ceremony.
Gown: Gown are also a great choice for receptions and the going away. Especially if your going away or 'bidai' is a day or more after the wedding this wine satin and lace gown can be a great look to carry.
Skirt and top: As with an ethnic dress, an embroidered skirt and blouse combo will keep you comfortable and light. it can be dressed up with a coordinated dupatta or dressed down with minimal jewelry and a simple up-do. It is perfect for a cocktail party or attending any events following your own event. This is one ensemble which has no trend expiry date.Style with a tiara fora reception look.
Indulge your fantasies with these elegant and trendy Indian Ethnic alternatives to sarees and lehengas.
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Article By : Bhavna R