Anarkalis turn me off like none other. No, seriously! Aren't you just over the predictable sequins, borders over borders, endless net panels and loud colors? Unlike Western weddings, we Indians have it rather easy – we don't have a dress code! There are no rules, and almost anything goes, as long as it sparkles and doesn't take the attention away from the bride (*rolls eyes*). That said, weddings aren't exactly considered a playground to go all out and experiment. While there may not be a particular set of guidelines in terms of wedding fashion, we've ourselves made the occasion synonymous with nothing but lehengas, sarees, suits and what not. So, for the next wedding you're going to attend, We've selected 6 of the trendiest Indian wedding outfits that are not your usual picks! Instead, they are super-easy to put together and a total standout. Let's get going and seek some inspiration from the following:
Think of them as the sharara's distant cousin from the West! Palazzo pants are all the rage today, thanks to Manish Malhotra's gorgeous Winter Festive collection at Lakme Fashion Week '13. Rich in fabric, exquisite embroidery at the bottom, and an intricately designed jacket or coat to complete the look. If that doesn't scream chic, what does? Image Courtesy
In a mood for some power dressing? This look exudes sophistication, elegance and oodles of authority. Invest in an over-the-top coat-jacket, and leave the rest of the look understated. Add just a traditional clutch and drop earrings to complement the outfit. Isn't this look just perfect for a North Indian wedding in winter? Image Courtesy
Printed or not, skirts when teamed up with cropped tops are as perfect for a wedding as they are for a day out. The only difference lies in the accessories. So, when wearing the look to a wedding, throw some bangles, layered necklaces, and a potli purse to exude traditionalism. And hey, if you still feel that something is missing, add an embroidered, velvet waist coat to complete the look. Image Courtesy
You know how just a larger-than-life statement necklace amps up the entire mono-toned designer gown? That's exactly what we're talking about here! Pick a red carpet gown look-alike in a trendy, cheerful color, and wear a heavy Kundan set to complement the look. Alternately, you could also pick a metallic necklace with numerous layers and some bangles that lends the gown a traditional feel. Nothing's as attention-grabbing as this ensemble now, is there? Image Courtesy
If it's not palazzos, it's dhotis! If ace designer Anamika Khanna's couture collection teaches us anything, it's that the so-tight-I-can't-even-walk churidars are so, so passé! Swap those for a neat pair of silk dhotis, and team them up with an exquisite layered zardozi kurta. Keep the jewelry minimal, and tie your hair into a high-rise bun. Sky-high stilettos are all you need to nail modern Indian wedding attire. Image Courtesy
Okay, okay, we promised, no saree! But, just look at this twist! Think you can pull something like this off? With fashion icons like Sonam Kapoor, Jaqueline Fernandez and Neha Dhupia gives us countless appearances in this combination, jackets and capes sure look like a cake walk whether over a kurta, a top, or in this case, a saree! Should you wish to imitate something like this, choose a neutral, lighter shade, and keep embroidery the priority. So, while others at the wedding may strut in the usual sarees, you know you've owned them from head-to-toe! Image Courtesy Indian wedding fashion is as intriguing as it is predictable. If you're a bit edgy in your style, here's your perfect opportunity to go beyond the usual and try out something new. Got any new fusion styles? Share with us in the comments below.
Writing Credits: Veethi Telang