Just got the news about your friend’s wedding? don’t fret we have you covered. Bollywood’s an ideal space for chalking out inspiration when it comes to functions leading up to the wedding. From Mehendi, engagement to reception, Tinseltown’s finest fashion fixtures have you sorted. Taking cues from all the celeb offbeat looks, we suggest spice it all up, whip up fresh ideas and think beyond the sari or a lehenga. Kurtas can be worn as dresses and robes can be adorned with a millennial twist; there is a lot that you can experiment with. Also, remember there are no sacrosanct rules, just have fun!
We roll out 6 different looks that will help you make a strong style statement.
Get engagement ready. Colour of choice: A spectrum of yellows
Embracing tradition with a hint of modernity is never bad, and this sharara set adorned by Mrunal Thakur makes for a winning look. Veering away from the old school image of a sharara, ornate, floor-grazing pieces are the trend of the town. Thakur’s piece is impeccably constructed, adorned without heavy jewellery and the perfect kind of yellow making it occasion appropriate. Besides being considered auspicious, yellow is a perfect hue for a day time ceremony. So whether you are attending an engagement party in a resort or it is just an intimate family gathering, opt for any tone of yellow, from canary to lemon, and be that gleaming ray of sunshine at the party.
Be ahead of the trend with this similar yellow hued three-piece set from Biba.in
Yellow is a perfect hue for an engagement. Go for breathable fabrics and a look sans dupatta for the much needed comfort through all that dancing. Pack a dramatic punch with this yellow three piece dress from Biba India made with Liva fabric.
Evergreen florals for Mehendi
For anyone who wants to engage in prints and patterns, florals serve as an easy answer. Extremely versatile and available in a wide spectrum of colours, they make for a perfect Mehendi look. We love the effortlessness of Alia Bhatt in this wide kurta-salwar combo. Even though whites and creams as base colours might be considered unorthodox for Mehendi, but once blended with busy floral prints, spell perfection.
Get set to look gorgeous, with this floral anarkali with a mesmerizing flow from Biba.in
Intimidated with prints? Florals can be a great way to start. A floral kurta with a mesmerizing flow like this and a hint of yellow can never let you go wrong for a perfect mehendi look. Shop this look from Biba India.
Elegant capes for the sangeet
Sonam Kapoor is giving us cues on how a hero piece can completely pull your entire look together. A classic cape top, paired with decadent lehenga exudes perfection for the sangeet. Take a step back from the traditional salwar-kurta look, ditch the choli and instead pick up capes in an array of lengths and textures. In case you feel like pairing one with a kurta or a lehenga, go easy; veer away from the heavy embroidered or floor-grazing capes. Since its sangeet, maybe a bit of peaking skin won’t harm, an off-shoulder cape top will help you put together a perfect ensemble
Try this elegant and stylish cape dress from W for Woman to recreate Sonam’s look
There is no right time to throw in a dramatic punch with your style, a flowing cape top like this will help you deliver one. Live your flow with elegance in this dress from W for Woman made with Liva.
Peachy perfection for pre-wedding cocktails
Keeping it ethnic at a cocktail is never a bad idea. This floor-length peach anarkali adorned by Priyanka Chopra fits the occasion. Image: Courtesy Pinterest
Pre-wedding cocktails might conjure up images of sharp, sleek dresses and high heels, however, we suggest trying to loop in a bit of tradition in and pick up pieces in peach. The colour is perfect for a night function and helps you veer away from the monotonous spectrum of reds. Takes lessons from Priyanka Chopra in a floor-length peach Anarkali on how to keep it classy. Also, be open to having fun with different silhouettes; think striking peach-toned printed tops paired with palazzos and even peach-hued shararas.
Here’s a peach set with flared pants from W for Woman for an avant-garde cocktail party style
Just in case you want to perform a balancing act between making a statement and playing subtle, loop in tones of peach. This printed peach set from W for Woman made fluid with Liva fabric is wardrobe goals.
Statement robes and shrugs pack a punch for the wedding
Veer away from the traditional saris and lehengas for the wedding. For a breezy evening wedding, a beautiful robe with intricate embroideries can do. Raveena Tandon is schooling us on how to champion a pairing of dhoti-trousers with a flared, floor-length, printed robe. Also, take note of the way she is handling a confluence of different hues. The market is brimming with lightweight robes in an array of variety. We suggest being mindful of the kind of trousers you will be pairing the robe or the shrug with. Just in case you are intimidated by the look, start with a pair of tailored trousers, loop in a funky robe and a button-down shirt. Start easy.
Give your evening a modern twist with this fusion 3 piece set sported by Gia Kashyap from Biba India, made with Liva fashion fabric
Influencer Gia Kashyap impresses us with how a lightweight robe, casually thrown over a pair of dhoti trousers makes for a winning fusion look. Just in case want to accentuate your shape, pair a statement belt and you are sorted. Get this comfortable and stylish piece made with Liva from Biba India.
Twirl in a classic flared kurta for the reception
It will be safe to say that you can hardly go wrong with a flared kurta. Move beyond the idea of straight-cut kurtas and let these old-school, traditional flared pieces do the talking. Sonam Kapoor’s v kurta is reception goals for anyone who wants to loop in a bit of fun. Also, her pairing of ethnic earrings and hairdo add more character to her look.
Experiment with bright flared pieces like this beautifully flowing orange kurta from Aurelia
A flared, double-duty kurta like this can be your hero piece for a reception. Pair it with churidars, denims or even pre-draped dhotis. Try this dazzling tangerine kurta with beautiful flow from Aurelia
Do let us know which look is your favourite. Tell us in the comment box below.
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