By: Payal Hindocha
The Great Indian Wedding!No wedding is albeit drama before, during and after! Of course for the bride and groom, it is a given, but that pandemonium spreads to the attendees too. Coordinating outfits for pre wedding, wedding and post wedding festivities is not a cakewalk. Whether it is a friend, cousin, distant relative or even an acquaintance; wedding ceremonies can get quite stressful. You don’t want to be seen wearing the outfit twice as they have already gone down the pages of Facebook, Twitter and other networking sites.
From fussing over how everything you have is ‘so last season’ to trying not to overdo your look is not easy. After spending precious earnings on outfits for weddings and still being left moaning about the lack of ensembles in my wardrobe, this weekend with another wedding on the cards, I started thinking…
What are the five essentials to invest on? Stuff that can be mixed and matched so repetition wouldn’t be such a fashion crime after all. It’s proven from experience that an LBD, white shirt, well fitted pair of denims, classic handbag and classic pair of stilettos can never go wrong. So now I bring you the basics for an Indian wedding.
Brocade Choli in Neutrals
A well stitched, exquisitely designed brocade choli in beige or gold with neutral undertones can be combined with a huge variety of saris as well as ghaghara and will usually not feel like last season. Every time you match it with a different saree or ghaghra and dupatta whether in silk, georgette or chiffon, you can create an entirely different look.
Magic of the nine yards
When it comes to sarees, some classics will be your companions for years. Every beautifully woven and crafted kanjivaram, maheshwari, chanderi and paithani is a life-long investment. No matter which season, whose wedding and what place, these classics will stand the test of time. You can never go wrong with beautiful traditional sarees if you can carry it off well.
A beige kurta with gold and silver work in silk or cotton silk can be worn time and again with different combinations of salwar or churidar and a dupatta. It looks understated yet classy. Also can be dressed up or down for any event with ease.
Perfect accessories are like the icing on a well-baked cake. It completes the look and gives it an added appeal. A classy clutch in gold, beige or silver in bright reds, greens or yellows (if you are adventurous) is a great investment. If your budget permits, a Bottega Veneta or Chanel clutch would be ideal, else there’s a huge variety available even with the High Street brands and if you carefully pick and choose, you may get an eternal pick.
Jewellery and Footwear
Shoes tell you the worth of a man and taste of a woman. No woman who believes in getting it right always will ever neglect her footwear. Nothing would be a deal breaker more than a morose pair of shoes playing peek-a-boo beneath a beautiful saree or ghaghara. Ideally, a shoe pair with beads and stones in traditional colours like red, green, yellow or orange works well. Suitably the heels should be medium as you need to be comfortable while enduring those long ceremonies. Flats could work well with certain outfits but in my opinion, a saree would be far more graceful on a reasonably high pair of heels. When it comes to jewellery, a few signature pieces would be your pride for decades. Jadau and polki jewellery with rubies or emeralds look wonderful with most outfits. If you have been blessed with heirloom pieces, guard them as your life. However, you don’t need to have loads of money to accessorise. Nowadays, a lot of options are available in imitation jewellery and they are so well crafted that it’s hard to tell the difference.
So get your wardrobe wedding-friendly and chances are the next time a wedding is around the corner, your mind will not go into a frenzy, fretting over how will you put it all together.