By Archana Dhankar
The announcement of your friend or rishtedaar’s big fat Indian wedding is a great reason to bring home shopping bags full of colourful, embroidered and stylish traditional or fusion wear. The week-long celebrations – often in a city other than your own – call for an expansion of your desi wedding-wear arsenal, so you can turn up the glamour at every function.
Sometimes, however, weather conditions or the travel involved may dictate your fashion choices, and you may not want to opt for that magnificent black and gold lehenga that could make you the talk of the town because of the heat, sun or humidity – or simply because your on-flight luggage allowance will not permit it!
I am here to demonstrate some equally stunning styling options that will not rain on your parade, but make you the cool guest, in every which way.
The Timeless Combination
First up, a timeless and elegant colour combination that is guaranteed to up the ante at any occasion: white and gold. Look your regal best in this sophisticated anarkali with palazzos.
The gold trimmings and patterned embroidery on the white backdrop is a classic and I believe that every woman should own an ensemble of this combination in her wardrobe.
The fit-and-flare style of the top and wide leg cut of the bottoms is a perfect mix of elegant and casual and is a great piece for you to dance the night away in.
Pair this with delicate drop earrings to frame your face and comfortable metallic shoes for a show stopping number.
Light and Bright
Opt for bright colours and light fabrics with a breezy flair. This trio of palazzo pants, kurti and dupatta makes for a breezy ensemble of breathable fabric and feminine shades of peach, blush and rose.
The focus is on mix of prints of floral patterns and motifs, and nothing says summer like white, after all! The length of the sleeves also ensures little chance of ruining the henna you have applied.
The Statement Dupatta
The straight cut of this long kurta gives form to one’s figure, while the wide leg straight cut bottoms give a more a cool and casual vibe to the look.
The pièce de résistance, however, is the ornate blue and gold embroidered dupatta which instantly adds a regal and chic quotient to any look.
Add on a pair of cute and colour-coordinated flat juttis and get ready to dance to the beat of the nagada.
The Versatile Anarkali
Carry along an anarkali dress like this lush green one with gold motifs and a red border. This A-line number is airy and perfect for all the thumkas that you need to deliver for your performance on stage and on the dance floor.
The fish-like pattern detail adds quirk but its gold hue gives a more conventional balance to this colourful look. Add on some chunky earrings and a bold lip colour for more of a statement.
While wearing a coordinating dupatta completes a more traditional ensemble, the anarkali dress on its own can definitely hold a candle to all the charm and splendour of the starry Sangeet night.
For a look of the fusion of fashion cultures, a heavily sequined top can be paired with an elegant A-line skirt in a solid neutral colour or a striped two-toned one for more vibrancy.
Finish the look with metallic sandal heels and chunky earrings, frame your face with loose locks and wear a nude lipstick to avoid taking attention away from the brilliance of this top.
And again, though dupattas will never go out of fashion, you can also opt for an elegant jacket for a more edgy look, especially on balmy or chillier summer evenings.
Archana Dhankar is a fashion blogger and social-media influencer. Visit her blog Fashionforroyals.com
First published in eShe’s July 2019 issue