Explorate’s wedding wear products just got featured in Simply Marry’s blog! Let’s take you through the style evolution of Indian wedding wear…

The style evolution of wedding wear feature

Pastel color Bridal Lehenga,Wedding Lehnga

If you ask a bride what’s the most stressful part about the wedding, she might say “planning”. However incredulous as it may sound, it’s not just planning of the wedding, it’s also the task of deciding what to wear for pre and post wedding functions, which also includes the big D-day.

The bride has pictured every facet of this day since she was 5, including fanciful daydreams of what she will wear and everyone ooh-ing and aah-ing at her as she walks down the aisle and so, she has to look the best on the best day of her life. The best friends are confused because they have to look amazing, but not over-the-top so as to take the spotlight away from the lady of the night. The mother of the bride is tasked with looking enchanting, but in a dignified way,  a la Jaya Bachchan or Meryl Streep. So you see? It’s a rather complicated affair. But don’t get your dupattas in a twist, we’re here to help!

Everything about weddings, from the decor to the destination, have evolved and how! A far cry from the dry, formality-laden banquet dinners, the traditional shaadi has moved with the times, so to speak. We’ve seen beautiful destination weddings at beach-fronts, ‘Rustic’ weddings are a new favourite and one thing they all have in common, is the liberal use of social media to make weddings a fun, inclusive and memorable affair. Our wardrobe choices have seen quite a few changes, too!

1) The Bride

The Traditional Bride

Who can forget Aishwarya Rai, cast as the unforgettable doe-eyed Indian bride in those hit 90’s movies? She played the Bengali bride in Devdas, the Gujarati Bride in Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam and the Rajasthani Bride in Jodhaa Akbar, to the T. Not to forget everyone’s favourite, Kajol, as the Punjabi bride in both Kuch Kuch Hota Hain and DDLJ.

If you wish to go the traditional route, take a cue from these leading ladies and layer on the gold jewellery without restraint. Word to the wise, although Kajol’s look was quite the trend in the 90’s, the gold-on-gold is now viewed as overkill and lacks that signature drama in your bridal look. We vote for bold red or orange hues, offset with gold Zardozi or Jamwar work; the contrast will work beautifully. Bold red lips and glamorous eyes, of course! Check out these styles that are in line with the traditional bride. 

the traditional indian bride wedding wear

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Pink and Majenta Bridal Lehenga, Wedding Lehenga
Blue Net Fish Cut Lehenga Choli, Readymade Lehenga

The Contemporary Bride

Neon, Neon and more Neon! If there’s one thing we Indians love, it’s being loud and dressing louder! What better way to make a statement than in bright, pop colors? You can’t go wrong with crowd favourite combinations like pink and orange, neon green and royal blue, or a magenta and blue. Willing to go even further? Try something with quirky prints in the style of Masaba Gupta.

On the other end of the spectrum, we have the global pastel trend, that’s taking the world by storm. Opt for calm dove greys, pearly opal, fresh mint and subtle embroidery work for that really minimal, refined look and you’ll fit right into a sartorial magazine. Look up designs by Anushree Reddy for some inspiration!

If you’re ready to ditch the old and embrace the new, the following options are for you!

the contemporary indian bride wedding wear online shopping

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White and Off White Mehendi & Sangeet Lehenga
Orange Bridal Lehenga,Wedding Lehenga

2) The Bridesmaids

The Contemporary Bridesmaids

I don’t know who had this brainwave, but we’re wondering why they didn’t come up with it sooner! Every woman is endowed differently, has a different body shape and distinctly different styles and tastes. No wonder bridesmaids inordinately had to suppress their despair at having to wear one single kind of outfit between 7-8 of them. The cut and style of an outfit will obviously flatter some women, but will be the nightmare of others. But that’s no longer the case! Brides and bridesmaids are opting for different outfits in the same hues and general style, to have uniformity but individual style, at the same time.

Go crazy experimenting with your own style while keeping the general theme of the wedding in mind. If you’re less on the experimental style, you can choose a sari with an interesting neckline or back. If you’re daring, you can try a lehenga-choli or ethnic floor-length dress.

contemporary indian bridesmaids modern wedding wear online shopping

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Fuchsia Pink Lengha Set with Floral Print Blouse

Peach and off white floral sequins embroidered lehenga set

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-Words & Compiled by Chantelle Menezes

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