By Mahvish Ahmed
When you go through your wardrobe to decide what to wear to Dolly Aunty ki bhaanji ki shaadi, and catch sight of your bridal jorha, it may seem like the simplest answer. I mean, with all the time and money you spent on creating that thing, you should be able to wear it to sleep for God’s sake! But the truth is while attending the wedding of someone who isn’t exactly your chuddy buddy, the only decent thing to do is to dress trendy and not look like the dulhan.
But ab kya karein?
If you’ve been avoiding the darzi ke nakhras and are bridal oufit-less, we know how you feel. Here are some super cute outfits we found that you can buy off the rack immediately, and shine in tomorrow.
Why? An understated colour combination with just the right amount of shimmer, this ensemble offers an elegant traditional silhouette with a trendy tulip shalwar.
Pair with: Gold stilettos, a gold clutch and kundan chaandbalis.
Hair: Low bun with curls
Why? The off-white base against the shocking pink dupatta is such a beautiful colour combination. Most of the kaam is resham with little shimmer, hence the opposite of OTT and exactly what you need for a door ki shaadi.
Pair with: Nude heels and gold jumkas with pearls
Hair: A braided bun
Why? The gotay ka kaam complements the traditional gharara beautifully, where as the halter neck keeps the modern vibe alive.
Pair with: A plain dupatta and small gold jhumkis.
Hair: Soft waves worn with a centre parting
Why? The jewel tone and the warm velvet fabric are perfect for the season. The kaam is minimal yet festive – so chic.
Pair with: Ruby and gold earrings, jamawaar cropped pants and gota-work pouch
Hair: Half up hair pinned with a twist, loose curls at the end
Why? A pretty play of colours and fabrics with minimal bling. While the dupatta adds vibrancy, the pastel pink kameez keeps things understated. Plus, there is nothing more traditional and shaadi-appropriate than the good ol’ kaam wali shalwar.
Pair with: Nauratan kundan baalis and velvet khussas
Hair: Side parted hair tied in a low bun. (You can wrap a motiye ka gajra around the bun for some drama)
Why? When a sari can give you lots of kaam without it being too ‘in your face’, it’s a keeper. That’s how you do understated shaadi wear. Thumbs up, Zari Faisal!
Pair with: your nani’s vintage choker and a statement ring
Hair: low bun
Why? Because there is nothing classier than a monochrome sari, especially one that is adorned with kaantha work – yes all those leafy patterns and whirling derveshes are meticulously hand embroidered! Drooling? So are we.
Pair with: Make sure you accessorize well with diamond and pearl jewels to keep the aunties from saying “haye haye beta, na dabka na sitara?”. Add a Bottega black clutch to complete your look.
Hair: A clean, sleek center-parted look
Why? Subtle kaamdani details on white with a contemporary cut – this kaftan will help you go down in everyone’s memory as the stylish one rather than the chammak challo of the night.
Pair with: a contemporary neck piece as those available at Esfir Jewels and a chunky arm cuff
Hair: A voluminous blow dry