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What to wear to a summer wedding

What to wear to a summer wedding

Be the best-dressed baaraati at the next shaadi in one of these reception-ready outfits

What to wear to a summer wedding

While Europeans enjoy spring weddings outdoors, the heat doesn't leave much scope for brunch weddings in the Indian summer (barring fictional cases like the white wedding in Bollywood film Aisha, of course!). Yet, the wedding season continues despite the relentless heat. Why not make the most of the next reception whether it's a garden party, mandap ceremony or a formal indoor function? Until last year, it was hipster brides in the country who were experimenting with the cuts and silhouettes of the traditional shaadi ka joda. The guests are in on the experimental wagon too, incorporating western cuts into ethnic lehengas. Locally, women are asking their darzis to make the blouse a wee bit shorter and the ghera a notch wider so their stilettos are in the spotlight when they walk in to the hall. Here are some shaadi-friendly outfits we spotted on Bollywood celebrities that you might want to borrow ideas from for the next big wedding.

Flapper lehengas

Sophie Choudry was snapped up on the red carpet in what can only be described as a fringe lehenga sari. The peachy sari wrapped around her voluptuous frame mimicked the flirty dresses worn by flappers in 1920s America and seen on the big screen in The Great Gatsby. Earlier this week, Anushka Sharma walked the ramp in a silvery lehenga with a matching fringe choli that was traditional yet unbelievably sexy. The beauty of the fringe is that it moves and shimmers with the tiniest of movements. 

Anarkali dress

The anarkali dress begins where the maxi dress ends, figuratively speaking. It has the aestheticism of the anarkali and the gracec of the maxi without compromising on the Indianness. An embroidered full-sleeved version in chiffon will have you looking like a diva. No wonder Madhuri Dixit-Nene loves it. 

Off-shoulder lehenga

If you are blessed with toned shoulders but are shy of flaunting bingo wings (or flabby arms to say it plainly), an off-shoulder choli with a medium-to-short sleeve will take care of your worries. It's perfect for ward summer weddings. Keep the lehenga on the heavier side so that the ensemble doesn't look too casual. The volume of the lehenga will make up for the lack of fabric on the upper torso. Unsure of displaying your shoulders? Follow in actres Diana Penty's footsteps; ask your darzi to sew a sheer neckline over the choli.

Futuristic blouse

The wide-eyed Shriya Saran attended a friend's celebrity wedding recently in something straight out of Star Trek. The colour of her sari is pristine spaceship white and the only accessory she carries is a silver box clutch. The blouse matching her sari has architectural shoulder detailing that resembles the cool costumes of interstellar space travellers. Naturally, her ensemble turned heads. A little detailing like this, and you might end up upstaging the bride. 

Floral lace ensemble

Newcomer Amyra Dastur is an Indo-Victorian dream in this sheer lehenga set with a lacey overlay. Lace and sheer have been the biggest trends on the ramp for the past few seasons, and don't show any signs of leaving the fashion consciousness. Instead of heavy brocade, a lace lehenga with floral motifs will lighten up your appearance and girth in wedding photos. 

Jewelled lehenga

There is a small set of modern wedding guests in our country of excess who are minimalists. They travel light, consume less and prefer class over showing off. If you are nodding your head at all these descriptors and don't understand the point of lugging around ornaments and the ensemble to a destination wedding, the jewelled lehenga is for you. Urvashi Rautela wore only a delicate set of diamond rings with her piece in plum. It's a lehenga with a large statement piece is attached that does away with the need for any more jewellery. Killing two birds with one precious stone, shall we say? 

Rules to s(wear) by:

- Keep the fabric light and breathable.

- Top choices of colours for this season are pastel shades of yellow, pink, beige and green. Deep and dark shades are out for the moment.

- Do not mix more than two prints or embroidery styles.

- Keep the jewellery lightweight and the accessories few.

So, get cracking on the quirky twist you will be giving traditional Indian wear for the next shaadi ki rasm and head to your favourite darzi... err designer!