Be an uber-stylish guest

Be an uber-stylish guest
So the wedding invites are pouring in by the dozen? And the wardrobe’s not throwing up too many options? Afraid of repeating what you wore to your aunt’s cousin’s anniversary? While everyone generally is worried about what the bride or the groom will wear on the wedding day [but of course it’s their day, silly], the attires of guests are more often than not taken for granted. But fret not, there are always ways that ensure you step into a wedding ceremony looking uber-stylish.

With the wedding season in full swing, we say leave those traditional saris to the bride and the elderly. Instead, opt for new cuts in blouses, play around with saris, fit in to dresses, put on minimal accessories and make-up and voila! You are all set to go, say Delhi-based designers.  

‘Go for fabrics like silk, chiffons, georgettes, delicate laces and translucent nets  with tone-on-tone embroidery to beat the heat,’ says designer Payal Jain.
and thread textures will give you a sophisticated and subtle, yet cool look,’ she points out.

‘The Victorian concept is ruling the fashion charts — be it Western drapes or Western saris. Concept [draped] saris are getting popular. These are comfortable and a perfect combination of modern and ethnic,’ says designer Parul Grover.

But instead of breaking your head over what’s trending, the best way to go is to figure out what works for your body shape. ‘Pure chiffon and pure georgette look good on all body types,’ says designer Jattinn Kochchar. He suggests playing around with blouses. ‘For instance, if you wear a plain sari with embellished borders, keep the blouse heavy. And rather than conventional blouses, go for halter blouses, or blouses with Peter Pan collar. You can also experiment with deep-knot blouses which were very popular during the 60s,’ says Kochchar.

If Indianwear isn’t your thing, simply don a nice cocktail dress. ‘Avoid being overdressed and keep it simple. You can always opt for a dress in fabrics like chiffon or georgette,’ says Jain. Avoid bling and strong colours and chuck heavy gold or silver jewellery. Stick to clutches and heels for accessories. 

The colours of the season, says designer Gautam Gupta, are neon. Select something in hues like orange, sea crest blue, bright white, turquoise, apple green, ice blue, warm white or neon. Non-bridal shades like sea greens, beige, ivory and taupe will also work.

‘Jackets with lehengas are moving fast. Go for net jackets along with lehengas for a sexy and chic look,’ suggests Gupta.

If it’s a wedding in the family, it’s best to stick to Indianwear, however, you can give it a more ‘modern’ twist. ‘Wear a long skirt with a bustier, a long evening dress, adventurous tunics paired with slim pants, funky blouses or bustier with simple saris,’ says Jain. Dresses with interesting necklines and drapes, long or short skirts with unorthodox tops, tunic jackets with cigarette pants, embellished kaftans also suit the purpose, she says.

‘If you are wearing a sari, opt for one with gota-patti work as it gives a heavy look but is light to carry. Even an ombré-dyed sari with heavy sequins or beadwork will look pretty. Machine-embroidered golden Kasab motif detailing [
threading done with the help of machines and is lighter than zardosi] is another good option,’ says designer Sonia Jetleey. One can also opt for fitted corset lehengas in flamboyant colours, says Grover.

If you are attending a friend’s wedding, you can experiment with a short, sexy dress for the cocktail or a long flowing gown for the reception. ‘Backless is good — a hint of skin is okay. Wear a sharara
or a Chantilly lace sari,’ says Kochchar. ‘A floor length anarkali with a contrast Banarasi lehenga adds glamour,’ says Grover.

The idea is to look fresh, fashionable and yet formal to address the wedding occasion. So, this wedding season keep it simple and stylish.

  • Choose lattering silhouettes
  • Keep the accessories simple
  • Go for neon colours
  • Experiment


  • Heavy fabrics
  • Too much embellishment
  • Dark colours
Saburi Pandit

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