The onset of winter weddings brings the opportunity of going all out with extravagant clothing. But ensembles like backless saree blouses, crop tops or chiffon sarees are not great options when it is 10˚ C outside. In order to help you navigate the chilly weather and conventions of winter wedding styles, here are a few style cues that will keep you both warm and fashionable.
Layer your pieces
A jacket style lehenga, as popularized by Manish Malhotra and Sabyasachi, is a godsend for the cold. You can either wear a banarasi silk lehenga or a solid raw silk lehenga as both these fabrics will shield you from the outdoor chill. Another favourable fabric is velvet paired with a butta brocade. Whether you don this pairing as a saree or a Pakistani suit, the outcome will be exquisite.
Modernize the blouse
With the saree being a perennial favourite for the wedding season, experiment with the blouse for a refreshing change.Voluminous sleeves are trending and will also keep you warm. Try details such as layering, ruffles in organza fabric or go for full sleeves that end in a shirt-like cuff.
Experiment with woollen
If you follow Sonam Kapoor, you must be aware of her non-stop experiments with Indian wear. Take inspiration from her and pair your lehenga with a chunky turtleneck knit sweater and accessorize with an oversized neck piece. The trick here is to choose tones of the knit that complement the pattern of the lehenga. Also, the silhouette of the lehenga should edge more towards an A-line skirt than the traditional kalidaar lehenga.
For his winter-festive fashion show at Lakme Fashion Week, designer Shailesh Singhania presented sarees paired with brocade coats with matching gloves giving off vibes of a maharani dressed for the ball. If a brocade coat sounds too frivolous for you, pair trench coats in classic colours like navy or camel along with accessories that stand out.
The classic shawl
The pashmina or a jamawar shawl is your go-to option if you are inclined towards a classic look. You can get gota trims, oversized tassels or pom-poms added to the shawl to make it wedding appropriate. Another great option is to add a few ghungroos. The colour of the shawl should complement the tone of your outfit. Colours like bottle green, rust, violet are apt in the evenings, while bright shades of orange and pink can be worn during the day. Make sure you drape your shawl in a way that does not overpower or hide your outfit.
Convert your dupatta to a cover-up
A fair share of bloggers have shifted their preference to a shrug replacing the traditional dupatta for ethnic-wear. Pairing the shrug with a lehenga or flared pants is a chic update and looks effortlessly elegant. Opt for a scalloped trim that adds a much-needed regal finish to the ensemble. A variety of styles can be adopted; including kimonos, capes and flowy kaftans depending on the silhouette of your outfit.
With a slew of festive dinners, cocktail parties, and mehendi soirees approaching, incorporating these suggestions will have you covered with stunning ensembles to wear to every occasion.