Traditional bridal wear for the modern times
Indian traditional wear is of several kinds. We have sarees, salwar kameez and the all time favourite, lehenga.
In a traditional Indian wedding, the women of the family can spend months on end deciding what to wear. However, the most time consuming and difficult decision to make is the bride’s wedding dress. She is bound to be the centre of attention and her outfit is what matters most.
For an Indian bride, especially the north Indian bride, the most favoured bridal outfit is the lehenga – a combination of long skirt (lehenga), blouse (choli) and stole (dupatta). So what are these latest trends in lehengas?
Well, until a few years ago contemporary was in, but now, traditional lehengas suddenly seem to be in demand. Thanks to the latest movies and television shows, Indian brides are choosing to go all out the traditional way when it comes to choosing their bridal lehengas. For the uninitiated, a lehenga usually is a full pleated skirt in colours like orange, pink, red, maroon, green and yellow. The cut of the blouse (choli) has been modernised and you have everything from tight fighting corsets to bikini patterned tops. The blouse can also be backless or with strings, adding glamour to an otherwise traditional outfit. Halter necklines and strapless blouses are also in trend.
Lehenga Colour Combinations
The entire lehenga outfit as a whole can be of matching colour combinations or contrasting colour combinations. For example, we can have an orange skirt with a red blouse and a red and orange stole, or you can have a pink skirt, with a red blouse and an orange stole. The latest trends in bridal lehengas also have the skirt being made up of multicoloured panels, so that there are several colours together.
Thus, the traditional look maintains its status quo albeit with a modern twist.
- Cirimaya V