While this one's specially for all you brides-to-be, you can also take something away from it if you want to build a versatile Indian wardrobe!
Being married for about 2 and a half years myself, this is something really close to me because we end up investing a lot of time, energy and resources while building up the trousseau and if not done right, you could end up with things that are just sitting in your storage, barely worn!
If done correctly, you can have a trousseau that takes you through most of your social commitments without ever feeling like 'I don't have anything to wear!'
Through the trousseau edit, the aim is to give you'll my personal approach and hacks to having a versatile wardrobe where theres a lot of scope to mix and match, create different looks and have many options without hoarding on a lot of clothes!
Before listing down some more general aspects while buying, here's what you need to consider at the initial stage of your planning-
- Your budget
- Your lifestyle
- Traditions- followed by your family and your husband's
- What you already have
- Your jewelry
The budget is the most important starting point because you need to chart out how much you're going to invest in your trousseau and then bifurcate that into everything you want to purchase.
Your lifestyle plays an important role too! For example, if you attend many destination weddings, you'll need accessories and clothing which are travel friendly (read: weight and volume constraints). If you are usually busy with work and don't get enough time to get ready, choose garments that are faster to dress in like drape sarees, bustiers with lehenga skirts, etc.! Keep a practical approach and don't get influenced into doing what others do!
Traditions, for example, wearing bandhanis/patolas to pujas amongst Gujaratis make them a good option to include if you're marrying one!
Take stock of what you have (family heirlooms, garments you've stored for your trousseau, gifts etc.) so that you plan accordingly.
It's also essential to keep your jewelry in mind to ensure you have certain styles or embroideries that go with them. Try to keep a mix of jewels and make sure you have some offbeat statement pieces like naths, oversized maangteekas, oxidized chokers, etc. They really add character to your look!
Apart from this, if you're not someone who follows fashion, do make it a point to be informed! The Indian fashion market has a plethora of options in different ranges and knowing your basics like the difference between machine and hand embroidery will ensure that you know what you're paying for!
There are some well established stores that sell designer replicas and if you want to avoid wearing a copy of a famous designer on your D-day, you need to be aware!
Coming to more generic trousseau do's, these are key points for a more evergreen and versatile wardrobe! You should always have a balance between what you want and what you need.
1.] Pick Versatile Pieces-
It is smarter to invest more in pieces which can be worn to different occasions and not be restrictive to a few. The versatility of the outfit makes the buy worthwhile.
Sarees are one of the best examples of versatility. They can be styled, draped and worn in multiple ways, making them suitable for dressing up or down to different occasions.
2.] Keep a mix of day and night colors-
Again, choosing garments in colours which work for both, day or night events increases their utility. It becomes convenient and gives you more options to choose from! For example, while we all love black, many traditional looks in black get limited to functions like sangeets or receptions!
An example of day to night, the navy saree is styled with ethnic jewellery and makeup for a day look and the same saree is styled using a different blouse to create an edgier night look.
3.] Keep a good mix of heavy and light garments-
We suggest that you choose a mix of garments, some heavier while some light and easy breezy ones. A personal tip is to try to have your heavier looks in colors and styles that are more versatile and classic while you can experiment more with the lighter ones!
It is essential to have a healthy mix because you need casual and semi formal outfits for lighter functions and heavier ones for extravaganzas. Many a times, brides focus more on their heavy garments (which mostly end up being the least used of the lot!)
4.] Invest in wardrobe staples-
Wardrobe staples include classics and essentials that every girl must have in her collection, for example blouses, lehenga skirts, sarees, anarkalis that you can't go wrong with. (A detailed blog post on this later!) They work for any and every occasion and are always a good option to invest in.
5.] Incorporate fabrics and traditions from all over India-
In order to have a good mix of styles, we suggest you explore different cities and shop from designers who have different and distinctive aesthetics. Try avoiding bulk buys from one place!
Here below are a few examples and picks by us which belong to various crafts and cultures of the country.
Don't shy away from experimenting! Explore different designers if you have the time. Try choosing silhouettes, fabrics or embroideries you don't have in your collection.
That being said, it's always good to step out of your comfort zone and try something different but don't buy something on an impulse that you won't end up wearing!
7.] Keep a mix of evergreen and trendy pieces-
Keep a mix of classics and current trends. Current trends are a must to be a part of the trending fashion but classics will stay with you forever. You can wear them even whenever and where ever, you can never go wrong with them. Therefore the must be a must.
For example, outfits by Gaurav Gupta and Papa Don’t Preach will be grabbing eyeballs and set you apart while the outfits by Anamika Khanna and Sabyasachi are evergreen classics!
8. Try to have lighter versions of your heavier garments!
For example, if you've picked a really heavy lehenga set which can only be worn to your own event, and if you love the blouse and want to use it more.. keep a simpler lehenga option for that blouse too!
Case in point, I really wanted a tulle lehenga for my mehendi but I knew that I wouldn't be able to wear it much after that (unless I want to look too overdressed :p). But I absolutely loved the intricately hand embroidered off-shoulder blouse with cutwork which had a life of it's own! That's why I ended up making a simple raw silk lehenga skirt to pair it with in future!
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