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Use your bridal wear beyond the wedding

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It is that time of the year when the wedding season would typically take over our social calendar. But with social distancing protocols, celebrations are now focused on intimate nuptials.  Bridal couture has always been high on every bride’s to-buy list. But the current reality has now redirected them to a mindful way of wedding shopping. A low-key wedding is a perfect time to invest in ensembles that go beyond conventional bridal wear. With a few styling tweaks, your versatile bridal wear can easily make a clever transition into your festive wardrobe post the wedding. We put together a manual for you.

Rooted & Relevant 

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Since the focus is on forward-thinking bridal wear, think classic weaves like Benarasis, Kanjeevarams, Paithanis and Patolas in vibrant jewel tones like emerald green and ruby red. Consider revamping the lehenga skirt with a kurta for a house-warming puja later or simply wearing the entire ensemble again for your sibling’s pheras. Wish to give it a completely modern spin? A woven lehenga with chic bustier promises a glamorous look. In harmony with new trends, Anita Dongre, Jayanti Reddy and Sailesh Singhania interpret Benarasi weave in fuss-free silhouettes, unconventional colours and modern blouses. 

Brides in Capes

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Your wedding picks should update your closet with pieces that beam with possibilities. If you’re inclined towards unconventional looks, cape combined sets by Anamika Khanna, Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor and SVA by Sonam & Paras Modi have all the dramatic bells and whistles you’ll need to channel on your reception soiree. Refresh that dramatic cape to elevate your concept sari and transition into the next festive soiree you attend. Up your layering game for evening affairs clubbing the cape with an embellished waistcoat. Mix and match these three-piece ensembles with anchoring basics to make a trendsetting statement at approaching RSVPs. 

All-Season Saris 

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Back when our mothers curated their wedding trousseau trunk, it was replete with timeless saris that formed a part of the family heirloom. Pay homage to your ethnicity wearing one of these inherited saris for the pheras in your house. You can reach out to this wedding sari for a Diwali soiree styling it with a trendy bustier or flounce-sleeved blouse, or double up the pallu with a Dusala shawl to channel old-world vibes. Whether you’re investing in a glamorous Gaurav Gupta concept sari for the reception or timeless six-yards by Ritu Kumar for pre-wedding rituals, your occasionwear wardrobe will get the perfect refresh for future festive events.

From Bride to Bridesmaid 

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If your heart is set on a pastel bridal ensemble, here’s how you can turn it into a win-win style strategy. You will not only step on the aisle as the sweetest bride but also step up your bridesmaid look. When it’s your turn to lead the bridesmaid entourage, swap the bridal dupatta with a floral printed one to tone down the grandeur or simply go sans it to flaunt the statement blouse. A+ Co recommends pastel ensembles by Mahima Mahajan, Abhinav Mishra & Manish Malhotra to master this plan. Pick out statement jewellery pieces like a jadau maang tikka or chandbaalis from your bridal set to punctuate the look. 

Picture Perfect Prints 

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Printed lehengas are wardrobe MVPs pan-season. Transporting blooming motifs from the summers, Sabyasachi has reprised bridal couture with bespoke prints for this season of intimate weddings. While the floral printed styles with sequinned blouse lend fun-in-the-sun vibe for a poolside Mehendi set-up, the printed khadi lehenga are rendered with rich borders and embroidery adding bridal opulence for the pheras. A floral printed blouse will pair dreamily with a chiffon sari. If you’re choosing traditional block printed motifs, benarasi dupattas are a perfect addition to update the look later. And if you don’t plan to trade the bling factor, foil printed styles by Anita Dongre are perfect options. Pair the blouse with solid silk palazzos to show up in chic new look for the next festive soiree. 

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