The bridal look has undergone a sea change over the years. The age of minimalism is passe. “More is more” is the new dictum when it comes to the bridal look.
The modern bride is far more experimental compared to her earlier counterparts when it comes to colour, cut, design, fabric and accessories. In the experimental bridal couture vocabulary, the bride wears off-white, silhouettes are anything but standard and embroidery is edgy.
If you want to nail the experimental bride look, but don’t know how to go about it, we show you how.
You can opt for velvet, raw silk, satin, chanderi or sheer. Velvet has a natural sheen and luxurious texture, while raw silk is clean, crisp and shiny. Satin, on the other hand, has a gorgeous luster. Chanderi drapes well and has a glossy and sheer texture. Chiffon or georgette is the best choice if you have summer wedding.
All these fabrics flatter the body and have a beautiful fall. Rohit Bal and Sabyasachi have added velvet lehengas in their bridal wear in 2016. The fabric is pure royalty.
Manish Malhotra, Payal Khandwala as well as Sabyasachi have created stunning bridal wear with Benarasi lehenga with raw silk blouse. Satin lehengas embellished with aari or zardosi work are also trending. When you are opting for a Chanderi lehenga you can choose a zari border at the base and smaller motifs all over chanderi. A chiffon lehenga with zardosi, zari and fine embroidery will look ethereal.
When it comes to the colour of your bridal wear, an experimental bride can think beyond red. You can experiment with blues, bright pinks, sea green, off-whites and orange as well. Tarun Tahiliani, Reynu Tandon, Gaurav Gupta and Harpreet Narula play around beautifully with colours. You can choose a wedding outfit that stand out from any of these designers and make a statement.
You can experiment with Fishcuts, which are flared at the bottom and body hugging at the waist. Manish Malhotra and Harpreet Narula have A-line lehengas, which have minimal flares at the bottom and fit at the waist. You can also try Asymmetric lehengas, which have drapes clinging or pleats attached to the waistline panel for an unbalanced look. For an instant Barbie-look you can opt for a ruffled lehenga.
Since your ensemble and make up are going to be heavy, it is better to opt for a heavy necklace and bare ears or vice-versa. It might look gaudy if you wear everything. If you have a hefty maang tika and heavy embellishment on your choli, opt for minimal ears.
Don’t try to match jewellery and your clothes. Try to wear contrasting jewellery. With a beige coloured outfit you can pair up emerald necklace. With an off-white and green lehenga, rubies will look good. Pearls and colourless stones will go well with a pastel-coloured outfit.
Make a statement
You can experiment your look by pairing your wedding outfit with a statement jewellery. A statement piece can be crown jewellery — a headband — or a pair of adorned earrings or a bedecked neckpiece. You can also add quirky props like a sequined belt and a pair of dark sunglasses, a la Kala Chashma.
Get experimental bridal look ideas on fabrics, colour, fitting, accessories and statement jewellery.