The Indian bridal wear scene has undergone changes in several ways:
- The color palette shifting to neutral tones like beige and pastels.
- Acceptability of Indian gowns for ceremonies, other than the main wedding.
- Banarasi getting a new look with new-age patterns and combinations.
- The sari getting relegated to receptions, and lehengas being center-stage.
Changes we need to see
- Relaxed hairstyles, as everybody cannot carry off those up-dos, and it kind of changes the personality.
- Stitched versions of all traditional styles – be it the nine-yard, Coorgi, Bengali or any other. Draping need not be a hassle, and interfere with the accessorization.
- Punjabi Kaliras being incorporated in neckwear or headwear, so it does not clash with the heavy outfits. Those could actually look good on a waistband of some kind.
- Kanchipuram silks being used for lehengas for the sturdiness they provide. Dupattas can be flimsy.
- Fabrics like Kota being used for summer weddings, and not necessarily as sarees or suits.
- Straighter cuts being available for those who cannot carry off the frills and flares.
- Outfits in solid colors without any embellishments, being accessorized with costume jewellery and flowers. The garment remains usable later.
- Floor-length anarkalis being called ‘gowns’ or ‘maxi-dresses’, for that is what those are