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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.

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  • 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.

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  • Kanchipuram silks being used for lehengas for the sturdiness they provide. Dupattas can be flimsy.

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  • Fabrics like Kota being used for summer weddings, and not necessarily as sarees or suits.

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  • Straighter cuts being available for those who cannot carry off the frills and flares.

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  • Outfits in solid colors without any embellishments, being accessorized with costume jewellery and flowers. The garment remains usable later.

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  • Floor-length anarkalis being called ‘gowns’ or ‘maxi-dresses’, for that is what those are :)