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What NOT To Wear To An Indian Wedding

by Saumya Gaur

With the completion of the first week of the new year, the season-to-be-jolly, the holiday season is on its way out. In these circumstances, it’s quite probable that you suffer from post-Christmas, post-new year blues. However, if you happen to be a resident of the Indian subcontinent, I have good news for you. The stars (I mean the celestial bodies that govern our respective nativity charts) have declared it an open season for weddings and that means a lot of fun and festivity! It’s the wedding season!

However, because we are millennials, everything we do has to be heavy on the glamour and excitement, weddings are no different. To save you from committing any major fashion faux pas, and help you up your wedding-fashion game, we have compiled a list of no-nos, that will help you navigate the murky waters of wedding fashion. Read on to know more and ace the wedding fashion game!

1. Avoid Wearing Too Many Colors

Yes, most Indian weddings are a glam affair, but that’s no reason for you to turn into a peacock! It’s a common misunderstanding wherein people conflate the idea of festive with too many colors. But if you want to make a splash at the wedding with your style statement this is one fashion mistake you shouldn’t make.

Instead of opting for too many colors that will only confuse your look, go for a shade that sets off your complexion and makes you glow. To add a twist, you can go for unconventional color pairings such as grey-pink, or yellow-purple, but if you think it’s too many colors, it probably is.

2. Black And White Aren’t The Ideal Choice Either

Now, now, we told you to avoid turning it into a rainbow, but we didn’t say anything about going monochrome, did we? In most Indian traditions, black and white are considered inauspicious colors so it would be a major blunder if you turn up in these colors to a wedding. And if it’s a Christian wedding, then you should avoid wearing white out of courtesy for the bride. After all, you don’t want to steal her thunder, do you?

If you really want to have these colors in your outfit, you can include them by going for softer shades such as a soft cream hue instead of white or a metallic-grey instead of black and set them off with contrasting shades such as maroon or fuchsia.

3. A Big NO To Denims

First things first, I am sure you must have heard the saying, “When in Rome, do as Romans do”, so when it comes to dressing for any occasion, one should always keep in mind his/her surroundings. Especially, in Indian weddings, where sticking out like a sore thumb isn’t going to get you any brownie points with the aunties. So, while we don’t advise you to go OTT, don’t play it too casual either.

Avoid casual denim wear, not only are you going to look pale in comparison to your better-dressed counterparts, it would also insinuate disrespect for your hosts. So, no matter how comfortable your pair of jeans are, leave them in the wardrobe.

4. Don’t Go Overboard With Makeup

This is for all the ladies out there. When it comes to makeup, less is more. No matter how badly you want to experiment with your look, an Indian wedding is not the place where you wear black lipstick with a holographic eyeshadow.

Instead, try to highlight one feature by using makeup such as going for a bold smoky eye and pair it with something natural such as a nude lipstick to get maximum style points.

5. Strike The Right Tone Between Sexy And Susheel!

Well, we are no moral police, however, there is a thin line between flamboyant and flirtatious and outrageous and disrespectful. And when it comes to an Indian wedding, there’s a moral police brigade waiting for someone to err and you definitely don’t want to be their target.

So, while a bralette for a blouse might sound like a good idea, if the wedding that you’re attending is more like an Alok Nath level wedding, it would be prudent to cover it up a little. Hey, you can still be sexy, without showing serious skin. Dial down the oomph quotient a little.

6. Heavy Jewellery — All That Glitters Isn’t Gold!

It’s not a wedding if you can’t spot a few aunties standing in a corner judging people by their weight in gold, literally! That said, it’s a good idea to steer clear of wearing heavy and ornate jewelry pieces such as maangtika, or maathapatti. If you do plan to wear one, go for lighter earrings and neckpiece. Balance it out.

Wearing too much jewelry will not only make you look over the top, but it will also make you look like the bride and that is the last thing you want to do.

7. Leave Red For The Bride

Again, this wedding rule has more to do with your consideration for the bride. Red has traditionally been the color for Indian brides. Even if you know that your host isn’t likely to be miffed about you wearing red, or if the bride herself is a little unconventional, it’s still a good idea to avoid wearing red.

The rule to the exception, if you’re a newlywed yourself, you can wear red without raising too many eyebrows. Still, it would be better if you avoid wearing the color all together.

8. Never Sacrifice Comfort For Fashion

Indian weddings are as much work as they are fun. Especially if you happen to belong to the family of the bride or the groom. From the countless ceremonies to the many impromptu jigs, there is a lot for you to do apart from gorging on the delicacies and posing. Therefore, dress in a manner where you are comfortable and can move around easily. And in terms of footwear, ditch those pencil heels in favor of the more sensible wedges, your feet will thank you later! Look at Deepika Padukone, she changed into her sneakers at her own reception!

That’s all folks. We have covered all those areas where you can go wrong. Now all you have to do is get ready to have a good time! Do you have any other wedding-fashion tips? Share them with us in the comments section.

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