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Your Ultimate Guide To Indo-Western Looks

Make Your Wedding Look Special By Following These Simple Tips, Inspired By The Good Ol’ Bollywood

Although considered seasonal, Indian weddings are basically year-round events because of the browsing and buying for outfits. Undoubtedly, the bride’s ensemble is the cornerstone of a wedding. But with the dynamic landscape of fashion today, wedding attendees have become more judicious than ever about their choice of outfit. To make dressing for a wedding as extravagant as the event itself, we decided to give you a handy, Bollywood-inspired guide that is all about adding a contemporary, Indo-western spin to good ole’ traditional outfits.

Let’s make some room in our closets for unconventional dressing during a week full of conventions.

Draped Skirt

shilpa shetty

There’s nothing more fancy-shmancy than layers of ruffles that cascade beautifully and create a dramatic flare! The grace of a dress and the comfort of pajamas are fused perfectly into this effortlessly chic skirt that comes in elegant fabrics. Dance the night away at the next Sangeet you attend in this figure-flattering outfit. Wearing Anamika Khanna, Shilpa Shetty shows you how to up your style quotient.

Dhoti Pants 


Luckily for us, designers have elevated regular, cotton harem pants to look like the next thing that will dictate wedding fashion. Honestly, if we could, we would wear Dhoti pants all day errday solely because of how comfortable they are. Voluminous, graceful and sometimes ruched, you can nonchalantly pair Dhoti pants with an embellished corset to a cocktail party or a reception. Take some inspiration from Pernia Qureshi, who wore a Riddhima Bhasin outfit, to unleash your inner Princess Jasmine.

Long Ornate Jacket

Neha Dhupia

Ever since Sonam Kapoor brought the embroidered jacket to life at Cannes 2013, there have been numerous sightings of this garment that elicits a distinctly glamorous appeal. This could be your chance at repeating an old outfit: simply pair the jacket with your pre-worn Lehenga to achieve a layering effect. Alternatively, you can make a statement by teaming your jacket with palazzos (of the same fabric). At the top of her fashion game with the long jacket was Neha Dhupia, wearing Anamika Khanna.

Crop Top – Embroidered Skirt

Anushka Manchanda on the red carpet of 7th Mirchi Music Awards

Anushka Manchanda revived the rather passé maxi skirt at a recent award ceremony – pairing an iridescent Manish Arora skirt with a plain crop top, going minimalistic with the jewellery, she showed us how to give the Lehenga a modern twist sans the Choli. We can’t think of anything more comfortable than this to get our groove on!

Maxi With Stacked Bangles


While a maxi is touted as an ideal pick for brunch or evening coffee, we’ve found another purpose for it. Opt for a maxi in deep hues like burgundy or royal blue for a night event and muted shades for a summer or daytime event; finish the look with lots of stacked bangles. To get an idea, see how Amrita Puri styled her Ritu Kumar maxi with chunky bangles and a pair of hoops.

The Sari-Gown


When the sensuality of a sari is combined with the sassiness of a dress, it looks like the showstopper piece in the fashion show of our dreams. Amp up your Sari game with a little styling help from the gorgeous Deepika Padukone, who is wearing a Gaurav Gupta sari-gown. The best part? You can boogie the night away without the worry of wardrobe issues because the Sari pleats come pre-stitched!



Jumpsuits instantly add length, making one look statuesque and stunning. A flared jumpsuit with metallic embroidery is the quintessential combination of Indian and European designs. While Tisca Chopra looks simple yet sophisticated in this classic Ridhi Mehra piece, you can accessorize with a boho head harness to add some oomph.

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