The Wedding Edit An Essentials Guide for Women

A five-to-six-day event, an Indian wedding is summed up with a line-up of revelries offering you an opportunity to serve impeccable style statements. Following suit of the wedding season, a plethora of trends are instated for the fashion-enthusiasts to follow. The modern sensibilities of today's women find indo-western appealing, giving center stage to hybrids silhouettes and modernized iterations of blouses, saris and kurtas. If your calendar is completely marked with wedding RSVPs for the months ahead, it's the perfect chance to reach beyond lehengas and start experimenting with modern skirts, maxi dresses, western wear and trousers for women. Here's a guide of essentials and clever styling cues to inspire your vision.

Haldi Ceremony

The yellow tone has clocked years as the most-coveted colour for the Haldi ceremony. If you're choosing a no-brainer colour, going for something super-comfy to revel in the celebration is a clever move. Maxi dresses for women have made the cut into events that are full of fun and frolicking. Say yes to a maxi dress with ethnic artisanal patterns. Finish off the look with embroidered juttis and stackable bangles for a quintessential desi touch. If it's a quirky poolside Haldi setup, imbibe a resort-inspired charm with a printed skirt adorning wispy drapes and a slit. Pair it with a complementing yellow or green solid top, accessorised with an embellished hairband and embroidered juttis.

Mango Bandhani Sleeveless Maxi DressGreen Paisley Draped Skirt

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Mehendi Celebrations

The Mehendi function is typically vivacious and aesthetically colourful. For a ceremony hosted with a sundowner, choose a vibrant pink jumpsuit in an off-shoulder cut to flaunt the beautiful henna on your hands effortlessly. Tread the line between comfort and chicness with this asymmetrically cut, off-shoulder jumpsuit. Slip into a pair of embroidered juttis and colourful danglers. Alternatively, you can count on wide-leg reinditions from the eclectic collection of trousers for women. On the other hand, a chic one-shoulder kaftan will be in harmony with a contemporary faraway destination, giving you the right reason to ditch the kurta.

Fuchsia Embroidered JumpsuitMango One Shoulder Kaftan

Sangeet Party

Amounting to the most action-packed festivities, the Sangeet night not only calls for a competitive vibe but also a glam quotient clash. The trend radar of western wear for women has witnessed umpteen styles that can transition into occasions that leave room for experimentation. Partying all night long certainly needs a spotlight-ready style that shimmies with every move, sans the fuss. Win the fashionista of the evening title with a flowy and feminine wrap skirt, featuring luminous floral patterns. While jumpsuits are a global party stunner, a contemporary iteration with a dramatic flare, artisanal patterns and statement tassels will let you shine in the spotlight.

Pink & Red Patchwork Wrap SkirtYellow Embroidered Jumpsuit

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Cocktail Hour

A night of glitz and glamour, the cocktail soiree gives the leeway to bring dollops of sassiness to a wedding. Make an entrance like a party starter in a one-shoulder kaftan that offers the perfect balance between comfort and chicness. Elevate the breezy silhouette with an embellished belt and shoulder-grazing danglers. If you're a comfort-first fashionista, your agenda to steal the scene will need this cutting-edge version of the tunic, featuring an asymmetric hem and glistening embellishments. Complement the statement-maker with a draped skirt to anchor the dramatic silhouette.

Black One Shoulder Kaftan With SleevesBlack Embroidered Wrap Tunic

Reception Reverie

The reception gala is your chance to be the life of the party. While there would be a sea of gowns in the room, start a trend with an off-beat silhouette, choosing something from trendy cuts from western wear for women. Draped skirts have a penchant to turn into the belle of the ball. Be one in this bright pink sequin embellished iteration, featuring lush fringes that punctuate the style statement with dollops of drama. A breezy one-shoulder cape dress will doll you up so effortlessly; you might feel like waltzing across the dance floor all night long. Say hello to your towering heels and accentuate your elegant charm with a minaudiere.

Navy One Shoulder Cape DressFuschia Sequined Knot Skirt

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By Ashish Bhanushali