Bridal Trends 2016 for the Indian Bride

April 23

Planning to get married this year? I can imagine the stress and dilemma that one goes through as a bride. From deciding what to wear on the wedding day to having your trousseau collection in place, combined with the added burden of not being repetitive as regards colours, style and patterns. Phew, it’s a daunting task indeed! While lehengas and sarees are evergreen, anarkalis will be in vogue this year too. With the Lakme and Amazon Fashion week just concluding, we’ve got a glimpse of the trends for 2016.  So here’s a guide on the bridal trends 2016 for the Indian brides and bridesmaids.

1. Capes

Capes are so in vogue this season. Ruling the international ramp, capes have found their way in Indian wear too. While Shahid Kapoors lovely bride, Mira Rajput wore the cape at her wedding reception, Jacqueline Fernandes wore the cape as the showstopper at Manish Malhotra’s show at the Lakme Fashion week. The cape is perfect for the night time, as well as for a winter wedding and can be teamed up with pants, lehengas, salwar pants, chudidaars, palazzos, gowns or dhotis.

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2. Crop Tops with Skirts

Crop Tops and skirts were in fashion last year and the trend continues. The crop top with an embroidered skirt like lehenga looks perfect for a sangeet or mehendi function. Try experimenting with capes and off shoulder crop tops.

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3. Juttis

Move over heels, stilettos and sandals, juttis are here! The traditional punjabi jutti has gone bespoke and designer. Vintage, with ghungroos and brocades, in silk or velvet and even painted juttis. Pick your style. Juttis look great with almost anything whether its lehenga, salwar pant or a skirt.
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4. Embroidered shoes

Well, if you thought embroidery was only for clothes think again. These handpicked embroidery shoes right out of Riddhi Mehra’s collection look pretty under crop top skirts, lehengas or salwar pants.

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5. Flower Power

Big bold flowery prints and motifs look lovely on lehengas, anarkalis, well just about everywhere. They look beautiful on juttis and embroidered shoes as well. Flower prints and motifs are just perfect for a daytime wedding or mehendi function. I’ve handpicked some bridal lehengas right out of the Anushree Reddy collection.

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6. Palazzo

The hipster-ish clothing from the 60’s is back and how. From slim fit to wider ones, palazzos look lovely on almost everything. Wear it with a long kurta, short kurta, salwar pants or drapes. You can also team it up with anarkalis.

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7. Dhotis

Dhoti style sarees, pants and draped kurtas looks super cool and trendy. This is best for bridesmaids to wear at the sangeet or roka ceremony.

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8. Kurtas

Kurtas with slits and high low kurtas look really chic. Wear this to one of the after marriage functions if you are the bride or to your mehendi. Bridesmaids can wear this to rokahs, engagement parties or to sangeet.


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9. Jackets

Jackets are perfect for a winter wedding to keep you warm and at the same time give that royal look. Long or short, fitted or flowing they add elegance to every look.

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10. Cigarette Pants

Ditch the chudidaars and salwars and wear cigarette pants instead. Wear it with short kurtis, kaftan, tunics, capes and crop tops.

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What’s your personal favourite?

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  • Reply SUNITA SRIRAM April 23 at 10:37 am

    Loved the flower power…so very feminine..awesome..

  • Reply Sunami April 23 at 4:48 pm

    This post is pretty helpful! I love the cape outfits and the cigarette pants!

  • Reply Archana Kapoor April 28 at 1:56 am

    Loved the stuff…. so amazing…

  • Reply Ami April 28 at 6:13 am

    Would love to try those Pallazos and Jackets. Nice collection of trends.

    • Reply life360degrees April 30 at 8:51 am

      Thank Ami. I like Palazzos best with long kurtis. Jackets are super trendy.

  • Reply Nischita April 28 at 8:33 pm

    Bought together well:) loved the shoes and flower power.

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  • Reply A.P.Singh May 4 at 9:55 am

    very trendy jackets and palazzo..the prints and designs all are very lovely

  • Reply parekhcards January 2 at 10:18 am

    Thank you for the blog! I loved the embroidered shoes and the crop tops. The collections are excellent. Every bride keeps on looking for the latest trend as she wants to look beautiful and the best on that D-day.

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