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5 Gorgeous Anarkali Suits for the Upcoming Festive Season
16 th Sep 2014

 

If there is one Indian outfit most women swear by, in terms of comfort, grandeur and versatility, it is the Anarkali suit. In the recent times, anarkali suits have captured the Indian festive wear market to an extent that you will find one in almost every woman’s wardrobe. An anarkali suit, for the uninitiated is a long kurta that is fitted at the bust or torso and flares out around the legs. An anarkali suit features multiple pleats and is paired with a churidar bottom and a dupatta. The beauty of an anarkali suit is that it can be worn by women of any body type or height. For festive occasions, anarkali suits are available in extravagant fabrics and exquisite designs. If you don’t have an anarkali suit in your wardrobe yet, it is high time you get one. Let us take you through some of the stunning pieces we have on offer so that you can buy your anarkali suit online and prepare yourself for the upcoming festive season.  

Before buying an anarkali suit online, get your shoulder, waist, bust and hip measurements. That way, you can pick the right size while buying an anarkali suit online. On Strandofsilk, anarkali suits are available in vibrant colours with detailing that ranges from being simple and elegant to elaborate and opulent. Depending on your taste and the occasion, you can pick an anarkali suit online that suits you best. Here are our top picks from our collection:

1. Pretty Peach Tiered Anarkali Suit 

A gorgeous peach anarkali suit that features a contrasting orange yoke and orange dupatta that works really well both during the day and the night. The embroidered design along the bust and the tiered pleats add a lot of charm to the outfit. If you are looking for an anarkali suit online in a refreshing colour, then this would be our pick for you.

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2. Impressive Vermillion Anarkali Suit

If you like layers and volume while buying your anarkali suit online, then this Siddartha Tytler number is ideal for you. The magical vermillion net fabric, paired with the embroidered blue yoke is a stunning addition to your wardrobe. Go ahead and add it to cart if you want to make a splash this festive season.

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3. Festive Yellow Mirror Work Anarkali Suit

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This yellow anarkali suit by ‘The Citrine’ exudes royalty and elegance. The shimmering fabric paired with the embellished collar and mirror work on the yoke makes the outfit fit for a gala affair. Buy this anarkali suit online and pair it up with simple and delicate accessories and we guarantee that you will be the center of all the attention.

 

4. Green and Pink Sleeveless Anarkali Suit

What is a festive occasion without bright colours? If you love bright colours, go for this green and pink anarkali suit by Ananda that has delicate zardosi embroidery on the yoke and beautiful tassels on the dupatta. What will clinch the deal for you is the detailed embroidery around the waist and hemline that makes it gorgeous.

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5. Turquoise Blue Anarkali Suit

If you are bored of the regular red and pinks and are looking for an anarkali suit online in a unique colour, then this number by SVA should do the trick for you. This classic anarkali suit has a lovely lotus motif embroidery on the yoke and potli detail on the neckline, yoke and sleeve hems. The suit, which will never go out of fashion is a timeless addition to your wardrobe and is ideal for wedding parties and festive occasion.

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Anarkali suits are magical outfits that lend a royal charm when worn. If you want to feel and look like a princess, we urge you to go ahead and pick some of these gorgeous outfits for yourself to make a stunning impact this festive season. 

Indian Sarees for Every Occasion
11 th Sep 2014

 

There is no other outfit that accentuates the beauty of a woman as well as the Indian saree. The beauty and grace of every woman comes alive when draped in six yards of sheer elegance. No wonder the saree is among the most favoured outfits be it for a formal occasion or a festive one.

The Indian saree is so versatile that it can be a part of your office wear as well as festive wear. If you are looking to amp up your saree collection or start anew, then the time is just right - the festive season is round the corner and a saree will be the perfect addition to your wardrobe. And no, you don’t have to set aside a weekend to go saree hunting cause you can buy Indian sarees online from our handpicked designer sarees in our collection. Here is a glimpse of some exquisite pieces we have on offer, just for you.

 

1. Black Handwoven Cotton Saree for Work

Bored of the same sharp suits and western formals when you dress up for work? Then it is about time you buy Indian sarees online that double up as formal wear for an all-important meeting or presentation. Why not try this black handwoven cotton saree that is both formal and trendy? The saree with its contrasting red border and striped pallu is great for a day when you want to look chic and distinct. Wear it with oxidised silver jewellery and be sure to be at the receiving end of compliments at work.

 

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2. Digital Print Saree for the quirky woman

If you want to wear an outfit that is fashionable and fun, then why not give your dresses a break and try this quirky saree by Sougat Paul? The saree features an eclectic mix of digital prints that are sure to fire up many a conversation. It comes with an embellished purple blouse and sheer back that is smart and trendy.

 

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3. Neon Georgette Saree for Semi-formal Occasions

When you buy Indian sarees online, the most important thing to remember is to buy sarees that can be worn during semi-formal occasions like a friend’s wedding or a cocktail party. These sarees are neither too simple nor too elaborate, but yet have a distinct appeal to them. Sarees like these are going to be most used so pick them wisely when you buy Indian sarees online.  Try this neon georgette saree by Anita Dongre with gota patti embroidery and we are sure that you will woo the onlookers with your ensemble.

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4. Pink Pre-draped Lehenga Saree

For women who are not very skilled at draping a saree, a pre-draped lehenga saree is the best option. This pink pre-draped saree with silver zardosi embroidery and detailing at the waist adds a royal charm to your look. The steel grey corset of this pre-draped saree is the most interesting element of this outfit. So if you are looking for a simple to wear saree when you buy Indian sarees online, then this is the pick for you.

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5. Orange Indian Wedding Saree

There are sarees and then there are wedding sarees. Indian wedding sarees are rich, opulent and spell luxury in every yard. If you are gearing up for your wedding, then we suggest you look up for a new style like this Rakesh Agarvwal saree when you buy Indian sarees online for your wedding. This bright orange saree with the silver trimmings, silver blouse and the opulent waist band is a great pick for a pre-wedding event or a party.

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Sarees are eternally in fashion and are a smart fashion choice. Be it a festive or a formal occasion, a saree will stand out and be noticed. Now that you have taken a look at the varied saree styles we have on offer, what’s stopping you from picking up your credit card and buying gorgeous sarees for every occasion? 

5 Indian Outfits Every Woman Should Have in Her Wardrobe
08 th Sep 2014

 

Every woman has a few wardrobe staples – a couple of pairs of jeans that fit snugly, formal trousers, tees, a white shirt, a black shirt, feminine skirts and dresses and loads of accessories. In a bid to have the best of the clothes for day to day use, many women tend to ignore the need to stock up on Indian outfits. As a result, when it comes to an occasion that calls for Indian wear, they are left staring at a wardrobe that does not have much to offer.

In order to make sure that you don’t have to face a similar predicament again, we have put together five Indian outfits that every woman should have in her wardrobe. After going through the styles, you can browse through our selection of Indian wear online and buy similar dazzling Indian sarees online or look for a breathtaking lehenga online. We guarantee that once you start browsing through our collection of fabulous outfits, you won’t stop. So go ahead and read on for ideas to stock up on fabulous outfits. That way, you will not just be prepared for any festive occasion or gathering but will also be the center of all the attention in your gorgeous outfit.

1. Silk Saree

The most important Indian outfit in any woman’s wardrobe is the silk saree. Silk is the quintessential saree fabric and a well draped silk saree makes you look elegant and graceful. Silk sarees come in a variety of colours, textures and designs. Depending on your preference and taste, you can choose from silk sarees that range from being simple and elegant to being luxurious and lavish. You can also dress up a silk saree with elaborate jewellery or dress it down by wearing just a single piece of jewellery. When a piece of garment is as versatile as this, there is no way you cannot have a silk saree in your wardrobe.

With the option to buy Indian sarees online, all you need to do is to pick a colour and design of your choice from the selection that we have on offer. If you are looking for a unique and one of a kind outfit for a festive occasion, may we suggest this amazing brown gold saree with stone and sequin embellishments by Narendra Kumar? You can buy this impressive Indian wear online and be rest assured that when it reaches you, it will make for a precious addition to your wardrobe.

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2. Embellished Sarees

While silk sarees are a favourite among the wedding crowd, a lot of women are now opting for lighter fabrics like chiffon and georgette that are easier to drape. While you are browsing to buy Indian sarees online, you are sure to come across such sarees. These sarees are festooned with exquisite stone and sequin embellishments and are a great buy for any wedding or festive occasion. While buying Indian sarees online, remember to read the description of the outfit to get a fair idea about the details on the outfit. If we had to pick a unique embellished saree for you, we’d pick the gorgeous Red shaded saree by Rakesh Agarvwal that has fern inspired embroidery all over. The ombre effect on the saree teamed with the details on it makes it stunning. The saree, with a diamante belt is a great option for wedding parties and a worthy addition to your wardrobe.

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3. Lehenga

While many of you may argue that a lehenga is mostly associated with bridal wear and not as a festive essential, we beg to differ. After a saree, if any outfit comes close to living up to the grandeur of Indian weddings and festivals, it is the lehenga. If you are sceptical about the fit while buying a lehenga online, let us assure you that the lehengas we offer can all be customized and tailored to fit you like a dream. What’s more, for women looking to buy a lehenga online, we offer exclusive and exquisite pieces by prominent Indian designers.

You can browse through our Indian wear online to find some stunning lehengas that can be worn for a family wedding or festive occasions. This opulent navy lehenga by Siddartha Tytler that has a kaleidoscopic pattern in turquoise and blue is an outfit that we would recommend for women looking for a distinctive lehenga online. Pair it with chunky gold or kundan jewellery and we can assure you that you will be bestowed with compliments where ever you go.

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4. Anarkali Suit

For occasions where you do not want to be overdressed, an anarkali suit is the best option – it is traditional, comfortable, easy to wear, dressy and not very over the top. Anarkali suits come in different styles that suit almost all kinds of body types. This makes an anarkali suit easiest to pick when buying Indian wear online, since all you need to be sure about is the way the colour will look on you. Also, it is one of the most widely available Indian wear online, making it easy for you to pick an outfit.

An anarkali suit can be worn for weddings and festive occasions with matching jewellery and a jewelled clutch. For more formal dos, skip the elaborate jewellery and stick to simple and elegant pieces like diamond earrings or a delicate bracelet. While buying this Indian wear online, you can pick from traditional fabrics like raw silk, cotton and silk or go in for lightweight and flowy fabrics like chiffon and georgette. Here is a Blue Chanderi Anarkali suit by SVA that we think is a versatile outfit for your wardrobe. You can jazz it up with a large jhumka  and bangles for a wedding or finish the look with a simple clutch for a more formal do.

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5. Salwar Kameez

Last but not the least, how can we forget the salwar kameez that has been an integral part of the Indian traditional wear for centuries? While the humble salwar kameez has given way to anarkali suits as festive wear in a big way, there are a lot of women who still swear by it for its sheer versatility and timeless charm. For all you women looking to add a salwar kameez to your collection, we’d suggest you buy one in a rich fabric like silk which will stay in fashion for years to come.

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This gorgeous and stylish salwar kameez by SVA with a pleated yoke and resham work in the hemline blends beauty and sensuality. Wear it for a casual do with stacked black metal bangles or for a wedding with gold jewellery and step out in style.

Indian outfits meld together elegance and grace beautifully. If you don’t have Indian outfits in your wardrobe, we urge you to explore our amazing collection of traditional Indian wear online. You can buy spectacular Indian wear online from our website, with a simple click of a button. With these outfits in your collection, you are never going to be staring at your wardrobe again when the occasion calls for Indian wear. The gorgeous handpicked outfits from our collection will not just make you look great but will be a valuable addition to your wardrobe.

 

Indian Wedding Jewellery Sets that we Totally Love
31 st Aug 2014

For any bride, the jewellery that she wears on her wedding day is the second most important thing after her outfit. Every would-be bride is on the lookout for exquisite pieces of jewellery that she can pair with her bridal lehenga  or saree in order to look stunning on the day of her wedding. If you have not yet started shopping for your jewellery and are scouting for options, we bring to you here some of the Indian wedding jewellery sets that we totally love.

Polki Wedding Set

Among Indian wedding jewellery sets, polki jewellery is the most popular, thanks to its extensive appearance in glamorous events and movies. Polki is nothing but uncut diamond that is extremely precious both due to its rarity and the high level of craftsmanship that goes into making the jewellery. Due to its value and the traditional design, polki jewellery is regarded as an heirloom piece, passed on from one generation to another. Polki Indian wedding jewellery sets which go beautifully with both sarees and bridal lehengas.

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We love the Polki set complete with pearls, emeralds and enamel work that adorned Shilpa Shetty on the occasion of her wedding. Not only did it look regal, but it also added a lot of sparkle to her outfit.

Diamond Wedding Set

Diamonds are a woman’s best friends and not without reason. They are rare, precious and are forever. So it is but natural for a bride to want diamond jewellery for an occasion as special as her wedding. The beauty of diamond Indian wedding jewellery sets is that they can be paired not just with bridal lehengas and sarees but also with gowns and dresses. Here is a gorgeous diamond and emerald set from Diagold that is sure to make heads turn at your wedding. The play of light between the beautifully cut emeralds and the shimmering diamonds will sure leave you dazzling on the day of your wedding.

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Gold Wedding Set

While stones, diamonds and pearls have found favour among the north Indians, the south Indian bridal jewellery is quintessentially pure gold. Stacks of beautifully crafted bangles, layers of necklaces in different lengths and heavy earrings are an integral part of south Indian wedding jewellery sets. Some brides also add a maang tika to the ensemble. Even though the jewellery is primarily designed for the saree wearing south Indian bride, they do look good on bridal lehengas too.

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If you are going in for south Indian wedding jewellery sets, we suggest you pick pieces that look as great individually as they do when they are worn together.

Semi-Precious stones wedding set

For those women looking for chunky or heavy pieces of jewellery with a lot of shine and shimmer, an option is to pick Indian wedding jewellery sets in semi-precious stones.

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Here is a set we love. The necklace and earrings with white and red stones matched beautifully with the red bridal lehenga. Styles such as these give you the option of picking jewellery that completely complements your outfit. What’s more, they come in elaborate designs that make you stand out on the most important day of your life.

Antique Gold Wedding Set

A trend that is popular now is to wear Indian wedding jewellery sets in an antique gold design and finish. The pieces are heavy, rich and chunky and often feature popular deities in the design – be it the pendant or the bangles. Some brides go a step further and wear armbands and waistbands in similar styles. The trend is more popular among the Kanjeevaram saree wearing Indian brides than the ones who wear bridal lehengas, evidently because the design and style pairs well with silk sarees.

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The designs are intricate and elaborate and the amount of craftsmanship that goes into making this kind of jewellery is befitting a bride.


Bridal jewellery is something that you will cherish for many years to come. When you are out shopping for your wedding jewellery, carefully pick out unique pieces that won’t just complement your bridal outfit but will also make a statement on the day of your wedding. So what is the style that goes well with your bridal outfit? Share your thoughts in the comments!

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Indian Wedding Jewellery Sets that Dazzled at the India International Jewellery Week 2014
28 th Aug 2014

The Indian International Jewellery Week that came to a close recently saw jewellery take the center stage as models and Bollywood beauties walked the ramp showing off gold, diamond, ruby, emerald and pearl jewellery.  As is the tradition in India, most of the big ticket jewellery purchases happen during the wedding season. So it did not come as a surprise that many collections portrayed Indian wedding jewellery sets teamed with bridal lehengas as a part of the show. Here is a look at some of the Indian wedding jewellery sets that dazzled in the Indian International Jewellery Week.

Sridevi, who walked for Golecha jewellers in a gold Vikram Phadnis bridal lehenga showed off a Rani haar with a gleaming diamond pendant.

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The necklace was paired with matching drop earrings and rings. The ensemble the designers teaming the gold coloured outfit with silver toned jewellery, which is not very common. It just goes on to show that if you have a rock as big as that in your pendant, co-ordination is the last thing you need to worry about.

Day 1 of the jewellery week also saw six graduates from the Indian Institute of Gems and Jewellery display their collection of close to 45 fabulous sets comprising necklaces, earrings, rings, bangles, cummerbunds and bracelets. Notable among them was a stunning diamond choker and matching earrings worn by Amruta Patki, Miss India International 2006.

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PC jewellers presented their collection called Beau Mariee or beautiful bride, featuring bridal jewellery in gold, diamond, kundan, polki and pearls. They showcased unique Indian wedding jewellery sets that included cummerbunds, haath phool and chandelier earrings in uncut diamond, precious stones and pearls.  Actress Bipasha Basu walked the ramp as the showstopper for their collection in a dazzling multilayered necklace.

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She paired her maroon and green bridal lehenga with a polki necklace and dangling earrings, studded with emeralds and pearls.  Matching white and green bangles and a cocktail ring completed her look.  

Dia Mirza opened the show for Shobha Shringar jewellers with a studded collar necklace with diamonds, precious stones and an enamel work pendant. Matching chandelier earrings, maang tika and wrist cuffs completed the look.

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The collection featured Indian wedding jewellery sets with beautifully crafted ganesha pendants, kadas, shoulder dusters and chand baalis which were paired with traditional Indian bridal lehengas and saris. Assorted statement rings also made their appearance on the ramp in abstract, traditional and floral designs.

Ganjam displayed their exquisite neckpiece “Mayuratna” on day 2 of the IIJW. The gorgeous necklace with 15 Zambian emeralds with brilliant diamonds took nine months to craft. Sagarika Ghatke walked the ramp for Ganjam with this stunning piece of jewellery.

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Bidrichand Ghanshyamdas unveiled the “AKS” collection as a part of the Indian International Jewellery week. Parineeti Chopra walked the ramp for the jeweller in a stunning black layered bridal lehenga with a velvet corset. A heavy necklace with multiple strands of pearls with a heavy pendant adorned her neck. It was paired with a chunky kada with emerald prongs and a green floral ring.

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The Parineeta collection from Gitanjali jewellers featured exquisite Indian wedding jewellery sets for the bride in gold, diamond, jadau and other precious stones. Many of their pieces glistened with rubies and emeralds set in gold. Neha Dhupia walked the ramp in an elaborate fuschia bridal lehenga wearing a spectacular ruby and diamond necklace with shoulder dusters and a maang tika. 

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The Indian International Jewellery Week had a lot to offer to the Indian brides – be it antique and heavy gold and Nizam jewellery or contemporary diamond jewellery. We are sure that these fine pieces of jewellery have left you lusting for them.  The beauty of these Indian wedding jewellery sets is that they won’t just add a sparkle to your look but will also make you the cynosure of all eyes.

 

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Handpicked Outfits for the Indian Groom
28 th Aug 2014

 

The would-be-bride has tonnes of options when it comes to Indian wedding clothing and it takes forever for her to shop for her Indian wedding outfits. While the bride may enjoy it, we understand that the men do not really want to spend that kind of time on wedding shopping. If you are dreading spending long hours over shopping for Indian wedding clothing and want to pick the best of the Indian wedding outfits from the comfort of your home, then we are here to help you! We take you through the process of buying your Indian wedding clothing online and also give you handpicked Indian wedding sherwanis, kurtas and jackets from our collection that will make for impressive Indian wedding outfits.

The first thing to do before shopping for Indian wedding clothing online is to get your size and fit right. Bring out your measuring tape and note down the measurement of your collar, chest, waist and sleeve before you start shopping for Indian wedding outfits. Once you have made a note of the measurements, you can estimate as to which size will fit you the best.

Once the measurements sorted, it is time to make a list of all the events that are a part of your wedding celebrations for which you will need Indian wedding clothing. If you are having a small cocktail party or a pre-wedding gathering, do away with your suit and go the Indian way by dressing up for the event in a kurta and pyjama with a well-tailored jacket or waistcoat over it. A jacket is a great way to add an element of sharpness to your Indian wedding outfit. For an evening party, may we suggest this sleeveless waistcoat by Siddarth Tytler paired with a kurta and pyjama?

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The smart jacket in raw black silk can be paired with a kurta of almost any colour. The velvet trimmings on the jacket don’t just make it more fashionable but also add a more festive look to it. Wear the jacket over a short or long kurta with Jodhpuri pants or a churidar pyjama. And just like that, you have the perfect outfit for a pre-wedding party! If what you are looking for is a readymade Indian wedding outfit, complete with the kurta and the pyjama, here is a chic kurta-pyjama and jacket set by SVA. Simply roll up the sleeves to add a casual look to the outfit and pair it with a pair of leather shoes or sandals and you are ready to play the perfect host!

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For a more traditional ceremony like the sangeet, go in for a kurta and pyjama teamed with a snazzy dupatta. That way, if you are shaking a leg in the sangeet, you can make wonderful use of the dupatta as a prop. When it comes to Indian wedding outfits like kurtas, we have an amazing collection in rich fabrics and vibrant colours. If you don’t want to make a splash with a bright colour, then we have a wide array of kurtas in beige, off-white and earthy hues like brown.

The kurtas from WYCI are made from rich silk fabric and come with details on the collar, lapel and sleeve that add the right amount of elegance to the Indian wedding outfit. They are festive without being extravagant – perfect if you intend to keep the look understated. Pair the kurta-pyjama with a dupatta in a contrasting colour and you are all set with your Indian wedding outfit for the sangeet ceremony.

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Now that we have taken care of options for the groom who likes his outfits to be understated, here are some amazing options for the man who likes some colour in his outfits. We are of the opinion that only bright colours can do justice to a night that is going to be filled with music and dance. So without much ado, here are some festive Indian wedding outfits in bright colours, perfect for a sangeet ceremony.

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The golden yellow kurta by WYCI in rich brocade is stuff that is fit for the king. Pair it with a beige or maroon dupatta and you are all set to make a splash at your sangeet ceremony. If you feel like experiementing, go in for the electric blue kurta-pyjama-dupatta set by Siddartha Tytler. The rich kurta is silk with heavy threadwork is made for the Indian groom who does not shy away from colours. For men who want to wear something festive but in a conventional colour, we have the maroon silk kurta with zari embroidery all over, lending it a rich and merry look.

For the big day of your wedding, we suggest you go all out and wear a traditional Indian wedding outfit like a dhoti paired an Indian wedding sherwani. Not only does a dhoti have its own charm, nothing else can beat the dhoti when it comes to traditional wear. If you are wary about the drape and the dhoti coming off, then you can go in for dhoti-style pants with your sherwani. They look like the real deal and give you the comfort of a pyjama. On the day of your wedding, you want to look nothing less than royalty. So go in for lavish fabrics like silk or velvet in rich colours like gold and maroon.

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The white and gold silk sherwani by Siddatha Tytler has a rich velvet appliqué detailing throughout, making it a great pick for the Indian groom. The dori-jaal embroidered sherwani in the classic cream colour is another option for the groom who wants to exude class and elegance. Both the sherwanis are teamed with white dhoti-style Patiala bottoms that are extremely comfortable to wear during the wedding ceremony. But our personal favourite is the ornate maroon and black brocade sherwani that is not just stylish but also very plush. It is paired with a gilded copper Patiala pyjama and an exquisite Chanderi silk dupatta. Make this the outfit for your wedding ceremony and be rest assured to get more complements than the bride!

For the wedding reception, if you want to go the Indian route, then a well crafted sherwani set is what you should be looking for and we have just the right picks for you.

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The beauty of an Indian wedding sherwani is that it is as smart as a suit and it is also the perfect canvas to display intricate details like embroidery and embellishments. For your wedding reception, try our three piece green Indian wedding sherwani set by SVA. The silk sherwani in olive and green colour comes with all over prints and is paired with a contrasting beige churidar pyjama and dupatta. For the men who want to wear the deep maroon colour for their wedding reception, we have this regal sherwani from WYCI. The plush velvet sherwani has an all over hexagon design in gold, making it perfect for an occasion when you are in the spotlight. And if you want to go in for the timeless beige colour for your outfit, then go for the striped beige and cream sherwani set by Siddartha Tytler that comes with a matching dupatta with a brilliant border.

Now that you have seen the magnificent Indian wedding clothing we have on offer for the Indian groom, go ahead and get started with your shopping online, from the comfort of your home. The beauty of these Indian wedding outfits is that they are handpicked and exquisite and never go out of style. So you can be sure that once you have bought them, you can wear them many times over, depending on the occasion.

Indian Wedding Jewellery: Rubies, Diamonds and more......
22 nd Aug 2014

For any bride, the jewellery that she wears on her wedding day is the second most important thing after her outfit. Every would-be bride is on the lookout for exquisite pieces of jewellery that she can pair with her bridal lehenga or saree in order to look stunning on the day of her wedding. If you have not yet started shopping for your jewellery and are scouting for options, we bring to you here some of the Indian wedding jewellery sets that we totally love.

Polki Wedding Set

Among Indian wedding jewellery sets, polki jewellery is the most popular, thanks to its extensive appearance in glamorous events and movies. Polki is nothing but uncut diamond that is extremely precious both due to its rarity and the high level of craftsmanship that goes into making the jewellery. Due to its value and the traditional design, polki jewellery is regarded as an heirloom piece, passed on from one generation to another. Polki Indian wedding jewellery sets which go beautifully with both sarees and bridal lehengas.We love the Polki set complete with pearls, emeralds and enamel work that adorned Shilpa Shetty on the occasion of her wedding. Not only did it look regal, but it also added a lot of sparkle to her outfit.

Diamond Wedding Set

Diamonds are a woman’s best friends and not without reason. They are rare, precious and are forever. So it is but natural for a bride to want diamond jewellery for an occasion as special as her wedding. The beauty of diamond Indian wedding jewellery sets is that they can be paired not just with bridal lehengas and sarees but also with gowns and dresses. Here is a gorgeous diamond and emerald set from Diagold that is sure to make heads turn at your wedding. The play of light between the beautifully cut emeralds and the shimmering diamonds will sure leave you dazzling on the day of your wedding.

Gold Wedding Set

While stones, diamonds and pearls have found favour among the north Indians, the south Indian bridal jewellery is quintessentially pure gold. Stacks of beautifully crafted bangles, layers of necklaces in different lengths and heavy earrings are an integral part of south Indian wedding jewellery sets. Some brides also add a maang tika to the ensemble. Even though the jewellery is primarily designed for the saree wearing south Indian bride, they do look good on bridal lehengas too.If you are going in for south Indian wedding jewellery sets, we suggest you pick pieces that look as great individually as they do when they are worn together.

Semi-Precious stones wedding set

For those women looking for chunky or heavy pieces of jewellery with a lot of shine and shimmer, an option is to pick Indian wedding jewellery sets in semi-precious stones.Here is a set we love. The necklace and earrings with white and red stones matched beautifully with the red bridal lehenga. Styles such as these give you the option of picking jewellery that completely complements your outfit. What’s more, they come in elaborate designs that make you stand out on the most important day of your life. 

Antique Gold Wedding Set

A trend that is popular now is to wear Indian wedding jewellery sets in an antique gold design and finish. The pieces are heavy, rich and chunky and often feature popular deities in the design – be it the pendant or the bangles. Some brides go a step further and wear armbands and waistbands in similar styles. The trend is more popular among the Kanjeevaram saree wearing Indian brides than the ones who wear bridal lehengas, evidently because the design and style pairs well with silk sarees.

The designs are intricate and elaborate and the amount of craftsmanship that goes into making this kind of jewellery is befitting a bride. Bridal jewellery is something that you will cherish for many years to come. When you are out shopping for your wedding jewellery, carefully pick out unique pieces that won’t just complement your bridal outfit but will also make a statement on the day of your wedding. So what is the style that goes well with your bridal outfit? Write to us and tell us. 

How to Dress up for an Indian Wedding as a Guest
22 nd Aug 2014

 

Indian weddings are gala affairs replete with pomp, show and colour. While there is no set dress-code as such for the guests attending Indian weddings, it helps if you turn up in Indian wear. Women can choose a wedding saree or a wedding lehenga while men can pick a kurta or a sherwani. But what kind of wedding saree to choose? How much bling is acceptable? Will a wedding lehenga be too over the top for a guest? If you have questions like these on your mind, here is a lowdown on what to wear and how to dress up for an Indian wedding that you are attending.

When it comes to Indian wedding clothing for the guests, there are many options for the men and women to choose from.

Indian Wedding Clothing for Women:

Wedding Saree – You can wear a nice saree in silk, crepe, chiffon or georgette that has embellishments and detailing to make it dressy and festive. We’ve picked elegant and classy pieces from our collection that are perfect for a wedding guest. Take a look at them here.

Wedding Lehenga – If your wedding lehenga is not voluminous and lavish, simply go for it by toning down the look with less make up and minimal accessories. Drape the dupatta elegantly on one shoulder and sparkle at the event with grace. 

Anarkali Suit – When it comes to attending a wedding as a guest, an anarkali suit is the best option. It is trendy, elegant and dressy, all at once, without being overwhelming. Hop over here for some gorgeous anarkalis in great styles that we have for you. Pair the outfit with a nice clutch and shiny footwear and you are all set to roll at the wedding. 

 

Indian Wedding Clothing for Men:

Kurta Pyjama – A well tailored kurta paired with a pyjama can never go wrong at a wedding. Keep the look stylish and comfortable. Pair the outfit with sandals, jootis or chappals. Throw in a dupatta over the kurta if you feel like jazzing up the outfit. If you are not sure what to pick, take a look at some of the wedding kurtas we have on offer here. Be it a wedding or any other festive occasion, these outfits are a great choice. 

Sherwani – If the wedding is in the family, then we suggest that you go for a sherwani rather than a kurta pyjama set. It lends a sophisticated touch to your outfit and looks regal too. Take a look at our sherwanis here and you will know what we are talking about. Pair them with a pyjama or a dhoti and celebrate the family wedding in style. 

 

Now that we have seen what your options are when it comes to outfits, here is a quick look at some of the pointers you should keep in mind while selecting the outfit for the wedding.

1. Keep it simple

While some women do not miss the opportunity to unwrap all their finery to show them off at a wedding ceremony, we suggest you avoid over-dressing for the occasion. That certainly does not mean that you wear a plain outfit. We would advise you to pick a wedding saree or a wedding lehenga in a subtle colour with delicate embellishments. If the blouse of your wedding saree or the dupatta of your wedding lehenga appear too lavish, trade them for pieces that are less extravagant. Else, wear a dressy anarkali suit with elaborate detailing so that your outfit does not clash with the bride’s outfit. That way, you will not be competing with the bride for attention but will certainly get appreciative nods from onlookers. For the men, we suggest that you stick to simple and clean lines, neutral colours, minimal thread work and fabrics that are rich but not too flashy. Silk, khadi or cotton kurtas in beige, mustard or brown are safe bets.

2. Avoid Black and White

We know what you are thinking. Why would anyone ask you to avoid the most basic colours that never go out of style? Well, in India, the colours black and white are not considered very auspicious, more so black. So it would be improper to turn up for a festive occasion in those colours. Women could wear red or maroon, but again, chances are high that the bride’s wedding saree or the wedding lehenga is one of the two colours. So the best option would be to stick to tried and tested colours like yellow, green, blue or pink.

3. Nothing too tight or too revealing

One of the most important things to remember is that the wedding ceremony and the events that precede and follow them are long drawn and time consuming. So it is always better to wear comfortable clothes that are not too tight. Also, since the wedding guests would include elderly folks of the couple, it is always better to stick to clothes that are not too tight or revealing. That skin-tight, low-cut blouse of your wedding lehenga or wedding saree may look fabulous on you, but it isn’t what you want to flaunt when it could make you or the onlookers uncomfortable.

4. Don’t go too casually dressed

An Indian wedding is not really the occasion to turn up in daily wear cotton clothes. Since you are going to be surrounded by bling, you may as well dress up to mix in with the crowd that will be dazzling in stunning wedding sarees, wedding lehengas and anarkali suits. Wear one of your special festive outfits and show attention to detail while putting your ensemble together. Line your eyes generously, dab on your favourite lipstick and do something different with your hair so that it is not one of those “normal day” looks anymore!

5. Bling factor: Jewellery

The one thing that gets religiously observed at Indian weddings is the jewellery. If it is your first time at an Indian wedding, don’t become conscious if you are getting stared it. Most women keep an eye out for unique pieces of jewellery worn by other guests. Now that you know that your jewellery will be the most watched element, why not bring out some of your best pieces to go with your wedding saree, wedding lehenga or anarkali suit? Limit your selection to one statement neckpiece, beautiful earrings and a couple of bangles to go with your wedding saree or wedding lehenga. Want to buy some stunning pieces of jewellery? Go and check our selection of handpicked fine designer jewellery here

 

Indian weddings are a celebration of colour and style. Go all out wear clothes that reflect the happy and momentous occasion that a wedding is. While you are at the wedding, shake a leg and participate in the festivities. We are sure that you will cherish the memories and your pictures will bear testimony to all the fun you had!

Five Ways to Recycle your Indian Wedding Outfit
22 nd Aug 2014

 

Come on and just accept it - after the wedding, the wedding outfit that you so painstakingly selected ends up in the cupboard, wrapped in its original packaging in the case of most of you reading this post. The wedding outfit holds a sentimental value in all our lives. Some of us want to preserve it by carefully stowing it away to pass it onto your next generation.

For some, it is just way too extravagant to wear during a festive occasion or to another wedding. But what is the use of such a beautiful outfit if it does not see the light of the day? So whether it is a lavish wedding lehenga or a gorgeous and heavy wedding saree, we tell you here ways to recycle your wedding outfit so that you can wear it even after your wedding and cherish the memories associated with the outfit every time you wear it.

  1. Wear the wedding saree with a simple blouse

If you are wearing your heavy wedding saree for any occasion, make sure to cut down on the bling by eliminating the overtly embellished blouse. Pair the wedding saree with a simple contrasting blouse and minimal jewellery and a non-fussy hairdo. This way, only your saree will stand out while all the other elements in your outfit will remain muted.

  1. Work the blouse of the wedding saree

How can you not show off all the hard work the designer has put into your fancy blouse? So bring out the dressy wedding blouse and wear it with a simpler saree in a contrasting colour so that your blouse is the centre of all the attention. See what we did there? We used both your wedding saree and blouse, albeit at different occasions.

  1. Separate the wedding lehenga set

Just like the saree and blouse, you can separate the elements of your wedding lehenga set and wear them separately. The lehenga can be worn with a plain blouse with a simple dupatta draped over it like the saree drape. A short choli from the wedding lehenga set can be worn with a saree as a blouse. If your wedding lehenga came with a longer choli, consider pairing it with a pair of palazzo pants or an ethnic skirt. You can reuse the magnificent dupatta from your wedding lehenga set with a salwar kameez or an anarkali suit.

  1. Repurpose the outfit

You can take an extravagant wedding lehenga and convert it into a beautiful party-wear anarkali suit. Similarly, you can cut away the heavy embellishments in the border of your wedding saree and use it to adorn other festive outfits or make a dressy clutch out of it. To the remaining part of the wedding saree, you can then get your tailor to attach a more simple and elegant border. Voila! You have two new outfits you can wear for any occasion. If your wedding lehenga came with a long choli, you can get your tailor to make a jacket out of it that you can throw on any top to jazz it up.

  1. Wear it as is

The best way to use your wedding outfit after the wedding is to wear it as is at a close friend or a relative’s wedding. If you tone down the entire ensemble with minimal jewellery and makeup, you can be rest assured that it will not look over the top. Don’t do too much with your hair and keep the rest of the elements in your look neutral and you are good to go.

 

So what are you waiting for? Unwrap your wedding clothes now and get down to flaunting them and reliving the memories of your big day.

Highlights of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014
20 th Aug 2014

The sixth edition of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week was held between 7th and 10th August at New Delhi. The three day gala event, held in DLF Emperio, India’s finest luxury destination, showcased the latest wedding collections of some of the finest designers in the country. The bridal collections featured exotic gowns, exquisite wedding sarees and enchanting wedding lehengas paired with scintillating jewellery.

The show was opened by Tarun Tahiliani with a spectacular collection called “The Modern Mughals”. The collection comprised of gorgeous wedding sarees with intricate embellishments and floral patterns, kalidar kurtas and beautifully designed wedding lehengas. The opulent wedding sarees and lehengas in silk, brocade and tulle were adorned with zari and sequins. He also presented his men’s range that included dhotis, sherwani, jodhpurs and kurtas in black with accents of orange, gold and othe unconventional colours.

While Tahiliani’s designs were ethnic and Indian, in the second show of Day 1, Gauri and Nainika showcased western outfits in neoprene fabric in three colours- red, white and black. The edgy outfits were fit for the bride who wants to break the norms and make a statement. Simple lines, minimal design and sharp cuts were the elements that stood out in the collection.

Tarun Tahiliani's Collection at the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Day 2 kicked off with Ashima-Leena’s collection called Jashn. The collection, influenced by Rajasthan was showcased on the ramp that was transformed into a desert setting with the use of sand and other props. The extravagant wedding lehengas were decorated with hand embroidery that lent a feminine and regal touch to all the outfits. Nayanika Chatterjee opened the show in an embellished pink sharara with floral designs. The collection made use of a stunning colour palette ranging from bright gold, soft green, turquoise blue to burnt red. The designer duo showcased shararas, wedding sarees with exquisite blouses, kurtis and ghaghras alongside wedding lehengas. Supermodel Ujjwala Raut was the showstopper in a blue wedding lehenga with multicoloured embroidery and an embellished red dupatta.

The second show of day 2 was the collection by Raghavendra Rathore called “Reincarnating Relics”, inspired by the Indian cultural heritage. The show began with the men’s collection that featured jodhpuris, dhotis, kurtas, bandhgalas and sherwanis for men. What was the highlight of the menswear collection was the use of bright colours like pink, aubergine, orange and navy blue. If you went looking for wedding sarees and rich wedding lehengas in the women’s wear collection, then you would have been disappointed, because the collection was feminine take on sherwanis, jodhpuris, long kurtas and bandhgalas. Models sashayed on the ramp in well fitted pants teamed with embroidered jackets, long embellished kurtas paired with plain organza skirts and bandhgalas teamed with loose pants and lehengas.

Indian Fashion Designer Raghvendra Singh Rathore's Collection at the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

Day 3 of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week started with a display of stunning wedding jewellery by associate sponsor AZVA. AZVA’s jewellery is inspired by the seven sacred vows of the Indian wedding tradition. Beautiful brides scorched the ramp in contemporary jewellery designed by AZVA. The collection featured chunky and multilayered “rani-haars” with a modern twist, large hoop earrings, studded bangles and intricate floral designs in the jewellery. Again, one did not see the models in wedding saris or anarkali suits or wedding lehengas, but they walked the ramp in monotone gowns, dresses and blazers with fitted pants. The collection itself was designed keeping the modern day bride in mind, such that it can be paired beautifully with both Indian and western outfits. Nargis Fakhri was the showstopper in an opulent AZVA choker with delicate designs which she paired with a Nikhil Thampi cut-out gown.

If you thought that the event had its share of unconventional outfits already, wait till you see what Falguni and Shane Peacock had in store for the audience on day 3. They teamed wedding sarees and wedding lehengas with biker jackets, crop tops and jerseys in their collection titled “Savage Nuit” for the modern and sporty young bride. Rather than pairing a wedding saree with an embroidered blouse, they used jerseys. The wedding lehengas were paired with crop tops while wedding gowns were made more interesting with edgy jackets. However, this did not mean that the collection was low on bling. The wedding sarees and wedding lehengas in off white, peach, pink, navy and black were replete with heavy embroidery and intricate designs.

The day ended with Suneet Verma’s royal collection titled “The Shekhawati Princess” which drew inspiration from the Shekhawati region of Rajasthan. The collection featured salwar suits, gorgeous anarkalis, wedding sarees and wedding lehengas fit for the wedding and the pre-wedding events. Deep red, navy, cobalt blue and fuschia ruled the ramp alongside pastels and white. All the outfits showcased in the collection featured ornate embroidery, extravagant mirror work and plush fabrics, fit for the bride. Kangana Ranaut, who was the showstopper for the collection left the audience spellbound in a unique choli paired with a fishtail lehenga and a velvet dupatta.

Suneet Verma at the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

The final day of the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week began with Jyotsna Tiwari’s collection called “Under the Stars”. The collection featured pre-draped wedding sarees, traditional anarkalis, eye-catching gowns and wedding lehengas in colours ranging from gold to turquoise to pink. You can find Jyotsna Tiwari’s collection of pre-draped sarees and gowns here.

BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014 - Jyotsna Tiwari's collection of Sarees and Gowns

The penultimate show of the fashion week showcased the collection by Muzzafar and Meera Ali that represented the essence of the Awadhi culture. While one saw the regular embellished wedding sarees and wedding lehengas on the ramp, what stood out were the angrakhas, embroidered overcoats and embellished long kurtas in rich colours.

The final show of the event was by the master craftsman JJ Valaya who presented his collection titled the “Nautch of Fez” – clothes inspired by Indian and Moroccan cultures interspersed with elements that were a part of the nautch girls system of the past.  If the wedding lehengas, wedding sarees and the anarkalis featured in the show could be summed up in one word, it would be “lavish”. Everything about the collection was rich – be it the fabrics, the colours or the intricate craftsmanship on them. Silks, velvet, crepe and dupion ruled the ramp. Shraddha Kapoor was the showstopper of the event in a multicoloured saree-type ensemble with morroccan motifs and gota work.

JJ Valaya's Grand Finale at the BMW India Bridal Fashion Week 2014

The BMW India Bridal Fashion Week was all about aesthetics, precision, perfection, style and extravagance – all the values cherished by BMW and its exclusive clientele.

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