As you get dressed for going about your day realising you don’t need to layer with stockings and tie yet another stylish knot on your trusted scarf, it’s impossible to stop smiling at the thought of summer in full bloom. Lazy days spent barbequing in parks and backyards, procrastinating nearly everything for the urge for lounge in the sun and meetings that are promptly cancelled or moved outdoors to enjoy the fabulous weather. Although all of these things are the essential sum total of a truly magical summer, there is one other event that encapsulates this experience for many – The Indian Summer Wedding.
There is nothing prettier, more colourful or utterly enjoyable than an Indian wedding in summertime. Anyone who has every experienced an Indian summer wedding will attest to the warm weather being the cherry on top of the famous warm Indian hospitality. But with all things Indian, this too ranges in diversity depending on where you live because what may be a welcome spot of sunshine for some can also be a sweat infused hellish nightmare for others.
Temperature variations aside, all Indian summer weddings have the need to dress up, show up and shake a leg as a mandatory requirement, so it’s never a bad idea to get started on those Indian summer wedding outfits sooner rather than later. And ladies, we know that you might get yourselves sorted pretty quickly but might be stumped for ideas for Indian wedding outfits for men so we’ve also included some options for BAE.
Indian summer weddings and cream are a coupling made in comfort heaven. The neutral colour makes a fantastic base for all sorts of colour combinations, repels heat during those crucial hours of tearing up the dance floor and makes you look absolutely poised and polished for any occasion. Indian designers have always loved the hue embracing it repeatedly for spring summer collections. The current obsession being for cream coloured self embroidered lucknowi and chickankari fabrics that provide all the drama and flare required of an Indian summer wedding outfit without the heavy bogged down feeling of actual embellishment. Anushka Sharma proved that creams can be edgy with her recent outfit at Manish Malhotra's Fashion Show and Sonam Kapoor has been sporting creams for their ethereal charm forever.
Both the White Cut Front Embellished Dress by trueBrowns and the Black and Gold Saree by Priti Sahni work on the principle of beautiful contrasts for women while WYCI’s Cotton Phulkari Cream Kurta and Gota and Pleated Detailing Kurta make for relaxed yet dressy Indian wedding outfits for men.
Indian fashion is having a sizzling love affair with florals that doesn’t seem to be cooling off anytime soon. Floral motifs are still dominating the collections of several designers and there is no better pairing for Indian summer weddings. Embroidered, printed, embossed or woven floral designs are being incorporated in all shapes and sizes for every type of garment. With an endless option of colour combinations, floral clothing is for those who aren’t worried about standing out. And the trend isn’t just restricted to ladies as more and more dapper gentlemen have taken to sporting floral designs. Need some more convincing? Ace Indian designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has created not one but two collections with the floral theme.
The Husn Bahaar Jacket With Sharara by Anita Dongre and the Navy Blue Embroidered Lehenga by Neha Gursahani are perfect additions to every woman’s Indian summer wedding wardrobe. For men, the Floral Print Sherwani by Anas Wahab is for those who are bold enough to flaunt the style unabashedly. However for those who aren’t quiet as metrosexual in their attire choices, Anas Wahab’s collection also includes the subtler Denim Floral Jacket.
If an Indian summer wedding for you entails blistering heat and copious amounts of unsightly sweating then light and airy yet brightly coloured outfits are the order of the day. Solid colours are not only slimming but also statement making enough to do away with unnecessary bling that only adds to upping the discomfort factor. While light fabrics are a god sent for days when you have no choice but to grin and bear it with the soaring temperatures. There is always a risk of going down the too-casual-not-dressy-enough route when it comes to such outfits so it’s best to proceed with caution when making your selections.Take your cue from Bollywood starlets Asin, Jacqueline Fernandez, Deepika Padukone and Genelia Deshmukh who have embraced the bright and light trend on several occasions from movie promotions to fashion shows.
Indian gowns would seem like a natural choice for ladies for Indian summer wedding outfits but will most likely fall short in the style stakes if worn at more traditional functions. The dual layered Blue Grid Border Dress by trueBrowns is the perfect solution to solve that conundrum while the Peach Panel Jacket Kurta from the same label is ideal for smaller less formal dos. WYCI’s Golden Yellow Brocade Kurta and Vivid Blue Silk Kurta make for the best Indian wedding outfits for men especially for hot summers.
It wouldn’t be a list of possible Indian summer wedding outfits without including pastels. As opposed to solid bright colours, pastel shades need some clever experimentation with silhouettes and subtle embroideries for added oomph. Celebrated Indian designers like Manisha Malhotra, Tarun Tahiliani and Anamika Khanna are amongst the many who have always loved these classic colours that make for more pleasing contrasting combinations and afford them the freedom to go wild with creating various cuts and shapes. The refined colour palette also works fabulously for Indian wedding outfits for men who are unwilling to experiment with stark colours as well as for women who prefer its more delicate appeal.
Mandira Wirk’s collection of Indian gown and saree fusions such as the Light Pink Drape Saree and Lovely Light Yellow Saree are especially for women who love a mix of traditional and contemporary. Both the Dusty Pink Waistcoat and Sea Green Raw Silk Sherwani by WYCI are for gentlemen who favour sharp cuts and fine tailoring for their Indian summer wedding attire.