Don’t let winter wedding luggage weigh you down. Designer Masaba Gupta tells you how to keep it light-yet-stylish.
You know it’s wedding season when you receive an invitation every few days. If fussing over what to wear to a big, fat Indian wedding wasn’t enough, you also need to keep in mind that it’s winter and you’ll probably need more layers.
It’s also the season to travel — be it for a destination wedding or a ceremony in your friend’s home town. And if you’re going all the way, you might as well go sightseeing. All of this brings me to one point — the luggage. Let’s admit it. Packing can be a nightmare — making sure your look is perfect, while not freezing to death, is quite a task. And often, dragging those bags along suffices as your workout for the day.
Here’s how to pack and travel right:
The key is to pick pieces that can easily be worn as separates and combined in versatile ways.This gives you more room for experimentation, makes the outfit more repeatable, and definitely takes the load off your suitcase. This might sound obvious but you’d be surprised at how many people overlook it.
Instead of lugging around that 30kg lehenga, opt for a sleek off-shoulder top or blouse, and pair it with a draped skirt. A lightweight silk jacket will keep off the cold and go well with the look. What I love about one-shoulder styles is that they are elegant and sexy. While a black one-shoulder gown is the perfect cocktail outfit, a one-shoulder kaftan in a vibrant colour spells breezy-yet-stylish. Accessorise with statement earrings or a maang tikka.
Velvet is back and how! But it’s a fabric that can be overwhelming, so don’t go overboard — a dress in a dark hue or a slip dress, teamed with bell bottoms and velvet jackets should do the trick.
I’m all for marrying traditional with the unconventional. A crop top with a lehenga skirt, a maxi skirt with a choli, a plain tunic over a lehenga skirt... the options are endless.
Pair palazzos or cigarette pants with straight or asymmetrical kurtis or blouses — it’s laidback yet trendy. Or, you could even team a long kurti and a choker dupatta for an instant chic look.
We’ve come a long way from the traditional sari. Avoid heavily-embroidered work — it will only add to the luggage. Instead, choose a print sari and team it with an off-shoulder blouse or key hole shirts, which are in vogue. The experimental ones can go for a pant-style sari or dhoti sari. For a winter wedding, pair your sari with a velvet blazer or, if you’re the experimental type, a bomber jacket.
Gupta is a leading fashion designer. She tweets as @MasabaG