Summer weddings often throw us in a quandary. The heat makes heavy silks impossible to wear, and yet a wedding is an occasion to dress up for. Here are some ways to look cool yet elegant when you greet the newlyweds.
Wear a designer sari, in net or chiffon. Team it with a heavy blouse and long glittery earrings. Add a large ring that will catch the light and sparkle when you do your namastes.
Try cool colours. Pink and white, blue and pink, soft greens will set you apart in a place where reds clash loudly with each others. Set off the cool shades with a double line of diamonds or polkis around the throat and matched ear studs.
Wear flowers in your hair. Mogras or tube rose strands suggest cool, are celebratory, and count as an essential aspect of the very Indian concept of ‘solah sringar’. Also, their
natural perfume helps lifts the spirits. So the wearer, i.e. you, and those you meet will feel elated. Alternately, tuck a fresh dewy rose into your hair.
If you are not quite into saris, wear a flowing kurta. Embellish it with mojris, a net dupatta with gota work, and long earrings. Pearl strings add a cool touch, and can be teamed with coloured stone earrings. Bangles will add just that extra bit to make you look as if you have stepped out of a picture.
In case you are the bride’s closest friend or sister, the challenge is to look great while having to rush around and be useful. Choose clothes that you won’t have to fuss over, pin up the sari well, or if in a kurta ensemble, ensure the dupatta does not constantly need your attention. Drape it innovatively. And wear flats, except for the reception.
Makeup is an important aspect, but summer time dictates caution. A primer is a good idea, as it helps keep the face looking fresh without looking madeup. Use light colours for eye shadow, go easy on the blush and the lipstick. Looking fresh is easier with lighter colours.
Hair pulled away from the face is a good idea. Try a chignon or a bun, and use small decorative hair ornaments. Sure to get you attention. If you have really short hair, pull it back with crystal encrusted combs, or use ornamental pins to add eye appeal to your crowning glory.
However tempting it may be, avoid sparkle on skin, as it doesn’t work in summer.
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