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3 Ways To Wear Red And NOT Look Like The Bride

RED – No one can forget its symbolic relevance at our big fat Indian weddings, right? In our country, such occasions are a kaleidoscope of colours but this striking shade always manages to make a statement.

There are a lot of us who shy away from this colour when it comes to a friends or a relatives wedding, thinking that it’s only meant for the bride or close family. Here’s something you should remember, just because it’s red, doesn’t make it over-dressed.

There are plenty of ways to sport this fiery hue but still make sure you don’t go over the top bridal. That’s exactly why I wore it during a recent family wedding in Jaipur. The city being as royal and charming as it is, incorporating  this bold hue into all my looks just came so naturally.

Sangeet Night 

I was unable to resist the silk A-line lehenga and choli set by designer Anita Dongre. Hues such as midnight blue with hints of gold detailing on red complimented one another like no other. The piece had a little bit of everything – from floral butti print with gota embroidery and sequins detailing too. The overall impact of the elegant silhouette seemed timeless yet modern. Besides that, my accessories were from Minerali Store and I opted for beachy waves as my hairstyle. Lastly, I wore comfy shoes with the lehenga as my shoes weren’t visible.

Outfit by Anita Dongre

Outfit by Anita Dongre


Outfit by Anita Dongre

Outfit by Anita Dongre


Outfit by Anita Dongre

Outfit by Anita Dongre

Pheras Ceremony

Designers Monica and Karishma of the label -JADE created my pre-pleated red dhoti saree which was teamed with a Victorian collar white shirt. It was ideal for the summery state of mind that I was in. Having said that, for this one, I drew inspiration from our Parsee community during the 19th century. Back then, they too wore their saree’s in such a manner. Moreover, since it was a daytime affair, I completed my look with low ponytail, Prada shoes and minimal accessories from Minerali.

Vintge photograph of a Parsee Woman

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Parsi community during the 19th century


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Outfit by Jade, Jewellery by Minerali, Footwear from Prada


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Outfit by Jade, Jewellery by Minerali

Reception at Night 

For the last function, my outfit was from designer Payal Khandwala’s Summer 2017 collection. While my handwoven scarlet lehenga was grand, I added a modern spin to my entire look by pairing it with an emerald shirt blouse. This contemporary weddingwear did turn some heads. Also, since I was keen to keep my look clean, I picked a polki collar neckpiece from Minerali and since my shoes were would not be visible I wore my most comfortable wedges.

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Outfit by Payal Khandwal; Jewellery by Minerali


Outfit by Payal Khandwal; Jewellery by Minerali

Outfit by Payal Khandwal; Jewellery by Minerali


Outfit by Payal Khandwal; Jewellery by Minerali

Outfit by Payal Khandwal; Jewellery by Minerali

In closing, I must mention that this season I am mesmerized by red as it has traits which can produce an adrenaline rush. And more importantly, I am just not seeming to get enough of the fierce shade, what about you?

Photography by Siddharth Pruthi

Written by Amaira Chhabria