How to style your wedding lehenga with a jacket, for a winter wedding
Brides planning a winter wedding will have to embrace warmer styles for their wedding trousseau. Winter wedding fashion has evolved, and the bridal jacket has become the new go-to sartorial item for Indian brides getting married in the colder months. Although we don’t normally associate a jacket with traditional ethnic wear, it can be styled in a number of ways to create a seamless bridal ensemble. From unique silhouettes to modern details and eye-catching embroideries, there are a lot of ways to make a wedding style statement with a jacket. We’ve got some great ways to help you style your jacket, so you are toasty through the cold and remain a sartorial winner with your look!
The long jacket
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If you’re looking to make a regal and grand style statement, then opt for a long jacket over your lehenga. Fitted towards the top, this silhouette flares outward over the lehenga. This can be achieved with flared panels or long slits starting at the waistline. Since the jacket will dominate your look, it needs to be heavily embellished to make it appropriate for a bridal ensemble. The shoulder area and sleeves in particular should have dramatic embroidery. This style works well for most body types, except apple or diamond shaped bodies. If you are larger around the waist, then a shorter version would suit you better. The long bridal jacket can be styled to reach up to your knees or even a bit longer. Insist on a perfect fit so you will feel comfortable while wearing the jacket.
The short jacket
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A short jacket worn over a lehenga or sari will make for a modern bridal ensemble. Choose a silhouette that features fitted long sleeves and a peplum cut for the bodice. This means that the jacket will follow the shape of the torso and then flare at the waist. This will create the illusion of a smaller waist and be very feminine. This style will work for almost all body types and is universally flattering. Heavy embroidery will look amazing and style the jacket in a colour that contrasts your lehenga. This will create a dramatic and dressy effect. Another advantage of a contrasting colour scheme is that your lehenga will get equal attention, so you can really wow your wedding guests.
The bolero jacket
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The bolero jacket worn over a bridal lehenga-choli is an inspired way to make a stylish entry at your wedding. This style works well for someone with an hour glass figure, as it draws the eye to your perfect waistline. This style also works well for someone with narrow shoulders, because it can balance out the silhouette. Style the jacket with lightly puffed sleeves for a super stylish effect. Choose large bold motifs for the embroidery and avoid an all-over style of embellishment. This will ensure a more graphic appeal to your look and make you pop. Opt for a fitted corset style choli inside for a flawless look.
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The bridal cape is the new on-trend piece for the winter bride. It creates a unique silhouette and would suit someone who is heavier in the bust area. It also has the practical option of being easy to remove. So, if you’re not sure whether you would like to wear a jacket through your wedding ceremony, a bridal cape is the answer. The cape must be made out of very luxurious fabric that falls beautifully. Embroidery and embellishments should be in metallic tones and feature large motifs. These can be strategically placed on the bridal cape, so as to enhance the beauty of the bride.
The bridal jacket must be lined with soft material that has sheen, preferably satin. This serves the dual purpose of comfort and style, in case the inside of the jacket gets seen. Apart from its functional use, a major advantage of investing in a bridal jacket is that it can be used later for different occasions depending on how you style it. Unlike a lehenga, the bridal jacket can be worn even with western pieces like trousers or skirts. So, you’ll be sure to derive more use out of your trousseau investment. It’s the way in which you pair pieces, putting together an eye-catching wedding outfit with a twist.