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Style tips for winter brides

There’s something extra romantic about a winter wedding. It’s the end of the year, there’s a chill in the air and a generally festive atmosphere. Winter is wedding season for Indian brides and here is when there is a dilemma. Does a bride plan her trousseau based on fashion or functionality? We think you shouldn’t have to choose and can look uber-stylish while still being warm and comfortable. It’s after all your wedding day so you should look your best and also have a wonderful time.

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Full-sleeved blouse

Since it will be cold, avoid sleeveless or backless cholis. Opt for a customized full sleeve option, which will hug your curves and keep you insulated. Choose a princess cut silhouette for a beautifully fitted look. While the sleeves will make you feel warm, turn up the style quotient with an interesting neckline. Boat neck, key-hole and asymmetric neckline are a few examples. This will draw attention to your collarbones and beautiful neck that’s sure to be adorned with a gorgeous bridal necklace. Choose fabrics that are classy and elegant, but with the added element of warmth. Silk brocade and velvet would be ideal. You can also play with colour and wear a darker shade of blouse, so the bridal lehenga or sari will stand out against it. This will also give a slimming effect. Alternately you could also go with a heavily embroidered, full-sleeve blouse to compliment your lehenga or sari. Deepika Padukone was a winter bride and styled all her wedding reception looks, with a fitted, full-sleeved blouse.

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The jacket-lehenga

This is a stylish option to layer your bridal look. The jacket-lehenga comes in two options. The first being a layered approach, where an embroidered jacket is worn over a short choli. The second way is to have a long length, jacket blouse worn as a single garment over your lehenga. Both options give a very regal look to the ensemble and are ideal for a winter wedding. A jacket would give the bride unparalleled warmth, especially if the winter wedding is in the north of India. A key element to getting this look right is the fit and tailoring of the jacket. The shoulder measurement would have to be precise, so as not to make the bride look bulky. The silhouette created by the jacket should be curved towards the waist and then gently flaring outward. Embroidery details on the cuffs, neckline and hem of the jacket will make the look eye-catching and grand. This look is also very on-trend as Indian wedding couture designers, have showcased it on their runway creations.

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Layered heavy dupatta

The beauty of a bridal dupatta is that it can be layered over a lehenga or sari with ease. You can choose to drape it over your shoulders, around your neck or cover the head with it. A heavy embroidered dupatta in thick silk or in a jamavar weave would work well for Indian brides. It will keep you warm without disturbing the overall look of your ensemble.

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Floor-length Anarkali

A floor length Anarkali is a perfect bridal ensemble for an Indian winter wedding. They provide complete insulation without compromising on the silhouette. The flared panels can be made in heavy embroidered silk or velvet, while the long sleeves and high neckline will guarantee warmth. In addition, the anarkali is worn with churidar pants and a stole, making it highly appealing for the winter season. The Anarkali look can be taken up a notch with a well-matched jacket or embroidered shawl. Any bride will be sure to look regal and stylish in this outfit, while remaining comfortable in the chilly weather.

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Couture Cape

The cape is one of the latest trends in Indian ethnic couture. We just love the originality of this look, which pays homage to old world charm with its vintage appeal. It will add that element of high fashion to your look and also provide protection from the elements. If you do choose to get a cape as part of your bridal ensemble, let it be eye-catchingly grand, decorated with exquisite embroidery. Meant for the trendy and fashion forward bride, a custom-made cape will be sure to be a major talking point at your wedding.

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Discreet elements

There are a few discreet elements that you can add to your bridal ensemble, which will help you stay warm during the winter months – the first being pockets in your lehenga. This is a functional trend embraced by many ethnic wear designers. Pockets are multi-functional and can help keep your hands warm, if you feel the need. Another element you can add to your ensemble is thermal tights. They can be worn below a lehenga or sari with relative ease and will keep you toasty when the temperature drops. Do make sure that the length of these thermal tights ends just below the knee, so it will not be visible even if you lift your lehenga or sari.

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