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Stylish looks for the mehndi function

A mehndi ceremony is a fun filled event for the bride and a chance to express her individuality through fashion. Without the strict dress code of a wedding ceremony, the modern bride can make style choices that are comfortable and stylish. We have some chic and fashionable suggestions to inspire your mehndi outfit.

  1. The sari

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For a mehndi ceremony, style your look with a plain silk or satin sari in a fabric that has a great fall. Team it with a highly embellished blouse in a contrasting colour. This will make for an eye-catching and modern take on the sari.  Drape the sari in a butterfly style drape for a shapelier look. Colour combinations that work for a contrasting blouse-sari look are gold and brown, pink and green, blue and yellow or even yellow and lavender. Accessorize this look with a jewelled belt and large jhumkas.

2. Lehenga choli

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A wedding lehenga tends to be a heavily embroidered creation, with a focus on grandeur. As a mehndi ceremony is during the day and has a more relaxed vibe, the mehndi lehenga should be in keeping with this atmosphere. Floral prints on silk are in-vogue for pre-wedding functions as they look feminine and breezy. Pair a floral printed lehenga with a plain colour choli and complete the look with a transparent dupatta. Choose fabrics that have a natural sheen for an elegantly dressy look. Avoid darker shades for this look, as floral prints in pastels and summer tones of yellow, pink, leaf green, coral and turquoise work best. Go for a delicate matthapathi, bold earrings and a jewelled choker to look your best.

3. Salwar Kurta

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A mehndi function can require a bride to sit and dance for long hours and if comfort is your primary concern then a salwar-kurta works best. A patiala salwar in satin with a highly embellished, short kurti would be an ideal stylish pick. Shorter sleeves like cap sleeves would look lovely and allow the mehndi to be applied without the sleeves getting in the way. To make the salwar-kurta stand out and look grand, opt for darker tones with metallic embroidery. This silhouette in lighter shades would look too casual for a pre-wedding function. Style your ensemble with a jewelled bajuband or armband, teamed with large studs and a long necklace. The long necklace will show well against the darker tones of the fabric.

4. Anarkali kurta

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For your mehndi you can’t go wrong with a long and flowy, anarkali kurta in pastel tones and delicate embroidery. Pick pastel tones in green, pink, lilac, blue or beige for an uber classy look. Opt for intricate embroidery in the same shades as the fabric with muted metallic elements for a sophisticated and luxurious look. As an anarkali is very grand as an outfit, choose one element of jewellery to focus on. For example, you could wear large chandelier earrings with intricate work or an elaborate maangtika with your hair open for those goddess vibes.

5. Indo-western look

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This look is for the experimental bride who wants to stand out from the crowd by making a unique style statement. This look should be planned carefully with a designer who will understand your personality and best attributes. The mehndi function is the perfect place to try an indo-western ensemble and can be a real highlight of the day. Some ensemble suggestions are a Cinderella neckline top with mirror-work embellishment worn over a dhoti inspired, full length skirt or alternately a dhoti pant teamed with a crop top and long flowing jacket. The crop top and dhoti pant can be in plain colours of your choice and the jacket can be dressy with embellishment like prints and embroidery. Intricate chokers with matching earrings would work well with these looks.

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