Wedding shopping is like a 6 month long job which revolves around building the bride’s trousseau. The word “ trousseau” brings with itself a huge burden. The burden is to find the best clothes and turn your dream trousseau into a reality. Although trousseau shopping seems to be like a burden but you can turn it into an experience by making sure you follow some simple rules and you have to right guidance to walk you through. You cannot be blinded by the bling swag of the high-end designers and shed out lakhs for an outfit worth half the price. The trousseau has to be a smart mix which speaks out its worth at the glimpse of it.
First, you should segregate the kinds of indian wear you are planning to put in the trousseau. Anarkalis, sarees, gowns, lehengas, kurtis should all be in proportionate quantities. Don’t over burden yourself with too much Indian wear because fashion comes and goes but your clothes will remain stagnant in the same wardrobe. If you are a designer freak then this wont make much sense to you as you have already decided which celebrity designer is making a fortune out of your daddy’s money. But if you smart and are willing to make the best out of your budget, you better get your work started.
Mainly, exhibitions are a good eye opener giving window to your thoughts of what all the market is offering. Go for the famous lifestyle exhibits as they promote budding designers from all parts of India and even from abroad. You can pick up stuff like kurtis, formal and informal gowns and nice blouses from these exhibitions. A lot of designers carry imitations of designer pieces, which are like “A” grade lookalikes of patent designer outfits and at a price less than half of the original. Also, if you have time in hand, the best is to get customized Indian wear made from these budding designers, as you can get it at affordable rates.
Next, you should definitely make a day trip to Chandini Chowk, Delhi. You will be astounded with the variety they carry. But mainly, Om Prakash Jawahar Lal, which carries a huge collection of Indian wear, is worth a visit to complete your trousseau collection.
Last stop should be multi-designer stores like Kimaya, Aza, Ogaan etc., which carry all “A” level designer pieces. Some high-end designers are mostly specialized in their individual styles. Manish Malhotra for Bollywood inspired dramatic Lehengas and Saris, Gaurav Gupta for his angelic gowns and readymade draped saris, Manav Gangwani for his sensual and tantalizing sari blouses, Mandira Virk for her fairytale inspired cocktail Gowns, Gauri and Nainika for their elaborately designed formal and informal westerns, Monisha Jaisingh for her remarkable eccentricity in indian and western synthesis, Sabhyasachi for the traditional yet elegant saris, and the list is never-ending.
After clothes, we have shoes, bags, lingerie and swimwear. Although, the quantity is an individual decision, the variety should be picked up with great care. Some neutral and pastel shades would be good in bags and shoes. Indian footwear cant be limited to a just a few but more western heels which can be used with both Indian and western wear. Ash and Amaira, a recently new shoe brand has a great collection of Swarovski and stone studded heels and ballerinas, which can be worn with Indian as well as western wear. International brands like Steve Madden and Dune carry a great range of formal and informal footwear.
Bags, depending on your budget should definitely comprise of totes, formal Indian and western clutches, hobo bags, Satchels and shoulder bag. Darveys.com, a recently launched Indian website carries a range of all international bag brands and claims to be absolutely authentic. Check it out if you want to purchase High-end luxury designer bags. Another website is Elitify.com, which carries a huge collection of international brands for clothes, bags and shoes.
For lingerie, if you are able to get your hands on Victoria Secret, you should definitely order some good lingerie and get it shipped from abroad. It has an alluring collection of everything ranging from pajama sets to sexy lingerie to swimwear. Or, you have the option of Indian lingerie brands like La Senza and Enamor. For swimwear, Shivan and Narresh are definitely worth a try. This designer label has some really idiosyncratic swimwear and beach wraps in some quirky styles.
By: Vidhi Sagar