No sweat for this wedding

May 15, 2013, 01:50 IST | Kartiki Nitin Lawate

With the summer reducing us to a pool of sweat, experts dole out advice for brides and grooms-to-be on how to keep and look cool

As the season of wedding is here and the heat is not showing any signs of reducing, here are some ways in which the bride and the groom can wear the best and also be at their best. Most people grow up dreaming of their wedding day. As the wedding season is around the corner, the city’s brides-to-be are all set to experiment with fabrics, various cuts, designs and colours. Indian men have started complimenting, if not competing, the women fashion trends in India. We dole out some essentials to beat the heat for a beautiful June wedding:

You can opt for this light Manish Malhotra ensemble with minimal embroidery Pic/Satyajit Desai

Designer Gautam Gupta advises, the best fabrics for summer weddings are Chiffon, Georgette, French lace (Chantilly Lace) and Chanderi cotton (for traditional sarees). Bright and neon colours such as sunny yellow, electric blue, emerald green and hot pink will help you stand out. He stresses that one should go for light attire, as it is easier to carry. The need to dress smartly, stylish and not go overboard with embroidery is the way and goes without saying.

Pawan Sachdeva

For grooms-to-be, designer Pawan Sachdeva points out that linen waistcoats and jackets in bright colours are an upcoming trend. He further adds that linen pants will prove to be a perfect match with them. Although Bandhgala coats in linen, cotton and Khadi silk are in, he shares that the hottest summer wardrobe fashion is the Nehru jacket. He emphasises these jackets should be picked in linen or matka silk in different cuts and bright colours and can be worn with breaches, trousers or even with kurta pyjamas for a style statement.

Nehru Jackets designed by designer Pawan Sachdeva are in vogue these days

During Summer, the key is to keep it light and simple, less embroidery and minimal accessories, he conveys. Linen sherwanis or indo-western outfits with light coloured embroidery and a little detailing are also another option. He adds that one can also opt for Bandhgalas with light embroidery on the collar, cuffs and maybe buttons which look hip teamed with either contrasting trousers or same coloured ones.

Rasika Wakalkar, owner of Rudraksh, a multi-designer store provides another perspective with the different kinds of fashion brands being housed by them. She shares, “This season neon bursts such as fuschia pinks, sunshine yellows are really in vogue whether in trims or in combinations. Fabrics like georgettes, chiffons are always lighter to wear in the sweltering heat to keep cool."

The mega trend to watch out for this season for men will be the use of bold colours, says Pooja Shah, fashion designer and creative head of the More Mischief brand. “Colours will be everywhere, even in the most mundane everyday dressing — both as solid colours or prints and patterns. Deep black, celebration red, rustic rust, mellowed mustard, soothing beige and forest olive green the most popular hues amongst the men this wedding season. Slim, suave and sleek are the latest looks in men’s wedding fashion,” she adds .

Hitesh Amrutkar who got married this month shares his experience, “As the climate was too sunny I wore a light-weight blazer with trousers designed by Pawan Sachdeva during the latter half of the day of the wedding." 

Some handy tips
Go in for cotton fabrics or linen fabrics. These can be used for both formal and semi-formal attires. The brides should go in for traditional heavy jewellery. To don the look of a new-age bride, you can opt for white gold, platinum and diamond jewellery. A trend to look out for is western gown-like sarees that are garnering huge popularity.  

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