There's something truly remarkable and magical about weddings as two people vow to be each other's better half for the rest of their lives, tying the eternal bond not only among themselves but also between two families. Though let's not forget how overwhelming this new journey can be especially for brides—after all, deciding what to take and what to leave behind can be bittersweet!
With the idea of a trousseau constantly evolving, the definition of essentials has also changed to meet the requirements of every bride. So as much as all brides-to-be would love to carry their entire closet to their new home after the wedding, they are in a tiny bit of a bind here. But don’t worry, we have got you a meticulously-curated trousseau list for Indian brides to save you from the panic and dilemma this wedding season:
Want to survive all the extended family dinners and pujas, then sarees are here to rescue you. From Kanjeevaram and Chanderi to Banarasi and Paithani—there are a number of options available that will last you several of these occasions. Don’t believe us? Then take inspiration from Kangana Ranaut’s collection of Kanjeevarams. Pre-draped sarees—as well as a few other fantastic alternatives including silk, patterned, or chiffon sarees—are ideal for last-minute family celebrations.
While all of your sarees come with blouse material, it's never a bad idea to have a few additional blouse patterns on hand. If you want to switch up your style, get five to six additional blouses made, ranging from elegant boat necks to brocade classics. A deep-back blouse is a must-have to spice up your saree! Purchase a few patterned and embroidered ones to complement your simple sarees, as well as a few neutral solids to complement heavy sarees. It's a good idea to have them customised and tailored for a precise fit. You can also take the ultimate inspiration from Tarun Tahiliani’s range of wedding ensembles.
Light lehengas and ethnic dresses
Ethnic dresses are a terrific addition to your wardrobe because they're simple to don and add charm to your look thanks to their elegant design and ease of wear. Add at least a couple of ethnic gowns to your trousseau along with one or two lightweight lehengas, and walk the talk like Aishwarya Rai in Sabyasachi’s elegant collection. These light lehengas will certainly be useful for a number of pujas and other celebrations!
For all newlywed brides looking for something casual yet statement-worthy for daily wear, pants, palazzos, churidars, and skirts are among the basics we suggest you invest in. Moreover, despite their simplicity, these suits can be worn on a day out, to the office, or simply for going grocery shopping. For some inspiration, get creative just like the graceful Sara Ali Khan in this Manish Malhotra couture. Owning a few kurtis, ethnic coats, and capes can help you jazz up your Indian bridal trousseau!
Dupattas and scarves
Never underestimate the impact a dupatta can have on your look. A simple everyday kurta can be transformed by simply adding a dupatta. Brides should be able to reuse their clothing for numerous events, and a dupatta is an excellent accomplice in this regard. Make sure your trousseau includes a kalamkari, modal satin Ajrak, bandhani, phulkari, embroidered, or Banarasi silk dupatta! Take cues from Kangana Ranaut once again as she serves looks in a red bandhani ensemble that features a gorgeous dupatta.
With the addition of a scarf or stole, even the most basic ensembles can be elevated to the next level. To take your style to the next level, invest in a few printed ones with geometric and floral motifs. When you don't feel like dressing up, a couple of boho stoles can be enough to make you stand out.
Wedding trousseau shopping is fun, especially when you get to completely change up your style by adding fresh and intriguing colours, silhouettes, and designs to your wardrobe. However, today's brides-to-be are more practical than ever, preferring to choose ensembles that can be worn easily and frequently rather than heavy, conventional gowns that seldom see the light of day.
The days of brides only wearing traditional or ethnic attire are long gone. While this section is entirely up to you, we recommend carrying a few pairs of jeans, tees, skirts, tops and Indo-western dresses with you. Seek style guidance from Sonam Kapoor as she struts across Notting Hill serving looks.
A maxi dress is unquestionably the perfect marriage of fashion and comfort. To keep things basic and beautiful, choose a couple of flowing outfits. Even though flowers are the most popular, classic designs can be very appealing too. These dresses, usually made of cotton and modal satin and featuring Mughal, Ajrak, and kalamkari prints are a lifesaver for days when you want to keep things simple and comfortable while still turning heads. Here, we have Kriti Sanon giving us some stunning style inspiration in her printed Maxi dress.
Your nightwear should include the items that you are most comfortable sleeping in. We’d suggest carrying two to three nightdresses in a super-soft fabric, a few pairs of shorts and t-shirts, and lastly two to three sets of pyjamas for spontaneous PJ parties! The adorable Sonam Kapoor is here to show us how to rock sweet and comfy pyjamas in vibrant colours.
There's a lot of drama surrounding cosmetics nowadays, and we're constantly bombarded with products and tools that are anything but beneficial. You should cling to what you prefer and require and what suits you in these perplexing times. Foundation, concealer, pressed powder, eyeliner, kohl pencil, mascara, and a few shades of lipstick that go with your skin tone are some of the essential things that you should absolutely look into.
The perfect accessories can make the difference between a great ensemble and a complete disaster. It is important to collect a few moderate pieces to match with your clothing, which means you should have both heavy and light, and classic and contemporary sets. Keep an eye out for big rings and oxidized jewellery when you're shopping, since they'll add individuality to your ensemble and will pair up well with your everyday looks. Gold, silver, and glass bangles are the fashion staples that will complement all your outfits. Spice up your outfits by getting matching or contrasting masks while still staying protected. Tarun Tahiliani is once again giving us trendsetting inspiration when it comes to styling traditional jewellery.
Brides are frequently perplexed as to what sort of footwear they should include in their trousseau. Keep the number of pairings to around eight to nine. A beautiful pair of heels gives a new bride's outfit a touch of grace and charm. We recommend heels for both ethnic and contemporary outfits. Pack a pair of flats for the more laid-back days! Mojris, juttis, Kolhapuris, and a few sandals are among some footwear options to pick from. Choose from a variety of colours and designs to complement your new and varied outfit or better yet, add the touch of regality with a pair like this embroidered Zardozi one by Sabyasachi.
Bags and clutches
Women have always had fewer “pocket” privileges than men, and so we are compelled to carry bags to keep our things within reach. Since we have to do it anyway, why not do it in style? We recommend that you spend lavishly on a few designer pieces as a new bride. Don't forget to have a look and take the inspiration from Tarun Tahiliani’s embroidered bag. Pack at least three to four purses and clutches, one or two of which will be used for gatherings and parties. Opt for stylish Indo-western purses that can hold your phone and wallet. To complement your clothes, choose colours carefully.
Lingerie is arguably the least spoken about, but the most vital aspect of a bridal trousseau. A beautiful lingerie set is the foundation of every outfit, so focus on getting a few essentials—like a sophisticated yet exotic one, and ones that work with low cuts and backless dresses. Get the ultimate style inspiration from the one and only Disha Patani, who is serving looks in Calvin Klein. A minimum of three to four daily wear and sports bras are some must-haves along with a few pieces of patterned, lace, fancy, or strapless bras. Invest in at least 10 alternative underwear styles depending on the clothes you own.