Some time back an image of a bride went viral on the Internet for its unusual choice of bridal attire. The bride who was of Indian origin but settled abroad was seen in some of her wedding pictures wearing an ornate choli, dupatta and ethnic jewelry worn over, lo and behold a pair of sporty shorts.
Amusingly enough soon as the picture caught the attention of people it broke the Internet. While some guffawed in horror at this misplaced choice others cheered her for her gutsy attitude. While this particular bride may have admittedly taken things a little too far but a fair proportion of experimentation always works in contemporary city weddings.
If as a bride you too are looking at ways to spice up your pretty but predictable bridal look, here are a few ideas worked along with consultation with fashion designers and stylists. Take your pick on what works best for your personality for that classic meets contemporary look.
A corset blouse: You can swap the traditional choli with a shoulder-baring corset blouse to go with your lehenga. To make the look even more interesting you can choose contrasting shades, for instance, a marigold yellow corset worn over a red lehenga or a dusty pink corset paired with a purple lehenga. It is a great way to get the fusion look without looking mismatched.
A jamdani shirt worn with a sari: If you want a totally fresh take on bridal attire which goes with a nice banarasi sari but instead of matching it with a traditional blouse go for a jamdani shirt. You can choose other styles and fabrics too but the combination of a sari worn with a shirt is sure to draw you repeat glances.
A garara with fitted kurti: You can also opt for a garara or divided trousers with an ethnic touch for your bridal look. To contemporize it make the fit more structured instead of elephantine and pair it with a kiss-your-curves fitted choli. Go for embroidery on the kurti and keep the work on the bottoms minimal. You will look divine without an overdose of bling that bridal wear generally brings along.
A backless choli: Instead of a traditional choli many brides are also going for backless cholis. The dupatta has to be sheer so that your sexy back shows, while for many others the idea of having a dupatta covering the head has to not that sacrosanct. Depending on the comfort level of your family and the sentiment of your guests you can try to work either of these looks. The key always remains to experiment with one element and let everything else retain the charm of classicism.
A skirt lehenga: Though this look is more suited for occasions a little less formal than the wedding night but for a pre-wedding function or an after party, the look rocks. A skirt lehenga is no weirdo advice to wear a mini skirt length lehenga but to go for a long skirt with flares and some ornate work on it. The look is elegant yet semi-formal without announcing I am the bride!