by Mallika Singhania
Most bridal wear designers concentrate on colour combinations,
embroideries, the fit and the drape of the saree or lehenga; but very
few pay attention to the most important part of the garment- the
blouse. The truth is that the right blouse can make or break an
outfit. Recently, the fashion world has been seeing a trend in
Over-the-Top (OTT) blouses. These blouses can be combined with flowy
shaded shiffons, or with heavy lehengas and sarees, to create an even
more glamorous ensemble.
If you are on a budget, you should definitely consider investing in a
rich looking gold or silver blouse. The advantage of buying these is
that they can be combined with a garment of any colour- which in-turn
will make the ensemble look different and give you a rather grander
look. You can also wear these with light chiffons or georgettes for
less formal events, or with heavy velvets and nets for
The Contrast Blouse
Colour co-ordinating an ensemble is usually a no-no today. Contrast is
in. Make sure that you add a touch of chutzpah to one of your old
outfits, by simply changing the colour-coordinated blouse to a one
that is of a strikingly different colour. For example, team red
blouses with blue sarees or orange blouses with a baby pink lehenga.
The more interesting the combination the newer the outfit will look.
The Cut of the Blouse
Plunging necklines with short cap sleeves are the call of the season.
If you are comfortable showing skin, go for spaghetti straps, halters
or off-shoulder blouses. Many women make the mistake of not getting
their blouses fitted to their body, because of which their outfit
loses its glamour/ charm. Make sure that the blouse is neither too
tight nor too loose- the ideal blouse should follow the lines of your
Embellishments could be in the form of sequins, beads, embroideries,
or crystals. The advantage of a heavily embellished blouse is that you
can spend less money on the saree or lehenga and the outfit will still
look as heavy. Further, an embellished blouse that is worn with a
light garment makes for a more comfortable ensemble to move around in.
If your budget doesn’t allow you to buy a very heavily decorated
blouse- strike a balance with embellishments only on the sleeves.
Whatever garment you decide on, make sure you do not ignore the
blouse. Shop for these looks at www.indianhanger.com
Mallika Singhania is an author of multiple shopping guides for various
cities in India. She is now running a site called,
www.indianhanger.com, which features the latest trends by Indian
designers for clothing and accessories. Since Mallika is so closely
involved with the Indian fashion industry, she will give you regular
tips on bridal and occassion wear.