APRIL 2016
Khaas Baat : A Publication for Indian Americans in Florida



Kiran Bahl


Wedding season continues! Most Indian weddings have either just happened or will be happening after summer. Which means this is the time to learn, explore and shop. Before you come scrambling into our shops to buy one of each off the racks, let’s get ahead on the latest wedding trends for our brides and grooms of 2016!


Old Is Gold

Tradition still lives on, brides! The original red wedding lengha with gold zari and beads, adorned with ambi/paisley designs is making a comeback globally. Lengha skirts are wide, A-line and heavy. Dupattas are just as decorated, longer and wider to try more wearing styles with. Blouses, however, are cropping up (pun intended!) differently. Shorter and simpler, they’re there to be there, but meant to be covered really by the dupatta, jewelry and other wedding accessories.

Seeing too much red? Invert the much-seen look for a modern twist. Wear a gold shade lengha with red or red/green (minakari) workings for a softer feel. Just steer clear of pastel hues; they’ve been overdone so much last year.

Jewelry is just as extravagant this season. 2015 displayed more delicate, lighter pieces of jewelry to go with the somber colors which were trending. Now, full bridal sets from decades past are in demand. Sets with up to three necklaces in different lengths, large chain earrings, full on three-way tikkas, jhumars, nose rings, heavy anklets, toe rings, arm bands, ring to hand bracelets, and waist belts are considered a proper set now. Literally, our brides should be covered in jewels from head to toe!


Act A King

Gentlemen, royal looks are in for grooms this year. Part traditional, part rich showcasing true Indian heritage, runways are educating not only the youth of India, but the world too of what royalty and elegance really mean.

Sherwanis remain the wedding outfit for you this year. Instead of the standard jewel tones, however, whites, creams, and beiges are the preferred hues. There are a couple of reasons for this. One, they won’t clash with the traditional look of the bride next to you. And two, they’ll lighten and brighten up overall in all scenes of the wedding, from prayers to photos.

Long sherwanis with churidaars or salwars are in. Patiala and pant styles are out. Designers made this very clear and easy to follow in fashion week shows earlier this year. Mojhris are demanded, not suggested. So, no loafers or dress shoes in lieu!

Accessories for men, too, are making a comeback. Pagris, sehras, belts, swords, even the elephant or horse you’re riding on should be existent and embellished. It’s your one day to truly shine – so radiate!

Weddings can be stressful for the families involved, particularly for the brides and grooms. But, all in all, what a happy time, and what beautiful memories all will hold onto forever. Congratulations to all the couples tying the knot this year, and as always, remember to gro with style! 

Kiran Bahl of Gro Styles, “An Indian Boutique” in Tampa and Orlando, can be reached at (813) 843-9040, e-mail kiran@grostyles.com or visit www.facebook.com/grostyles

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