July 13, 2017


The New-age monsoon bride dares to be different and opting for unconventional styles this season, says Sushmita Biswas

It’s not just the season for drizzles and downpour but also the season for Big Fat weddings. The fashion arena is looking exciting with designers turning fiercely experimental redefining bridal lehengas and saris. And never mind the slush and mud you can still wear your lavish gown or sari and make heads turn. Word of caution: for a fuss-free look, simple is the way to go. Ditch your heavily embellished lehengas and embrace cropped hemlines, sari-gowns and casual day dresses and kurtis instead.

With the monsoon in full swing, here’s looking at what’s in store for the bride this season.

Dhoti pants

Go traditional with a twist. Opt for a voluminous pant silhouette till the ankle inspired by the dhoti drape which is perfect for monsoons. Keep it casual by teaming it with a slit jacket or a crop top at one of the pre-wedding functions.

Trend alert: From Padmaja Krishnan’s wrap dhoti pant to Payal Singhal’s high-waist dhoti pants teamed with embroidered crop top, we love those loose, super wide-legged pants.


Thinking of hitting the dance floor during your sangeet ceremony but fretting if your sari comes undone? Settle for a sari-gown that is inspired by the fall and drape of a sari with the pallu hanging loosely from the shoulder. Bringing the glamour of a sari with the sophistication of a gown, the trend has been popularised by Paris Hilton and Sania Mirza. From ethereal to grungy, designers have given thumbs up to this defining silhouette for monsoon wedding.

Trend alert: Make heads turn by opting for a draped sari gown teamed with a zardozi embroidered net cape.


These are the safest bets for a casual look or for evening functions. If you want to go slightly formal, embroidered short kurtis is always a great idea. For low-key functions like haldi and mehendi where there is a lot of mess, it’s best to go casual with kurtis and dresses.

Trend alert: Work the shorter lengths as recommended by Nandita Mahtani who has a line of cocktail wear that includes classy off-shoulder dresses and kurtis which can be teamed with cigarette pants or leggings.

Lehenga skirt

For a no-fuss look, a lehenga skirt makes all the sense. Intricately embroidered choli is the best choice which can be teamed with a lighter ghaghra or lehenga. Opt for fabrics like georgette, chiffon, lace, net, crepe, brocade or fine tissue in bright colours.

Trend alert: The skirt silhouette is flattering and is finding acceptance in eveningwear. While Tarun Tahiliani has ethereal lehenga skirts, Manish Malhotra has lehengas teamed with off-shoulder bardot blouse.

So pick your favourite trend and update your wedding wardrobe for the season!

Sushmita Biswas

Sushmita Biswas

Sushmita Biswas, is a journalism professional with 15 years of work experience in Indian media houses including The Telegraph and Hindustan Times. Have commendable reporting and editorial skills on varied subjects like films, fashion, health, beauty, lifestyle, culture, travel and entertainment. 

She interviews people from various walks of life — actors, directors, chefs, authors, start-up founders, festival organizers, human resource managers and even sportspersons. Her key strengths include well-researched lifestyle and human interest articles.