According to me, sisters make a wedding. They fight with your husband over his shoes, they make sure they set the dance floor on fire (though in my case my brothers took that credit as well), but perhaps most importantly, they seem to be the only one to remember to bring you water, lip balm, food, and check on you the whole time. They fuss and fret over you, accompany you to the parlour, listen to your inane inner battles of doing a juda vs leaving your hair open, give you a thumbs up sign behind the MUA’s back to calm your nerves and in general are the rock you need during the wedding ! So here are some ideas for the sisters of the brides who need to look (almost) as fabulous as the bride herself!! Hey, theyr next in line you know!
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1. The Anarkali lehenga
Okay, i know these have been done to death but according to me they seem to suit every body type and can be dressed up and down. I particularly love the ones with slits and the skirt in a contrast peeping through! Manish Malhotra started the anarkali-lehenga trend and if you know where to look, some local shops in Delhi are selling some absolutely stunning pieces !!!
Outfit 1 & 2 have been sourced by us for the sister of the Bride and Groom respectively for a wedding in the US! Outfit 3 is by a talented Mumbai based local designer, and Outfit 4 is a Manish Malhotra
2.Neon Colored Lehengas / Pretty Pastel Ones!
Off late iv seen the most beautiful neon colored lehengas and im pretty sure im picking up one for myself !! Right from a young, designer in Noida who does the prettiest neon colors with floral patterns, to the shop inside Shahpur Jat with the funkiest neon lehengas or the 4 woman team who specialises in light pastel outfits!.Lehengas with beautiful chikan-kari work bottoms and stunning blouses ! These make sure the younger sister looks cute, fun and youthful! My personal favourites are the ones with ornate blouses, and plain, flowy , nright skirts with a patterned dupatta!
From Left to right: A super prett ombre lehenga we sourced for niece of the bride for the mehendi ceremony , yellow and pink Nikasha lehenga, chikan kari work lehenga, Manish Lehenga
3. Shararas, Lachas etc
Shararas are super trendy right now, and i am quite a fan of that silhouette ! Infact there may just be another wedding in my family soon, and iv already bought a neon pink and orange citrusy sharara to wear for one of the lighter events!!
Outfit 1 is what we sourced for a bride in Australia who wanted a simple sharara -style lehenga for her Nikah, the rest are designer outfits!
Lehenga- Sarees give you the elegance of the saree, with a bit of a different twist. These are probably some of the most requested for items by sisters in Brides by P&B, and we have done a TON of sarees with beautiful jewelled blouses (Sabya style) with threadwork on the sarees- except they are from a local delhi store but just as stunning!
Other trends to watch out for
- Gotta Patti work is super trendy as well and lots of stores are carrying beautiful pastel toned Gota Patti Work Lehengas
- There is in general a revival of traditional embroidery- Phulkari from the North and Chikankari from lucknow are flooding outfits as well!
- We are definitely seeing a revival of more feminine, delicate workmanship with sequins and zari. The Rich, Ornate Mughal trend with very opulent garments and deep jewel toned colors has taken a backseat and even Sabyasachi is doing lehengas in soft tones, with sequin and pipes. The emphasis this year is girlyness!
- In terms of Silhouettes, pants are making big comeback ! Cigarette pants under sheer anarkalis,and loose pallazo style pants under irregular length long kurtas
- There is a somewhat more demure trend in fashion these days- long sleeves blouses with velvet saris, or high neck blouses with just a sexy back!
- Gotta Patti work short sleeveless Jackets worn on top of anarkalis and as tops for lehengas are also really in, though they are not a silhouette that everyone can carry
- If you are fashion-forward enough to carry it off, sarees worn with embellished jackets are totally high fashion and fabulous. Ask Sonam Kapoor!
- One piece-outfits are also very in. These are gowns that look like saris with different concepts of drapes attached or a full length anarkali gown with just a stole .
- Floral is still in- but floral in a different way. Sabya is doing floral with all gold work done on a rich emerald green- so florals with no color ! On the other hand Shehla Khan is doing florals in nude and peach!