Of course a wedding day belongs to the bride and rightfully so. But you know who else needs to look amazing that day? The sister of the bride! Not because she is next in line to get hitched, but because she’s the next biggest star after the bride at the wedding. She plays her part well - from making sure the bride’s mascara doesn’t run to keeping those pesky aunties at bay at the wedding. But she needs her personal style to flourish at the wedding and that too, without making a hole in the wallet. Which is why these 10 ideas might just make her look just as beautiful as the bride at the wedding.
1. Wear lightweight lehenga cholis and saris: While the bride goes completely crazy with big embroideries and heavy embellishments, you get to stay light. So choose outfits that don’t have too much work on them in fabrics that are breezy like Chanderi, Georgette or Satin. This way you can stay in the limelight and run around without getting tired because your outfit isn’t cumbersome.
2. Bring in tradition with a dash of quirky: The bride will stick to conventional ideas because she has to, but since you don’t have to follow those rules, add a bit of quirk to your look. Maybe a dupatta that comes with a movember print (moustache print)or a jacket that can be worn on a sari with a quirky print. Always add a bit of you into the look.
3. Be adventurous with accessories: Yes, we are talking about those body harnesses, lots of cocktail rings, floral headbands and the like. As the sister of the bride, you’re allowed to be playful. So go for those quaint body tattoos in gold or funky kamarbands or fun anklets to add to your look.
4. Try a new fashion silhouette: Say goodbye to the usual choices when it comes to fabrics. This time, try an entirely new textile. Maybe Chanderi, Uppada or Kanjeevaram to make sure you stand apart from the rest of the Swarovski-bearing, zardosi-wielding crowd. Also, try a new silhouette - like dhoti pants or a cocktail sari gown to look unique.
5. Add loads of colour: Your sister might stick to her usual red or gold, but you can experiment with the colour wheel. Go for unusual hues like mustard, nude, fuchsia, lime green and lilac to add glamour to your look. If not anything else, the colour might just make you stand out.
6. Experiment with makeup: Red lips are done to death. Pink lips are boring. So you must look for ideas that are out of the box. Maybe a nice matte fuchsia or a bright orange or even oxblood can make your look pop.
7. Try a new metal: Gold is the staple and diamonds, very much admired. But that’s boring, you know. So try rose gold jewellery or even white gold. Play around with black pearls, champagne diamonds or even semi-precious stones to add zing to your look.
8. Add modern ideas to conventional clothing: Wear a belt with a sari, a jacket with a lehenga or body harnesses with a cocktail gown - whatever it is, it’s your chance to showcase your style in a fun way. Add a bit of modernity to your look and never stay within the lines.
9. Carry accessories that the bride cannot: Fun mobile cases, pop clutches and a zari bag - all accessories that your dear bride cannot carry. Why don’t you carry the right ones so you can help the bride with a lipgloss for urgent touch-ups at the mandap? You will add drama to your look and stay useful.
10. Go Western with an Indian touch: A cocktail gown that drapes like a sari or a nice ethnic skirt that can parade as a lehenga - add a bit of India to your Western wardrobe. Pin a jadau brooch and buy an ethnic hair pin - add some masala to your look.