Gone are the days when Indian brides went for lehengas that weighed them down with their heavy embellishment. The modern day bride prefers more monotone looks with lighter fabrics, say experts.

Designer Shubika from brand Papa Don’t Preach recently showcased her designs at the 18th edition of Bridal Asia. She says that nowadays there are different kinds of bridal preferences.

“I don’t think that there is just one type of a bride. One needs to dress according to their personality, irrespective of the trends. If someone is a vibrant, outgoing person, then a colourful, fun, over the top outfit will only do justice, and vice-versa,” Shubika told IANS.

“However one can keep the styling, make-up, hair minimalistic if the outfit is over the top as the natural look is in and is timeless,” she added.

Designer Ridhi Mehra, who also participated at Bridal Asia, feels the same.

“I totally believe it is. I feel a bride should be minimal but that doesn’t mean going super light. There is a very thin line between minimal and underdressed,” Mehra told IANS and added that the monotone look and pastel colours with pop embroideries make for a perfect fit.

“People are willing to experiment with lighter colours as well. Prints have become a huge trend this season. Brides are opting for lighter, fun pieces, that can be worn multiple times and different occasions. They are willing to experiment with lighter colours as well as darker colours, rather than going for all brighter hues,” said Mehra.

However, red and maroon still make for an obvious choice for brides, they said.

“These colours (red and maroon) will never go out of fashion. On their main wedding day, a girl values and cherishes feeling like an Indian bride. These colours will never go out of fashion for Indian brides,” said Shubika.

Choosing a right accessory is also important.

“Waist belts and kamarband to hold the dupatta and sarees on to the tiny Indian waists will always be my favourite accessories for an Indian bride,” said Shubika.

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