Wedding Season – What I Wore (Part 3)
This is part 3 of a mini-series about Wedding Season. In the first two posts, I wrote about what I wore when Sukh’s two cousins tied the knot. I described each outfit for all the different events and why I chose to wear that particular one. Read Part 1 and Part 2.In this post I am going through the outfits I wore at my nephew Jason’s wedding. It was the final wedding of the year for us.
On my trip to Mumbai in January, I had picked out all the outfits I needed. There are several events in a big fat Indian wedding and I made sure Shalini and I had enough to cover the various days.
The civil ceremony was held at a golf club in Birmingham and the location was stunning. As soon as I got the invite, I knew I wanted to try something a little different. I would usually opt for a saree for something like this but as it was a beautiful day I chose a jumpsuit instead.The soft material was perfect for the heatwave and the peach was fitting for a wedding ceremony in the sunshine. I love the three-strap detail on each shoulder and of course, culottes and jumpsuits have been my favourite items this summer.This was another one of my buys from Boohoo and it cost £18. I finished the look off with studs, a silver bracelet on one arm and my Anne Klein heels. When I turned up to the wedding, I was one of only a few in a non-Indian outfit so I was glad I had dared to try something different.
On this night, I decided to go completely traditional and picked out one of my floral print sarees. In my previous wedding posts, I have spoken about how I love big bold floral prints and lightweight sarees on a sangeet night – especially in the summer. This was perfect outfit for the occasion.It was a sunny evening so the flowers and the deep yellow really worked. I decided to pull my hair back into a simple bun at the nape of my neck. My make-up was subtle except for the choice to go for big red lips to bring out the red in the saree.My family told me I looked like an Indian flight attendant. We giggled about it throughout the night and in the middle of the singing and dancing my nephew even had me stand up and remind guests of the exits! Of course I lapped it up and really played up to my role well, greeting everyone in a traditional Indian way!
The party was on a Friday night and I opted for a black churidar outfit, which I picked up in Mumbai earlier this year. It is a long black fitted top right down to the ankles with huge slits up the side. It’s completely plain except for some detail on the collar and a few buttons.The leggings are also completely black so it’s a perfect outfit for the evening. The only splash of colour comes from the contrasting dupatta (scarf), which is in a muddy gold/beige colour. It’s quite heavy but thankfully has two strings attached so you can place it easily on one shoulder and tie it on the opposite side. It breaks up all of the black perfectly.I decided to keep my hair down and I used hot rollers to give it plenty of volume. I finished off the look with gold/brown smokey eyes and dark brown lips.
Last year, I needed two outfits for a couple of weddings. I knew what I wanted in my head and got in touch with a boutique in India who have made outfits for me in the past. I had opted for a gold skirt with minimal embroidery and a teal top and the other was a white skirt with gold polka dots and wine crop top.
A couple of months later, I had the boutique send me two different coloured tops – this time with long sleeves. I had kept the skirts pretty basic so now I’m able to mix and match all of the items whenever I want to change up the outfit or go for a new look.It was one of these combinations that I put together for Jason’s wedding. The green was vibrant and worked with the skirt really well. I had a fair few people complimenting me and asking me where I had bought the outfit.
It was all my own vision. I just had the Indian tailors make-up what I wanted. Their workmanship was excellent and they delivered exactly what I had pictured.Now even though I have worn both skirts a couple of times each, adding different tops offer complete reinventions. There are several combinations I can create with the same handful of items. Mixing and matching is definitely the more affordable option and the most creative too.
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