Trousseau Must Haves for an Indian Bride
Call it hope chest or glory box or bridal trousseau; it has been every bride’s closest friend during the initial months of her married life since ages. With time, the contents of this treasure box might have radically changed but the purpose and emotions attached to it remain the same. Earlier what used to comprise of just 11 essential items put together, these days enclose almost every essential that a newly-wed would need to have in her closet to prepare her for all the occasions she would have to be a part off; with her bridal trousseau in place she would be all set to create a lasting impression on everyone.
There are certain things without which a bride’s trousseau would be incomplete. For your convenience we are jotting them here…
Clothes have always been and are going to be the most important and major component of a bride’s trousseau. It is important that the collection should include something for all important occasions –
- An Indian bride always needs to be prepared for any type of traditional function. It may be yet another pooja or festival or another wedding related celebration in her new homelike kanjeevarams, banarasi silks, patola, chanderi etc in rich Indian colours of her choice – red, orange, green, maroon, purple or pink – would be an ideal investment for any such requirements.
- A few georgette and chiffon saris, decorated with sequins, zari or resham borders and floor-length anarkalis or salwar kameez sets are ideal for semi-formal dos. These outfits can be dressed up or down with the help of right jewellery and accessories to suit the occasion.
- Being prepared for dinner and cocktail parties, which do not call for a traditional look, is equally important for a modern-day bride. Investing in a pretty evening gown and some smart dresses along with fusion outfits, would help her to rock such parties.
While it is important to look good from outside, it is equally important to be comfortable inside. Thus, lingerie occupies a special place in a bride’s trousseau. These days we can find thousands of kinds and styles for various body types. Packing a good mix of comfy and sensuous lingerie would be a good idea.
First impression counts! And the new bride has to ensure she makes a good impression even in sleepwear. Keeping some sensuous ones (for honeymoon) and comfortable yet good looking ones for regular wear is a must. Don’t forget to add a house coat or robe to pull on before making an appearance in front of the rest of the new family.
Jewellery is an important part of an Indian bride’s trousseau. While the bridal jewellery makes up for a significant part of this treasure, a few other essentials can prove to be a valuable investment. A few classics such as a pair of solitaire earrings, a sophisticated pearl set, pretty gold & diamond bangles and a few earrings to suit various outfits, would help the newly wed bride shine in any outfit.
No outfit is complete without complimenting footwear! As much as we would love to have a pair for every outfit, a smarter approach would be to invest in some basic yet classic pairs, which can help achieve that complete look for every important occasion. A pair of stilettos in metallic hues, traditional jootis, blinged flats and slip-ons, as well as pumps and wedges to go with your western outfits should do the trick, and do not forget to pack a pair of your comfortable slippers to roam around in the house, as well.
Right accessories are important to enhance the beauty of your outfit and to complete the look. Every girl understands the significance of accessories and owns a large collection. However, for your trousseau, choose a few quality pieces that compliment most of the outfits and help achieve that perfect look.
HAIR: Clips and bands in various colours and sizes are essential. Also add on a few favorites like flowers of sequined pins for special occasions.
BANGLES: Traditional glass bangles in colours to match your sarees, along with a few unique pieces to compliment the western outfits are essential.
BAGS: A neutral color handbag, blinged clutches (black or metallic hues are essential), traditional potli bags and a classic hobo bag to carry all essentials while on the move, are a must!
Looking good for every occasion is a must for every Indian bride. Thus, a make-up kit, containing some essentials is a must have! Pack the following few to get a flawless look every time; concealer, foundation and face powder; kajal, eyeliner, eyeshadow and mascara; few shades of lipsticks – bold and bright for the traditional and party look as well as neutral to suit the casual look; a couple of favorite nail paint shades as well as a red (a must have for an Indian bride) and a nude one, along with a manicure kit for the polished look. And don’t forget to stock up bindis, for traditional outfits.
Along with the above, a bride should also carry along a few fond memories of her old life to her new home in the form of photographs, dairies, toys and any such tokens of love. These mementos provide comfort to the bride whenever she feels homesick and help her settle into her new life.
An elaborate and well-planned out trousseau would ensure that you have everything to look the part of a beautiful newly-wed bride in the first few months of marriage. Thus, preparing an extensive list and strictly following it is a must. Be attentive while shopping for your trousseau and keep a strict tab on budgets. Packing your trousseau a week in advance to avoid last minute panic or missing out on anything, is a good idea.
Happy Planning and Shopping!
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