By Savieta Batra
Are you about to resume work after your wedding? The most pressing dilemma that majority of newly married women face is, "Should I dress up any differently than what I used to wear earlier". As per the Indian customs, a newly married woman should wear red bangles, sindur on forehead and a mangalsutra to flaunt her ‘married’ status to the rest of the world. She is also expected to wear bright coloured clothes for some time, as white and black colours are not considered auspicious.
A few of the traditions could vary in different communities. In Punjabis, a newly wed bride has to wear a chooda, a set of red and white bangles, for a certain mandatory period that could extend to twelve months in some families. While some girls may abandon a few customs out of personal choice but for the rest, adhering to customs and yet looking appropriate at work place may require a fine balancing act.
As an Image consultant, I always suggest to my clients to invest in basic, classic style of clothing even for their trousseau shopping as these simple, classic styles offer endless possibility of mix and match options.
Listed below are some dressing tips that can help you evolve a dressing quotient for your lifestyle post- marriage.
- Buy very heavy and dressy outfits only for the major wedding functions.
- Invest in clothing pieces that offer more wearability options.
- All the three clothing items in this outfit can be paired with other pieces in multiple ways, hence increasing the wearability options.
- A heavy banarsi dupatta worn over plain churidar can change the look from casual to dressy. It can be paired with a lot more outfits. An absolute value for money purchase!
- A plain tunic accessorized with a heavy necklace and jhumkis can change the look from everyday wear to exotic wear!
- Tunics and shirts are commonly worn work-wear pieces, therefore one can opt for a majority of these in the wardrobe, in basic, classic styles. You can opt for excellent quality fabric and brighter colours. These tunics and shirts can be worn with trousers to office and can also be paired with shimmer or embroidered pallazos/ salwars/ leggings/ shararas/ lehengas for social occasions.
- Accessories in the form of jewellery, stoles, scarves, dupattas, handbags, sandals play a very important role in changing the look of an outfit from work wear to occasion wear. Hence invest judiciously in a variety of these for more versatility.
Investment in precious jewellery is also an area where wise decision-making is required. Girls are gifted a lot of gold and diamond jewellery on their weddings. Gifting a lot of heavy sets that cannot be worn on a day-to-day basis creates a dead inventory for the girl. She may have several sets in the locker but may not find enough new pieces to match with her daily wear clothes. Hence it would be wiser if parents and in laws gift the new bride light weight pieces like chains with pendants, variety of small earrings, rings, bangles and bracelets so that her jewels do not lie idle in the locker but are worn more often.Eves24 Jewel Library Services is one of its kind service wherein you can pick up heavy Jewellery sets from their collection to coordinate with your outfits and pay just the usage charge. You need not buy these jewellery.
- How to wear the chooda at work without inviting unnecessary attention – Wearing long sleeved blouses /shirts is one option. The other could be to reduce the number of bangles. An innovative way, as illustrated in the picture below could be to design a cover for your chooda while at work.
- Mangal sutra has also found a new avtar in modern times. Many jewellery stores are now offering mangalsutras that can be worn as a bangle. This could be an option for girls who want to flaunt a new style statement.