Designer Ritu Kumar Tells Us 8 Must-Haves For The Modern Bride

Ritu Kumar gives her expert tips on what to wear for the upcoming wedding functions.

Team Brides Today
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    Indian prints are very adaptable to the sun, the sand, and the sea. This lehenga goes well with both a modern and classic aesthetic, like a Rajasthani-meets-gypsy skirt that you can swing around in. I think it’s ideal for a wedding that isn’t terribly serious.

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    The wedding shoes are elevated with spectacular zardozi, dhaga, and chain stitch embroideries. We have crafted our version with extremely soft soles that are as comfortable as the modern-day ballet shoe. I think times when people wanted to totter around in high heels, especially during destination weddings are long gone. These let you dance in them, get married in them, and work very well with almost every style.

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    The drop sleeve is a nice innovation to the choli: it gives it a little more flare, a more of a gown-like look. And it allows you a wonderful bone structure to show off. I recommend this style for a youthful, fun look.

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    One of the most versatile garments in our country is the sari, which can be draped in myriad ways. A stitched, pre-draped one is an obvious favourite because it’s the simplest one to wear and looks really elegant. Pair it with a very sexy blouse.

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    This dress is like a liquid gold garment: it’s stitched with various weights of gold ribbons with zardozi, embroidery, and net in it, so it clings to the figure while being very rich in its construction. The long slit gives a great deal of movement: Perfect for a cocktail function.

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    The dhoti pant is one of my favourite garments for bottoms, because it’s the most comfortable thing we could have ever produced. It is actually worn by men in various parts of the country, but we converted it into a smart women’s garment that is perfect for the mehendi.

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    We have scaled up the potli to become a very sophisticated accessory to collect the money in, which is given to you during your wedding. The different embroideries and chains make for the perfect statement piece.

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    A rich ruby hue with elaborate gold embroidery is perfect for the wedding, especially when you want to stand out while keeping that youthful edge. The sheer net dupatta with zardozi embroidered border adds a playful element to the look, and a smart deep v-neck blouse is perfect to flaunt a smart choker necklace.

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