Say the word Lohri to any newly-married bride and you will know by the joy on her face how important this Punjabi festival is for her. The festival of Lohri has always held a special place in the lives of newlywed couples. On this night, the bride dresses up in the finest of attires and her in-laws shower her with gifts, blessings and love.
It is thus important for a newlywed bride to look her best on this special night of bonfire, dance and merriment. Well, as your trusted guide, we are here to help you choose from the following 6 super-chic outfits for your first Lohri celebrations post-marriage.
This is the latest trend to hit the Indian fashion market since last year. With more and more designer Pakistani styles and designs coming in on a daily basis, you will have a field day picking the right one for you. Go for the traditional Pakistani long kurta in rich fabrics, embellishments, and gold and antique embroidery with a flowing sharara style salwar. You must have seen many of these on Zindagi channel as well!
Be the typical Punjabi bride and don a Punjabi style Patiala salwar kameez in bold colours with zardozi work. Tie your hair into a plait and attach parandi (Punjabi hair accessory) to look like a traditional Punjabi bride. It is your day, your first Lohri function, you have all the rights to go all out with colours.
Now, here is the time to show your creativity and dazzle your in-laws with your chic fashion sense. Go for a saree-gown to present a perfect blend of modern and traditional attires. With the right amount of bling, you will be the centre of attraction.
You can even wear a velvet lehenga skirt with a cropped top.
If traditional wear is not your thing, then you can opt for ethnic jackets (short or long) in silk or tussar silk with heavy embroideries like kantha stitch, phulkari work or patchwork. You can team it up with a pair of leggings or cigarette pants. Alternately, you can also try wearing an ethnic blazer with stonework.
If you plan this outfit well, you surely be setting a new fashion trend for Lohri functions for all newlywed brides then. Try a georgette or a long silk shirt with embellishments and team it up with plain pants. Or, you can also switch it up and go for a plain long shirt in sheer, but with patterned pants. Now who says, a newlywed bride cannot look stylish at traditional functions?
You can never go wrong with a silk saree. When in doubt, always pick a silk saree in bright colours. Go for a Banarasi silk, Kanjeevaram, or opt for a raw silk one, but make sure they are in bold colours. Look the part of the traditional Indian bahu!
Accessories: Your outfit will be of no good if you do not accessorise it well. Team your outfit with traditional jhumkis in gold or silver, statement neck pieces, or a simple maang tekka leaving your hair open. Take a handmade clutch in organza or a potli bag, a velvet clutch or embroidery bag to complete your look. Team up your outfit with a pashmina shawl, or a stole in Kashmiri embroidery.
Makeup: Since you are a newly-wed bride, going a little bold this night is completely okay. You can try smokey eyes with red or hot pink lip colour, and heavy mascara to emphasise your eyes and face.
Rule your first Lohri festival post-marriage with our suggestions and you will be the darling of your in-laws!