Shrishty Mishra | May 10th 2016

Wondering how to dress up for a summer wedding? Sweat not! Shrishty Mishra puts together a complete beauty, makeup and fashion style guide after speaking to industry experts.Romance is in the air but so is the heat. Summer weddings are fun because of good light, fabulous flowers, and long evenings. However, it’s mind boggling to think of unique attires, accessories and makeup to keep up with the soaring temperature. Well, we have got it ALL covered for you!

Say Hello Summer!

Before you select your attire for a wedding, make sure you have checked the invitation card for any specified dress code! If there are no specifications, go for something that defines your personality. As Designer Tarun Tahiliani puts it, “Wedding wear is all about personal taste. In recent years there has been a tilt towards lighter and more structured styles. New styles find expression in a lightness of form, playfulness that moves away from traditional Indian bling and bauble of the past towards more chic and individualistic looks.”
While thinking about colours and cuts think, spring-summer and go for lighter fabrics, pastel shades with just right amount of bling. “Capes with light lehenga choli will blend perfectly with different hues, be it the bright colours or pastel shades or nude tone,” says designer Archana Kochhar.
A saree is always a perfect pick if you want to go with traditional attires. Saree or anarkali can be teamed with embroidered gilets (a light sleeveless padded jacket) and a versatile modern day anarkali can be worn traditionally or as a gown. “Wear dresses or gowns for cocktail and a light lehenga or an anarkali for pre wedding functions. For the wedding, a heavy saree or a lehenga, and for the reception either a saree or a gown will look absolutely stunning,” suggests Tahiliani. Minimal embellishment and lighter fabric are perfect to look stylish and be comfortable in this hot weather.

For The Best Man

Men can opt for cleaner, lighter looks in both traditional and western attires, “Single- breasted, neatly crafted tailored suit in neutral tones paired with coral/ivory tone shirt make for perfect western attire for various occasion. Adding pure silk or linen pocket square gives dash of colour to the whole ensemble,” suggests Atul Apte, Design Director, Raymonds.
For men who want to don ethnic wear, the trends vary from brighter hues for day functions and deeper jewelled tones for evening wear. “The Nehru bandhgala is an innately luxurious style that exhibits elegance and sophistication. Dull gold sherwanis with light embroidery also gives a rich yet subtle look,” says Sandeep Gonsalves, co founder, SS Homme. Keeping in mind the Indian climate, summer weddings need special attention and careful selection of ensembles and separates. “Menswear is becoming experimental and innovative with colours and silhouettes and such occasions are perfect to try out new trendy and contemporary pieces,” tells Atul.

People are experimenting with quirky headpieces,body chains,armlets,hand harness and eloborate nose pins to create quite a look

Summer Ready Makeup

No look is complete without the right makeup. In this summer heat amidst all wedding commotion one can lose the charm of the face. So avoid heavy melting makeup, smeared liners and sticky lip colours. “Summer is all about moisture, perspiration and dampness. Try to wear waterproof makeup which will make your looks fresh and attractive. So go for matte and subtle looks,” says Makeup Artist Shreya Chadha.
Do the basic cleansing, toning, moisturising ritual to set the foundation of your make-up. To prepare your skin well is the first and most important step; if you have extremely oily skin then use water based moisturizer. Using a good primer helps the makeup to stay in place longer. Set every layer of makeup with powder whether it’s concealer or foundation, just powder, powder, powder! This will help soak up the oils of your skin and you can achieve a flawless matte look. And never forget to carry a compact in your clutch. To get picture perfect, avoid shine from shimmery makeup or glitter. Makeup artist Jannat Sethi suggests sticking to products that give a matte finish and not dewy, as after a few hours your skin will anyway generate its natural oils, and dewy makeup look can either appear really shiny or start melting off your face.
“One can try long lasting summery lip shades according to one’s face complexion. Bold and bright lip shades will go with light colour outfits and subtle lip colours like nude shade, light pink will work best with colourful attire,” suggests Shreya Chaddha. For the hair, low buns, pony tails, French braids, fishtail braids and updos are in this season as they keep you cool and avoid fuss.

Accessorize It Right

While thinking about right accessories think light and minimal like a signature bags, clutches, belts, right shoes, light jewellery and likes. For men, Atul Apte suggests making sure that shoes and belt colour coordinates and goes well with their ensemble. Accessories like pocket square, cufflink will always add up to their wardrobe. Avoid chinos or casual pieces to attend a wedding, leave it for leisure wear. Also, one can always use hats, eye gears, Bandana, neckerchiefs, slip on shoes, long scarves to accessorize.
For women, jewellery designer Vasundhara Mantri suggests, “taking into consideration different occasions such as sangeet, mehendi and cocktail party, people are experimenting with quirky headpieces, body chains, armlets, hand harness and elaborate nose pins to create quite a look.” They are versatile enough to be paired with a flowing dress to give an elegant and chic look and can also be worn with casuals for more contemporary look.

Get Inspired

Take inspiration from your favourite celebrities, decode their style, pick things that suits best to you without overdoing it. Sonam Kapoor’s shoes, Alia Bhat’s hairstyles, Ranveer Singh’s printed shirts, Kunal Kapoor’s kurtas – take your pick from their personal taste! Fawad Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Purab Kohli, Aayushman Khurana and Ali Zafar are some dapper dressers to take inspiration for men’s wardrobe. While Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Nimrat Kaur, Alia Bhatt and Priyanka Chopra has got amazing taste when it comes to ethnic wear.

Do’s and Don’ts for Men

● Get well groomed; a good perfume is a must.
● Opt for attires suited to your body type.
● Accessorize well. The seemingly insignificant lapel pin can make a lot of a difference.
● Match belt and shoe colour and socks to your trousers, while wearing a suit. Opt for a bespoke shoe as it fits well and is custom made to your requirements.
● Wear a mandarin collared shirt with bandhgalas and sherwanis
● Never wear dark shades and heavy embellishments for a daytime wedding.
● Do not use too many accessories for one look; it takes away the charm.
● Never spray perfume on the clothes as it leaves a stain.

Do’s and Don’ts for Women

● All outfits should to be done keeping body type and personal selection.
● Experiment with cuts and fabrics.
● Go for matte, fresh looks in makeup.
● Keep yourself hydrated.
● Don’t over accessorize.
● Don’t wear shimmery make up during the day.
● Your styling shouldn’t be too overbearing.
● Too embellished attires are a big NO-NO in both day and night wardrobes.