I know, I know what you must be thinking! Surbhi, the wedding season has almost come to an end. I know I am late to the party but there’s always the next season, right?

If you know me, you would know that I am someone who will go all out and deck myself in glitters and sequins or I’ll be the most laid back person in the room when it comes to clothes. I am also a firm believer of creating outfits rather than buying ready-made ones. Well, today’s outfit is a perfect blend of both! If you’re tired with the same old (usually pink-ish) sequined lehenga, well, look no further – I am here to rescue you!

I had this lehenga made from a silk cloth that I bought ages ago from an art and craft exhibition. If you’re into tailored lehengas/kurtras/dresses, always visit your local melas and you’ll find some of the most extraordinary cloth material. These places usually have a wide range of material – all the way from Kashmir to down South. You name it, you’ll find it!

I added a broad multi-colored border to the base of the lehenga to enhance it’s simplicity. Once again, visit your city’s wholesale markets and you’ll find an endless variety of borders and laces. Trust me when I say you’ll be spoilt for choices.

Before deciding on the choli, I had already found these beautiful chandbalis on Myntra and I knew I wanted to build the rest of the outfit around this single piece of jewellery. I wanted the earrings to be the highlight of the entire outfit and so, I kept the choli simple. But, the touch of velvet to the outfit makes all the difference! For me, velvet represents royalty and adds grace to any outfit. (Fun fact: I had a navy blue velvet shirt as a kid that I used to wear all the time!). Ditch the low-neck blouse and try a simply square-neck velvet blouse! You’ll be happy just with the fact that you tried something new.

This is something that I’ve learnt from my Maa – try and focus on one element, decide what is it that you want to showcase and move forward from there. This is not only true when designing the clothes but also a great life tip :)

Would you believe if I told you that the dupatta is actually for hundred bucks? That’s it! And of course, I found it at the local market. One of the best finds ever! I use this dupatta even on regular days with my indo-western outfits. To match the lehenga a bit, I added a green and golden border to it.

Small touches like these to the outfit really helps to stand out from the crowd! If you’re not a fan of the border, you can always add tassels or beads to your dupatta.

Now that the wedding season is nearing its end, what are you most looking forward to this summer? Changing the wardrobe from winters to summers is one of my favorite things to do. Bringing in more prints and color to my wardrobe is on top of my list this season! Then again, I could wear this lehenga everyday and still be okay with that :)

Until next time!

xx Surbhi

Picture credits: Karan Singh