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Top 5 Bridal Wear Indian Fashion Designers

Top 5 Bridal Wear Indian Fashion Designers

As the wedding season arrives we all want to have the best outfit for the big day. As we plan the budget to our weddings, everything needs to be kept in place, everything needs to be perfect.

As we make a set funding to buy gifts and venue and buy jewelry. The biggest splurge is your wedding outfit. This is the most important buy because without the entire wedding will be ruined.

So as we decide where to invest our money and get the perfect look, here is a list of the top 5 bridal wear designers in the country. The prices will be steep but the material, design and look will be worth it. These designers have dressed celebrities and are celebrity favorites, so trust us when we say that they are the best.

1. Neeta Lulla

One of the most renowned names in the fashion industry, she has won awards for her designs in movies like Jodha Akbar.

She has a versatile array but her strengths lie in bridal designs which have a standard to over the top feel to them. Actresses like Aishwarya Rai Bachchan and Esha Deol relied on her for their wedding day sarees.

She works in all materials from silk to kanjeevaram and the list ends nowhere.

She uses colors like ivory, gold, pink, black to magnify the design and uses all modern takes on traditional designs as well.

2. Ritu Kumar

Her designs are a fusion between traditional craftsmanship and new age material. With an array of sophisticated and euphoric designs her bridal collection is made from rich fabric like silk, georgette etc.

She uses elaborate and heavy designs and embellishments but free- flowing silhouettes and will make you look stunning after you buy jewelry to match.

3. Tarun Tahiliani

He is the one who re-invented the traditional look and took it to another level. From glittering gowns for cocktails to sarees and lehengas that will make you look incredible are there in his collection with a historical richness and contemporary chic.

His wedding collection includes floral designs with crystals, flowing material; and an array of colors based in pink, peach, beige, maroon and ivory. He also has designs that sport antique gold work and zardozi.

Crystal chandelier lehengas with long cholis, key-hole jackets with patterned Lehanga, is all his takes on traditional designs. If you are a modern chic bride and need a different look, then this is your place to be.

4. Manish Malhotra

He is one of the most renowned designers in the industry and one of the most reputed as well. With his designs you will look like you walked right out of a Karan Johar movie to get married to your Rahul.

He does not have a trademark bridal design but you will definitely find what you need here. From traditional looks to modern designs he has made a name for himself that his work is automatically the best.

5. Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla

They are known as “the boys” in the industry. With over 25 years in the fashion industry you have to trust their experience.

Their design stands in pure traditional comfort with hand dome zardozi work on the delicate design of the lehengas is to die for. They started using chikan work in bridal wear and took the bridal wear industry by a storm.

Formal Dresses to Match the Body Type

Formal Dresses to Match the Body Type

Whether you are looking to accentuate your petite figure, curvy silhouette, or hourglass shape, you are certain to find a formal dress that matches the particular shape. Before you buy a new dress for an upcoming event, it helps to know your body shape to make sure you have the right fit to leave you feeling glamorous and confident. Here are several tips to help identify the perfect formal dress:

Show off the curves

The hourglass figure, which has a full bust and hips and defined waist, looks great with the dress style that is able to draw attention and define the waistline. The preferred style of dress can include a pencil skirt, structured waist and wide neckline to fully highlight the curves. One style that is great is the wrap dress that is easy to tighten around the waistline using contrasting fabric or a belt, while the material is left to be naturally fuller in the areas of the hips.

Create curves

The formal dress that helps to create a sense of volume is perfect for those that want to show off curves. It is possible to appear curvy with a dress that has darts or gathers at the waist. This type of dress is useful for its ability to define the lower body. Additionally, a wide boat-neck top is useful for giving wider shoulders and fuller bust line. Other options include the vertical princess seams which help to highlight the curves to give the softer and fuller look.

Compliment the bust line

The preferred dress style for someone with a slim lower half and fuller bust are those that give support and structure to the bodice. The dress should have straps that can easily support and lift the bust line. A great choice that won’t overemphasize is the empire waist dress. A style that can give more balance includes the A-line dress that flows at the hips and accentuates the waist. This dress is appreciated for its ability to give balance and proportion to the entire body.

Lengthen the legs

A simple technique to lengthen the legs is to wear the short and dark-colored formal dress. By creating a contrast between the legs and dress fabric it is possible to make it seem like your legs are longer. This type of dress can vary in length from those that rest just above the knee to the short miniskirt. Other options include a high waist and slim gown that gives a similar illusion of having longer legs.


Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

Make Your Nail Polish Last Longer

The day we find out how to make manicures last as long as pedicure will be a reason for celebration, but until that comes, we will take every tip and tricks in the book to make our nail colour last longer. Our hands go through a lot during all the day, and poor manicures do not have stand a chance. The first thing a user should remember that when nails are long, the nail tips are more exposed, and you tend to use them for all you are worth like try to peel off sticks, putting on the main rings and much more and also using them in harm ways. Short nails are shorter than to tip your finger, meaning that your finger but not the polish, will take the brunt of any movement that could develop chips.

Many times women have to do household works such as washing dishes or cleaning the apartment. Without using gloves, this type of home works can fully destroy your manicures. The water and soap can dry out the manicure, even make it less shiny and likely chip. Give yourself a sturdy pair of gloves to save your nails from danger. Smudges and ding at dry time ruin all the hard work you just put into your at home manicure.

A better way to tell if your nails are dry is to make your nails face each other, then slowly touch them together. If you pull them apart, and they feel little tacky, your nails still want time to try. If they don’t stick to each other at all, you are ready to go forward. If you are using a top coat without sealing the edges of your nails, that means you are going wrong. The ages of your nails take the brunt of the polish beating, so you have to make it sure that you are protecting it with a good cover of clear polish. On the other side, healthy nails also play a vital part. You have to keep you nails healthy for a long lasting finish. Fix your all nail problems like ridges, peeling, breakage and you will keep your manicure lasting longer for sure. Find out a good ridge filler or nail strengthener based on what you need to fix. After that insert them into your beauty routine to keep your nails in beautiful shape all the time.

We all know that it can be tempting to pack on the polish, but too much thick nail polish can tend to peel off, making the life of your nail manicure incredibly shorter. You should go for thinner strokes, getting just enough polish on the brush that you do not overload your beautiful nails. One most important thing you need to remember that when you are filing each nail. It does not matter which direction, but you have to make it sure that you are filing every nail either to the left or the right, never back and forth, because alternative directions weaken the nails, making it weaker to break and peeling.

You have to keep a safe distance from sanitizer. The alcohol in hand sanitization can dry out your nail polish and your nails also. It also makes them dull and ready to chip. You should go from a mild hand soap and warm water when possible for you. Many times, the nail expert in salon soak our nails in water, It causes the nail to absorb water, expanding their natural; shape. After polishing your nails, the water evaporates and your nails contract, which causes the nail polish to chip and crack.


Flaunt Fitter Body and Flawless Back – To Up Your Saree Style

Flaunt Fitter Body and Flawless Back – To Up Your Saree Style

Nothing looks as sensuous on a woman as a well draped saree. Most people believe that saree suits all body types and looks great on women of all ages. It’s true, but only to a certain extent!

The whole truth is that the mid-riff-baring, curve-hugging saree makes for a striking and eye-catching outfit. If draped well, it shows off a woman’s curves to perfection. On the other hand, if it is not styled well, it looks quite drab.

For this reason, wearing saree calls for special attention to aspects like skin-care, grooming and fitness. Why? Because, in a saree, many of the, otherwise hidden, body areas are exposed.

These include –

    • Mid-riff


    • Neck and Back


    • Arms


    • Shoulders, if you wear a shoulder-baring trendy blouse


  • Even your face and hands, not to forget your pretty feet, are in focus

Fitness Matters

    • Well, for overall fitness, a tauter mid-riff, flab-free back and toned arms, you need to increase your exercising efforts. Get going with ab-crunches and bicep curls, if you wish to look leaner and meaner in your sarees.


    • To reduce the flab around the mid-riff, increase cardio and aerobic work-outs. Also, perform Yogic breathing techniques like Kapal Bhati. Lift light weights to get rid of pesky love handles and muffin tops. Side stretches and leg lifts are great for getting a well-defined waist-line.


    • Better fitness levels also translate to better posture. And, you would surely know that a great posture can translate to a majestic saree look.


  • Enhanced fitness levels lead to better sugar metabolism and blood circulation. This improves skin texture and clears up break-outs, patchy skin and dark spots. So, trundle on, even if you haven’t exercised properly in years!

Grooming Reflects…

    • Awed by your favourite celebrity’s saree style? Well, notice how more than their ensemble, their astute and sharp grooming, styling and make-up differentiates them from the crowd.


    • You too can’t afford to be slack on these aspects, in this day and age – and certainly not in a saree. Clear skin, clean nails, hair-free arms (and back, if required) and shiny tresses – go a long way in helping you put together a wonderful look.


    • Hairy tales – Waxed arms are non-negotiable (unless, your blouse is full-sleeved, you must stick to this fundamental aspect). Sarees are elegant apparels, and hairy arms surely take away a lady’s grace. Get your back waxed or bleached professionally too, if you have prominent body hair on back area. Same goes for your décolletage. Visible hair on your stomach and torso should, ideally, be removed too.


    • Manicure and Pedicure – Neat, pampered nails, feet and hands can take your overall saree look from mediocre to suave. Paint your nails in a colour complementing your saree.


  • Going Back-less? Or Sleeve-less? – Back-less and sleeve-less blouses call for extra grooming on the revealed spots. Fresh, hair-free under-arms and arms are a MUST! Get your back scrubbed and polished too, preferably to score a neat, shining look in a low-back blouse.

Dry, Dull Skin!

    • Dry, flaky skin may not instantly be visible to you, but such troublesome spots instantly come under the scanner in a revealing outfit. Thus, don’t forget to moisturize your bared areas, when donning a saree.


    • Mid-riff, arms, hands, back, neck and décolletage (and your face) must be supple and moisturized well. Don’t forget to gently rub in sunscreen too, if stepping out in sun.


  • Pesky dry spots – Elbows should be the first on this list! Many women go to lengths to stylize and plan their look, but forget about this little detail. This can completely spoil your efforts and styling. Since you can’t see your back yourself, you may end up neglecting it too. Don’t!

*Plush Skin Tip – Eat plenty of good-fats, take Vitamin E supplements and ask your doctor to prescribe skin and hair vitamins. Cod Liver oil, Fish Oil and Flax-seed oil may also be consumed as supplements for great skin. [DO NOT FORGET TO GET A CLEARANCE FROM YOUR DOCTOR OR CHECK FOR ALLERGIES, before starting any medicinal herbs, special diets or supplements.] Aloe Vera gel is great for tackling dryness and dullness, and so is Ghee (clarified butter). You may also apply aloe gel on your skin, if you are not allergic to it.

Great Skin Matters…

Many women forget to care for their arms, neck, back and feet as nicely as they do for their face. They may get regular facials, but back polishing or manicures may not feature high on their beauty routines. Well, you can’t afford to do that, if you love wearing sarees. Can you? Here are a few other ‘musts’ for great skin… everywhere –

    • Eat a balanced diet, exercise and lead a good lifestyle to get rid of skin issues.


    • Always use good quality toiletries and cosmetics.


    • Don’t forget to clean off make-up (even from neck, back etc.), before ending your day/ night.


    • Avoid harsh sunlight. Cover up, when traveling or driving a two-wheeler.


    • Pigmentation and dark spots worsen with age and hormonal imbalances. Arrest aging by leading a good lifestyle. Get yourself thoroughly checked, if you suspect a hormonal issue, including diabetes and hypo-thyroid.


    • Dark lines and spots on neck, under-arms and back signal under-lying health issues, ranging from bad sugar metabolism to Hemoglobin deficiency. Be careful!


    • Tackle insistent dull, dark spots on face, neck, arms, back or hands with expert care, based on a trusted dermatologist’s and beautician’s advice.


    • If you suffer from arms/ back acne, and have deep, left-over spots, consider getting glycolic peels and laser done, but only if your physician and dermatologist suggest.


  • Same goes for permanent hair removal. If that’s on agenda, don’t forget to take a trusted doctor or certified laser practitioner’s advice. In such cases, price should be the least of your considerations.

*Plush Skin Tip – Reduce your carbohydrates’ intake. Specifically, the consumption of wheat products and sugary/ fried foods should be curbed. See how this clears skin, within a few weeks. Meanwhile, don’t forget to substitute with healthy alternatives like eggs, yogurt, gluten-free flours like Ragi and Chick-pea, veggies and fruits.

*Water Tip – Drink a suitable amount of water (as per your composition), through the day to keep your skin hydrated. Don’t stick to the generally recommended glasses; your body may demand lesser or far more amount of water, basis its unique composition [and also as per the seasons]. Try drinking about 2-4 glasses of water on empty stomach, each morning. Besides other obvious benefits, this will also help you deal with skin allergies.

Home Remedies

There are tons of home remedies for tackling relatively superficial or temporary skin issues, ranging from sun tan to prickly heat to dullness and dryness. Home remedies are also great for cleaning skin, removing stubborn dirt and reinstating skin’s lost glow and moisture.

Many women routinely and effectively use home remedies to their advantage. However, they forget to use these on their entire body – generally focusing only on the face. Whatever ‘face pack’ you use, ensure turning it to a ‘body pack’ – focusing on exposed areas like back, décolletage, neck, back of ears, shoulders etc.

De-Tan – Apply cucumber juice, mixed with a few drops of lemon juice (if your skin is not too dry) to get rid of tan. Leave for at least 20 minutes. Mix curd with cucumber juice, egg white, chick pea flour and some lemon juice to make a heavy duty de-tan pack. Leave on for 25-30 minutes. Potato juice is great for reducing a bad tan. Aloe vera can tackle a sun burn effectively. If you have sun-burnt, flaky skin, apply slightly warmed (tepid) cow’s ghee and leave overnight (Don’t do this, if you have open pores, break-outs or acne).

Dark Spots – Potato juice is great for handling dark spots. You can also prepare a sugar scrub to get rid of dark elbows and ankles (or even back and neck). Take 2 teaspoons of sugar, add some honey and some drops of lemon juice. Using the lemon peel (of a cut lemon), apply this sugar mix to your trouble-spots. Rub gently till sugar dissolves completely. Leave on for 15 minutes. Repeat for a few days for best results. Milk, honey, egg white and cucumber juice mixed into a pack are great for dry and normal skins. Used tea-bags, rinsed in clear water and refrigerated for some time should be placed on eyes to tackle under-eye dark circles. Potato juice and cucumber juice too work well to lighten under-eye skin. Grated cucumber may be placed to cool down any irritation in eyes.

*Star Tip – Soak a few almonds, Charoli seeds (Chironji) and a tsp. of masoor dal (pink lentils) in milk overnight. In morning, make a fine paste and apply it to dried out, dark spots. You may add a pinch of turmeric powder too, if you are not going out immediately. Repeat for a few days. Works well on arms and back spots too!

Massage – Regularly massaging your skin is great for restoring moisture and adding a warm glow to your skin. Use mustard oil to massage your arms, legs, mid-riff, neck and your entire body, while bathing. You may also use coconut oil on problem area, or if your skin is too dry. Massage also enhances blood circulation, results of which will be visible on your glowing countenance and arms/ back pretty soon.

Follow the suggestions to flaunt a flawless look in your sarees, and see how the limelight courts you, wherever you go.