Bridal Wear Fabrics For Our Modern Brides – Choose, Pick & Slay in Swag!

Written By: Neha Garg

From tasteful, elegant outfits to bold and vibrant ensembles, Indian bridal wear trends are as diverse as the people & culture of the country.

Whether you want to keep your bridal clothes low-key or make a splash in style, there’s always a fabric that can cater to your style and taste.

We suggest that you stay true to your wedding outfits as it is a reflection of your personal style, but that doesn’t mean you have to compromise on the latest trends. Don’t be confused about which fabric to pick & which ones to leave, we are here with you as your virtual Bridesmaid & help you at every step of this beautiful journey!

We Indians love dressing like no one else, and keeping that in viewpoint, we have made the list. You can choose from silk, velvet, georgette, benarasi, brocade and other fabrics in beige or gold, as these colors are hitting the market really well. Let’s know these fabrics in a little more detail before adding them to our trousseau and act like an average bride who is expected to know 10’s of different fabrics and all the latest styles going on.

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Red Velvet Bridal Lehenga

Velvet Lehengas.

This beauty has made a huge comeback & we are so happy about it. We can choose from varied colors from subdued nudes to brilliant jewel tones. Velvet Lehengas look so rich and they emanate a royal charm with minimal embroidery. They also ‘fall’ really well and get into soft pleats which are very flattering as a bride.

The beauty of Velvet can be enhanced with applique works, Zardozi and heavy stonework. With its rich texture and heavy fall, velvet makes a striking choice for your bridal wear. It feels soft on the skin, shiny, yet not too bright.

Tip: For a more regal look, try a velvet lehenga with over-all golden embroidery.

Brocade (peach) Amabelle Bridals
Peach Brocade Bridal Lehenga

Brocade Lehengas

It looks traditional, & utterly beautiful with that full flared look with self-embroidery. Benarasi and Brocade is a great fabric to choose if you don’t want to spend a lot on the embroidery. The fabric has self-gold patterns on it, which look so rich & beautiful.

The Benarasi & brocades have taken the fashion world by storm and many leading designers are using this material for that regal touch in their Lehangas.

Photographer-Rajesh Luthra
Romantic Net Bridal Lehenga

Net Lehengas

Net Lehangas were a talk of town a few years back & the trend is back again. Yaayyyy! They are full-flared & gorgeous. Try & find soft net instead of the regular net which doesn’t look too fancy.

You can also choose to highlight it against the underlying skirt that you are planning to wear, it gives a better effect.

This has been the age-old choice of material for very heavy zardozi work lehengas as the fabric itself is gossamer and light. Team it up with brocade linings, or silk linings, the net fabric is a staple for not just Lehengas but also for choli & dupatta.

Tip: The fabric doesn’t cost you much, so people who are on a budget can try it.

Pure Georgette (color-peppermintgreen) Amabelle Bridals
Peppermint green Georgette Bridal Lehenga

Georgette Lehengas

Georgette is soft & looks really nice with light work on it. It gives you A-line shape & will look good on almost all types of body type. This flowy fabric is a sure shot favorite for destination and beach weddings. Georgette is also very popular with Gota patti work, which is lightweight and shiny.

Silk & Georgette (Amabelle Bridals)
Pink Silk Bridal Lehenga

Raw Silk Lehengas

Raw silk is very much in & looks really clean & modern. It has a great shine & the look is super flared & heavy. You can choose to wear it with heavy embellished pieces or the lighter ones as the fabric itself is enough to stand on its own. Nothing beats the royalty of pure silk in vibrant hues. The fabric has a natural sheen and it is best suited for Indian embroideries such as zardozi, zari and beading.

Velvet Photographer-Rajesh Luthra
Red Velvet Bridal Lehenga

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Empowered Women. Empower Women

Fashion. It’s not just about what’s on the outside – it’s a lifestyle.

What you wear should reflect your personality. You bring character, beauty, and life to your outfits. You wear the dress. The dress doesn’t wear you.

We wanted to celebrate the feeling of being you, without any mask, pretense or filter. We whisked away some of San Francisco’s top bloggers on a quick getaway to the beautiful Sausalito. Each blogger received a personalized piece designed specially to show off their individual style and character. 

Often, we only see the glam side of bloggers, but they like any other woman struggle with who they are versus who people want them to be. This day, it was just them, their true self.

 

” I love that we live in a generation where we can wear what we want and how we want it! Why should fashion have any rules!” – Bianca

Bianca from @beyondcasualb wears a custom peach gold fringe top
Bianca from @beyondcasualb wears a custom peach gold fringe top

”  Never underestimate the power of YOU! Don’t be the damsel in distress. Be the Superhero!” – Yvonne

Yvonne from @everydayyvonne wears a custom black cold shoulder top.
Yvonne from @everydayyvonne wears a custom black cold shoulder top.

“There’s no limitations besides the ones you make.”- Justina

Off shoulder nude top with tassles
Justina from @justinavanessa wears a custom off shoulder nude top with tassels.

“Don’t just be a player. Be the game-changer.” – Yani

Burgundy one shoulder top
Yani from @Uniquelyyani wears a custom burgundy one-shoulder crop top.

” Why should life always be black or white. Mine is pink, red, blue and every color you can think of” – Brittney

Pink skirt
Brittney from @Missxbo wears a custom high waist, high-slit coral skirt.

“I prefer flowy tops and dresses over tight bodycon deathtraps. I pick pizza over salad.I have crazy stupid wonderful dreams that I chase every day” – Kara

Black off shoulder top
Kara from @thewhimsysoul wears a custom off shoulder black top

“I don’t like to be tamed. Humans were born wild, we are meant to be wild.” – Nupur

Pink skirt
Nupur from @thecrispycorner wears a custom hot pink dhoti pants.

” I like to blur gender lines. That’s why I rock men’s clothes better than my boyfriend” – Eda

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Eda from @luxeandlinen wears a pair of custom black culottes

“We rise only when we empower each other. Change happens when you believe in it. Support rather than compete.” – Zoha

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Zoha from @poshtoganache wears a custom high slit orange skirt.

“It is our responsibility to break any stereotypes that may exist. We need to stop believing in barriers first before we ask others to break it.” – Alice

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Alice from @wonderlostxx wears a custom off shoulder lavender tassel top

Well said ladies! One Love. Spread it!

P.S Love these outfits, shop our Separates Collection

 

Why we have so many colors in Holi

Spring in India is not only colorful because of the beautiful flowers growing around, but also because it is the month of Holi, or as we know it ” The Festival of Colors”.

Holi is celebrated in the month of March and people crowd the streets splashing colored dyes on anyone walking by. You can’t avoid the madness unless you decide to stay in.

Holi Fest
Crowd throwing colored powder in the air.

Being from America, this was my first time in India. I was visiting there for work and decided to indulge in a bit of fun during Holi.

Initially, I thought of wearing a black tee but I was advised to avoid that color on a festive occasion as people in India considered black unlucky.

So I wore a plain white tee instead. That way, it would show the colors splashed on me and I could take the tee back home as a souvenir. The locals also advised that I should smear oil on my body and hair as many of the colors are strong and might be hard to come off. Oil helps to prevent the color from sticking too harshly on your skin.

I walked out of the street and noticed people were pelting colored powder and buckets of colored water everywhere

A little ahead, someone from the rooftop threw a big bucket of blue water on me. Surprisingly I enjoyed it. It was different. It almost reminded me of the color run we have back home where people run a marathon while throwing colored powder on each other.

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Having fun during Holi

They say Holi means spring has arrived and it represents good over evil.

Historically, colors in Holi came from flowers and plants but today they are artificially manufactured.

In India, apparently, colors have meanings.

Blue represents greatness, the sky and most importantly the Indian God Krishna. It is a reminder that evil exists but can be defeated with bravery.

Green, on the other hand, represents nature and happiness. Indian widows were prevented from wearing green as green was considered the color of a married woman.

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Colored powders for the Holi festival

Yellow is also associated with the merchant caste or the ‘Vaishyas’. The 3,500-year-old Rig Veda book of sacred hymns refers to Lord Vishnu for this color as he is said to have woven the rays of the sun into a garment for himself. He and Krishna are almost always shown dressed in yellow.

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Children enjoying the festival of Holi.

The color red symbolizes festivals or weddings.

When a married woman dies, her body is covered with a red cloth, symbolizing her wedding sari. On the other hand, when a woman becomes a widow she is not allowed to wear red and has to wear white which represents the renunciation of the world and purity.

Women in India usually wear a red dot on their forehead. The application of bindi, or tilak, is an Indian custom practiced since the Vedic times. In reference to marriage, a red dot on a groom’s forehead reminds him to treat the relationship he has with his wife with dignity and to take on all the responsibilities of his family, ancestors, and society. The red dot on a bride’s forehead is a symbol of fertility and her acceptance as the protector of her husband’s family. Today, it has also become a fashion statement.

I spend the rest of the day eating delicious food at my co-worker’s place and learning more about the history and culture of Holi and other festivals. I also managed to try ‘bhang’, a white drink that people have in India to bring them into a festive state.

India is indeed a unique country with immense diversity and the more I learn about it, the more I feel there is so much more to learn. I can’t wait to be back for my next trip and experience another festival.

P.S I had a purple face for the next 5 days. It took almost 12 days for all the colors to be fully removed.

Submitted By Guest Writer Roy

Design Matters

Hey everyone! We’ve had a lot of customers share feedback around how beautiful our custom design pieces turn out! Today, we want to share our inspiration and the team – our designers, tailors, and seamstresses who make your dream outfits into a reality.

See what happens behind the scenes and how each outfit is made with precision, skill and lots of love.

Hope you enjoy this video as much as we have enjoyed filming it for you. Kaushal Beauty!

 

The Custom Side of Being A Bridesmaid

Make no mistake, being a bridesmaid is a big deal. It’s almost as big a deal as being the bride some might say. In fact, a few might even go to the extent of saying being a bridesmaid is a bigger deal than being the bride.

Either way, it’s safe to say that the one thing you don’t want to look when called upon to be a bridesmaid is run-of-the-mill. And when you don’t want to look run-of-the-mill, the one place you should give a good dekko is IndiaBoulevard. We are, after all, the destination to check into if you’re looking for something personal, something unique, and something you to create and wear.

Put simply, the art of ‘being custom’ and ‘being personal’ without having to pay an arm and a leg for it is being in something crafted by the skilled team at IndiaBoulevard (and you) for you and only you.

The special side of being a bridesmaid

 

When your girlfriend asks you to be a bridesmaid, she is telling you that she loves you, that you are one of the people she is closest to, and that she wants you beside her during her big day. It’s a very sweet gesture and says a lot of good things about your relationship. That said, the reality of being in a bridal party means months of commitment, thorough planning, and investing a lot of time dedicated to making this time perfect for her. In truth, being a bridesmaid is far from easy. The outfit is perhaps the most important part of the role. This is where IndiaBoulevard can help you fit in perfectly. And stand out.
When it comes to the outfit, you have to keep in mind that you’re going to be wearing something very special on the big day. There are a few things you must make a note of. For starters, make sure you order it far in advance. Make sure it’s colour co-ordinated. Make sure it’s in keeping with the theme of the wedding. Make sure it fits you well. And make sure the effect is so stunning that the bride is praised to the high heavens for choosing such a gorgeous bridesmaid! In fact, in order to ensure all the aforementioned parts are in order, just make sure you talk to us about it.
Keeping all these things-to-do in mind, here are a few suggestions IndiaBoulevard would like to make to get you started on the wonderful, albeit testing, job of being a bridesmaid. Take a good look at a small selection of what we have laid out for you and if you like what you see, we’ll take it from there.

We have contemporary sari sets in gold, green, blue, reds, and floral.

 

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We have elegant and resplendent anarkalis in unique colours, floral patterns, and exquisite embroidery.

 

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And we have eye-catching lehengas in blue, floral, and embroidery.

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Happily, we have and can put together even more for you, with you. So if you don’t absolutely adore what you see, feel free to talk to us about it. Fact is, no matter where you want to go with your idea of being a very special bridesmaid, IndiaBoulevard will take you there…in style.

The Fabrics of India

Reproduced with permission from the lovely folks at Engrave. Here’s a link to the original post.

Welcome to a photo-blog dedicated to showcasing fabrics, textiles, and weaves from Maharashtra to Tamil Nadu to Odisha to Kashmir to Punjab to Kerala to Assam to Rajasthan to every state in the incredibly diverse and visually splendiforous country that is India. This is one trip that’s going to be a feast for sore eyes and a smorgasbord of delicious stories for the hungry mind. Dig in for starters and keep coming back for more.

Unlocking The Embroidery Enigma

Embroidery is something we all know and have come to love. Embroidery has made its comeback in a true sense as it’s applicable to just about anything these days. It has moved from its traditional purpose of mending cloth to become an essential part of an innovative design.

After years, the fashion industry is coveting the embroidery trend and IndiaBoulevard isn’t lagging far behind either! Embroidering on delicate material is something that requires a lot of time, effort and skill. Here at India Boulevard our designers work on creating intricate embroidery on many of their designs. Designs in Indian embroidery are formed on the basis of the texture and the design of the fabric and the stitch.

Unique thread work and innovative mirror work is a trend that we follow over many colour ranges in our collections. So from striking mirrors on hot pink lehengas to detailed silver beads on a gorgeous emerald green saree , IndiaBoulevard is here to help you solve all your embroidery woes. From outfits with heavy designs of flora and fauna to stone work to a rainbow of thread work, IndiaBoulevard believes in always curating beautiful and tactile embroidery. We are now working with the Pantone colours of the year so keep a look out for a stunning collection coming your way! Hence with all kind of colours , styles and creativity we customise a look just for you in a well stylised manner as always!

 

Here’s unlocking 17 of our trendiest embroidery designs!


EMBROIDERY 1: HEAVY TRADITIONAL BRIDAL EMBROIDERY

HEAVY TRADITIONAL BRIDAL EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 2: MIRROR WORK MOTIF

MIRROR WORK MOTIF


EMBROIDERY 3: BEAD WORK ALL OVER EMBROIDERY

BEAD WORK ALL OVER EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 4: DABKA EMBROIDERY IN GOLD

DABKA EMBROIDERY IN GOLD


EMBROIDERY 5: SEQUINS AND BEAD WORK EMBROIDERY

SEQUINS AND BEAD WORK EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 6: TRADITIONAL GOTA PATTI EMBROIDERY

TRADITIONAL GOTA PATTI EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 7: MIRROR AND THREAD WORK

MIRROR AND THREAD WORK


EMBROIDERY 8: ANTIQUE FINISHED SEQUINNED EMBROIDERY

ANTIQUE FINISHED SEQUINNED EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 9: COLOURED STONE WITH RAINBOW EFFECT EMBROIDERY

COLOURED STONE WITH RAINBOW EFFECT EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 10: STONE WORK WITH CRYSTAL EMBROIDERY

STONE WORK WITH CRYSTAL EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 11: 3D EFFECT FLORAL EMBROIDERY

3D EFFECT FLORAL EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 12: DIFFERENT SHAPED MIRROR WORK EMBROIDERY

DIFFERENT SHAPED MIRROR WORK


EMBROIDERY 13: BRIDAL MOTIF IN CRYSTALS, PEARLS AND GOLD EMBROIDERY

BRIDAL MOTIF IN CRYSTALS, PEARLS AND GOLD EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 14: ZARDOZI IN COLOUR AND PAISLEYS

ZARDOZI IN COLOUR AND PAISLEYS


EMBROIDERY 15: PEARLS AND ZARDOZI EMBROIDERY

PEARLS AND ZARDOZI EMBROIDERY


EMBROIDERY 16: DORI WORK WITH A DULHAN CARRIAGE

DORI WORK WITH A DULHAN CARRIAGE


EMBROIDERY 17: BORDER TRIMMINGS IN FABRICS AND BEADS

BORDER TRIMMINGS IN FABRICS AND BEADS

 

Tell us your favourite embroidery we would love to hear from you! Stay tuned for more updates and designs from us.