Trousseau, a French word with a beautiful meaning, is an important part of a bride’s wedding preparations. For some of us, our mothers have been collecting and keeping aside stuff to send with us. Traditionally, a bridal trousseau would contain silverware, linen, towels, pillows, china, clothes, jewellery etc. Given the time and space we’re in, there is always a lot of limitations in term of how much we can carry! Here is the modern version of what a trousseau should have, for every Indian bride!
1. Fancy Lingerie!
This, of course, tops our list! As a bride, you want to dress up gorgeous inside out. It’s also that one thing you can go a bit risque on! Some seriously lacy bras, satin panties along with some cotton t-shirt bras and full coverage underwear. You need an ample amount of these, so you’re always looking immaculate!
Sarees still form a major part of every bride’s trousseau. Carry a variety of sarees, from light-printed georgettes to heavily embroidered ones. You’ll need them on different occasions. While designing your saree blouses, make sure you pack a few that will go well with different sarees too. This will just save you time, money and space!
2. Sarees with Multi-purpose Blouses!
3. Makeup Stuff!
Stock up on your favourite makeup items, from lipsticks to eyeshadows. It’s always better to make a vanity box with everything in it. From party wear makeup to everyday essentials, pack them all. Don’t forget to carry a variety of perfumes too! You want to look and smell good!
4. Pretty Heels!
Grab some comfortable and pretty heels, both ethnic and Western. You’ll need a bunch of these considering all the new family and friends you’ll have to meet. Having a few quintessential heels is always a good idea. Think of nude peep-toes, some blingy stilettos, black pumps, shiny wedges, slip-ons and more. We can never have enough!
5. Bath and Bed Linen!
A bit old school, but something special. From soft towels to pristine white bed sheets and embroidered covers, there is a lot you can carry with you to decorate your room and create an atmosphere that is warm and cosy and to your liking!
6. Sparkly Clutches!
...and some subtle ones too! Evening clutches to match those ornate outfits, be it your Western dresses or the ethnic ensembles, are almost necessary. Carry a mix of box clutches, potlis and purses. These are besides the handbags that you’ll need too!
Indulge in delicate negligees and chemises to make the first few months of your marriage more exciting. But don’t forget to carry some comfortable cotton night suits and nighties. Some shorts and basic shirts will work too!
8. Ethnic Wear!
Pack a lot of classy kurtis, salwar suit sets, rich anarkalis, ethnic skirts and short kurtis. Even though you might not wear these very often, if you find some pretty options, do pick them since the chances to find something you like later when you need them might be rare.
9. Fun Jewellery!
Besides, all of the traditional jewels that you’ll be carrying, don’t forget to pick some funky contemporary jewellery too. You’ll need them for your Indo-western and Western outfits! Statement rings, long earrings, some bracelets and big necklaces - fill up your trinket box with these to amp up any outfit!
10. Ethnic Flats
We’re thinking kolhapuris, stone-studded slip ons, juttis etc along with those thong sandals that you can also wear with your jeans as well. You’ll have a lot of different occasions from pujas to family dinners where you’ll want to slip into comfortable flats. Having a variety is always the best option.
11. Fitted Dresses & Tops!
Buy some elegant dresses and stylish tops for your everyday needs. They never go out out of style. Shop for these during sales and when there is a discount on them so you can get more in the same price and feel good about it too!
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Published on May 19, 2016