If you thought that all the fun experiences that come with getting married end post your wedding, you were wrong. Getting married is just the beginning, brides! There is a series of special festivals scattered across the next year that will make you feel as special as you did on the day of your big fat Indian shaadi. We know you’re thinking about Diwali, Holi, and Karvachauth at the mention of festivals but there’s one very important occasion you might have missed out - Lohri!
For those of you who celebrate Lohri, you already know why January 13th is a day to keep in mind. If you haven’t celebrated Lohri before, it is a Punjabi folk celebration that is celebrated to mark the end of the winter solstice, which is the end of days getting longer. While it is observed by Sikhs, Punjabi Hindus, and Punjabi Muslims across the country, Lohri has, over the years, become a festival that is celebrated across Hindu cultures.
So, if you’re already married into or are getting married into a Punjabi family that celebrates the festival in full swing (with a lit bonfire, folk music, and yummy food), this article is going to be really useful.
For your first Lohri as a newlywed, one thing you should take note of is your festive outfit. Since it is a folk festival rooted deeply in Punjabi culture, you know it is an opportunity to dress up, and more so, if it is your first Lohri as a bride.
Which is why it’s never too early to start thinking about what to wear on your first Lohri - with some help from yours truly, of course. From Punjabi suit designs with Patiala salwars to Indian fusion outfits and more, we have found you the perfect ensembles for your first Lohri after your wedding. Start scrolling, thank us later:
Can’t decide which type of suit set to wear? We’ve decoded popular styles for your first Lohri according to the style of bottoms you prefer, which might make it easier for you to choose. Here goes:
Since Lohri is first and foremost, a Punjabi festival, it’s only natural to want to choose a quintessentially Punjabi outfit. And nothing says ‘Punju’ like a Patiala salwar, amirite? You can also switch out your Patiala salwars for dhoti pants if you want a similar look but with a twist. Both types of salwars are in here so knock yourselves out, ladies:
There is a reason why brides wear red on their wedding day, isn’t there? We think it might be because the colour stands out naturally. Why not wear a red-on-red kurta-dhoti pants suit on your first Lohri, as well?
POPxo recommends: Red and Gold Printed Kurta With Dhoti Pants (Rs 1,799) by Nayo
Many think grey is not the best colour choice for a festive look. However, combined with multiple shades of blue - navy, light, and indigo - it is quite striking. This suit set is one of our favourite ones yet for you to wear on your first Lohri as a newlywed. It’s traditional, makes a statement with different prints and patterns, and is easy to dance in.
POPxo recommends: Grey Colored Embroidered Work Party Wear Silk Cotton Patiala Suit (Rs 1,799) by Peachmode
If you didn’t know what to wear for your first Lohri, we’re sure you do now. This knee-length peach coloured suit set is ideal if you want to dance till you drop around the bonfire. Both, the kurti and the chic dhoti pants are stylish as well as comfortable and will be a great pick for your first Lohri.
POPxo recommends: Peach Solid Dhoti Kurta Set (Rs 2,099) by Abhishti
If you’re in a fusion kinda mood when it comes to your first Lohri outfit, this rani pink and maroon look will end your hunt right here. With foil-print gold paisleys on the short peplum kurti and the modern dhoti pants silhouette, we’re sure you’ll look like, and be, the life of your first Lohri celebrations. P.S. Red and pink is so on-trend right now, this is the perfect chance to nail the trend.
POPxo recommends: Pink and Maroon Self-Design Kurti With Dhoti Pants (Rs 2,267) by Inddus
Turn up the bling for your first married Lohri, ladies! This mirror work and embroidered Punjabi kurti and Patiala salwar is THE outfit for your first Lohri function if you love being the centre of attention. Who doesn’t, amirite?
POPxo recommends: Embroidered Taffeta Silk Punjabi Suit in Black (Rs 3,597) by Utsav Fashion
Thinking pink for your first Lohri outfit? Check this ash grey and rani pink kurti and Patiala salwar suit set out. Don’t you love the statement buttons at the neck and the gold scallop border at the hemline of the kurti? Plus, the embellished dupatta has our hearts. The complete outfit is made to measure, so you can expect the fit to be exceptional.
POPxo recommends: Embellished Made-to-measure Kurta With Patiala and Dupatta (Rs 4,950) by Chhabra 555
We love a good vibrant suit with a Patiala salwar. Colours like orange and yellow look lovely in the bonfire light, trust us. The no.1 reason you should pick this suit set for your first Lohri is the self-design Patiala salwar that comes with it. Love!
POPxo recommends: Orange Colored Embroidered Work Party Wear Silk Cotton Patiala Suit (Rs 1,799) by Peachmode
We’re besotted with this button-up kurta for two reasons - the unique grey and indigo blue colour pairing, and the beautiful foil-print design. Pair this with silver and blue-toned accessories for a monotone look for your first Lohri party!
POPxo recommends: Grey & Blue Yoke Design Kurta With Dupatta & Salwar (Rs 1,479) By Jaipur Kurti
While Patiala salwar suits are all about fun and quirk, you can opt for churidar bottoms or cigarette pants with your kurti for a more sophisticated Lohri look. The elegance that a pair of churidars or pants lends to your Indian outfits is evident. So, if you want to be fancy AF at your first Lohri as a newlywed, here are some options you might like to wear:
Don’t worry about what to wear for your first Lohri as a newlywed, ladies. We’ve got you covered with this deep coral crushed cotton Anarkali and churidar suit. With embroidery up to the waist, this Anarkali suit would be a unique yet formal choice for your first Lohri, wouldn’t it?
POPxo recommends: Coral Red Embellished Kurta With Churidar & Dupatta (Rs 4,975) by Biba
We believe that Lohri, as a festival, is as upbeat and peppy as it can get. Match the vibe of the festival with this vibrant embroidered yellow churidar-kurta set. The brighter the colour of your suit, the more it will set you apart. Keep this little tip in mind when you are picking out what to wear on your first Lohri, ladies.
POPxo recommends: Yellow Solid Palazzo Kurta and Dupatta (Rs 3,225) by Aurelia
We love us a great fusion Indian suit, don’t you? Mix things up with your outfit for your first Lohri, this time around. This green brocade straight-fit kurta set comes with a centre slit and also a pair of trendy cropped pink pants. Wear this ensemble with statement earrings and trust us, you will be the best-dressed bride at your first Lohri function.
POPxo recommends: Brocade Straight Kurta with Ankle-Length Pants (Rs 4,500) by Jaipuri Kurti
Looking for one-of-a-kind neck designs for your Indian outfit? Here you go. This Anarkali kurta and pants suit set is not only unique for its neck design but also the colour combination. Whether it’s summer or winter, this colour combination will be stylish. We say, lock it down as your outfit for your first Lohri as a newlywed bride!
POPxo recommends: Blue Printed Kurta & Pants Set (Rs 2,039) by Abhishti
While Anarkalis are graceful, there is also something to be said about straight-cut kurta suits. We’re crushing hard on this coral pink embroidered kurta churidar suit as it is feminine, sophisticated and universally flattering at the same time. Go on, wear this outfit on your first Lohri and see for yourself!
POPxo recommends: Pink Embroidered Kurta With Churidar & Dupatta (Rs 3,419) by Anouk
Olive green has to be one of our all-time favourite colours for contemporary Indian wear. If you want an outfit that is traditional and yet youthful, pick this kurta and pants suit set for your first Lohri as a newlywed bride. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
POPxo recommends: Green Solid Kurta & Pants Set (Rs 1,899) by Juniper
Another contemporary Indian suit choice, this angrakha-style printed kurta is definitely something you will get second glances for at your first post-wedding Lohri function. The highlight of this Indian ensemble for us is the pair of orange-gold silk-finish cropped pants. It is also why you should stop thinking and get this outfit for your first Lohri, already!
POPxo recommends: Olive Green & Mustard Yellow Self-design Kurta With Trousers (Rs 2,279) by Anouk
Are you in the mood to make a statement but also look effortlessly stylish at the same time? Your next outfit option for your first Lohri is a balanced combination of both. We’re obsessing over the flirty floral embroidery, and the poofy shoulders and bishop sleeves on this simple and chic rust coloured kurta-pants set.
POPxo recommends: Women Pink Embroidered Kurta With Trousers (Rs 2,199) by All About You
Get flirty while you have fun dancing and frolicking around the bright bonfire on your first Lohri as a newlywed bride. How? Club your kurtis or kurtas with youthful sharara bottoms. Sharara suit sets are feminine and also all the rage at the moment… even your favourite Bolly-town celebs love the desi sharara! From printed to embellished palazzo or sharara pants, you’ll find THE pair here:
Who says black isn’t festive? Lately, it’s all that’s been on our minds. Everyone already knows black looks great on everyone and if covered in a fancy print or embroidery, you don’t have to think twice. This short kurti and sharara suit is H2T black but the metallic print makes it a stunningly festive outfit for your first Lohri.
POPxo recommends: Black Printed Palazzo Kurta Set (Rs 2,199) by Bhama Couture
Make everyone green with envy with your first Lohri party outfit. This lovely sea-green straight-kurti and sharara suit is hard to resist, ladies. We’re fangirling over the embellished dupatta, and more importantly, the elaborate foil-print and booti-work on the sharara. Get it, don’t regret it!
POPxo recommends: Sea Green Made-to-measure Embroidered Anarkali Kurta with Sharara & Dupatta (Rs 5,560) by Chhabra 555
Turn on the charm with this red and gold outfit for your first Lohri function. Short kurti, stylish sharara pants, and a light dupatta to carry while you dance around the bonfire - what’s not to love, amirite?
POPxo recommends: Red and Gold Printed Kurti With Sharara And Dupatta (Rs 1,349) by Libas
Your first Lohri outfit needs to be as special as you are, and you’d be on the right track with this rust-colored long kurta and palazzo suit. Wear this classic straight-cut kurta design with simple, relaxed fit palazzos and a beige Tassel-detail dupatta on your first Lohri function and work your magic!
POPxo recommends: Orange Printed Palazzo, Kameez and Dupatta (Rs 2,599) by AKS
This blush and dirty pink mirror-work kurta-sharara set is simple, elegant and yet, will set you apart from the rest at your first Lohri party. Carry an embellished potli bag and wear polki-finish chandbalis to nail the look.
POPxo recommends: Peach and Mauve Mirrorwork Chanderi Kurta, Sharara & Dupatta (Rs 2,999) by All About You
Being the best-dressed at your first Lohri function is a cakewalk, thanks to this bold Indian outfit, right here. This hot pink palazzo set includes a super short straight-cut kurta with a bandhgala collar and flared sharara bottoms with metallic foil print. With a desi-style box clutch and blingy earrings, this first Lohri outfit is gold, ladies.
POPxo recommends: Sleeveless Kurti With Palazzo Pants (Rs 2,400) by Ajio
Another black palazzo suit set for your first Lohri function, ladies… because, why not? TBH, it is the print-on-print combination that attracted us towards this sleeveless black suit in the first place. If you want to make a statement with your first Lohri outfit, this is your pick.
POPxo recommends: Black Printed kurta With Palazzos And Dupatta (Rs 2,219) by Anouk
For your first Lohri, pick a combination of colours that create a soothing contrast. This A-line embroidered kurti and sharara set features a cream and coral red pairing, which we’re wish-listing. Also, the pretty floral embroidery on the kurti would add a youthful, and fresh, vibe to your first Lohri look, wouldn’t it?
POPxo recommends: Off-white & Coral Red Yoke Design Kurta With Sharara (Rs 2,047) by Ishin
To amp up the level of ‘fancy’ in your first Lohri outfit, you can always pick a lehenga or a skirt to wear with your kurtas or kurtis. You don’t have to lift a finger, though, because we did it for you! Go on, pick your favourite:
This long kurta and ruffled hem skirt is an easy-breezy and beautiful choice for your first Lohri function as a new bride. Wear it with embroidered juttis and an embellished dupatta for that extra drama.
POPxo recommends: White Mustard Yellow Poly-Chanderi Printed Kurta with Skirt (Rs 2,149) by All About You
This tiered, and printed, skirt paired with this short, bright pink kurti will make your ‘desi girl’ jump out - you know it. How could it not with the statement frill detail and the gold-toned print on the top?
POPxo recommends: Pink Printed Skirt, Kurti And Dupatta (Rs 6,500) by Biba
Play with an off-beat colour combination like yellow-blue with this long kurta and lehenga set. To go the extra mile, add an embellished pair of juttis and big chandbalis to your first Lohri outfit.
POPxo recommends: Printed Straight Kurta With Skirt (Rs 2,999) by Imara
Ladies, this is your ultimate first Lohri outfit if you love the black and gold combination. That’s not the only detail of this A-line kurta-ghaghra suit set we’re fond of, though. We also love the fact that it is print-on-print. This suit makes for an interesting one to wear on your first Lohri, doesn’t it?
POPxo recommends: Women Black Printed Kurti With Skirt (Rs 2,519) by Varanga
For a casual Lohri get-together, this cotton kurta and skirt combination is your go-to. This co-ord set features a leaf pattern in green and has a relaxed, easy fit. Wear a pair of statement earrings and juttis with this set to make your first Lohri outfit party perfect!
POPxo recommends: Women Cream And Green Kurta With Skirt (Rs 1,099) by Gerua
For the love of lehengas, pick this indigo blue and pink kurta and skirt set as your first Lohri outfit. With embroidery down the front of the kurta and a pretty border at the lehenga hemline, it has all the makings of a great first Lohri look. Add a stack of bangles on either hand and a pair of chunky jhumkas and… Voilà!
POPxo recommends: Blue Colour Semi Stitched Embroidered Suits (Rs 1,444) By Manvaa
For all those brides looking for something light and comfortable but just as stylish as a heavy suit set, we think we might have found the one for you. This kurta has a unique self-design pattern and comes with a lovely red dupatta and lehenga, who could say no to that?
POPxo recommends: Off-White & Red Self-design Kurta with Skirt and Dupatta (Rs 3,239) by Inddus
Not a fan of heavy embroidery? Metallic fabrics will do the job. This two-toned green-bronze kurta and skirt set is the no-fuss first Lohri outfit you need in your life, ladies. If you want to add some more drama to this Indian ensemble, you can add a sheer dupatta and matching embroidered juttis, as well.
POPxo recommends: Women Grey Self-design Kurta With Skirt (Rs 3,499) by Desi Weaves
Now that you’ve got your true Punjaban look down for your first Lohri as a newlywed bride, check out the best Indian accessories of the season: desi jewellery including earrings and bangles, footwear, and bags to add a spot-on finishing touch to the look.
Also, if you are planning on getting your first Lohri outfit stitched instead, don’t call your masterji without exploring our exhaustive list of the latest Punjabi suit designs, okay, ladies?
So, what are you waiting for? Start Lohri shopping already!
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This story was updated in December 2019.