While I’d like to hope everyone finds love on their own on this planet, there are some of us who work better with guidance. Believe it or not, arranged marriages have produced equally happy couples as, if not happier than, love marriages. After all, the ‘arranged’ concept has gone from primitively strange to progressively convenient. I mean, who in the world can be a better wingman than either of your parents or one of your friends, even? If you’re floating in the single boat and getting rishtas left, right and centre – now’s the time. The time to make sure your potential dulha knows you’ve got serious style game.
While Bollywood’s pretty much ingrained the idea of a ‘sanskaari’ kurti and churidaar as the ‘rishta’ outfit in us desi gals, I’m going to pass. From desi dresses to off-beat kurtas, here’s how you kill it at your next rishta rendezvous. Forget the chai, add these unique Indian outfits to your wardrobe. Right. Now.
Rishta meetings are essentially to get to know each other, right? What if the guy is cute but is a total creep? Exactly. So make sure your personality shines through. You’re a fashion girl and he needs to know it. This peach statement sleeve kurta and pants combination will get the message across, trust me. Wear it with pretty juttis and minimal chandabals – I can almost hear the shehnai, can you?
Price: ₹ 4,700. Buy it here.
Looking your best at a rishta rendezvous just got easier. Thanks to this unique pop-hued kurti dress. Bask in the glory of the colour combination that is pink and orange… you’re bound to pique his interest. Club the dress with some metallic Kolhapuris and hoops. You can bet, that ‘lene tujhe o gori, aayenge tere sajna’.
Price: ₹ 3,499. Buy it here.
You don’t need to go full desi for your rishta meeting, just saying. If you’re more comfortable with contemporary styles, this grey statement hem kurta is perfect for you! After all, it’s essential that you’re comfortable in your own skin while you’re looking for the one, isn’t it? Pair the off-beat kurta with jeans, or wide legged pants, and matching sandals.
Price: ₹ 2,699. Buy it here.
Your blind rishta date is waiting and you’re late. You’d better make it worth the wait, amirite? This aqua tie-and-dye asymmetric kurta will do the job. Top it off with cropped pants, metallic pumps and antique jhumkas. If his brain isn’t singing ‘inna sona tennu rab ne banaya’ when you walk in, he isn’t the one.
Price: ₹ 1,799. Buy it here.
Walk the path less travelled and go bohemian for your rishta date. Switch your silk salwaar kameez for this relaxed boho kurta with quirky embroidery and statement sleeves. Styling it with flared jeans optional.
Price: ₹ 2,299. Buy it here.
Do rishta meetings make you nervous? Keep calm and ‘yellow’ on. Perfect for the summer and a fail-proof outfit choice. If you’re going to find the one and impress him, you’ve got to be confident AND have a killer outfit on. Wear this pretty kurti-garara set with juttis and statement chandbalas… You’ll be his ‘cutiepie’ in no time. *wink*
Price: ₹ 2,499. Buy it here.
‘Sweety tera drama, machaa de hungama’… Turn up the drama in your rishta date look with some print-on-print action. This marsala straight fit kurta ought to do it. All you need to add to it is a pair of neutral wide-legged pants and a pair of small jhumkas. If your date isn’t into your look, he probably isn’t into Bollywood and we just can’t have that, can we? You’re welcome.
Price: ₹ 1,899. Buy it here.
Sooner or later, ‘pyaar toh hona hi tha…’. We just sped things along. *wink*