• Jivika G

Top 10 must haves for your Bridal Trousseau.

Updated: May 9, 2021

With the extended lockdown and delayed weddings, brides have all the time to picture perfect their weddings to the T. This leaves all of you to-be-hitched a lot more hours into deciding what does and does not make it to the big trousseau that you piggy back into your new abode. There has to be something for every occasion, and with new realisations COVID & 2020 bring, we have to rethink these choices a lot more.

Do not fret, we, at Pallavi Goyal have had you sorted with this ‘must have’ list that skims through what a bride in 2020 would require for her bridal trousseau —

Here's a handy list

1. Coord sets

If you are new on the coord set bandwagon, it is when your full outfit matches from top to bottom, it is said to be coordinated. Styling these sets properly can make one look like a fashion diva in no time. This trend has been sported by several celebrities and walked several shows. Why is it such an industry favourite? You can wear it both, in casual or glamorous versions. From day to night, with the perfect styling—you can make it fun, casual or super classy. It requires less effort than other clothes, as it’s not necessary to accessorise. Hence, the attire itself will grab all the attention.

Co-ord sets are easy to pair with your existing wardrobe as well, pair a crop top with a pencil skirt or a maxi skirt, perhaps even a mini one too, this will rock your look anywhere. In addition, team up a blazer with trousers below and you can flaunt your formal wear as well; this trend goes from 9-5 real quick. You can opt for these clothes for almost every occasion and your work area is no far from it, therefore, coords are a PG must-have on your list.

2. Kalidaars & Salwaar suits

History is privy to the fact that the Anarkali garment, or the modern Kalidaar, has been part of the fashion game for ages. Everyone from princesses to queens have worn elaborate salwaar suits and churidars, recreating the regal aura from time to time. It helps you to look glamorous and hides a multitude of sins. Which is why women love to stock up on these designer suits in their wardrobes, almost like a staple; to look gorgeous effortlessly.

The ‘Green Lily Apple Cut Convent Embroidered Kalidaar’ from our Khwabeeda Collection at Pallavi Goyal fits the bill perfectly.

If you’d prefer something lighter on the pocket, the ‘Convent Embroidered Pleated Kalidaar set’ speaks of exquisite simplicity with the grandeur of a Kalidaar. Pair it up with jewellery, some heels and you’re good to go for any occasion.

3. Traditional Sarees

Outfits that are classic and versatile for you to wear long term are another must-have for us. Purchasing a blend of trendy and classic pieces that you would cherish for a longer period of time, like traditional woven saris, such pieces with embroidery would always be a something to flaunt. Being aware of colours, trends and silhouettes can help you choose the perfect one; either a Kanjeevaram, Banarasi or Chikankari, pick something that resonates with you and one which you won't think before repeating several times. We, at Pallavi Goyal, have our own collection of stunning, intricate sarees to suit your trousseau dreams! See for yourself below..

4. Footwear

Choosing comfortable footwear is extremely important. 6 or even 4 inches will surely give you the height but with added stress on the feet, stilettos are a no-no, high chances of you ending unhappy wearing these. Pick kitten heels or wedges, they are perfect for any occasion without compromising on the tiresome inches. In the case of flats, pick handcrafted juttis or mojaris.

Opt for footwear that is an undue extension of you and the outfits you have decided upon. Invest in a pair that you will be able to wear comfortably even after the wedding. It can be beautifully paired with almost every ethnic outfit and used during several ceremonies. In addition, a pair of kolhapuris can accentuate your daily distressed jeans look, hence, footwear is a great addition to the trousseau!

5. Jewellery

Jewellery is definitely one of the top things in a bride’s long to-do list. While honeymooning, post-wedding ceremonies or for regular functions, one may need different kinds of jewels to adorn. Apart from the jewellery that you get gifted on your wedding from relatives and in-laws, you may require some pieces to go with every outfit without having to rush/panic call your mother.

Accessorising is a major key to oomph any outfit in a matter of seconds. stock up on accessories to compliment Indian outfits as well as contemporary. Jewellery makes one feel confident; one stunning piece can go a long way.

Ensure you have one piece of everything; classic chandanbalis, a kamarbandh for low waist sarees & lehengas, hathphool, maangtikas, passas, anklets, jhumkas, temple jewellery, cocktail rings, a layered pearl necklace, a few belts, kundan earrings for indo-western outfits, a good pair of bangles, a confident watch, some colourful scarves and perhaps an elaborate nose ring. Have a mix of the following items and you'll be amazed with the results; there are a lot of jewellery options to choose from nowadays.

In short, a bridal trousseau is simply incomplete without the perfect jewellery to add to those stunning outfits that you take along. As a bride, you owe it to yourself to add meticulous pieces of jewellery to your trousseau. We promise, you won’t regret it! after all it’s a PG must-have!

6. Indo-western outfits

Though heavy embellished, embroidered sarees and suits look beautiful on a newly wed daughter-in-law, but they can turn out to be very uncomfortable to wear daily at home. Therefore, it is wise to carry comfortable attire like jeans, t-shirts, a few kurta and some leggings. These may include of few clothing items that are ready-to-wear and it wouldn’t take much effort into pairing the outfits. Buy pair of fitted jeans, a maxi dress, a breezy summer dress, few eye catching tops and anything that you like to wear at home and be comfortable in.

For occasions such as post-wedding home dinners, small get togethers, make sure you carry a few anarkalis, palazzo pants, easy maxi style suits with straight pants and a few simple churidars or any such pieces according to your personal taste. Buying five/six kurtis is a good idea to match your pants, palazzo, and jeans. It’s perfect for the times when you have guests visiting your new place. Lastly, nothing complements your body, the way indo-western outfits do, make sure you carry enough of them as these are clothes you’d wear the most.

7. Bags

Can a wedding trousseau be complete unless you add matching bags? Your dresses, kurtis, anarkalis and sarees need matching bags to compliment your style, and therefore, you need to assemble these in your trousseau.

  • Handbags are a must to stash away everything, your wallet, basic makeup, comb, diaries and more. It’s a place to store practically everything one can imagine, at a single location. Choose dark coloured bags such as black and brown as these shades go well with every outfit. Nudes and peaches if you’re up for a suave look; they look classy and extremely chic.

  • Wallets: Include one or two good looking designer wallets to make a stylish statement on your better half. You can store your credit and debit cards together in it.

  • Clutches: After the wedding, you are sure to adorn a lot of Indian wear and with these, traditional clutches look awesome. Have a collection of 3-4 clutches, which includes traditional as well as western. You can carry them for any occasion. Choose silver, rose gold or gold zari clutches for all traditional outings. For a western party or event, pick something neutral, like a classic nude or black. Three basic colors - black, gold and silver, and you are ready to roll. They will come in handy with most of your newly stitched outfits, and if you do not go for heavily embellished or Indian ones, you can also use them with your gowns and dresses.

  • Sling Bags: Sling it stylishly over western outfits. These are perfect for casual outings, pick chain sling belts for that added dressy look. Add 1-2 sling bags to carry to your honeymoon or for shopping with your mom-in-law!

PG advises investing in a good bag that would last for a longer period of time.

Ultimately, a cute & colourful Potli wrist bag is a steal for those temple visits!

8. Dressy Lounge wear

You may be going out just as you did before marriage and partying to your heart's content. But there are some occasions that you have to shine brighter than usual. A date with your partner, dinner with your new family or just a night of drinking with friends or colleagues needs a little oomph factor. Pick a set of four to five go-to outfits, like jumpsuits, bling tops, printed dresses.

Our 'Project Kali' collection will conveniently sort you out!

Moreover, keep an elaborate gown (maybe the one you wore at your cocktail party) to have an extravagant option in your trousseau that elegantly compliments your frame best. For your honeymoon, your clubbing night outs, and those romantic candle light dinners, you will need this beauty to woo your partner and leave them completely awestruck. And as they say, you can never go wrong with that little black dress and red peep-toe heels!

9. Lingerie & Night wear

Picking the right wedding dress is a huge task in itself, but choosing the right lingerie is even more tedious. From sexy to basic, your trousseau must have different kinds of lingerie to suit your every need. In addition, add shape-wear to your collection which will help you flaunt those curves with confidence. Because at the end of the day, lacy satin lingerie will leave you uncomfortable and miserable. Go for comfortable fabrics that are stylish too. And, do not forget the sport bras for your workout sessions.

While buying your lingerie keep in mind that you purchase something delicate with a good quality of cloth material but on the other hand something appealing to your partner. Go for a lingerie set that’s delicate, sexy yet comfortable at the same time!

Lingerie is as necessary as your going out clothes because why should you ignore what happens in the bedroom? Purchase a night robe, lace nightgowns, a few pyjama T-shirt sets and some extra shorts and camisoles. It must include comfy shorts, tee shirts, pyjamas and night dresses. These are not frilly but are most comfortable.

When it comes to bride essentials, one item that has to sit right in your trousseau is comfortable and easy nightwear. Choose nightwear in cotton (tropical Indian weather duhh) instead of rayon or synthetic. Kaftan nighties are the comfiest and must be in your list. All in all, invest in a variety of lingerie and night wear in different colours, fabrics and patterns, make sure they are comfy and everyday wear to get you through the work day. You can pick them in bold colours like red and maroon to appear sassy on the inside.

10. Statement Jackets

Ruffles, layered jackets, capes are working really well currently, but too be honest, they have never gone out of style; it’s a jacket that makes a statement no matter what you’re wearing. 

Whether it’s a formal dress or jeans a simple t-shirt, a statement jacket adds a pop of colour that completely transforms your outfit. As we steer away from coloured jeans, dresses and pants, a statement jacket is the alternative you need to ensure that your outfit always stands out. It speaks before you do, catching people’s attention and leaving them no choice but to adorn you with compliments such as “I love your jacket!”

And lastly, here are some tips on how to go about your trousseau shopping:

Start with a checklist, list your events and colour options for each of the occasion, what kind of silhouette are you looking to wear to these events. As autumn winter has arrived, try and keep in mind while you shop for your trousseau to pick fabrics and colours like rich hues in velvets, brocades and silks.

Experiment with layering and mesmerising delicate embroidery to look ethereal in your trousseau. Choose comfort before trends. Pick your trousseau outfits that compliment your personality. Simple yet elegant is always better. Research current trends and styles and take inspiration.

As exciting as putting together your own wedding trousseau might sound, try not to over-shop and over-spend. It’s very important to set a budget before stepping out for your trousseau shopping. Try on everything before you buy. Take time on deciding the right things. Finally, always go shopping with a person who will guide you well, preferably your mother or sister.

Wedding trousseau planning is a stressful task that needs avid decision making.

Hope our curation helps in a little simplification and smoothing of the process.

Shop smart, pack smarter.


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