Golden Rule #2: a quick solution to last minute outfit styling!
Trying to style an outfit last-minute for an event but:
Your dupatta doesn’t match the outfit you chose but you really want to mix-and-match pieces?
You found a matching dupatta but burnt it while ironing last-minute?
OR, you just give up and would rather have your partner pick out pieces and assemble an outfit for you?
When in doubt- go golden! A golden dupatta is another wardrobe essential that can be paired and incorporated with any Indian outfit. Investing in golden dupattas will save you years of “what to wear” or “can’t find a matching dupatta” situations. Here are a few of ‘mix-and match’ outfits I put together pairing them with a golden dupatta.
Remember my wedding mehndi outfit? Check out my mehndi post here. This is the same mehndi outfit accessorised with a golden dupatta!
I decided to pair a patola inspired pink blouse with this gorgeous deep-green bottom. This bottom can also be paired with a golden blouse (remember I said a golden blouse is a ‘must-have’ wardrobe essential?) Check out the first Golden Rule #1 here.
Here I am pairing a beautiful golden net dupatta with a raw-silk skirt and the same patola inspired pink blouse from look #2. I love the sea-green colour of this skirt!
Because of the subtle colours of this outfit I would wear it to any formal evening event such as an engagement party, a school/university formal, or a wedding garba event.
A tip for all ladies who share outfits with your sisters/moms/mom-in-laws: you can get different blouses stitched for the same skirt/dupatta OR you can get more than one dupatta that goes with multiple bottoms. My mom and I do this all the time! Adding a different dupatta/blouse to an old outfit completely changes the look. Maybe I can show you a few examples of how I mix-and-match old pieces to make a brandnew outfit in the coming blog posts.
Oh and while we are on this topic- don’t trash your old dupattas and your old kurtis that don’t fit you anymore because I am going to show you how to re-use them and make new outfits (in a few weeks). I really enjoy experimenting with DIY projects! Do you enjoy re-creating them as much as I love creating them? Check out my previous DIY tassel earrings post here.
A wedding look is not complete without a chunni over the bride’s head. Wow…it has been more than one year since I got married. I know you are tired of my continued wedding talks but to me, it seems as though I got married JUST YESTERDAY and all the events are still super fresh in my head. Check out my previous wedding related posts linked below:
Before I get carried away with wedding talks again, let’s get back to the golden rule. A gold dupatta like I said is a wardrobe essential not only because of its everyday multipurpose nature but also because it can be used as a wedding chunni. A tip for future brides: if you decide to wear a chunni over your head, be sure to get a regular-sized rectangular chunni rather than a small square chunni.
The chunni over a bride’s head and shoulder symbolizes her shift into the new family as well as her responsibility as a wife, daughter, daughter-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, and for future’s sake- a mom. It’s astonishing how many roles a woman plays!
I will leave you with a confession…
I have twisted and modified the “Golden Rule” for the purpose of my blog posts. The real “Golden Rule” reads “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. Very simply translated to “meet the needs of other people with all of the joy and creativity, with all of the power and intensity with which you meet your own needs”. And in elementary language, “treat others like you would like to be treated” :)