Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Bridal Dresses

Marriage is the ultimate occasions for brides to dress up and look their best. Indian or western, a wedding is always a grand affair, with the bride clasping the center of attention with her magnificent clothes and elegant jewelery. The outfit of the bride is always the focal point at any wedding. A large part of the preparation revolves around the wedding dress - design, style, color and accessories. Hence making it utmost necessary for a bride to select a perfect bridal wear. It is not just fabrics, embroidery and prints that is important, make-up, jewelery and colors should all complement the bridal outfit.

Patterns & Colors
The rich Indian textile heritage, with stylistic cuts and combinations is poised to become the fashion statement of the coming century. A short-stature bride should avoid wearing heavy outfits like silks and prefer georgettes and crepe. Similarly, a tall bride should fancy heavy embroidered silks. Pinks, oranges, reds, saffrons and blues are a rage among the Indian brides. Bright reds, shades of dark pink also enhance the persona of a fair bride. Similarly, for a dusky bride, shades of peach, light brown would embellish her appearance.

Styles And Drapes
Nowadays many young brides favor the straight skirt lehengas because they don't want to be weighed down by the heavy gold and silver embroidery on full-skirted lehengas. The bride wanting the perfect style should smartly combine the conventional with the unconventional. A heavy embroidered dupatta can be teamed with the lehenga, amalgamating the conventional with the unconventional. Simple and elegant styles create more impact than fancy and heavy ones. For a traditional look, the ever-beautiful sari as a perfect outfit for a bride. A sari has the unique ability to make a woman look traditional and trendy adding a touch of glamor to the most awaited day.

Bridal wear should not consist of organzas and tissues since the garment is at a risk of getting damaged permanently in the long run. Crepe, heavy georgettes, silks, nets lend grace and poise to the bridal ensemble.



Kaftans are long flowing robes or gowns. Often they are garments with long sleeves, and plenty of space to move. The modern Kaftan has become an essential part of the beachwear wardrobe, sleek, fashionable and easy to wear. Comfortable yet elegant, these kaftans are specially designed as lounge wear for all-day comfort at home. Generally, embellished with intricate embroidered work in pleasing designs, they manage to look smart enough to be worn for casual family gatherings in the living room, or even for an afternoon tea session in the garden. Also called muumuus or house, these are specially suited for plus sized women.

Originally the Kaftan was worn by men in the Near East, for example Turkey, the word "kaftan" originates from the Turkish "q-aftan". The original kaftans would have been worn with sleeves longer than the hands and tied with a sash or belt. Today Kaftans are typically worn by women, practical and stylish the garment has evolved into an elegant member of the luxury resort wear collection.

Patterns & Colors
Caftans or Kaftans are beautiful evening gowns with delightful wraps and stoles. Distinctive and elegant in their appearance, most of the Caftan gowns are hand embroidered and easy on all body types. Designers work with a mix of fabrics, colors and embroidery patterns to create kaftans that reflect authenticity, sophistication, and fluid lines. Suitable for both formal and semi-formal occasions, Ladies Kaftans are available from Petite sizes to Plus sizes. The motifs are traditional and contemporary, abstract, geometric and floral. The cool combinations for the summer season & warm-color schemes for the winter are specially created to match the mood of the seasons.

The Caftan is woven in a large variety of colors and traditional styles, with intricate embroidery inherited from great fashionable civilizations. The fabrics used both for clothing and furnishing kaftans are woven by craftsmen according to designs prepared by artists. There are three main types of fabrics used to make ladies kaftans, woven, knitted and non-woven. Preference is given to embroidered fabrics, silk polyester fabrics, brocade fabrics, satin fabrics, nylon fabrics, crepe fabrics and cotton fabrics.


Long Dresses

Fashion is an art form, always changing, slightly elusive, extremely seductive and has the power to transform an image and make a social statement. Long dresses made of contemporary fabrics, possess timeless construction and are available in innovate styling that respects the traditions of design. The multitude of designs and styles in a long dress reflects a balance of modern comfort, impeccable craftsmanship and classic confidence. Long dresses are usually preferred by the full figured ladies as these are extremely versatile, comfortable and give a slimming effect. Long dresses are worn on special occasions such as weddings, and beach parties.

Patterns & Colors
Ladies long dresses include evening wear such as gowns & robes, long Sarongs, long Skirts, all these available in several patterns and solid colors. Fabric colors used are light aqua, dark aqua, lime, yellow, white, royal, navy, red, purple, black, brown, animal print, silver metallic and gold metallic. Other prints include red tulip, floral impressions, blue green fern, zebra and magnolia. Each dresses contain an assortment of sizes, styles and colors.

The choice of fabrics depend upon fashion trends and market demands. Mostly these pieces are made of soft georgette material and linen. But ladies long dress can be manufactured in woven fabrics like viscose and polyester, chiffons, silks, cottons, and they can be in the form of plain dyed fabrics, prints, checks, stripes, dobbins, tie and dye, shaded etc.