Unarguably, bridesmaids - more than anyone, tend to be on the frontline for all wedding-oriented duties. Aptly called the bride's right hand, each one is on their toes to solve an SOS crisis. But we wonder, would one be able to avert a catastrophe dressed in a detailed lehenga or fussy saree? If the future-bridesmaid you is nodding no to this one, maybe you should give these ethnic pieces a hard pass and go for something that won't make you trip (not that kind) every two steps. Enter contemporary ghararas, the stylish pieces that are a god-send gift to the bride and groom's clan.
Depending on the event, ambience and your mood, these beauties can be dressed up or down. Thanks to its versatility, they've stolen the spotlight for being equal parts comfortable and trendy. Inspired to try out these failsafe pieces? Check out these new arrivals on Aza that have our heart.
This embellished red number by Shloka Khialani checks all the boxes that make for a trendsetting piece. The asymmetrical peplum kurta is equal parts chic and peppy, plus the layered gharara pants give it a youthful zest. Given the hue of the outfit, you can wear it for a close-knit wedding with a pearl choker necklace with a pendant and kundan danglers. Round off the look with an embroidered clutch, provided if you can carry it everywhere.
We have been crushing over Sanya Gulati's recent collection that is chock-full of classic pieces with a pinch of modernity. This embroidered peplum jacket-gharara duo too embodies that vibe. Ideal for a festivity, expect this outfit to get your A-game on at a sangeet. Style it with crystal-encrusted stud earrings with a statement emerald stone. Choose embellished green juttis over heels for the extra comfort factor.
Presenting the season's best trend, dark florals, in Aisha Rao's LFW 2020 collection. The goth-inspired numbers make a strong case for florals, especially if you don't prefer it's dainty version. Pick this pink gharara set for a theme wedding and lose the dupatta, should you want to go completely contemporary. Get your favourite embellished hoops and mules to accentuate the outfit.
This season, embrace all the stunning 50 shades of green, including lush teals. If you want everyone else to go green with envy (see what we did there?), pick this floral printed number by Chhavi Aggarwal. The deep hue makes it appropriate for an evening event. Pair this organza number with oxidized silver jhumkas and chunky bangles.
Since festive pieces with a touch of bohemian are trending off the charts, you should definitely get your hands on this pink kurta set by Ridhima Bhasin. The floral-printed number comes with a midriff-accentuating waist-belt (as if the gorgeous wrap style didn't do that already), serving our penchant for a bodycon fit. Team it up with kundan chandbaalis and a ring to give it a 70s traditional vibe.
When ruffles are here, other elements hardly stand a chance to win us over. Marking themselves as an MVP of this outfit by Seema Thukral, we love how they're not overtly OTT yet statement-making. Get this hand-embroidered mint kurta set for an engagement party, as it definitely shouts celebration. Style the look with crystal chandeliers and wedge heels.
Millennials love the candy floss palette as much as they love the snack. These saccharine shades are extremely mood-lifting and demure, so if you want an understated yet impact-making outfit, opt for this almost-a-pant-set by Mishru. The chanderi number is replete with dainty floral embroidery, so you can totally go for flower cut-out earrings and a box clutch.
Which one of the contemporary ghararas did you like the most? Let us know in the comments below!