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Building a trousseau is by far one of the most complicated processes a bride has to work through. From something fun to everything durable, every single thing has to be accounted for, so when a bride enters her new home she’s got everything she needs. It’s important to understand the dynamics of building a new trousseau, one that’s personalised for the bride. Old-school saris and outdated lehenga designs alongside heavy jewellery just don’t make the cut anymore, so we decided to upgrade and give you an insight into the new trends for 2020. With the wedding season upon us, it’s only ideal to reinvent and create a more cohesive shopping list. Check out 6 modern heirlooms for the bridal trousseau that you should note.

Benarasi outtakes 

Benarasi kurta, dupatta, and saris are timeless. It is a versatile fabric that requires a bit of upkeep. The best way to incorporate it into your post-wedding wardrobe is to pair it with plain silks for extra effect. Raw Mango is the ideal place to begin – there’s a whole new range of kurtis and skirts one can look at. We also think Bagheecha and Ekaya are worthy contenders for a good Benarasi dupatta. 

Luxe Jhuttis

Jhuttis are everywhere but bespoke and customised jhuttis are only for the keen-eyed. This season jhuttis have taken the couture route because collaborations are the new black. Needledust has launched jhuttis in two styles, champagne gold and deep silver made with original Swarovski Crystals. The collection also boasts of 10 other stunning ideas that largely feature fine fabrics like crepe, Indian, and Italian satins. We also love the Baroque design jhutti that uses imitation baroque pearls which are natural pearls found in odd shapes and sizes. Priced at Rs 6200, and it’s as exclusive as they come. Meanwhile, another favourite jhutti label Fizzy Goblet went boho, and their collaboration with Tribe by Amrapali is simply gorgeous. Check out pretty silver customisable charms. Prices start at Rs 3,500 onwards. 

Modern jewellery

Gone are the days when big, bold jewellery was part of the trousseau. Brides these days are moving towards lighter and more intuitive jewellery designs. Enter the new jewellery label, Moi by Aurus Jewels, a label that uses fine jewellery to create subtle and timeless designs. We’re also rooting for The Line, a beautiful modern, minimalistic fine jewellery that has astro pendants and monogrammed bracelets. Everything is bespoke and beautiful, just the way modern brides like it. 

Bejewelled watches 

Instead of buying more jewellery, one can invest in a stunning timepiece this season. Go for sophisticated timepieces and watchmakers – the Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Rendez-Vous collection is a good place to begin. There’s a lot to explore – from steel timepieces to tourbillons to ones that come with celestial maps and perpetual calendars. The designs feature precious metals, beautiful gems, diamonds and mother of pearl. The horological gem-setting is sophisticated, and the enameling and engraving is part of it. Another great option is the Carl F. Bucherer watch from the Pathos collection, a unique premise that comes with exceptional craftsmanship and luxe touches. Made in 18 different variations, the watches come in stainless steel and gold with exceptional gem-setting and filigree work. 

Luxe ceramics 

Home decor is part and parcel of a good trousseau. Instead of usual linens and ornate fare, it’s best to invest in a great ceramic set this season. The Sabyasachi x Thomas Goode ceramic plates can be passed on from generation to generation – great designs and intricate craftsmanship that will last a lifetime. Ritu Kumar has also launched her home decor collection Baagh that brings in old-world charm from Masulipatnam. The ceramics are simply gorgeous. 

A new-age sari 

It’s time to ditch heavy embroideries and kanjeevaram saris, and go lightweight with minimalist yet sophisticated saris. Taking inspiration from Rani Gayatri Devi, it’s time you invest in a stunning white sari. Sobhita Dhulipala wore a simple mogra aari waraq traditional paasa sari with cutwork embroidered border on sheer organza by Torani – a stunning idea to boot. We’re also in love with the new botanical prints from Anita Dongre, easy crepe saris unwinding in the breeze. An Anavila linen sari which wraps around the body beautifully is another great option to review. 

Jewelled bags

Potlis and embroidered clutches are passé. Invest in a beautiful bag that goes well with Indian and western outfits. Homegrown luxe collective that curates Europe’s best designers and boutique stores, Aispi is now featuring the acclaimed label, 0711 – an ode to sophisticated style, perfect for Indian weddings too. The pearl-work handles and buttery leather fittings look chic. On another note, a good clutch like the Naeem Khan Zodiac clutch is a more welcoming addition to your trousseau 2020.

Featured image via Bagheecha Benaras

Latha Sunadh
Deputy Editor
When she's not trying on a new serum, researching on yet another classic fragrance and sharing lip balms with her 5-year old daughter, Latha Sunadh keeps it reined in with a nice song and a good book. Special skills include obsessing over handmade, home-made and handcrafted luxuries.