Not a lot of brides realize this, but the blouse can make or break the outfit. I mean we’re sure that there are brides out there who look at their final wedding pictures and wish that they should have spent more time on getting the blouse right. Only because the blouse is dominating 90% of your pictures and not the entire lehenga. A stitch to keep it in place, a strap for the bra, or an extra tack inside to keep it tight. Regrets, regrets!
· Make sure the design of the blouse suits your body frame and type. Sleeves-less or bikini blouse, if you have great shoulders, half-sleeves if you have thin arms, full-sleeves if you are athletic and small sleeves if you are on the plumper side.
· Keep one thing in mind as a mantra when it comes to blouses... you don't want a lot to be happening with both, the blouse and the lehenga/saree. One of them has to be a bit subdued as compared to the other.
· If you want a dressier look, opt for work on the sleeves because only the sleeves show when everything else is covered with a dupatta. Sleeveless blouses look good, but not when it is your own wedding - maybe for the sangeet or mehendi.
· The bust measurement is the key to a properly-fitted blouse. If you're uncomfortable getting it done by the masterji
, google how to do it at home and cross-check.
· Lingerie is important. Wear the right bra when you go and get yourself measured for the blouse. This will make sure that there's minimum room for error. If you plan on wearing a stick-on bra, then wear exactly that to the fitting. But our favourite bit is - getting cups done inside the blouse to your size so you don't have to worry about what's peeking in.
· Make sure to get the extra chit button under the shoulder seam so that the bra straps can be tucked in properly and don't slip out.
· If your blouse is sheer, backless or revealing from the back or shoulders, it would be a good idea to opt for cups that are sewn into the blouse.
· Go online and find an inspiration for the type of blouse that you want. Print it and give it to your tailor so that he/she has some sort of reference and the idea is clearer.
. Leave two inches of space and put inside - just in case, you lose or put on weight. Also make sure you put in enough space for later as well - if you want to wear your blouse long after your wedding.
. Fabric is important, lining is essential. Knowing your fabric can save you a lot in the future. Chiffon or crepe blouses without lining will fall flat. Brocades need thicker lining because they are woven silk. Always make sure you spend on good lining - that will show up on the blouse. No skimping! Also, make sure all of those crazy embroideries are covered up with soft comfortable lining, otherwise you'll feel uncomfortable and itchy throughout the ceremonies.
. Don't spend too much on embroideries on the bodice and the back, concentrate on the sleeves. The designer will make it a lot cheaper if you keep that mind.
. Always keep back-ups for the fabric. If it's Benarasi or Silk, buy normal fabric in the same colour for a back-up blouse just in case something goes wrong. Stitch one in gold or silver for plan B.
. Finish is important - piping and hooks. Don't opt for anything that's not standard - no threads sticking out, hooks bending gown and buttons popping.
. Let your body tell you which trend to choose or which designs to boast. We mean that if you have a pretty neck, opt for a boat-neck. If you hate back-fat, don't out in anything with strings.
· Do not blindly follow a trend. Make sure it suits your body and frame too. Wear something similar before-hand to know why short sleeves or bikini-fits might not work for you.
· Not knowing the fabric before giving it for stitching can lead to disaster. It might need lining which might make it tighter, or might shrink after washing or dry cleaning. So make sure to get a clear picture about that from the tailor.
· Don’t be over-ambitious when you go in to give the measurements. Every bride wants to get thinner as the D-day approaches, but remember that something loose can be tightened more easily than the other way round!
· Make sure the blouse isn’t too tight from the sleeves, especially if they are cap or mega sleeves. It will make your arms look like sausages giving them a bulge where the sleeve ends!
· Wearing a delicate or old saree? Don't opt for a blouse with metal work! It can tear the material. Embroideries need to match the fabric.
· Deep necklines are good, but not very deep when it is your wedding. Stick to a plunge that is modest.
· Don’t let the dupatta cover the entire beauty of the blouse. Drape it in a way that looks elegant but lets your blouse peep through too!