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Gone are the days of basic blouses with boring designs. With lengha and sari blouses taking inspiration from western cuts and shapes, any top can be a great match for your favorite pair of jeans or skirt! The top pictured on this page is a lengha blouse from Bombay Trendz, www.bombaytrendz.com. Gold cuff bracelet and earring (worn as tikka) - Jewelize U, www.jewelizeu.com. Jeans - Rock & Republic

Making the most of your bridal trousseau after the wedding So your big day has come and gone, and as you prepare to merge your closet with that of your hubby, you quickly come to realize just how many suits, saris and lenghas you received from family members as part of your bridal trousseau. Since showering the bride with an abundance of Indian otfits is an important tradition within the South Asian culture, you may be scratching your head wondering how you can possibly wear all of these outfits before they go out of style! Sure, there will be a few more weddings and family functions that you have to attend, but how can you make the most of these beautiful pieces instead of just wearing them once and then packing them away? We’ve got the perfect solution: become a couture chameleon and mix and match pieces from your favorite Indian outfits with some basic staples from your closet and accessory drawers. Here’s how it’s done!

HAIR & MAKE UP: Aanchal Behl STYLISTS: Aanchal Behl Harpreet Patel PHOTOGRAPHY: Baz Kanda, Five Rivers Studio

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This silk kameez with velvet embellishment makes a statement of it’s own without it’s matching pants. With the anarkali and frock style cuts still trending, turn any suit into a dress and accessorize to your heart’s content! The dress pictured here is the kameez of a suit from Khoobsurat Klothing, www.khoobsuratklothing.com. Ring and black & gold stretch bracelet from Jewelize U, www.jewelizeu.com

This cool cotton dress gives the look of Indie Chic for an afternoon out shopping or a night on the town! The dress pictured here is the kameez of a salwar suit from Zedd’s Boutique, www.zeddsboutique.com. Earrings, bracelets and ring from Jewelize U, www.jewelizeu.com

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Got a sari that you’ve worn one too many times? Or perhaps you’ve got a gorgeous sari that’s made from a fabric that just doesn’t sit right.... either way, be a trendsetter by trying this unique twist on harem-meets-gypsy pants. The sari and blouse pictured here are from Bombay Trendz, www.bombaytrendz.com

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