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Personal Shopper: Appropriate Hindu wedding guest attire for Casey

Casey P. wrote, "My friends and I are going to attend a hindu wedding in november. We are not indian or Hindu and will not be wearing a sari. Can you help us find an appropriate formal dress to wear to a Hindu wedding? Help?"

Hi, Casey! According to our research, here are the following recommendations for non-Hindu guests at Hindu wedding ceremonies: No black, white, or red (red is reserved for the bride). Cleavage/legs are somewhat okay at the reception, but not the ceremony - when in doubt, go for modesty and bring a silk shawl or wrap with you. Guests often sit on the floor at traditional Hindu ceremonies, so make sure your dress is comfortable and stretchy enough to do so. Here are eight lovely picks for you & your friends. Enjoy!

1 - Alberto Makali Grecian Inspired Evening Gown ($658)

2 - Adrianna Papell One Shoulder Beaded Jersey Gown ($188)

3 - Cynthia Rowley One Shoulder Georgette Dress ($204)

4 - JS Boutique Beaded Waist Jersey Gown ($198)

5 - Adrianna Papell Beaded Chiffon Gown ($238)

6 - Scala Halter Top Evening Gown ($198)

7 - Mignon One Shoulder Embellished Gown ($398)

8 - Tadashi Shoji Side Knot Silk Chiffon Gown ($358)

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Comments


js

Posted on 09.29.10 at 12:39 PM

This post has nothing to do with me, but I have 2 cents to spare: #1 is really awesome, but that long sleeve might get really annoying. I love #8, but the back of it looks a little matronly; it also might not look good on a large bust. I am SO tired of one-sleeved styles; overdone. #4 is lower cut than I personally would be comfortable with, but I think it is really awesome.

Ash

Posted on 09.30.10 at 7:04 AM

Hi,
I'm hindu and have been to numerous Indian weddings, both hindu and muslim,and I have never seen anyone wear a floor length gown. Usually, if girls are uncomfortable borrowing Indian clothes or just don't have that option it's perfectly acceptable to wear any form of knee-length cocktail dress attire. Yes, definitely do not wear mini-dresses or bare a lot of cleavage, and Outblush was spot on about the color choices, but aside from that you should be fine. Oh, and guests usually rarely have to sit on the floor - it's usually just immediate family for the ceremony.
Thanks!
ps - I absolutely adore #1.

Janetor

Posted on 09.30.10 at 7:39 AM

Thank you so much for your advice, Ash! There was a lot of conflicting information online, so we decided to err on the side of modesty and formality and picked full-length dresses. Appreciate your help!

thismighthelp

Posted on 09.30.10 at 12:55 PM

Also you might want to keep the weather in mind, it'll be winter time in november so you want to go with something with sleeves. I imagine most of it will be indoors but you dont want to be freezing during the time your outside

Francine

Posted on 10.25.11 at 7:42 AM

This really helped me find what to were to my husband's good friends wedding. I had no clue what to look for in stores. I love all of these dresses and the colors are amazing! I am going to get dress that is full length because the invite said that is was a very formal setting. thanks for the help!

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