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12 Mar

How to take care of your wedding trousseau

Your wedding trousseau is not just an outfit; it is a doorway to memories. Experts tell you how to preserve those memories and keep your trousseau intact in the years to come

Your wedding is that one day when you want to look like a million bucks, and rightfully so, you should! Your trousseau is something you would like to cherish for the rest of your life and possibly even pass it down to the next generation. It might be a little difficult to maintain the outfit with all the finery and preserve its grandeur, but it’s totally worth the money if you can outlast your trousseau.

 

 WHEN IT ARRIVES

“Store your trousseau in a cool, dry place in a jacket cover or muslin cloth to avoid damage. Preferably, lay it flat and air it once every few days before you finally have to wear it,” suggest designer duo Shyamal and Bhumika. “If space is not a constraint, it could be hung in the closet with the covers intact,” add designers Sonam and Paras Modi of SVA.

AFTER YOU HAVE WORN IT

“You need to immediately send it for dry cleaning after you have worn the outfit, have professionals look it over and take the right steps to clean and preserve the outfit. Post this, it should be stored and wrapped in muslin,” adds designer Ashish Batra. On the other hand, designer Tarun Tahiliani suggests, “You should store the outfit in the packaging box that it arrived in as these boxes are equipped with the necessary provisions for protection.”

 

MAINTAINING IT

“Do not dry clean the outfit every time you wear it as the chemicals used for dry cleaning can affect the embellishments and age the garment,” says Ashish. “Ideally, the outfit should be stored in a cool dry place where there is no dust and aired once every six months,” add Shyamal and Bhumika. “Do not store embellished garments on top of each other. Use butter paper in between the folds and store in separate plastic bags or muslin cloth covers,” suggest Sonam and Paras.

THE RE-JIG

“Today, you can wear your wedding outfit in more ways than one. For women, the lehenga can be converted into an anarkali, the embellished dupatta can be used with a simple salwar suit to lift the outfit; in the same way, you can use the heavy blouse with a simple sari,” suggest Shyamal and Bhumika. “While shopping for your trousseau, opt for classic pieces that can be handed to your next generation, as classics never go out of style,” add Sonam and Paras. “Men’s sherwanis can be converted into bandhgalas or even Nehru jackets. Shawls can be used by you or your spouse with another simpler Indian outfit,” says Ashish. Tarun adds, “Just make sure you pick outfits with detachable embellishments; that way, you have a new outfit every time you wear it and the embellishments can be used to lift up other outfits as well, it is a win-win!”

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