What To Wear To Winter Weddings: Blouse Design Ideas!


We’re mid-way through the winter season here in North India, and with endless weddings lined up for January and February, you must be getting your wardrobe ready!

What are your options for outfits when it comes to winter weddings? Full-sleeve anarkalis and full-sleeve kurtas are obvious choices. But if you pick the right blouse design & fabric, you can wear a lehenga or a sari without sacrificing warmth AND style!

1. Peplum Blouses

We love this blouse design because it covers your waist completely which means more warmth! But it still looks fashionable.

Kurta-length peplum blouses will keep you toasty warm!

Sabyasachi Peplum Long Sleeves Lehenga Indian Winter Wear
Image Courtesy: Sabyasachi

Two fabric peplum blouse with flounce sleeves

Two fabric peplum blouse with flounce sleeves and benarsi silk lehenga in blue and gold by Jayanti Reddy
Image courtesy: Jayanti Reddy

A unique peplum blouse design in Benarsi silk fabric!

Peplum jacket style blouse design in benarsi silk brocade fabric with benarsi silk pink lehenga
Image courtesy: Sailesh Singhania

Asymmetrical peplum blouse with a sari

Image courtesy: Rahul Mishra
Actress Freida Pinto in a Rahul Mishra sari & full-sleeve blouse

2. Peter Pan Collar Blouses

The closed collar will keep your neck cosy, but pick an interesting pattern or design to keep it from looking too old-school

Checked peter pan blouse design paired with a silk sari!

Grey Checked blouse design with peter pan collar
Image courtesy: Sailesh Singhania

Peter pan collar on Benarsi silk waist jacket style blouse with lehenga – *ultra-warm*!

Pink benarsi silk brocade full sleeve blouse with peter pan collar and ombre pink benarsi silk lehenga
Image courtesy: Sailesh Singhania

3. High Neck Blouses

That replace your mufflers 😉

This bride smartly paired a heavily embroidered full sleeve blouse with a layered raw silk lehenga – *GENIUS*!

Image courtesy: Cupcake Productions

High neck and peplum will keep you warm and stylish!

Athiya Shetty Long Sleeves White Lehenga Winter Wedding Outfit
Image Courtesy: Athiya Shetty

4. Closed Round Neck

Sabyasachi has made this blouse design super trendy. Whatever you pair it with (a lehenga or sari), you can’t go wrong with it

A full-sleeve crop top and lehenga skirt

Image courtesy: Jayanti Reddy

Unique blouse design paired with a benarsi silk lehenga

Image courtesy: Ekaya Banaras
Image courtesy: Urmi Daga (What Wear How blog)

ProTip: Layer your plain closed neck blouse with a heavy necklace on top to add the perfect finishing touch to your winter wedding look!

Full-sleeve closed neck blouse with a Benarsi silk sari

Karishma Kapoor High Neck Full Sleeves Blouse Winter Look
Image Courtesy: Strands of Silk

5. Jacket-Style Blouses

A jacket as a blouse? Yes please!

Bomber Jacket style blouse design! *FAVOURITE*

Image courtesy: Tarun Tahiliani

Embroidered jacket-style blouse with lehenga skirt

Image courtesy: Nachiket Barve

6. Jackets Over Blouses

Wear a matching jacket with your blouse to be ultra cosy

This bride’s winter Mehendi look in all red is gorgeous

Image courtesy: Stories by Joseph Radhik / Designed by Anamika Khanna

Layer a summer blouse with an open short jacket for a sunny winter afternoon function

Image courtesy: Faraz Manan

7. Velvet & Silk Blouse Designs – The Right Fabric!

You can wear a V-neck, boat neck or a slightly deeper neck as well, as long as you stick to warm fabrics for your blouse. Velvets, raw silks and silk satins are good choices!

V-neck blouse with lehenga

Image courtesy: Walia Jones

Boat neck velvet blouse with sari

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

V-neck blouse in silk satin with a Benarsi silk lehenga

Image courtesy: Raw Mango

Long velvet blouse paired with a velvet lehenga worn by Mira Kapoor to Isha Ambani’s wedding

Image courtesy: Anita Dongre

ProTip: Leave the deep necks and open backs for summer weddings, if you want to truly stay warm. Leave some margin in the fit and you might even get space to add a thermal underneath!

8. Closed Back

Make sure your blouse is fully-closed from the back to keep yourself warm

Back design for a peplum blouse

A good back design option for raw silk blouse

Back design for boat neck velvet blouse

Read Part 2 of this series – What To Wear To Winter Weddings: The Jacket Styling Guide.

Update: Part 3 is now out! Read the complete guide to winter weddings outfits to stay stylishly warm.

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