Is red the colour to wear this wedding season?

Is red the colour to wear this wedding season?

Who said only the bride can rock red?
Updated 25 Feb, 2021

Wedding season is here and if you're confused about what's in vogue this year, don't worry, we got you.

With no fashion week this year to solve all our outfit woes, we're stuck looking for inspiration elsewhere. Shamelessly glued to our social media screens, we're looking to Instagram for some dress-up motivation.

Where one could contest red is strictly reserved for the bride, it doesn't seem to be the case in 2020, as donning all-red ensembles were singer Aima Baig and Ammarah Hikmat, spotted embracing the matching separates at Baig's sister's nuptials.

Here's what's trending according to fashionistas on social media:

Kalidar with a jacket

A classic red cotton net kalidar with a delicate vine of embroidery around the neckline is the simple yet traditional style we're looking forward to this season. Since temperatures will continue to drop, throw in a popping jade green cropped jacket embroidered with zari, dabka and marori for that extra oomph.

Scarlet velvets

What's winter without velvet? Be it a hand-embellished silk fall saari with a net palu and glistening border or a long, heavily worked jacket on a fancy kalidar, we're living for the flamboyant mirage of opulent crimson hues over a luxurious bed of contrasting textures.

Straight kurtas with a pop of colour

If you want to play it safe, there's nothing like a straight-line kurta that just screams timeless. Adorned with multi-tonal intricate embroidery and paired with a contrasting two-toned crush dupatta, this one's really simple and classy. Add some gold chaand-baalis and khussas, and there you have it, an effortlessly gorgeous look.

Peshwas and a dhaka pyjama

Some worked sleeves, an embellished neckline and a flowy outfit ready to make a statement, we're loving the simplicity of this look. A choker preferably with a striking stone is all you'll need to add that extra dose of glam. Pair it up with some gold shoes and you're ready to head out.

Organza ruffles for added drama

If there's one cut we're absolutely loving this season, it's the organza ruffle; this one's proving to be a long-lasting trend! Pairing it with a long peshwas gives you some added drama and makes one feel like absolute royalty.


Hindu Rashtra Dec 15, 2020 12:52pm
Pakistanis should wear green. Red is for Hindus only.
Mahmood Dec 15, 2020 01:21pm
Well, it can't be black!
Chrís Dăn Dec 15, 2020 01:55pm
Voila,red is the color of December-the last month of the year, yes the cold chilly windy month while leaving us behind is warmed up by cosy red coloured dresses. Very alive photographs. Pretty!
Akram Dec 15, 2020 01:56pm
Red is Hindu colour... We should wear green
Mishayl Valika Dec 15, 2020 02:37pm
Keep social distance whatever happens
Laila Dec 15, 2020 02:37pm
I don't particularly care for the fact that the entire rukhsati ritual and the colour red of the bride is directly inherited and copied from the Indians and hindu traditions (barat/bidai). I think we should not have such a ritual but our own as Pakistanis and Muslims by sticking to nikkah (nuptials) and walima (reception) only. That's what's Islam says. But I will say the red outfits above look gorgeous. Something about red on olive skin.
Vengeance Dec 15, 2020 03:25pm
@Hindu Rashtra Technically it belongs to the European (particularly Spanish) aristocrats due to red dyes being the most expensive and therefore prestigious at the time.
RP Dec 15, 2020 03:33pm
@Hindu Rashtra & Akaram.. Why should color should labeled & take into religion conflict, either its red or green both are equally admired & preferred in both religion, in fact green is most favored color in Indian ladies..
Laila Dec 15, 2020 04:05pm
@Akram or maybe wear white and cream like majority Muslim brides outside the subcontinent/south east Asia/Desi culture?
secular hindu Dec 15, 2020 04:30pm
@hindu rashtra it is not just for hindus bhai any one from any religion can wear it though i do agree on one thing red is considered sacred in various indic religions
Chrís Dăn Dec 15, 2020 05:57pm
@Akram colours have no religion.
Chrís Dăn Dec 15, 2020 06:02pm
@Laila red colour for a bride is in our culture since centuries. Just in enmity with some biased ,prejudiced Hindus,it is a simple foolishness to drop oneś centuries old culture. Owadh,Hyderabad Deccan,Aligarh and in many other places in UP India,girls are wed in red colour dress-sari or gharara and our culture is our identity. Why to leave our culture and invent a artificial culture.
Chrís Dăn Dec 15, 2020 06:05pm
@Hindu Rashtra it is a biased approach. You say indian education system is perfect. Then as a product of a better education system you must realize that colours and art has no religion. As a citizen of a secular country you are supposed to write better ,more close to tolerance.
well-wisher Dec 15, 2020 07:28pm
No monopoly to anyone on COLOR. So wear what makes you happy. It could be Red.
RationalBabu Dec 15, 2020 10:55pm
@Laila your wedding, your choice!
N_Saq Dec 15, 2020 11:24pm
Kaavan Dec 16, 2020 12:49am
@Hindu Rashtra, now you will teach us what we should wear?
Ali Mehdi Dec 16, 2020 06:39am
@Hindu Rashtra to talk of colours it’s clear that your thoughts r too dark or perhaps u r in a black mood. Let people decide on their outfit n it’s colour.
Chris Roberts Dec 16, 2020 12:59pm
@Laila Throughout human history, nothing has ever remained static. I do agree that the classy shades of red chosen for these outfits and the elegant designs really make these clothes stand out. There is so much out there to choose from. Wear whatever style or colour you feel suits you, and feel good about yourself.
Chrís Dăn Dec 16, 2020 01:27pm
@Vengeance you are right.
NYS Dec 16, 2020 07:05pm
Crimson one of good choice towards solid when ensemble is velvety their is immense pleasure for combo
Sarah Nadeem Dec 16, 2020 07:58pm
Dawn images has been producing subpar articles lately and this seems like no exception
Laila Dec 17, 2020 03:55am
@RationalBabu still doesn't counter the point I am trying to make. Thanks for you permission to wear whatever I like.
Aamir Alvi Dec 17, 2020 05:28am
Why not white for the bride? that is the common colour for all monotheistic religions!!
T Dec 17, 2020 01:09pm
@Hindu Rashtra Green is auspices for Hindus as well. Hindus are very vibrant community and do not keep too many restrictions which is why the society is progressive as well.
Chrís Dăn Dec 17, 2020 01:48pm
@Aamir Alvi color is a personal choice
Laila Dec 17, 2020 03:05pm
@Chrís Dăn wrong. The centuries old culture and tratiyons you refer to is Hindu Indian in origin. But we are Pakistanis. Muslims before the partition absorbed this culture before they became Muslims but Islam in the subcontinent is only 1400 years old. So originally it's hindu culture. Pakistan is only 73 years old. We are not even a century old. So the artifical culture you speak of already exists and we adopted/inherited it after partition. We never made our own. Red bridal wear and the whole tradition of Rukhsati is Hindu in origin. So is the attire of shalwar kameez sari lehenga gharara kurta etc. Also you should know, culture evolves over time. It has to. So centuries or not, nothing stays the same. Anthropological fact.
Laila Dec 17, 2020 03:57pm
@Chris Roberts I don't thinkyou and I disagree. I was just saying I wish we pakistanis had our own unique culture, not something borrowed other cultures.
Laila Dec 17, 2020 03:58pm
@RationalBabu thank you for your permission for me to wear what I like.
NYS Dec 17, 2020 06:59pm
More chic update souk of colours in festivity
Chris Roberts Dec 18, 2020 04:13am
@Laila All cultures that exist today are the result of a fusion of cultures, (through trade, historical and political events, etc.) that has been ongoing for millennia. We are on a continuum and societies are constantly evolving. Dress, food, languages, etc. will keep moving on.
NK Dec 18, 2020 08:30pm
Please come into your senses. Please postpone this wedding season. We are in the times of COVID and the whole country particularly Sindh is reeling with COVID cases. Here in California people have given up on wedding parties this year, 40 - 50 people, all family members are just gathering for such events at home and of course saving a lot of money in the way. So please cut down the extravagance and splurge and return to simplicity.
Laila Dec 19, 2020 04:30am
@Chris Roberts except our culture isn't a fusion. Its is directly copied and adopted from. India. We are relatively young and newish nation. We still time to make our own culture. And it can be inspired by Islamic traditons and other Muslim traditions and culture which could also open up our minds and make us appreciate diversity and learn more tolerance.