The most common traditional outfit is the Salwar Kameez, also known as the Punjabi Suit. It is a three-piece ensemble, with a shirt called the Kameez, a pleated loose-fitting trouser called a Salwar that is worn with a Dupatta (scarf) to complete the look. This style could be worn for the Maiya or Anand Karaaj.
A variation of the Salwar Kameez is the Churidar Suit. This is again a three-piece ensemble with the difference lying in the style of the trousers. The Churidar is a tight fit trouser that gathers at the ankle to form layers of pleats. The Kameez comes in different styles - Aline or Anarkali (flaired) - and in different lengths - to the knees, midi, ankles or floor length. This style could be worn at the Sangeet Reception, Maiya or the Anand Karaaj.
A decorated anarkali style till the ankle or floor length, paired with jewelry for the Indian Extravagance. A simpler colourful A-line or anarkali till the knee or midi length for the Cultural Simplicity or Desi Punjabi.
(Note: Between the Maiya and the Anand Karaaj, save your more beautiful piece for the latter. It’s the wedding day after all!)
The Lehenga Choli is by far the most sexy and eye catching Indian attire! It comprises of a long skirt (Ghagra) which could be A-line or mermaid cut, a blouse (Choli) and a matching scarf. The lehenga choli reveals the mid section of the woman and hence is not suitable for cultural or religious events. This style is usually worn for dinner receptions held after the wedding day or reserved for the bride - if you would however like to wear it for the Sangeet a light simple lehenga choli is adviced.
The most elegant Indian attire would be the Saree. The word sari is derived from Sanskrit शाटी śāṭī which means 'strip of cloth' which can be draped in various ways around the body. A saree draped well is actually not as revealing as many assume it to be - here’s a draping tutorial link that may be useful. As exquisite as sarees are, they are also a little tricky to manage especially on the dancefloor. However when will you get the opportunity to don a saree but at your Indian friend’s wedding! Wrap up girls! This style could be worn for the Sangeet. Secure your sarees well as we expect you on the dancefloor - it is a night of music and dance after all!