How to beat the heat at a long Indian wedding

This past weekend I attended 2 beautiful outdoor weddings. The sun was shining bright... and everyone was sweltering in their Indian outfits! A few hours after being in the sun, and having turned a much deeper shade of brown, I realised I should've known what to wear to keep cool! So I've come up with my top tips for keeping cool in the heat at Indian weddings!

1. The fabric you wear will play a huge part in the heat you feel. Natural fibres such as silk and cottons are better at keeping you cool. Synthetic fabrics like polyester are known to keep us hotter. So aim for a more natural fabric outfit!

Sabyasachi saree, the perfect Summer inspiration

above: Sabyasachi saree, the perfect Summer inspiration

2. Avoid wearing a lace fabric/sheer fabric with a pattern.. If you get tanned through the lace pattern... you will have a lace pattern burnt onto your skin!

3. If you can... wear a lightwear saree to beat the heat. Most of the time, it is the direct sunlight hitting our skin that causes us to really feel the heat. At many outdoor weddings there is no shade available to sit under. So it's time to get creative... If you are wearing a saree automatically one of your arms will be covered with the pallu to protect from the heat which is great! Drape your pallu around to cover both of your arms to keep them out of the heat and keeping yourself a bit cooler. Sarees are my go-to outfit at Indian weddings! they are much cooler than lenghas which have layers of netting and lining.

Note: If you pallu is a lace or net fabric, don't do this! The lace pattern will tan onto your skin... not a great look.

sabyasachi saree inspiration

above: Sabyasachi saree, the perfect Summer inspiration

4. Try not to wear blouses with weird necklines to avoid a weird tan. Indian weddings are long, and being out in the sun in an off-shoulder blouse will definitely leave some dodgy tan lines if you are not in the shade. Be careful with how you drape your pallu or dupatta too to avoid assymetrical tan lines!

 Sabyasachi saree, the perfect Summer inspiration

above: Sabyasachi saree, the perfect Summer inspiration

5. Wear a cotton petticoat instead of a satin petticoat under your saree. Cotton fabric is much better at keeping yourself cool. Polyester fabrics will only make you feel hotter and more uncomfortable.

6. Want to drape something around your arms? Purchase a linen shawl to drape around you during the ceremony. Linen fabric is very cooling, and this will keep your skin out of the sun's strong rays.

Try these top tips to stay cool during