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Whoa, glamazon! It’s a wedding, not a burlesque show. Tone down the makeup to be a well-groomed guest.
You might wear a uniform or follow an office dress code Monday through Friday, and on the weekend, you like to have a little fun with fashion. Your friend’s wedding isn’t the place to test drive your new romper or rock those $200 jeans you just splurged on. But you already knew that, right?
There are a few gray areas when it comes to appropriate wedding guest attire. Maybe that cocktail dress has a questionable hemline — or it might be the same color the bridal party is wearing. There are plenty of clothing options that’ll turn you into an unintentional eyesore at any union, but you don’t have to earn the ire of every bride and groom you know. Just follow this list of 10 things you should never wear to a wedding, and you’ll keep receiving those invitations!
It’s always in style and looks flattering on almost everybody, but according to some, it should never be worn to a wedding. Up first, find out the dos and don’ts about wearing nature’s darkest color to one of life’s brightest events.
Did You Know?
After Queen Victoria’s consort, Prince Albert, died in 1861, she wore black everyday as a sign of mourning until her own death in 1901.
Yes, tuxedos are black, and you’ll almost certainly see an abundance of dark sport coats at any union, but black is traditionally a no-go color at weddings — especially for women.
Black dresses connote mourning and death for many people, but there’s a difference between showing up to your best friend’s nuptials in funeral garb and wearing a sleek, little black number to an evening wedding. As long as the dress feels fun and light, regardless of how dark it is, you should be fine. Sequins usually work, as do black cocktail dresses for formal ceremonies. However, if there’s even the slightest chance it could fit into a procession for the deceased, put it back on the rack and slip into something more colorful.
Did You Know?
Although people have been wearing thong sandals for thousands of years, it’s believed that the modern flip-flop is derived from the zori, a form of traditional Japanese footwear.
Jeans and a T-shirt
We don’t care how casual the wedding is and how laid-back the bride in question might be, attending in jeans and a T-shirt is not an option.
It doesn’t matter if it’s on the beach, in your mom’s backyard, or even if you don’t know the couple very well. If you’re bothering to show up, the least you can do is throw on a dress or a pair of khakis and a button-up shirt — again, assuming it’s a casual ceremony. Also, just to be clear, don’t even think about slipping on a pair of flip-flops. Pumps, heels, flats, loafers and sandals are a go, but plastic footwear is a huge wedding no-no. (Possible exception: If the wedding invite explicitly states that it’s a “flip-flop casual” beach event, you may wear them.)
Did You Know?
The U.S. Navy introduced bell-bottoms to the world in 1817 when they became part of enlisted sailors’ standard uniform. The wide-bottomed pants could be easily rolled above the knee while washing the decks and were easily removed if one was swept overboard.
Bellbottoms and Other Dated Attire
Bellbottoms may work for a stylish night out on the town. But try sporting these wide-legged pants at your college roommate’s wedding, and you might as well shake, shake, shake your booty back to your place for a change of clothes. Disco isn’t cool when people say “I do.”
That’s not to say that you can’t invoke other styles and eras with your wedding guest garb. A 1960s pencil skirt will allow you to turn heads without causing a distraction, and a dress with an empire waist and cap sleeves will invoke the 1940s without making you look like a has-been. Just remember to adhere to the style of the wedding — we’ve established that bellbottoms won’t fit into even the most casual ceremonies, but a vintage sundress won’t do at a black-tie affair, either.
Hillary Clinton swapped her trademark pantsuit for a beautiful dress on Chelsea’s wedding day.
You’re going to a wedding, not a meeting at the office!
Drop the business persona and show your style in a skirt, dress or any kind of clothing that would look out of place with a coffee stain. This is a celebration of two people choosing to unite their lives together forever, so the least you can do is find something that isn’t overly stuffy and businessy to wear. We’re not just talking about your standard black or charcoal suit. This rule also applies to pretty pastel skirt-jacket combos. They might work for a dinner event, but they just set the wrong tone for weddings.
Yes, we know some very powerful women frequently wear pantsuits, but even Hillary Clinton wore a vibrant dress on Chelsea’s big day, and if she can do it, you can, too.
We’d also advise staying away from businessy accessories — trade the giant bag or briefcase for a clutch, and don’t wear any scarves that scream “I belong in cubicle No. 4!”
(source : http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/weddings/10-things-never-wear-to-wedding10.htm)
Mumtaj mahal’s actual name was Arjumand Banu Begum. Shah Jahan was engaged to her when he was 16. But married her when he was around 20.She was his 2nd wife. He had a reasonably monogamous relationship with her. He did not marry anyone after she died. Yes he took several concubines and had illicit and adulterous relationships.He had a voracious appetite till the end (74 yrs) and it was that which took him away. But then it was the norm in medieval middle eastern world.He was bit more.
Shah Jahan was certainly orthodox and intolerant and indulged in destroying other religious places. But being a fifth generation emperor in Hindusthan he had qualities which made him the first and as fate would have it the last of the Great Mughals. He wrote the couplet Agar firdaus bar ru-yi Zamin ast Hamin ast, u hamin ast, u hamin ast. It was his father Jahangir who is rumored to have got killed Sher Khan the first husband of Noorjahan. It is perhaps only a rumour. There was no need. It was the Timurrid Custom that if the emperor desires you divorce your wife and give her to him. And Tajmahal was initially the residence of Raja Mansingh. And perhaps there was a Shiv mandir there. So there is a story that it was originally Tejomahalaya.
We know TAJ MAHAL as a symbol of love. But other lesser known facts are:
1. Mumtaz was Shahjahan’s 4th wife, out of his 7 wives (great)
2. Shah jahan killed Mumtaz’s husband to marry her.
3. Mumtaz died in her 14th delivery.
4. Shah Jahan then married Mumtaz’s sister where the Hell is LOVE ???
LOVE HAS GONE INTO THE SAMADHI. LOVE IS IN THE EYES & MINDS OF THE PEOPLE WHO BELIEVED THESE STUPID STORIES AND WENT ‘GA GA’ OVER IT. ALSO, HOWEVER MUCH IT IS TOLD “OUR GREAT PEOPLE & HISTORIANS WOULD NOT BELIEVE, THAT EXISTED IN THESE STORIES. THE MOGHUL & IN FACT MOST OF THE MUSLIM KINGS/ COMMONERS CASE IS THE SAME. HISTORIANS DUPED US TO A GREAT EXTENT AND NOW THE THIRD RATE SECULAR POLITICIANS.
AKBAR was called “GREAT” by Historians and SHIVAJI termed as the “MOUNTAIN RAT” by the same historians. How much GREAT AKBAR was seen in his NAVROSA conducted every POURNIMA day to draw beautiful ladies in to the Moghul garden – invitation sent in the name of QUEEN. There Akbar used to select His ‘bride’ for the night. AND where as SHIVAJI, was furious with his own General, for capturing a Muslim queen during a battle and sent her back with all the Honours.
THIS IS THE CULTURE WE HOLD HIGH, BUT THE SECULARISTS & OTHERS SEE THAT WHAT AKBAR & OTHERS DID WAS GREAT.
(contributed by: Mohan Rao on 20.08.2011)