Back in the day the Indian wedding trousseau was all about gold and bling (with a red sari or two thrown into the mix). Things have changed a lot in the last few years and modern Indian brides are branching out and selecting timeless items that will work with both their Indian and Western wardrobes. 

If I were selecting items for a trousseau today I would look for fusion jewelry, timeless saris, and a few modern classics that I could pass down to my daughter or daughter-in-law in the future. Here's my top 10 choices for a modern Indian Trosseau.

satyapaul sarees

{Images via Satya Paul Canada}

1. Satya Paul Sari
You can never go wrong with a Satya Paul sari! If you stick with one of the 'watercolour inspired' prints it's pretty much guaranteed that the sari will still look like a classic in 10 years. 

2. Pearls
While people don't usually pair pearls with Indian wear, I think a simple saree and pearls creates a very royal and majestic look. Plus, you can just as easily pair them with a cashmere sweater and skinny jeans.

3. Burberry Trench
Another classic that looks great worn over an Indian outfit or a dress. Don't believe me? Check out Sridevi rocking Burberry and Sabyasachi in English Vinglish!

4. Anita Dongre Lehenga
I just love Anita Dongre's Indian pieces and I feel like one of her lehnga's would be a timeless addition to your wardrobe. You could wear it as a new dulhan and then pack it away for the next wedding garba or jaago. Go with a colour that you really love and one of her lehengas will be a workhorse in your closet.

5. Chanel Kelly Bag
Okay, so this is a pretty heavy duty investment, but if you are skipping the rani haar maybe there will be space in the budget for an investment bag? If a Chanel is out of the budget, I would go with a fun Kate Spade to match your Indian ensembles.

tiffany's charm bracelet

6. Tiffany's Charm Bracelet
A simple piece to remind you of your wedding day, and you can add charms throughout your life for special moments. A Tiffany's Charm Bracelet never goes out of style/

7. Payal Singhal Salwar Kameez
Payal is one of my favourite Indian designers and I feel that even if her designs are a little quirky they also have staying power. She does some amazing patiala salwars too!

8. Gold Chand Bali
For me there is no piece of Indian jewelery that can rival a 'chand bali'. You can pair them with everything from a salwar kameez to a Kanjivaram and they always work perfectly. I even wear mine with dresses sometimes. 

9. Diamond Mangal Sutra
No need to get an old school mangal sutra anymore, there are many dainty diamond pieces available on the market. I love the idea of a simple piece that speaks to the tradition of the mangal sutra but also fits in with my everyday wardrobe.

10. DKNY Wrap Dress
You are going to be going on some date nights with your hubby in the future and a DKNY wrap dress always shows off your best assets and highlights flaws. I would even add a few of these to your trousseau if there is space!