We all love to play dress up at weddings. Even if your lehenga weighs more than you and your best friend put together, the sheer grandeur of being dolled up in your traditional best is one feeling we love to enjoy. But what happens after the big day is long over? Don’t we just hate stashing away our beautiful outfits in our closets?
So, here’s where we tell you that all’s not lost. We counted on ace designers, Jyotee Khaitan , Nivedita Saboo, Sabyasachi , Monisha Jaising who showed us that you can easily reuse your lehenga after the momentous day and turn it into a versatile fashion piece that you’d want to wear over and over.
1 : Go Creative: Convert Dupatta into Spectacular Blouse
You think your Lehenga has become outdated and there is no scope of wearing it again? No worries! You can use your heavy dupatta to get a beautiful embroidered blouse stitched out of it. You can wear this eye catchy blouse with plain saree to look classy and fashionable in weddings and functions. You can also reuse your bridal choli by pairing it with contrasting saree or plain saree with border.
- Set a Trend Statement: Club Your Lehenga with Long Jacket
Sheer long jackets are so much in trend. You can wear them with anything and everything. Go for a light colour or nude sheer jacket to cover up the gaudy Lehenga aptly and add the indo-western touch to your over all look. This trick is one of best ones where you establish a balance between grand and simple by hiding the bling of your Lehenga without concealing the beauty of its work.
Or you can make a whole new jacket out of your heavy dupatta
- Look Modish: Transform Lehenga into Anarkali Suit
Give your Lehenga a makeover by getting it attached with the blouse to convert it into a stylish anarkali silhouette. For the connecting part, go for see through fabrics if you are still that slim or some zari work fabric if you want to conceal your waistline. Pick up plain matching salwar or legging to enhance the look of upper part.
- Style with Elegance: Making Saree out of Dupatta
The most beautiful and eye-conic part of your bridal dress is your dupatta which you can re-use to make attractive saree that can be worn in other wedding functions. Plain saree with heavy pallu is in vogue this year. All you need is some extra three meters fabric to add to your heavy dupatta which will form the base of your saree. Wear it with long sleeve plain blouse to enhance the look of the loose and most attractive end of your saree. Dupatta can also be draped over a plain skirt to give it that half-saree look or it can be worn over a normal plain suit.
- Grab the Attention: Replace the Heavy Blouse and Dupatta with Simpler Ones
Make your Lehenga more wearable by pairing it up with a single tone plain blouse and dupatta. Go for something that looks less flashy yet royal. Silk, jute, chanderi and brocade are one of the best choices for fabrics and emerald green, dark grey and navy blue for colours. Instead of draping the dupatta, let it rest on your shoulder for that trendy chic look.
- Select monotone blouse for the Lehenga
To lower the elegant factor of heavy Lehenga, you can use a blouse made up of Plain, Raw Silk or Brocade fabric. Gather the dupatta on one shoulder and try it with a pair of earrings. You can try high bun hairstyle with the Lehenga , if you have curly hair then let it loose. You will appear sensational in this combination.
- Try it with Long Sleeve Jacket
For the dazzling and bold look, women can try the lehenga with a long sleeved jacket. You can wear embroidered jacket if your lehenga is very simple and vice versa. This particular style is known as Mughal-inspired look.
- Try it with a Designer kurta
You can try contrast colored Kurta with long sleeves over the Lehenga. The antique embroidered kurta will be another good option. By this particular style, you don’t really need to carry any jewelry. In case, you are searching unique appearance for the evening, you can try a heavily embellished bun pin.
4: Cover Up the Heavy Work
The major issue with wearing your bridal lehenga is that it is too heavily-worked and is not appropriate to be worn for a friend’s or a relative’s wedding . While this is true, you can still manage to wear your bridal lehenga to your sibling’s wedding. After all, being the bride or groom’s sister means that you are allowed to be a little more flamboyant than the rest of the guests present at the wedding. But of course, you must not steal the bride’s spotlight with your bridal lehenga; cover up the skirt with a sheer long jacket or a shrug to make sure that a part of the heavy work is concealed, thus striking the right balance between simple and grand.
5: Break the wedding lehenga set
Duppata – Pair the heavy dupatta with a plain raw silk suit, or a complimenting salwar kameez.
Choli – Pair it with another one of your sari’s lehenga – Match it with another choli, corset or a crop top and use a contrast dupatta from the color tones of your lehenga.
6: Concept Sari
We’re floored with Nivedita Saboo’s concept sari. According to her, “Your heavy bridal dupatta can be attached to more fabric and made in to a brand new sari. The exquisite palluwill make it just right for a soirée even after the wedding. Use your bridal lehenga’s blouse for the new sari or get a brand new one done and voila! You have a brand new outfit added to your wardrobe.”
For a more modern, chic look-change up your blouse to a plainer one: Get a plain, raw silk fitted top made that comes down below your navel as your blouse. Using a darker jeweled color like Navy and Emerald green will ensure it doesn’t look as bridal. You can even get a cropped jacket made as a blouse.Pair this with a light, shaded dupatta just worn across your chest and the original lehenga skirt
7: For Lehengas that are very old & if you are ok with cutting up your lehenga:
You can find some beautiful pieces of embroidery, or some borders and you can revive them by putting it on new fabric!
8: Make A Clutch out of the fabric
9: Attach the duppata to your formal little black dress to give it an indo-western look
10 : Attach
Attach the heavy borders to a simpler saree , cut out the patches and attach it to a net saree , use the borders as a lace to your blouse .
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