We spend hours of our time and thousands of rupees on our dream wedding lehenga. And we obsess over it - I want it to be salmon pink, medium-sized motifs, shouldn’t have red piping, should flare at the knees! But what happens to that, “Oh my god, this is sooooo pretty” lehenga after the wedding? Well, for most of us it is nicely wrapped in a malmal ka kapda and kept away in a suitcase. But we’re here to change that age old habit! Here are 8 awesome new ways to reuse your bridal lehenga set over and over again!
1. Reduce the volume
Bridal lehengas have a lot of volume. Remember you forced the designer to add extra layers of frill and two more kalis to add volume. Take your lehenga to a good tailor and ask him/her to cut out the kalis or remove the extra net from under the lehenga. The moment the volume of the skirt is reduced, it starts looking a lot more wearable.
2. Anarkali to the rescue
Anarkalis will always look less bridal than lehengas even if they are equally embellished. A good tailor can help you convert your wedding joda into an anarkali suit. Depending on the style of the bridal set, you can either stitch up the blouse and lehenga together, add a belt at the waist and have your suit ready. You can even attach a new simpler top to the lehenga and have a brand new anarkali suit! Go through your mom's closet to find a simple dupatta to compliment your suit.
3. Spice up your style!
We’re loving the latest trends of jacket or long kurtis with lehenga skirts. It’s a great way to tone down your wedding lehenga since a part of it will be covered, thus reducing the bling factor. Get a semi-sheer kurti or jacket to match the wedding skirt. Keep it simple with thin borders on the sleeves and slight work on the neck line. This is one style that flatters every body type.
4. Pairing is crucial
Your wedding lehenga, blouse and dupatta are all heavily embellished or intricately embroidered. Reduce the bridal feel by pairing the lehenga with a plain solid colored blouse and dupatta. It’ll tone down the look of your outfit and you’ll be able to wear it a lot more. Try to have the blouse and dupatta in a non-bridal colour and avoid reds or greens. Pastel shades or deep colors like royal blue will give your outfit a more modern twist.
5. Mix it all up!
One wedding outfit can be mixed and matched to give you three different outfits! Pair the heavy dupatta with a plain salwar suit. The blouse can be matched with a nice sheer saree from your mom’s closet. You can also wear the blouse and dupatta with a plain raw silk skirt in a contrasting shade. This is extremely on trend and our personal favourite too!
6. Dupatta as a saree!
Yup, no kidding, my mum did that to her wedding dupatta. It was an extremely pretty dupatta with thick borders and boti work all over. And of course, a wedding chunari is long enough to be used as the pallu of your saree. Get a piece of cloth in the same colour as the dupatta (you could try out a contrasting colour as well) and wrap it around your waist while making pleats. Tuck in the dupatta and slide it over the front as a pallu. Alternatively, you could even stitch the dupatta and cloth piece together. Pair it with the wedding blouse and you’re all set for your besties cocktail!
7. Cut it up!
Uh huh, we know this sounds horrible! But if you are 100% sure that you just won’t be using your lehenga again, well then, this is not too bad. Cut up the borders and motifs of the lehenga and use them on a plain saree. You’ll be wearing this saree a lot more than the lehenga for sure. Even the dupatta can be stitched into a kurti.
8. Leave it as it is...
Let go off the heavy bun and the tonnes of jewellery. Keep your hair in natural curls, put on just a pair of earrings and keep your makeup light. Change the draping style of the dupatta and we’re sure your can rock the wedding joda without looking like a bride all over again! Ooh, and do send us your pictures!
Published on Feb 12, 2016