How to Reuse your Bridal Indian Wedding Lehenga?


Come festivities and you may want to dress up and steer away from the unwanted outfits, however, the signature bridal wear for every Indian woman remains constant. No matter how much you want to wear and relive the princess moment, the bulging and heavy accouterments often occupy the much-needed space in your storage. So, why not recycle and repurpose your old trashed away outfits into something functional and creative! Invest in your luxurious and precious bridal wear and turn it into a fancy outfit that you can perhaps wear at your next party or family gathering.

Here are some of the genius ways on how to recycle your old bridal Indian wear:

The Blouse Case

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Bridal blouses with Indian wedding lehengas are worth treasuring for. The iridescent embroidery, charismatic colors and drool-worthy fit will totally rock your Indian ethnic wear. Pair it with a statement skirt or contrast sari or you can also style it with a gorgeous maxi skirt to leverage the look. Such statement blouses are a wonder ensemble to turn your drab look to fab instantly. Alternatively, you can also get festive ready by pairing your bridal blouse with a pair of fancy gold palazzo pants for an added Indo-Fusion charm. Just layer a long cape jacket and get going!

 

Shed the Gruesome Kilos

The most annoying aspect of your bridal wedding lehenga is the can-can and added frills that make your ensemble 10X heavier, get rid of it and twirl freely in a breathable lighter and convenient lehenga skirt. You can dress up casually and take this lehenga to festive gatherings, family parties, celebrations etc. Also, make sure the length of lehenga is not way beyond your actual height, you can also alter the length according to your need and dance the night away in your dreamy lehenga.

 

Statement Dupatta

Drape your statement dupatta with the other outfits and mix and match smartly to brighten up your look. A heavily embellished and embroidered bridal dupatta will always have your back and you can layer it with your anarkali suit, chic salwar kameez or even Patiala suit. All you need is a bright chiseled dupatta and take it out for some envy glancing.

 

Indo Fusion Style

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Try to spice up your conventional bridal lehenga with some effective Indo Fusion style tips. You can wear a silk blouse or shirt with your lehenga and ditch the dupatta for a modern princess look or you may also belt it up to give it a polished and suave look.

 

Drape it Different

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You must have tried and worn your wedding lehenga a few times now, however, you can reuse your bridal wear by draping the dupatta in an absolutely different style. There are a ton of dupatta draping videos and tutorials online, you may read here. Double pallu dupatta is also quite trending this season and you may want to try this style before you finally get rid of it.

 

Attractive Bodice

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Ditch your conventional bridal choli and instead invest in a trending haute couture bodice that will instantly revamp your lehenga. If you have a traditional red or maroon bridal wedding lehenga, you may go with metallic hued bodice options in silver, gold and copper. Off shoulder, sheer, plunging neckline, cape style bodices are quite in vogue and they will add a structure and dimension to your overall look.

 

Long Jackets and Capes

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Do it like the runway designers and bask in the glory of flamboyant fashion. Dupattas are so passé, layer a contrasting or coordinated cape long jacket over your bridal lehenga and unleash the diva in you. The long jackets can be worn as an alternative bodice option with high slits and heavy embroidery to entice the coterie. This will not even require you to wear any dupatta and allow free movement.

 

Stich it into Anarkali Suit

The most effective yet efficient way to repurpose your Indian bridal wear is by stitching your wedding lehenga into a floor-length anarkali suit. You may consult your mom or friends or just pin your favorite styles online, and get it tailored. The impeccable embroidery and embellishments on your bridal wear will flatter your curves as the vertical anarkali will focus on your length and accentuate your figureline in the most exquisite way ever. There are plenty of ways to design an anarkali, however, go contemporary with the asymmetric and metallic finish.

 

Restitch into new outfit

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For all those of you who have tried and tested the Lehenga-turned-Anarkali idea, you may re-stitch the ensemble into something interesting like separates, cords, maxi dress, jumpsuit or even dhoti pants with kurta. The possibilities are endless, just pick your favorite look and turn your Indian wedding lehenga into a fancy fusion dress.

Ambika Asthana


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