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4 Ways to Give Your Heirloom Pieces a Glam Makeover

Anupam Dabral | Oct 06, 2015, 15:43 IST
4 Ways to Give Your Heirloom Pieces a Glam Makeover
A model in Anita Dongre
Remember lusting over your mom’s or grandmother’s heirloom Benarasi sari or those kundan pieces which they have guarded all their lives?There have been moments when you have had access to those stunning outfits but you only get their ownership once you are ready to marry (sadly). Most of the times those pieces remain a symbol of tradition but one is never able to use to them or able to incorporate them into one’s regular wardrobe. We at Fashion101.in believe in that unique blend of tradition and modernity. So here are a few tips on how to use those gorgeous heirloom pieces. And who knows? Maybe it can be your engagement outfit! (Click here to read about colours other than red for your wedding)


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    Repair the Sari
    If you can’t use a sari due to its tattered borders, we suggest you stitch a new border on it keeping its colour scheme in mind. It will be as good as new. If your sari is plain and you are unable to use it,we say go for block printing, it will rebrand the sari in a beautiful way, giving it a new look. If you have two saris that you are unable to use and they are extremely valuable to you, we say make them into one. Half and half saris are the coolest things these days. (Here are some options other than a lehenga for your reception)
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    A model in Gaurang
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    Shilpa Shetty in Tarun Tahiliani
    Give the Sari a Twist
    Do you have a stack of gorgeous Kanjeevaram and Benarasi sariswaiting for you in your mom’syour closet? There are a number of innovative and interesting ways to use them. You can make them into breathtaking floor-length anarkalis! The feel of sari remains the same and you willbe able to wear it in an easier way. If you want to be a little more adventurous, convert them into sexy sari dresses that are fit for a pre-wedding cocktail. Want to incorporate your sari into your regular wardrobe? Convert them into gorgeous kurtisand pair them with leggings or churidaars. You can also create skirts out of them and wear it with a crop top on your haldi. (Click here to read our bridal jewellery buying guide)
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    A model in Anita Dongre
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    A model in Gaurang
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    Model in Marchesa
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    A model in Tarun Tahiliani
    Revamp the Lehenga
    Are you struggling while selecting outfits for your pre-wedding functions? You can use that lehenga lying in your closet. Convert it into a half lehenga and wear it for your mehendi ceremony – it is easy to move around in and also leaves your legs free for mehendi. You can give that lehenga a makeover by changing its borders, too. If it has a matching choli, go for something edgier, may be a corset? (Click here to read about the best choli styles for a bride)
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    CustomizeTraditional Jewellery
    If you have a traditional jewellery set and you think it doesn’t fit in your style canvas, go ahead and revamp it. A traditional choker studded with diamonds or other precious stones can be converted into a funky haathphool. Those age-old polkijadau earrings can be converted into statement rings without compromising on their beauty. You can even have fun with an old school kamarbandh and covert into a long necklace. Those heavy jhumkis or chandbaalis can be made into maangtikas. (Click here to read about 5 go to designers if you are a modern bride)