You spend months hunting through different stores all around the city just to find a perfect wedding outfit for your big day. The effort makes you look queenly just for a few hours and then the lehenga is properly wrapped up and stored in your treasure chest. It never sees the light of day again. Well, it is time you take it out and reuse it. And if you are wondering that somebody would notice you repeating your wedding outfit, then don’t worry, you are just recycling it secretly!
Mix it up: There is a box full of options when it comes to dupattas. You can carry it in different styles and with different clothes. You can easily pair up your wedding lehenga’s dupatta with a suit – be it a straight fit suit, an anarkali or a Patiala salwar kameez, you can accentuate them with a heavy contrasting dupatta. If your wedding dupatta is in net (which it is likely to be) don’t be hesitant about pairing it with a raw-silk suit or a velvet anarkali. However, if you have a georgette dupatta, you can pair it with a crepe or a cotton salwar kameez as well. Remember: A balanced mix and match is the best way to go!
Model wearing Sabyasachi Mukherjee sari and blouse
Blouse: Play with the blouse now! If the sleeves of the blouse are short, you can get them extended or wear the same blouse with a sari. Contrast is in vogue; so if you have an embellished crepe blouse, pair it up with a simple crepe sari. A velvet blouse looks great with a velvet sari as well as a net sari. No one will ever know that you are recycling your wedding blouse.
You can get a simple lehenga made as well. If it’s your best friend’s wedding and you want to wear a lehenga, you can easily save money by using the blouse and the dupatta of your wedding dress. A simple border lehenga or a one made out of shimmer fabric can work well.
Madhuri Dixit in Anju Modi
Drape it differently: Be creative and change the whole look. Fashion is all about experimenting and trying new things. So wear the same lehenga but drape it in a different style. You can go for a sari style, U-style, tying it at the wrist, or a Gujarati pallu style. You can also take another contrasting dupatta and wear your lehenga with that.
Jacqueline Fernandez in Manish Malhotra
Be experimental: Your lehenga most likely would be quite heavy. We spend months to get the perfect colour, embellishments and designs, so why waste it? Just team it up with a bandeau or a corset. A plain, not-too-heavy corset works really well with an embellished lehenga. You can also try a sheer jacket along with the lehenga. The bridal runway this year has been crowded with jacket lehenga options; so rather than buying one, you can revamp your own. Make sure you don’t overdo it. Play with the fabrics more than the embellishments. Sheer, velvet and brocade are a few fabrics to go for depending on your lehenga.
Lehenga @ paridhanboutique, Rs 7800
Tailoring: If you have a good tailor, make use of him. Get an anarkali made out of your lehenga or blouse. You can add a simple fabric for the bodice and stitch it together to get a toned-down and more wearable suit.