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How To Upcycle Your Wedding Lehengas
How To Upcycle Your Wedding Lehengas
31 st Oct 2018

Once the wedding madness is over and the dust settles, you might find yourself looking at a closet full of clothes but still nothing to wear. This is especially true of all your wedding outfits because chances are you met everyone you know at the various events. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with repeating outfits, it does seem a tad boring to turn up in the same thing. Mainly because you probably received tons of compliments on your fabulous wedding attire and that’s what makes it extremely memorable as well. Even if you’ve been married a while and people may not necessarily recollect the same outfits, you might yourself feel that you want to shake things up a bit.

Buying a whole new ethnic wear wardrobe might be possible for a lucky few but most women are often on the lookout for ingenious hacks to revamp their existing pieces. This task is much easier with simpler outfits, as they’re easy to mix and match without much hassle. But more expensive and complicated wedding lehengas pose a serious styling challenge. You might not even be inclined to just give them away because of their value both monetary and sentimental. So what’s a girl to do with all these wedding lehengas and a diary full of social events?

The answer lies in some expert styling ideas that can take one outfit and make it into something completely versatile. You might have to pay a visit to your local tailor or hunt for supplementary pieces online but none of those costs will compare to the price tag of anything brand new. With Diwali right around the corner, it’s a brilliant time to start planning your festive wardrobe for all those upcoming card parties, religious ceremonies and house warming dos. Here is a list of nifty tips and tricks to upcycle your existing wedding lehengas.

A Different Drape Every Time

In the interest of saving time we’ve categorized this list in order of increasing difficulty and cost. By simply switching up the draping style of the dupatta, you can give a whole new perspective to an existing outfit.  Here is a real life example of draping the same dupatta in several different ways. 

The Variations Of The Same Lehenga Worn With Different Drapes

The Variations Of The Same Lehenga Worn With Different Drapes

The beauty of drapes is that they’re ever evolving so as long as you’re willing to experiment you will never run out of draping ideas. We’ve put together some really pretty drapes for you to bookmark so you’re never stuck for inspiration. Additionally you can also mix another dupatta with the existing one to create an interesting and quirky drape.

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Different Styles Of Dupatta Drapes

Shirt Lehenga

Your wedding lehengas are likely to be heavily embroidered and the whole set with the blouse and dupatta might be completely over the top for someone else’s wedding or a less formal event. Lucky for you, pairing silk and satin shirts with embellished lehengas has been a trend for some time now and it can be a total lifesaver when you’re in a pinch. Pair your favourite lehenga with a basic yet fitted shirt and throw on a neckpiece for a totally on point yet fuss-free outfit. The best bit? You probably have everything you need in your closet right this minute.

Shirts Paired With Lehengas

Shirts Paired With Lehengas

Shirts Paired With Lehengas

Shirts Paired With Lehengas

Shirts Paired With Lehengas

Shirts Paired With Lehengas

Fancy Blouse + Simple Skirt = Indo-Fusion Magic

If you’re going to a very simple event at someone’s home or are just not keen to play dress up then forget about the lehenga. Pair the coordinating blouse with a basic flared skirt for something really chic yet not super formal. Let the embroidered blouse be the star of the ensemble and opt for minimal accessories. Looking around for a flared basic coloured skirt that matches the blouse might seem like a task but remember that the skirt itself can also work as a beautifully versatile garment when coordinated with other pieces.

Upcycle Your Lehenga | Choli & Simple Skirt

Embellished Blouses Paired With Simple Flared Skirts

Upcycle Your Lehenga | Embellished Blouses Paired With Simple Flared Skirts

Embellished Blouses Paired With Simple Flared Skirts

Upcycle Your Lehenga | Embellished Blouses Paired With Simple Flared Skirts

Embellished Blouses Paired With Simple Flared Skirts

Jacket Lehenga

If the occasion warrants a bit more flair but you really don’t want to invest in more Indian wear then consider making some coordinated pieces to match your existing lehenga. Reach out to your neighbourhood seamstress or tailor and ask them to stitch you a jacket style top to be worn over your lehenga.

Depending on the amount of embellishments on your chosen lehenga, you might want to either add a little bit or totally skip the embroidery for the jacket style top. You can also pair the same jacket with some leggings, palazzo trousers, dhoti pants or a chudidhar, which means you have around 4-5 different ways of wearing the same set of matching separates.

Lehengas Worn With Different Styles Of Jackets

Lehengas Worn With Different Styles Of Jackets

Lehengas Worn With Different Styles Of Jackets

Lehengas Worn With Different Styles Of Jackets

Anarkali

This idea is permanent but also a total transformation for your wedding lehenga. If you’re surely done with wearing a particular lehenga have it converted into an anarkali suit. The top half can either be stitched from new fabric or you could modify the existing blouse. A shorter dupatta can be used in the same way and a longer dupatta might just need some altering in the length. This endeavour will require more time, effort and money but you’ll also end up with an entirely new outfit without anyone ever figuring out that it’s just a very smart upcycling job.

Lehenga Converted Into An Anarkali Suit

Lehenga Converted Into An Anarkali Suit

Lehenga Converted Into An Anarkali Suit

Lehenga Converted Into An Anarkali Suit

Lehenga Converted Into An Anarkali Suit

Lehenga Converted Into An Anarkali Suit

 

Sources: Weddingz.in, Pinterest.com, Wedmegood.com

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