You looked gorgeous at your wedding, everyone simply adored your lehenga & you couldn’t thank the designer enough for the fabulous job they did with it. You also burnt a big hole in your pocket, but you don’t care because it’s your special day. You love the lehenga so you wrap it up and put it away in storage, because well where are you going to wear it again? Sounds like the story of your wedding outfit?
I’ve been married a long time and I never found the opportunity to wear some of the heavily embellished outfits I picked up during my wedding. I always felt they would be too much for the occasion. This changed when my best friend got married. I travelled from the States to Pune for her wedding and with no time or access to manage a new outfit, I decided to re-use my wedding lehenga.
The original had a green brocade blouse with some embroidery and felt too traditional. I wanted to make the entire outfit look different. Given that the lehenga had red, green, gold embroidery on a cream base, I chose to make a simple red crop top. This meant I could re-use the crop top later and style it with a pant or skirt. I kept my accessories simple, an emerald neckpiece and simple earrings completed my outfit.
Here are a few ways to re-use your wedding lehenga
- Change the top: If your lehenga is heavily embellished, invest in a simpler, more modern top/choli. Go for a solid color and focus on accessorizing. Making a modern top will mean you can re-purpose the top with other outfits too
- Change the bottom: If it’s the choli that you like and fit into, change the bottom. Try a pair of dhoti pants or an A-Line skirt in crepe (perhaps with a simple border) to make an interesting outfit for a Sangeet or Mehendi ceremony
- Use the dupatta: Some of us have heavily embellished dupattas that we wear in our weddings. Make a plain suit in a contrasting color to re-use the dupatta.
Simple ideas like these will ensure that you can re-live your wedding outfit and memories again.
Red Crop Top: Fashion House of Neha Gursahani
Lehenga: Self Designed
Hair: The very talented Aleena Macker of @thestylechair