An Indian wedding isn’t complete without an extravagant lehenga. We spend hours of our time and thousands of rupees on our dream bridal lehenga. Sadly, most of these gorgeous lehengas are kept away in a suitcase once the big day is over. But we’re here to change these old habits! Here are 8 awesome new ways to reuse your bridal lehenga after the big day!
1. Reduce the volumeBridal lehengas have a lot of volume. Remember you forced the designer to add extra layers of frill and two more kalis to add volume. Take your lehenga to a expert tailor and ask him/her to cut out the kalis or remove the extra net from under the lehenga. The moment the volume of the attire is reduced, it starts looking a lot more wearable.
2. Transform It Into An Anarkali SuitAnarkali suit will always look less bridal than lehengas even if they are equally embellished. A good and expert tailor can help you convert your wedding attire into an anarkali. Depending on the style of the bridal outfit, you can either stitch up the choli and lehenga together, add a belt at the waist and have your suit ready. You can even mingled up with a new simpler top to the lehenga! Go through your mom's wardrobe to find a simple dupatta to compliment your suit.
3. Spice up your style We’re loving the latest trends of jacket or long kurtis with skirts. Get a semi-sheer long kurti or jacket to match the wedding skirt. Keep it simple with thin borders on the sleeves and slight work on the neck line of the top. This is one style that suits every body type.
Our wedding lehenga, blouse and dupatta are all heavily embellished or intricately embroidered. Reduce the bridal feel by pairing the lehenga with a simple and solid colored blouse and dupatta. It’ll tone down the look of your attire and you’ll be able to wear it a lot more. Try to have the blouse and dupatta in a non-bridal colour and avoid reds or orange. Pastel shades or deep colors like royal blue and mint green will give your outfit a more modern twist.
One wedding outfit can be mixed and matched to give you three different style outfits. Fused up the heavy embellished dupatta with a plain salwar suit. The choli can be matched with a nice sheer saree. You can also wear the choli and dupatta with a plain raw silk skirt in a contrasting shade. This is extremely on trend and as well as our personal favourite too.
Bridal dupattas are generally very heavy and it’s rather unfair to wear them only once. If you have a long trailing dupatta you can drape it over a simple skirt and style is as a saree. If your dupatta isn’t as long, you can still use it as a pallu over a plain skirt and style it like a lehenga style saree.
If you are quite sure that you just won’t be using your lehenga again, well then, this is not too bad. Cut up the lace borders and motifs of the lehenga and use them on a plain saree. You’ll wearing this saree a lot more than the lehenga for sure. Even the dupatta can be stitched into a kurti.
8. Leave it as it is
Let go off the heavy bun and the tonnes of jewellery, keep your hair in natural curls, put on just a pair of earrings and keep your makeup light. Change the draping style of the dupatta and we’re sure your can rock the wedding party without looking like a bride all over again.
With these tips from Simaaya we are sure you will be wearing your wedding lehenga more often and not feel bad about it just lying in that treasured chest.