As I’ve become sustainably conscious when it comes to fashion, I’ve been pondering the different ways I can reuse my wedding lehenga. It feels a shame to tuck away my bridal frock, which I hunted high and low for leading up to my wedding, only to wear for one day. 

The versatility in South Asian fashion can make anything possible. The three separate pieces in a wedding lehenga – blouse, lehenga and dupatta – can individually create breathtaking outfits with other items that are already in your wardrobe. If you’re married or soon to be married and curious about how you can reuse your wedding lehenga, then check out these ideas!

1. Pair your bridal blouse with a skirt or sari

A woman wearing a gold and brown sari with a red blouse
[Image Description: A woman wearing gold and brown sari with a red blouse] Via Sabyasachi on Instagram
The intricate detail and rich color of the bridal blouse can be repurposed to create a jaw-dropping outfit. Pair your bridal blouse with a statement skirt or contrast color sari for a striking look.

2. Drape your dupatta with other outfits

A woman is wearing a long white embroidered dress with a red dupatta
[Image Description: A woman is wearing a long white embroidered dress with a red dupatta] Via Original Pakistani Clothes on Instagram
The dupatta of your bridal lehenga is a pretty versatile piece you can wear with an array of outfits. Layer your embellished dupatta with an anarkali, salwar kameez, or lehenga for a one-of-a-kind look. Your dupatta can be hung over your shoulder and arm on one side, taken around your chest, worn like a cape…there are so many options! To view more draping styles, check out Wed Me Good, where you’ll find a host of ideas to help you find a distinct draping style that works for you.

3. Wear your dupatta as a sari

A woman wearing a deep red draped concept sari
[Image Description: A woman wearing a deep red draped concept sari] Via Tarun Tahiliani on Instagram
You could style your dupatta as a sari over a skirt for a unique sari-esque look! Take advantage of this approach with your bridal dupatta – the significant length and heavy embroidery can work perfectly.


 

4. East meets West vibes

A woman is wearing a white blouse tucked in to a black and gold lehenga skirt
[Image Description: A woman is wearing a white blouse tucked into a black and gold lehenga skirt] Via The World of HSY on Instagram
You can fuse your bridal lehenga with a blouse, shirt or off-the-shoulder top for an east meets west inspired look. Cinch it together with a belt or style with a statement necklace for a more structured and glamourous look.

5. Wear a long jacket over your bridal lehenga

A woman on the runway wearing a red and gold long embroidered jacket over a lehenga
[Image Description: A woman on the runway wearing a red and gold long embroidered jacket over a lehenga] Via Tarun Tahiliani on Instagram
For a couture-esque look, ditch the blouse and layer a long jacket over your bridal lehenga for a more dramatic yet oh-so-fashionable attire.

6. Transform your lehenga into a new outfit

A woman wearing a long red jacket and trousers
[Image Description: A woman wearing a long red jacket and trousers] Via Faraz Manan on Instagram
You could restitch your wedding lehenga into an anarkali suit. Fitted up to the waist and flaring out to the hem, the anarkali can accentuate the delicate embroidery and embellishments of your bridalwear exquisitely. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could restitch your ensemble into separates, a maxi dress, gown or a kurta. 

 

7. Keep your bridal lehenga as it is and wear it again for fun!

A bride wearing a red, floral lehenga
[Image Description: A bride wearing a red, floral lehenga] Via Brides of Sabyasachi on Instagram
Your bridal lehenga holds a lot of sentiment, so there’s nothing wrong with leaving it as it is. A dress-up is always good fun with family and friends, where you can fondly reminisce about your wedding day.

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  • Rebecca Azad

    Rebecca Azad works in the creative and charity sector in project and event management, communications and as a content writer. She runs her own sustainable fashion blog. You'll usually find her in a cosy corner of a coffee shop sipping a latte whilst reading a novel or writing a new article for her blog or publication.


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