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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
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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