Every bride spends months in her quest for the dream wedding lehenga for the D-day. The lehenga is so majestic that it is the center of everybody’s attention from the supportive family to the gossiping ladies. But little does the lehenga know that its fame and fate are short-lived. Post the wedding, it is inevitably going to be packed away cautiously, never to return. But the lehenga deserves more, and to rescue it from this ordeal, we found some ways in which it could be reused and recycled.
- Dress it down
The easiest and most convenient way to reuse your wedding lehenga is by pairing the lehenga skirt with a basic solid colored crop top or shirt. This draws the attention away from the heavily embellished skirt and helps to create a balanced look. It’s a good option to stay minimal on the jewellery and make-up.
- Snip Snip
Okay this might hurt, but take your lehenga and cut it apart (not yourself of course). Take it to a tailor or designer whom you can vouch for and get your lehenga skirt made into a ghagri skirt. This way you’ll still have part of the lehenga, but more modern and wearable. And the remaining bit of embroidery can be used to make cushion covers (gota patti cushion covers, who wouldn’t love them?) or use the embroidery patches for tunics, tops or even handbags/potli bags.
The lehenga can ideally give you 3 outfits if broken apart. The blouse can be worn with solid colored chiffon or georgette sarees with big jhumkas to create a girly look. Blouses are usually embellished or embroidered, they look effortless with plain sarees. The dupatta on the other hand has two uses: it can be used as a dupatta to wear with other less formal lehengas or draped as a saree over a pant and top to get the pant saree look. It can also be used to make a saree by transferring the embroidery.
- Say Saree
You probably purchased and got lots of sarees as wedding presents. An experimental way of using some benarasi silk and kota silk sarees is by draping them over rods to use as curtain or drapes. It’ll highlight the room in which it is being put and will give a very traditional yet contemporary feel to it.
5. Just Jewellery
A lot of exquisite jewellery is also bought on weddings which is rarely worn because of it’s size and grandness, but is bought in the name of investment. So take out those nathis and maang tikkas and wear them with your regular day to day outfit to create drama. Always remember that you’re as limited as you limit yourself.