11 Interesting Ways To Reuse Your Wedding LehengaBridal Fashion Neha Garg Ahuja
Karwachauth is a special festival for an Indian married woman. On this day, the woman expresses her fondness and love for her husband by keeping fast and praying for his health and wealth and his long life. She levels up her bridal look by wearing a stunning traditional outfit, matching jewelry, makeup, footwear and puts Mehendi designs on her hand. The newlyweds, sometimes wear her bridal outfit only to mark her first Karwachauth. But the new-age brides who are unique with their selections, might not just deck themselves up in their bridal outfit as it is. There are so many options to re-use the wedding lehenga and can be styled the way we want on the pious occasion of Karwachath, ladies. Why not be a little experimental and this way your wedding outfit is not just lying neatly under some box in your wardrobe.
1. Style The Outfit Differently
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Ladies, you must have styled your wedding lehenga on your big day just the way it is styled in general. On your Karvachauth, style it the way you want. Drape the dupatta like a saree or simply tuck it on both the shoulders or one shoulder. Pleat it and pin it on one shoulder or you can pin it on both shoulders, the pleated part will give a subtle look. Make a donut bun with some gajra on it or make a side messy braid and put an accessory to enhance the look.
2. Stitch Into An Anarkali
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Anarkalis are one of the traditional outfits which will never go out of trend and if designed with the correct fabric and perfect mixture of colors, it looks stunning. You can stitch your lehenga and choli and turn them into an Anarkali suit. Go to a trusted tailor, who knows the minute stitching process and ask him to add some embroidery work at the waistline and make it an empire-line suit. You will have a brand new suit for yourself and your wedding outfit won’t stay put in a box forever. If the outfit had heavy detailings, pair it with some minimal statement jewelry pieces and make a sleek bun to make the outfit stand out.
3. Wear The Lehenga As An Anarkali
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Ladies, if you are one of the experimentative ones and are not afraid to pull this look, then go for it. Wear the lehenga from above your chest, it will give an off-shoulder Anarkali look. Wear an embellished or plain thin belt around the waist to give a flare and pair it with legging or ankle-length trousers. Wear a good supportive undergarment so that the chest does not look odd or puffy because of the lehenga material. Keep your hair open and wear your choice of jewelry and you are good to go to rock the day and shine his day too.
4. Pair The Lehenga With A Long Kurti
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Usually, a wedding lehenga is heavy with detailings and fabrics, so ditch the dupatta and your choli and pair the lehenga with a long kurti. Get a netted or chiffon kurti with a front slit from your belly. The slit will not hide the pretty works on your lehenga and the thin fabric will be light for you to carry. Wear your traditional piece of jewelry and do a high pony or french braid pony to stand out.
5. Shirt-Up Ladies!
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Wearing a shirt with long skirts is very much in trend and it looks chic too. Ladies, take a satin shirt from your wardrobe or you can borrow a plain colored shirt from your husband’s wardrobe. Your husband’s shirt won’t fit you properly but style it by pulling the shoulders down your side to give yourself an off-shoulder look with collars and either tuck it in your lehenga or tie a bow-knot in the center or on the one side. If the shirt is too long, style it with a belt around your waist to give a peplum look. Complete the look with a messy bun and statement jewelry pieces.
6. Pair The Lehenga With A Jacket
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You can wear the lehenga and wear a jacket or blazer to carry a fusion look. The western blazer and your wedding lehenga will be a perfect mixture of Indian and Western styles, which will make you earn loads of compliments for sure. Complete the whole look with a half top-knot bun and accessorize your hair to enhance the look.
7. The Detailed Blouse And Plain Lehenga
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Some brides chose a heavily designed blouse with their lehenga. You can select a plain long skirt or lehenga with lighter fabric, and pair it with your wedding choli/blouse. If it is a boat neck or Bandhgala blouse, ditch the dupatta. Or else, opt for a lighter fabric dupatta like net or organza. Complete the whole look with open sleek hair and statement neckpieces.
8. Wear A Saree With The Blouse
Your wedding blouse can be paired up with sarees too. Sarees in Karvachauth are a match made in heaven. And the six yards of elegance can never look bad on anyone. So ladies, with your heavily embroidered or detailed blouse, drape a simple one-color saree with some heavy traditional jewelry and look at him go bonkers over you more than he already is. Make a low bun with some gajra or just put a flower on the side to add a charm to your look.
9. Dupatta As Blouse
Again for the ladies with an experimentative mind and who can pull off any style without hesitation, this one is for you. Take your dupatta and drape it around your chest as a blouse. For pulling this off, do wear a good off-shoulder bra to secure yourself from any wardrobe malfunction. You can even wear a short jacket over the dupatta blouse and pair it up with dhoti pants or shararas.
10. Pair The Dupatta With A Simple Salwar Kameez
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A wedding dupatta is also heavily designed in general and what better way to use it than pair it up with a salwar suit on the eve of Karvachauth. Select a nude or pastel-colored suit to pair it with the dupatta and complete the look with heavy jewelry and a neat hairstyle like a bun or half french braid.
11. Drape The Dupatta With The Saree
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If you chose to wear a saree on Karvachauth, style your wedding dupatta with it. You can make a cape out of it or just pin it on the opposite of the pallu. You can half drape the saree as a lehenga and drape the dupatta as a saree pallu. This will give you a half saree look and if the lehenga and dupatta are of different colors or prints, the contrast will make you earn loads of compliments.
There are so many ways to style your wedding lehenga and we gave you a few of the ways which you can pull of on this Karvchauth. Do not hesitate ladies. Prepare everything a little early so that on the day of the festival, you do not have to rush which can end up in a mess. With these many ways, we hope that you won’t feel bad about your wedding lehenga being stacked up in a box forever.
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Written By: Gayatri Guha
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