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14 May

How to reuse your bridal wear

Don’t know what to do with your bridal outfits after the big day? We have a few ideas to help you recycle your wedding trousseau for greater functionality

The big day is over and your outfits have been packed away, with the hope that it will be worn again in the future. You spent time and money trying to find your wedding day lehenga, but now, you are left with a heavy heart wondering what to do with it. Many millennial brides cringe at the thought of spending money on their wedding outfit knowing that they might never wear it again. But, that is not the case anymore. We have a few ideas that will take your trousseau from storage to wardrobe—here’s how.

 

Flared out in anarkali

PHOTO: TARUN TAHILIANI, ANJU MODI

The anarkali is a fashionable choice that can be worn on more than one occasion. By attaching the blouse to your lehenga, you can create an attractive ensemble suitable for any festive occasion. You can also add a waistband or an embroidered belt to complete your look with refinement and grandeur.

 

Flip the blouse

PHOTO: PAYAL KHANDWALA

We are living in the age of quirky fashion and experimental palettes. You can pair some of your occasion-wear blouses with your bridal lehenga; similarly, be bold and make unusual colour pairings. This will help you create a fresh and personalised look. Using colours of a contrasting shade with your bridal lehenga or drawing inspiration from red carpet fashion might help you find an unexpectedly practical and striking look.

 

The all-weather kurti

PHOTO: ANITA DONGRE

Adorned with striking colour or embellished with fine embroidery, the bridal dupatta is an essential part of your trousseau. You can transform it into a kurti and wear it with a pair of jeans, churidar or palazzos. Kurtis can be worn for a casual day out or even on a special occasion.

 

Draped for drama

PHOTO: TARUN TAHILIANI, SONAM AND PARAS MODI

Do away with the exact demands of your wedding outfit and have some fun by draping your dupatta in a different way. Additionally, if it boasts of detailed work, you can wrap it across the front or let it hang around your waist and on your wrist. Get creative as you play around with your bridal dupatta to fashion it in the best way possible.

 

Cop a jacket

PHOTO: ANITA DONGRE, RAHUL MISHRA, TARUN TAHILIANI

Long or cropped jackets with or without embroidery are a great accompaniment to your wedding lehenga. In case of a heavily embroidered lehenga, choose a sheer jacket to showcase the finer details of your outfit.

Your wedding trousseau will never go out of style. Fashion your bridal couture in countless ways to create a picture-perfect outfit that’s as good as new.

Lead Photo: Tarun Tahiliani

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