You found your dream wedding outfit (Kareena Kapoor wala designer lehenga or not) and tied the knot dressed in it, while your besties flooded Instagram with pictures of you in it (using the mandatory #prettiestbrideever hashtag). So while it performed its duties as the wedding lehenga, what next? Store it away in its velvet box for posterity? Not quite, we say. With mixing and matching being the norm du jour in Indian wear, there are a few ways you can recycle your most prized ensemble. Yes, you can!
Wear it with a crop top
Don’t preserve those crop tops just for your Saturday night shenanigans. A solid-coloured crop paired with your wedding lehenga is a fitting wedding-ready look. Elevate it with a scarf instead of a dupatta. Tie it as a retro hairband for added impact.
Wear it with a white shirt
Get inspired by designers like Manish Arora and Monisha Jaising and wear your lehenga with a classic button down shirt sans the dupatta. Oversized studs and a cocktail ring are all this inspired look needs to be sported at your bestie’s sangeet.
Wear it with a long jacket
This one works like a charm if you’re looking to tone down the lehenga’s embellishments. A simple beige or dull gold jacket in a sheer fabric (choose between a floor-length or high-low hemline) should do the trick. Skip the dupatta altogether.
Break the set
You’ve had your ‘all eyes on me’ moment; so don’t steal another bride’s thunder by turning up in your entire bridal finery at someone else’s nuptials. In any case, you’ll be able to get the most of your wedding set if you use them as separates. Team your ornate blouse with an ombre chiffon sari or plain raw silk skirt; throw your dupatta over a lucknowi sharara set or wear the lehenga with a no-fuss blouse and dupatta.