A Bride’s Guide To Re-using Her Wedding Trousseau In A Modern Way

Undeniably, weddings are something we Indians are totally obsessed with! From high-end designers to famous stores, we visit every place possible just to find that perfect lehenga.

After months of research and saving multiple screenshots to find the best one for my wedding, I glued my eyes upon a beautiful fuschia pink and gold lehenga. It had subtle work, medium-sized motifs, absolutely flawless and very light-weighted  (which was my first preference as I wanted to enjoy rather than sitting wearing that heavy piece of work). Without a doubt, I fell in love with it instantly!

But now it’s been a while that priceless possession is wrapped in a ‘malmal ka kapda’ (muslin cloth) and stored in the trunk. Most of us do the same ‘to-never-open-it-again’, while some are clueless on what to do with this beautiful piece. I was blank as well until a friend asked, looking at my wedding pictures, ‘where did you buy your lehenga from? It looks insanely beautiful!’ I don’t know what, but something struck and I started to research for the creative ways to re-use and add more style and grace to it. I came across a lot of articles which showed how to reuse your wedding trousseau but not many that stated how to incorporate them in a modern and casual style

And if you are anything like me, here are 7 ways to revamp the wedding outfit with a touch of creativity.

Transform your Wedding Choli or Blouse Into A Crop Top:

Your colorful-heavy lehenga blouse can be easily paired with a plain raw silk skirt And if you have any heavy blouse lying in the closet, it’s time to get that out and use it as a crop top and pair it with a slit or flare skirt. It looks so chic!  

Use your Sangeet Skirt as a Maxi Skirt:

Combine a crop top with a maxi skirt that you can later recycle, these are ideal for other events. You can add ear cuffs or smart earrings to complete the look.

Use your raw silk skirt to match it with tops and blouses.
Use your raw silk skirt to match it with tops and blouses.

Use your Dupatta:

As a bride to be, I wanted to be decked up with two dupattas, one on the head and other on the shoulders. Trust you me, it took me a lot of time and effort to find the second one, in fact, more than it took me finalizing the bridal attire. And now, how can I just throw or lock in the closet away? *It hurts*   

With the latest trends coming up, to our relief there are ways to use that heavy dupatta. You can either use it with a plain raw silk suit or with a salwar kameez.

Also, get a beautiful blouse made out of it, which you can use with any plain saree. It will look really classy and unique! 

Convert Your Saree into Dhoti Skirt:

Dhoti Skirts are in trend these days and give a chic look. It is a new style statement for women and can be worn traditionally as well. You can transform your saree into a beautiful dhoti skirt and wear it to the next wedding you attend. Team it up with a tunic, some jewelry and you are ready for a diva look.

And the good news is they are perfect for every body type.

Fashion Blogger Divya Maben wears a custom India Boulevard Dhoti Pants
Fashion Blogger Divya Maben wears a custom India Boulevard Dhoti Skirt.

Use Your Salwar Wide Pants as a Palazzo:

This uber cool and stylish Palazzo have made a comeback with a bang. A lot of people are seen loving and flaunting it. So it’s time for you to take out your Salwar and take help from the tailor to convert it into a Palazzo. You team this with a tank top, crop top, some beautiful kurti, or some floor length jacket.

A custom India Boulevard palazzo pants
A custom India Boulevard palazzo pants

Make Tops or Kurtis out of Sarees:

A lot of people alter their sarees into suits and buy a matching dupatta from the market. And if you have any silk saree, then a raw, plain silk suit made of saree with a contrast dupatta looks fab. Add thick borders or any accessories to make it more glamorous. This is ideal for a sangeet or any similar function at the family.

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Don’t let your wedding trousseau get lost in the trunk, it’s time to flaunt in the chic way!