How to be sustainable while looking your best on your big day?

If you do not want to splurge on a lehenga for your wedding day but still want to look your dreamy best, then upcycling should be the way to go for you. Upcycling is the creative reuse of old pieces. In recent times, upcycling has become a buzzword in fashion with designers and brands trying to take a more sustainable approach to fashion. Needless to say, upcycling has made its way into the bridal wear industry as well. Upcycling, as a practice, can make great headway in the Indian bridal fashion scene where it is common for a bride to walk down the aisle in her mother’s lehenga. If you want to wear your mother’s wedding lehenga but want to add a touch of the latest runway trends to it, then upcycling can be your way out. Read on to find out more about all the ways you can steal the show on your big day without breaking the bank.

  1. Restoring the timeless

 Some fabrics like silk, organza, linen, and khadi are timeless. Indian moms and even grandmas hoard sarees made of these fabrics. These sarees just seem to get better with age. If you could and get it customized with embellishments and detailings from your regular Masterji. Your Masterji or local artisans can even restore old pieces from your wardrobe to their former glory or you can get them customized according to your dream wedding outfit.

  1. Go local!

Shopping for fabrics from local artisans is great for the community of artists. It helps to promote local varieties of textiles and is more sustainable than importing fabrics and outfits from other places. So, take out your shopping bags and explore the local shops in your city to score some unique pieces that you can use to elevate your wedding look.

  1. Mixing and matching makes the perfect match

Do you have an ethereal skirt that you have been saving to wear on your big day but can’t find the perfect top to pair it with? Try mixing things up. Pair a colorful, heavily embellished skirt with a white shirt tucked in at the waist. The muted white on top will highlight the playful skirt and you do not have to trouble yourself with the wires of a choli digging into your skin as you party your heart out on your most important day. Drape your dupatta over a trenchcoat if you are getting married in the winter and do not want to be freezing cold in a skimpy choli. Do not be scared to experiment. You are free to blur the lines between ethnic wear and Western wear.

  1. How to keep the memories of your big day with you forever

A solid silk skirt, an organza dupatta that is embellished to your preference, layered detachably on top of each other would make for a fun, flirty wedding lehenga. And what’s even better, you can use the embellished organza dupatta later as a shrug, as a scarf or you can layer it over your regular LBD. This way, your dream wedding outfit does not stay locked up in your wardrobe for the rest of your life. It is upcycled, reusable and sustainable – what more could a new-age bride ask for? These dreamy sustainable outfit ideas are easy on the pocket but make you look like the ethereal bride that you have always dreamt of being. They are fit for the modern woman who is all set to walk down the aisle but does not wish to splurge a fortune on an outfit that she will wear only once and might stay locked up in her wardrobe for the rest of her life.

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Richa Smaranika

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