How to repurpose your wardrobe for a fab Mehendi outfit!

Weddings are meant to slay—your look, hair and makeup have got to be on-point. But while that sounds great in one’s Bollywood-Esque dreams, the reality is that shopping for weddings can make a serious dent to your bank account! But because we’re all about making your life simpler and smarter, we’ve got the ultimate cheat-sheet to getting your outfit just right for one of the most fun functions ever—the Mehendi. And we do it with genius ideas on repurposing your wardrobe for your Mehendi outfit so you barely have to spend a dime!

Read on and get inventive Mehendi outfit ideas… 

Lehengas are your ultimate saviour

Ok, dig through your cupboard and pull out an old lehenga you’ve worn enough but still love. Now go through your party wardrobe and pair it with a smart shirt, crop top of a sheer ruffled top. Complete your Mehendi outfit with bold chandbalis or a chunky neckpiece and you’ve got the perfect look for this function. This mix of modern and traditional elements works like magic….

Lehengas to the rescue
Lehengas to the rescue

Contrast is KING

Mehendis are all about an explosion of colors, so your outfit can totally follow suit. If you’re at a loss of what to wear, throw together some of your favorite separates to create a whole new look. Pair a simple chikankari salwar kameez with a phulkari, Benarsi or any heirloom dupatta and you’ve got your style game on…

Contrast is king
Contrast is king

Raid mom’s wardrobe

Another really interesting way to put together a great Mehendi outfit is to pair a beautiful traditional sari with a fun crop top.  Pick through your mom’s old zaris for a truly resplendent look and go super contemporary with the top. Pair it with spunky jewellery and you’re ready to go. 

Raid Mom's Wardrobe
Raid Mom’s Wardrobe

Pair it with Pants 

For those who are really struggling with their Indian wardrobe, here is a super simple and super smart idea—go for skinny pants and a matching top or jumpsuit and drape a heavily embellished dupatta with it. Alternatively, you can also combine the jumpsuit with a long, embellished jacket. Pair the Mehendi outfit with stilettos, bold jewelry and a confident attitude and you’ve got yourself a winner. 

Pair it with pants
Pair it with pants

The right crop

And finally, another great way to convert your separates into a great Mehendi look is to back to your favourite lehengas (remember, the very first point) and use the blouse with a pair of classic pants. Palazzos, harem pants, Patiala or draped trousers—with the right blouse they will all work! 

The right crop
The right crop

So with all these great suggestions, look at your wardrobe with fresh eyes and inspire the stylist within you to come up with something fun, functional, pocket-friendly and TOTALLY head-turning. For more ideas on revamping your wardrobe for weddings, visit now!

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Tanvi Saraf

Tanvi Saraf is a writer, editor and traveller who's recently moved to the south. Having worked with the country's leading publications, including Marie Claire, India Today, Harper's Bazaar Bride and L'officiel, she now heads marketing for & Her life's philosophy and choices are guided by her motto, "Enjoy it. Because it's happening", and with both our websites, she's all set to bring the joy back to gifting.

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