Fashion Remix and Restyle – How to use Saree Blouse and skirt as festive lehenga
Today’s colour of the Day was White as per the Navratri colours of 2017 and obviously I had to post my White Navratri outfit today. But the real mystery is that I do not have a White chaniya choli or a White lehenga for that matter, which is why this post is all the more informative for all my fashionmate readers. Along with my Navratri Day 4 Outfit, I will be giving you tips on restyling your existing wardrobe to come up with different festive looks. How to utilize the resources you have and come out with best outfits and some basic styling and makeup tips to make your fashion game go a notch higher this Navratri 2017.
It is evident that today’s post is about restyling your old clothes or doing a wardrobe remix. These two concepts are very usefull for Navratri festival as there are Nine days, each having a different colour code and you might not always have a pair of lehenga, saree or ethnic dress in that colour. However, you would really like to enjoy the colours of Navratri in its festive flourish. How can you do that? It’s simple. Use your creativity to come up with your favourite festive outfits. Here I have used a White crushed skirt, a choli style saree blouse and ethnic dupatta to create a festive white lehenga apt not only for navratri but any festive occasion.
What’s unique about today’s post is that I will not only be using mix and match of my wardrobe to create one look but two to three looks with the same outfit. Wondering how? Keep reading the post! 🙂
Look 1 – Ethnic White Chaniya Choli for Navratri
The first look is more ethnic and apt for the Garba evening. Here I have used my ethnic white dupatta with mirror work and embroidery with my silver saree blouse and a white crushed skirt as lehenga. The assymetric hemline of the crushed skirt gives a contemporary touch to the otherwise ethnic look. The duppata is pleated in front like in a Gujarati saree pallu and the other end is tucked at the opposite side on the waist. This is the typical Navratri style to drape a dupatta over chaniya choli.
The fancy choli style blouse has a front high neck collar and deep cut back which is why its great substitiute for the traditional navratri choli’s.
Hairstyle and Jewellery
Considering the heavily embroidered neck of the Choli, I decided to skip the necklace and only wear dangler earrings and a maang tikka. Both these are simple kundan and pearl jewellery. For my hair I have tried a modern look with the ethnic outfit to balance it out a little. I have done a messy Sock bun updo and adorned it with a maang tikka (let me tell you here, its not a maang tikaa but kan chain of those very earring that I am wearing. Yes, I have two of these beauties! :D). This is a pretty simple hairstyle and goes really well with both western and indian outfits. Another reason for an Updo was that the neck of my choli is a high-neck and hence an high updo will be a perfect hairstyle for such blouse patterns.
For the makeup I have done silver smokey eyes using silver and black eye-shadow predominantly. A detailed post along with the products used will be uploaded next in case someone is interested to do similar makeup. Let me tell you its a pretty simple and basic makeup (hah! I am not a pro!) I have darkened my brows a little with eye-shadow, used a rose blush on a bbcream base and completed the look with a fuschia pink lipstick.
Look 2 – Festive White Bridal Lehenga
This very same outfit can be made pretty contemporary by simply changing the dupatta. Swap the ethnic dupatta for a richer looking georgette, net or chiffon duppata in White and you have the most divine and festive white lehenga ready in a jiffy. Remember, its just a combination of a skirt, a saree blouse and a dupatta.
Different drapes for lehenga
Using different ways to drape your duppata you can create a new look with every drape. Due to lack of time I stuck to the same makeup and hairstyle, however you can do various messy bun or sleek updo’s with this outfit. A fishtail braid can also be done to make this look edgy. This look is more of contemporary and apt for wedding functions or evening parties and even those special dinner dates. A festive White lehenga is sure to turns head at any of these occasions.
To give a different look, I have knotted the dupatta in front and since this is a georgette dupatta, it stays in place very well even with the knot and I do not need to pin it up. However you can use different brooch pins to keep the knot in place in front.
Another way to drape such dupatta is the classic elbow drape where you just drape the dupatta between both your elbows and let is loosely fall at the back of your waist. This is the drape mostly used on runways so as to showcase the outfit properly.
As mentioned earlier, I have used the same silver makeup and pink lips. I like how this minimalist look is working for this simple yet classic white lehenga. So here ends my Day 4 Look for Navratri Colour White. I will try to post all of the Nine colours of the nine nights very soon.Till then keep checking my instagram stories to get a sneak peak into my Navratri outfits of everyday.
Do not forget to comment below to tell me how you liked this remix mix and match outfit for Navratri.
Happy Dandiya nights everyone!