If you’re looking for light lehengas that are also light on the pocket, I have an idea for you. I’m sure I’m not the first person in the world to have had this inspired thought, but last weekend I saw this picture of a maxi skirt & crop top –
and thought to myself, “This is so pretty, can’t it double up as a lehenga?”
Waittaminute *quickly scrolls down to check price*
Yes, it can!
The crop top and skirt were priced at ₹26,000 – the average these days to buy a light lehenga by an even slightly known designer. Was I onto something?
Were there other maxi skirts out there that could double up as light lehengas?
I had to find out. After all, lehengas are essentially long skirts, and with maxis having made such a comeback recently – had we just added a whole new Filter to explore on our favourite e-commerce websites?
I spent a whole afternoon browsing my beloved fashion e-tailers, and picked out all the pretty maxi skirts that could pass as light lehengas. You can buy these embellished maxi skirts for ₹20-25,000, and just add a light blouse and dupatta. You’ll end up with an outfit that’s so unique, you can be sure no one else will be in it! Perfect for brides who want a light Mehendi outfit that’s simpler and doesn’t make you shell out ₹50,000 for yet another item on the bride’s list. I’ve also picked out a few budget skirts (under 10k) for wedding guests or the bride with a limited budget.
Fit For A Bride
Buy just the skirt separately. The crop top costs ₹8,500, so just the skirt should cost you around ₹17,500.
Under 10K Buys
Wedding guests – if you want to stick to the basics, a gold or silver/grey lehenga goes with pretty much everything.
Notes on using a maxi skirt as a lehenga
- Remember that most maxi skirts tend to be high-waisted. If you don’t have a flat stomach, you’ll love this option because it accentuates the slimmest part of your waist and covers the rest! But if you want a mid-riff baring lehenga, you might want to try the skirt out in person first to see where it sits on the waist.
- Most of these will fall relatively flat, as they don’t have kalis like a voluminous lehenga. If you want to add volume, get a full-length can-can skirt made separately (costs very little) from your local tailor and wear it under the lehenga.
- If you’re planning on wearing heels, make sure you tell the designer/tailor to add extra inches to the length of your skirt. Since these are actually maxi skirts, they may NOT remember to ask you about your heel height.
- You have to make sure your blouse and dupatta are cheap buys, otherwise this won’t remain as low-budget an option as you had hoped for.
- BONUS: All the 3 pieces can be re-used over and over again later!