Maxi Skirts: The New Budget Lehenga?

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 –

Fuschia embroidered maxi skirt with nude 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

17500 Fuschia maxi skirt by Sonal Kalra Ahuja as lehenga
Pair with a nude blouse & blush pink dupatta with a few bootis // Buy at Ogaan

Buy just the skirt separately. The crop top costs ₹8,500, so just the skirt should cost you around ₹17,500.

23500 Neutral toned Kavita Bhartia maxi skirt as lehenga
Again, purchase just the skirt (that should chop off a couple of thousands from your total), and pair it with a bright blouse & dupatta. Or, you can go for a gold-sequinned blouse with a solid bright pink dupatta // Buy at Ogaan
18000 Grey Pernia Qureshi maxi skirt with silver sequins as lehenga
Pair with a silver sequinned blouse & pale blue dupatta (or any pastel shade that complements grey, really) // Buy at Pernia’s Pop Up Shop

Under 10K Buys

10000 Blush pink Pernia Qureshi satin maxi skirt as lehenga
Love this blush pink skirt in taffeta for a princess-bride look! If you’re wearing it for your Mehendi, you’ll want to pair it with a not so plain looking blouse and dupatta – to add some embellishments to the look. Wedding guests, this one is suitable for a close friend of the bride or groom for a day wedding – just accessorise heavily! // Buy at Pernia’s Pop Up Shop
7800 Yellow The Whimsical Wardrobe maxi skirt as lehenga
For Wedding Guests: Just imagine this with a pale pink dupatta & ivory blouse – the colours together should look similar to this Kareena Kapoor Khan sari (see picture below). Make sure the blouse is long enough to cover the elastic band on top – that will definitely look unflattering if it shows! // Buy at Pernia’s Pop Up Shop
Kareen Kapoor in yellow ivory and pink Masaba sari
Image courtesy: Pinkvilla

Wedding guests – if you want to stick to the basics, a gold or silver/grey lehenga goes with pretty much everything.

9000 Matte gold Kavita Bhartia maxi skirt as lehenga
Pair this solid gold skirt in matte with a heavier blouse and dupatta in literally, any colour you fancy! Find some visual inspiration here // Buy at Ogaan
4500 Grey Nitya Bajaj maxi skirt from Jabong as lehenga
How about you go a little off the beaten path here and get a neon blouse and dupatta for this one? // Buy at Jabong

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.

volume adding can can underskirt copy can can stitched underneath skirt to add volume

  • 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!

What do you think of wearing skirts as lehengas? Have you ever tried it?

14 thoughts

  1. Hi,I had featured maxi skirts on my “Lehenga Mix-Match” post too.. I find this multi-utility concept amazing… Loved the yellow striped and silver maxis.. 😀


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