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Re-using old clothes in a new way is an art. If you don’t want to burn a hole in your pocket this Diwali, use what you have in your wardrobe by following simple steps...

Diwali is round the corner and so are all the card parties, family dinners, and office get-togethers. So how do girls look their best this festive season?

There are a lot of times when either you don't have the money or you don't have the time to shop. Many of you just would not want to shop because there is no space in your wardrobe. For all such situations, this article will help you get dressed up in every new sense for all the parties individually. Obviously being a girl you would not want to repeat your clothes again and again with the same set of people or you would have posted a picture already on Instagram in the best outfit you have. Don't worry and just follow the hacks given by the following designers to have an amazing time this Diwali.

If you have some pretty lehngas and you wish to reuse or restyle it, see what Asha Gautam has to suggest.

"Lehngas are exquisite wear and most of us don't have a plenty of them in our wardrobe. At times repeating the same ones for different parties and festivities turns off the wearer as well as the onlookers and guests. So, there are many tricks for these garments to wear in a whole new style."

Alter the lehnga into a beautiful anarkali dress.

The simplest yet most effective way is to drape the old lehnga in a different way. Maybe you can use a different dupatta paired with a crop top to give it a more subtle look.

Converting it into a beautiful kurti by giving a trendy cut might also be a saviour outfit for some casual cards party.

Pair your lehnga with a long jacket to give it a different look.

Designers also suggest how an old dupatta can help in giving a new look to the outfit:

"This is the simplest fashion hack if you are looking out to wear something new everywhere."

Plain suits with fanciful dupattas will give a simple, yet sophisticated style without compromising the richness that comes along with Indian ethnic outfits.

If you are not a plain, simple outfit person, or you are going to some fancy party, you can use old heavy dupatta with plain anarkali.

When nothing works, buy a phulkari and carry it with a plain black or white kurta.

Payal Jaiswal, Founder and Creative Director of Maitreya by Payal, believes that 'repeat fashion' is the newest style statement and this Diwali, she suggests some quick, quirky and cool ways of looking your best with the recycled wedding wardrobe:

Anarkali is a big-time trend this festive season but doesn't just add another heavy drape to your wardrobe. Simply convert your kali lehnga into a Kurta this festival season. The new silhouette will have the same charm and will look all the more elegant with its exotic embroidery or embellishments.

This Diwali, break your lehnga set and go quirky. Team up your lehnga with a smart waistcoat or a jacquard jacket.

Similarly, use the blouse from the lehnga set with a vintage sari. You can play colour contrast here and that will make you stand out like a diva.

Play with your dupatta of the lehnga set. It's usually longer than the regular one so you can use it for colour blocking, wrap around your denim to create an indo-western look. Let your imagination go wild this festive season.

Last, how about mix and match? Simple team up one lehnga with another blouse or pair the blouse with a dhoti style pants. The idea is to repeat and recycle a little different.

There is a lot what you can do with your mother's or grandmother's old saris. Just ask for the perfect colour, material, and print and go to your tailor to stitch beautiful dresses, kurtas or skirts out of them.

Pairing crop tops or tank tops with long skirts are very 'in thing' and who would not be having a long skirt or a crop top in their wardrobe? Just play a little with it, buy new earrings or a heavy neckpiece to complete your outfit and make it festive ready.

Or, if you are not experimental in terms of clothing, just grab a sari from your mom's wardrobe and drape it in a different style.

Meghna Khanna

Meghna Khanna

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