They say you only get to wear your bridal lehenga once, but what if we told you it can be recycled in fun ways? The lehenga skirt can be paired with a button-down shirt and revamped into the perfect party gear. And, if you too want to add some quirk quotient to your party wear, then look no further than Bollywood for style inspiration. The trend can be traced to the villages of Haryana and Rajasthan where women have been known to pair a shirt with ghagras, making for practical, utility dressing. Just make sure to keep the style and design of the shirt minimal so that the ensemble doesn’t look too busy.

To avoid any kind of faux pas, make sure the look is not overcrowded. Usually, a statement neckpiece works well with a plain shirt. You can be adventurous and wear a traditional nath to complete the look. So if you are stepping out for a friend’s cocktail or wedding reception, you know how to set #stylegoals.

Majestic in metallic:
Actor Raveena Tandon wore a Manish Malhotra ensemble, in which she has paired an embroidered lehenga skirt with a mauve metallic shirt. The intricate threadwork on the skirt contrasts very well with the plain shirt. She has worn a cocktail ring and dangler earrings to keep the look minimal. Beach curls add to the carefree look this ensemble vies to create.

Draped in a cape
Actor Madhuri Dixit paired a mehendi green shirt with a maroon lehenga skirt that creates a vivid contrast by Payal Khandwala. Paired with a chunky oxidised silver Amrapali necklace and multi-coloured rings, this ensemble played with solid colours. If you love colour blocking, be inspired.

Duo-toned diva:
Actor-singer Raashi Khanna coupled an off-shoulder shirt with a blue and silver printed lehenga skirt by Dolly J. Worn with a statement choker and studs, the ensemble shone through. The slickly parted and tied hair made for a neat look — the perfect look for your bestie’s sangeet.

Subtle solos:
Actor Tamannaah Bhatia went with a muted look by pairing an indigo shirt with a metallic grey lehenga skirt and across-the-body pallu. Her ensemble is by Tarun Tahiliani. The belt adds a touch of drama to the look and sits well with the solid neckpiece.

Fuchsia fun:

Actor Neha Dhupia took on this contemporary pairing in two ways. While she went for a cold-shouldered shirt for the look on left, on the right, she made us fall in love with fruity yellow. These looks are inspiration-perfect for those who like to steer away from heavy embroideries.

Actor Neha Dhupia wears two sets of colour-coordinated lehenga skirt and shirt ensembles. (Instagram/nehadhupia)

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