Repurpose your Old Saree into One of these 11 Different Outfits - LetsDressUp!

Are you one of us who has bundles of old sarees kept in bed boxes? If yes, you’re not alone. Most of us, women, have bundles of old sarees-

🥻 sarees inherited from our nanis and dadis

🥻 sarees that are out of fashion

🥻 sarees that we simply don’t wear anymore

🥻 or sarees that we have worn too much to wear again.

Because of modernization, sarees, and especially the old ones do not come into use that often and end up in bed boxes. And letting go is so difficult because of how emotionally valuable they are.

Sarees are often passed over to us from generations, giving them an antique taste that we’d love to incorporate in our closets. They are also one of the most versatile and amazing fabrics out there. Because of their length, they can easily be designed into a variety of outfits like kaftans, kimonos, suits, kurtas, blouses, and dresses. It also adds to the lifecycle of the fabric, and is a more sustainable way of clothing.

This trend is really catching up in Delhi NCR, with Delhi NCR women flaunting bohemian or contemporary (fusion) wear. Most of the outfits can be refurbished from old sarees, leading to feasible old saree reuse. Here are 11 different unique outfit ideas for you that can be beautifully made from old sarees.

1. Kaftan

Origin?
Originating from the middle eastern ethnic groups, the kaftan is an ancient Mesopotamian (modern-day Iraq) outfit. It is also called a Caftan.

When to wear?
It can be worn as a summer dress for brunch, or as an evening gown for dinner. It is usually worn as an overdress or an overcoat. Kaftans are fashionable, airy, relatively easy to carry, and can be designed in numerous ways.

Which saree to use?
One can make a kaftan by reusing a satin, cotton, crepe, or georgette old saree.

2. Kimonos

Origin?
Japanese Kimono is also known as Gofuku. It got its origin from outfits worn in China during the Wu dynasty.

When to wear it?
It is considered the most comfortable summer outfit, as they have an open front, and can add a layer to the simple outfit. People also wear it as a covering layer at the beaches, or as nighties.

Which saree to use?
Crepe, cotton, satin, and georgette sarees can go well as a designed kimono. One can use the borders of the saree on the front edges, giving a flourished look. The sleeves can be taken from the rest of the saree. One can also go for the reuse of a fancy old net saree.

3. Jackets

Origin?
Jacket is derived from the french word ‘jacquette’ meaning a lightweight tunic. Jackets were mostly used during the Renaissance period by the navy and military men. They were mostly used as a Jerkin. The designs evolved over time and it became a part of women’s fashion in the 1920s.

How to wear?
Jackets can be worn as a layer over your simple traditional outfits, be it with a Patiala salwar, pants, a long skirt, or a short Kurti. It can be worn on a casual day or a traditional occasion, depending upon the material used.

Which saree to use?
Jackets add a spicy element to contemporary modern-day outfits. Making jackets, overcoats, or half-jackets from the silk or cotton sarees can add an indo-western touch to your attire when paired with jeans, shorts, or leggings.

4. Kurta

Origin?
Kurta has its roots based in the Central Asia nomadic tunics, utilising the cloth as casual and also as formal wear. However, with time, it gained popularity in India and Pakistan.

When/How to wear it?
Keeping in mind the length and fabric of the saree, a kurta can be easily stitched out of it. As there is huge material availability, the length of the Kurta wouldn’t be a concern. You might as well get a dupatta out of it. Kurta has its glam in the Pakistani and Indian fashion. Be it casual or formal functions, kurtas are the most preferred option by women. It can be worn at offices, marriage parties and at home, etc.

Which fabric to use?
Whatever occasion you wish to wear it for, depends upon the saree fabric you choose to repurpose. For example, Georgette, silk, and embroidered sarees can be worn for a religious ceremony, meeting, or a day out.

5. Pants/ Palazzo

Origin?
The word Palazzo has its origins in Italy. These pants are flared and are known for their ease and comfort while carrying them. They became popular when the fashion icon Coco Chanel started wearing them in the 1920s and later it received a lot of attention when it was worn by Katherine Hepburn in the 30s.

How to wear it?
One can either pair it with the same saree made kurtas/tops, or can mix and match with another fabric top wears, and end up with numerous outfits! Old silk sarees are also used to make straight pants and palazzos which can be paired with basic tops and silver jewellry. It has become one of the most trending looks of today.

Which saree to use?
You can reuse old silk saree to get a paired outfit. Silk sarees are best suited for party outfit purposes, because of the rich fabric and design. However, even if the borders are drained out, one can use the main body of the saree for the basic structure of the pants and use contrasting patchwork for the ends of the palazzo pants.

6. Jumpsuits

Origin
The jumpsuit got its form renowned in the fashion industry through one of the most prominent fashion designer Elsa Schiaparelli from Rome, Italy in the early 1930s.

How/When to wear it?
If you wish to spice it up with a touch of Delhi style, a ruffled pallu can be added to the belt of the jumpsuit to offer an Indie chic look. Jumpsuits are usually worn at casual events. However, depending upon the fabric, it can also be worn at events like house parties.

Which saree to use?
You can bring in the chic vibes by turning your old cotton or georgette saree into a romper or a jumpsuit.

7. Full-length dress

Origin?
Maxi Dresses were introduced in the late 1960s by Oscar de la Renta. They got their debut in the 1968 Elizabeth Arden Fashion Show and took to the market after it got a feature in New York Times.

How/When to wear it?
There will be no extra efforts needed on the borders, jewellery, etc. One can pair it with a huge bindi, keeping the rest minimal. Maxi dresses are considered to be the easiest outfit for go-to-events like parties, marriages,etc.

Which saree to use?
Old banarasi saree reuse can happen at best by utilising it as a maxi dress. The outfit will gain a lot of shine and grace merely with the fabric alone.

8. Lehenga

Origin?
Lehenga got its origin during the 10th century in North India. The original trend started with basic cotton lehengas. However, with time the trend evolved to include other rich fabrics combined with bead, mirror or embroidery work as well.

When to wear?
Lehengas, till date, are preferred by women of India for numerous festivals and occasions. Women have also been wearing lehengas on their D-day and other prestigious occasions of their lives since ages.

Which saree to use?
Reusing old silk saree to form a lehenga is the most preferred and convenient way of using your old saree. If you are a person who prefers flare in the lehenga, and you are concerned if the fabric would be enough or not, do not worry! We have a hack. Always use the fabrics in cuts and pieces.
Firstly, prepare the lehenga in whatever way you wish, then with the leftover fabric, analyse if the blouse can be stitched. If not, opt for the mix and match technique. It is always a good idea to use contrasting colours in a lehenga. You can sprinkle some sequins, zardozi, lace, or embroidery of your choice.

9. Anarkali dress

Origin?
Anarkali suits are a form of a salwar kameez. They get their origin from the ancient Mughal perod. It got its name from the renowned courtesan of the Mughal Empire, Anarkali. With time, there have been a lot of variations in its design and length. Today, it is also worn by the majority of North Indian women.

How/When to wear it?
Let the top wear do the talking, keep the rest simple! Pair it with vintage earrings, bindi, and an updo hairstyle on formal and/or fancy occasions.

Which saree to use?
Running out of the fabric is not a big deal if one opts for a floor-length Anarkali kurta. Since it is anyways full length, one can wear simple leggings underneath, or slay it like a gown. One can utilise silk or cotton sarees for this purpose, voila old saree reuse dress!

10. Dhoti Pants

Origin?
Dhoti got its origin from the Indian subcontinent, where the politicians used to pair it with a kurta. However, as newer fashion trends came into the picture, it is now also paired along with tops, and short kurtas.

When/How to wear it?
It is suggested to repurpose cotton sarees when it comes to dhoti pants, as they are quite relaxed and comfortable to carry in the summer times. One can go for a printed pattern, or a simple swirl keeping in mind the top wear that it is meant to be paired with.

Which saree to use?
One can opt for satin, silk, and old cotton saree reuse to form a classy pair of dhoti pants.

11. Blouse

Origin?
Blouse got its western origin from France and traditional origin from India.
In France, blouses are referred to as tops (A term in India for western style tops), and in India, they are referred to as the top wear usually worn along with the saree.

When/How to wear it?
While blouses are mostly paired with a saree or long skirt, one can also pair it with contemporary outfits. With the upcoming trends, old saree materials are used to modify blouses and are often worn with skirts, palazzo, and straight-fit pants. It can be worn at almost every occasion, pairing it with various types of bottoms.

Which saree to use?
Blouses can be made from crepe, cotton, georgette, silk, and through old chiffon saree reuse. Georgette or silk sarees can be used to make heavy blouses suitable for festive occasions whereas cotton sarees can be used for making daily wear blouses for home or office.

So are you ready to give a new life to your old sarees?

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