Is your old Anarkali suit lying around in your closet since more than a year? Do you keep thinking about the dead investment which you made for buying those gorgeous flared garments which just cannot be repeated again? Well then you’ve hit the right page! Today I’ll be sharing with you some amazing wardrobe re-inventing and re-cycling ideas for your old, heavy or out-dated Anarkali suits to raise your style score as never before!


Anarkali suits have been ruling the ethnic fashion world for a number of years now. Right from the Mughal era, these graceful and flared silhouettes have been charming women all over the world and have become a popular casual as well as festive-wear outfit these days. But yes, given the basic elaborateness of this garment and the detailing that goes into making them suitable for parties, these Anarkali suits can cost a packet! However, after a few times of flaunting your silk floor-length suit or your plush velvet Anarkali suit you would prefer something new for the next occasion. And for that favourite casual Anarkali which you’ve worn for over a dozen times; it surely needs some revamping before your friends start predicting your wardrobe!

These creative ideas will turn your old Anarkali suits into a fresh-looking trendy silhouette, making your audience drool over them again:

  1. Turn it into a lehenga choli

Silk suits, velvet suits and those heavily embellished Anarkali suits which you purchased for your family wedding can be re-cycled and turned into a new lehenga choli set. Get the Anarkali cut-off from the pleats to be re-stitched as an ethnic skirt and top and pair it with a designer stole or dupatta. You can also wear the heavy skirt with a plain crop top and a pair of black sunnies as a trendy wardrobe for a wedding baraat!

  1. Restyle as ethnic gown

If your heavy Anarkali suit is floor-length, then you can just ditch the dupatta and wear the garment as an ethnic gown. You can also accessorize it with a beaded belt and wear minimal jewellery for a contemporary look. This goes well for casual suits also.

  1. Belt it on!

Plain suits look really elegant, but you cannot wear that simple and plain black Anarkali suit for a party, no matter how much you like it! Bring your creative side out and use a contrasting coloured heavy dupatta. Fold it neatly and drape it over one shoulder. Secure it with a metal belt and accessorize with a pair of statement danglers and that’s it! You just turned your plain Anarkali suit into a smart designer outfit. This look works best with floor-length suits.

  1. Layered fashion

Another way to restyle your plain or subtly printed Anarkali suit is to layer it. For casual occasions, you can use a short jacket, shrug or poncho having contrasting colours while for formal celebrations a long embroidered jacket will give you a grand appeal with that same old and simple Anarkali.

  1. The Bohemian dress

This one is for all those who love Bohemian clothing. The flare of your Anarkali suit can be detached from the top and re-stitched into a midi dress with shoulder straps or halter-neck detail. Try this with your plain, printed or moderately embroidered suits and you’ll get the trendiest weekend outfit!

So ladies, there’s always something which can be done with your old Anarkali outfits. All you need to do is put your creative caps on!

Author's Bio: 

Ritu is a creative and marketing communications specialist, a devout reader and a passionate writer, who successfully manages an operations role with the popular ecommerce business Ritu is a trained textiles and weaves’ connoisseur and an expert in Anarkali Suits. Currently, Ritu is closely observing and studying the Indian ethnic wear fashion and design segment, as she goes about creating stimulating written and graphic content.