There’s no reason for you to drape six yards of elegance in the same way, time & again. The versatility of a saree often goes unnoticed, and we’re here to break that myth. Check out this list of 12 ways to wear a saree & revamp your look with our favorite picks!
1. Traditional Nivi Style:
The most commonly worn style, this draping technique is a timeless classic. Worn with pleats, the saree extends over the left shoulder that leaves enough room for experimentation with all kinds of your favorite jewelry & nifty blouses.
2. Sheers Over Ghagras:
We saw this idea come to life at Varun Bahl’s recent show and how! Pair a sheer saree with an ornate ghagra or lengha skirt and watch how quickly all eyes will be on you. Here are fantastic sheer sari options we think are perfect if you want to try this look!
3. The Dhoti Saree
A perfect combination of the silhouettes of the pallu & dhoti pants into an ensemble that completely reinvents the saree. We fell in love with an impeccable creation by the master of drapes, Tarun Tahiliani and have seen many other designers perfect the silhouette. Pair it with a waist coat or a gilet and you’re all set!
4. The Waistcoat Saree
An amazing ensemble that perfectly suits a day or a night look depending on how you wear it. With its crisp, clean & innovative lines & cuts, this outfit is one we love. Colors, textures, prints & embroideries – each gives the garment a whole new life & take on wearability.
5. Saree Gowns
Spreading like wild fire & rapidly becoming a closet staple in every style-savvy woman’s wardrobe, the saree gown is a rage that isn’t going away any time soon. Nothing says “east meets west” more beautifully than this – all the glamour of the sari on a contemporary canvas with a western silhouette. Gaurav Gupta is the master of this silhouette and the stars right from Kareena to Deepika to Sonam have pulled it off with such finesse!
6. The Forefront Blouse
Got an intricate blouse that deserves to stand out on its own? Love a little touch of western influence? If so, this is the way to go. Drape the saree around your waist and take the pallu over and around your shoulder. Bring it back in over the other shoulder (behind your neck) and tuck it into the saree. There you go, a beautiful drape that is reminiscent of a dress while holding on to the aesthetic beauty of a saree.
7. Paired with a Jacket:
Drape a saree with a long blouse that comes over the saree itself & pair it with the perfect jacket for a look that is completely unique. We’ve seen some of our favorite designers such as Payal Pratap & Debarun rock this trend on the runway and we couldn’t be more obsessed.
8. The Tunic Saree:
Not one for blingy blouses? Want to use your favorite saree in a whole new avatar? This is what you need. Leave the blouse at home & go for your favorite tunic or shirt for a look that is completely unique!
9. Pin It:
Accentuate all the right curves with an exquisite saree pin. These builds can instantly turn your saree into something more traditional with kundan pins or something more contemporary with something like a metallic gold pin. Either way, they help keep all the draping together whilst adding a fun element you may have missed.
10. The Lengha Saree:
Two signature Indian silhouettes come together to create a look that is about as ethereal as it gets. Definitely an occasion ensemble, you’re bound to turn heads wherever you go in this outfit.
11. The Belted Saree:
One of our favourite tricks to spruce up a saree? Just throw a belt over it! Belting the saree at the waist not only gives it a whole new silhouette, but also accentuates your waistline. Its trendy, its unique and it looks amazing!
12. The Grecian Drape:
Wrap the saree around your waist whilst making pleats. Ideally wear this with a bandeau in a matching shade as the saree & keep winding the fabric till it perfectly fits your body. This is a wonderful alternative to wearing the saree in a traditional way & a refreshing change to the classic draping technique.