The Voguish Drape & Modern India
Exploring the umpteen ways to drape a sari
The Indian sari, which is one of the world’s oldest and perhaps the only surviving unstitched garment from the past, has constantly evolved over the years. It is extremely versatile and has draped the Indian woman with elegance and grace for a variety of occasions and purposes. It has not only become a sensuous, glamorous garment for celebrations and special occasions, but it is also the apparel of choice for millions of working women from doctors, university professors and senior bureaucrats to CEOs, politicians and social workers. The sari is also the largest ‘canvas’ for weavers and designers to create artistic weaves, prints, and jewelled or metallic embellishments!
India hasn’t been immune to western influence and culture. It would not be wrong to state that western dresses have indeed penetrated slowly but surely into the Indian wardrobe to a great extent. Despite this, the sari has held its own as a unique and distinctive symbol of India’s diverse culture and rich heritage. Although with the passage of time, many Indian women have started adopting western wear like jeans, capris and skirts for their regular wear, when it comes to important events like weddings and cultural occasions, saris are the way to go.
The six-yard wonder defines Indian wear like no other. It is just as sensuous as it is traditional. Designer gowns may have caught the fancy of our A-listers on the red carpet, but saris indisputably still rule the roost at every festive occasion. While we are all for the traditional style of adorning it, a little twist in wearing it wouldn’t hurt anyone. Sari, the traditional Indian garment,
has been witnessing a change in styling by various designers and stylists for years, and yet again, a new era of not only experimenting with fabrics but also draping styles is here.
Gone are the days when the sari was only the traditional attire of Indian women. With time and western influences, it has turned into a modern narrative from just a mere occasional outfit; not only the fabrics but also the draping styles are witnessing a reinvention. A sari can be worn in numerous ways to channel the desi diva look. You can wear the sari in a modern style to make a strong fashion statement at any occasion. The trick lies in wearing it in a modish way and pairing the right accessories.
LAYER IT OVER A GHAGRA
Fancy a fusion sari look? Take out a ghagra from your trunk or buy one and simply layer a sari over it in a way that it looks like a lehenga sari but with a twist. You can adjust the pallu like a dupatta encircling your waist and left shoulder to create the perfect fusion look.
TRY THE INDO-WESTERN DHOTI PANTS STYLE
This is an easy transformation of a sari with a bohemian twist. This style will appeal to every girl who is boho chic at heart. The style is quite easy to carry off as well. All you need is a trendy, modern sari. The next thing you need is dhoti pants and a crop top. There is no need to wear a petticoat in this style. Simply drape the sari over your dhoti pants in a way that you make pleats and tuck them perfectly in the centre. You can either choose to cover the front bodice with a
pallu or wear a crop top over it. Either way, you will rock in a dhoti pants style sari. You can pick a sleek waist belt to accentuate it further.
A SARI CAN BE WORN IN NUMEROUS WAYS TO CHANNEL THE DESI DIVA LOOK.
WEAR IT LIKE A STRUCTURED DRESS
If you can’t pull off ethnic Indian wear, there is no need to be disappointed. You can still wear a sari by turning it into a structured dress like a few noted designers have done at various fashion shows. All you need is a pair of matching legwear like fitted pants and drape a half-sari over it just like a skirt. Cover one shoulder with the pallu; pleats are optional, however. An easy-peasy sari dress is ready. Tie a metallic belt around the waist for extra style points.
MAKE AN INVERTED DRAPE
Remember the blue sari of Deepika Padukone from the film Yeh Jawani Hai Diwani that made headlines? The sultry look of Deepika was channelled with an inverted sari draping style. This style resembles the Mermaid drape, the only difference being that it is tied a little below the usual waistline to highlight the curves and the drape gets narrow at the bodice. This style is perfect to highlight an hourglass figure.
WEAR IT OVER A CROP TOP
Crop tops are a rage these days so much so that they have replaced sari blouses. Now, there’s no need to wear embellished or heavy sari blouses of the similar pattern as your sari. Try something different by adding a crop top twist to your sari. A black crop top will be a great investment as it will go with any sari. Drape the sari in your own style and step out with the minimal accessories look.
CROP TOPS ARE A RAGE THESE DAYS SO MUCH SO THAT THEY HAVE REPLACED SARI BLOUSES.
LAYER IT UNDER/OVER A NEHRU JACKET
Nehru jackets are extremely versatile as they go perfectly with Indian as well as western attire. You can choose to layer your sari over a Nehru jacket or vice versa. This style is the best to try out in the winters. If you don’t want to wear your sari with a Nehru jacket, you can opt for a collared shirt look instead. This modern interpretation of a sari will definitely catch many eyes.
DRAPE A TYPOGRAPHIC SARI À LA SCARF WITH A BOLERO
We are all familiar with the typographic fashion trend in tees and tops. Saris are no exception to that. You can find quirky saris with typographic prints or blouses taking over the fashion world by storm. A typographic sari is a modern take on the sari with a print that appeals to the modern Indian women.
This style is a must-try for all modern sari aficionados. The other thing you need is a cropped bolero jacket. Simply pair them together for the ultimate fusion sari look. To add a fancy twist, you can wear the sari pallu differently by wrapping it like a scarf around your neck and bringing it to the front. Keep the accessories to the minimum with this look.
THE SKINNY JEANS SARI DRAPE
If you want to wear something which is a little out of your comfort zone and yet very unique, the skinny jeans sari drape is just the thing for you! Pair your favourite skinny jeans with a contrasting sari for added effect.
YOU CAN FIND QUIRKY SARIS WITH TYPOGRAPHIC PRINTS OR BLOUSES TAKING OVER THE FASHION WORLD BY STORM.