The Vogu­ish Drape & Mod­ern In­dia

Ex­plor­ing the umpteen ways to drape a sari

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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.

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