Drape your sari with a twist
Spruce up the classic nine yards with these quirky and contemporary draping styles.
Love the elegant feel of chiffon and georgette saris but stay away from traditional draping styles because they are boring and fussy? Well, if you don't want to opt for a regular drape, you can still embrace the mainstay of Indian fashion by simply wearing your saris with a modern twist.
There's so much you can do with a sari. "They can be paired with dhoti pants to give a stylish fusion look. For cocktail hours, you can drape it Roman style. If you want to experiment, wear your sari over a cigarette pant or straight skirt," says designer Swati Vijaivargie Jain. Since there are innumerable ways of draping a sari, try on a style that you're comfortable in and complements you well. All you have to do is pick the right fabric and blouse for the occasion.
Instead of wearing a petticoat, dress your sari on a churidaar. This will allow for fuss-free movements. Nowadays, there are also ready-to-wear versions available, where the pallu transforms into racerback straps attached to the churidaar's waist itself. "Team it with a racy, textured choli and balance it with a smart cropped bolero for a layered festive look," says designer Aniket Satam.
THE HALF SARI
Don this South Indian classic style and add your own touch to it. Wear a pleated lungi skirt with a braceletsleeved blouse. Ditch the heavy pallu and go for tulle drapes, which are draped and fixed to the blouse. This will not only give you an easy-to-maintain silhouette but also set you apart in a crowd.
Bollywood beauties like Katrina Kaif and Kareena Kapoor have sported the gown style sari at many events; no wonder this modern silhouette has become a must-have in a woman's wardrobe. Extremely sensual, this glamorous silhouette comes in interesting styles and forms of goddess gowns. Wear these with backless blouses, as they make the sari look like a gown with a one-shoulder drape.
ANGRAKHA JACKET STYLE
You can dress up your classic sari with a Mughal-inspired angrakha jacket. Layer the basic bandeau with a striking jacket of your choice, for a modern yet regal option, if you're putting together a festive ensemble.
A very sexy way to wrap your sari, this style, often seen on brides, will accentuate your body shape and your curves. The downside: Just be sure you plan on walking with small steps because while this style looks fabulous it will limit your range of motion.
Cut a sariinto two and combine contrasting colours to complete one saridrape. Drape one as a skirt and one as a dupatta. "To add a casual touch, one can wear a well-fitted sheer top over a sari. Wearing a cropped shirt above a blouse also gives an edgy look," says designer Megha Garg.
"Wear a thin pleated pallu, where your blouse and waist line is visible. Add an accessory: sport a thin chain belt to accentuate your waistline. If you want to add some glamour, opt for a heavily embellished belt," says designer Mrunal Yangad.