7 Ways to Saree-Style For Your Next Wedding Event
For the gorgeous Indian woman, the saree is not just a garment; it is an emotion. It is something that has been around for millennia but is still rocking the fashion scene. What with the various draping styles that make women set their hearts on wearing sarees for any and every occasion – a grand wedding, a formal boardroom conference, a glitzy party, or a divine gathering. The versatility of the saree is such that, with a tweak here, a knot there, or a gathering of the pleats to the right or to the left, the draping style changes, and brings about a whole different look. Let’s talk about 7 ways to style a saree for your next wedding event!
The Traditional Drape
This has stood the test of time; it sits well on a 2000 BC sculpture as well as on a modern woman in the traditional drape. The saree is tucked into an in-skirt, gathered in pleats, and worn over the left shoulder in classic elegance. A Korvai Kanjivaram Sarees from Rasvriti will be just perfect for this.
The Seedha Pallu
This beautiful and easy-to-wear drape originates from the state of Gujarat; similar to the traditional drape but different in that the pallu falls to the front, fan-like, from the right shoulder. The Rasvriti Patola saree is just the one for this drape.
The Lehenga saree is a dazzling blend of the traditional saree and the Lehenga choli. The pleats are tucked in neatly around the waist like a skirt and then the pallu is drawn up on the shoulder creating an exquisite drape and a stunning look. A peachy pink Banarasi silk sarees, with Zari butties all over and a narrow border, would be a heavenly choice for this drape.
Wearing a saree with a matching or contrast belt is a great way to accentuate your silhouette. The saree belts come in myriad designs, embellished with stonework, embroidery, faux leather, or just plain. Traditionally gold and silver oadiyaanams served as belts.
The Saree Gown
The gown is essentially a Western outfit, but the saree readily transforms into an alluring gown with ease, because of its five and half-metre length and generous width. The Rasvriti Organza silk sarees which come in soft pastel hues can metamorphose into graceful gowns and put you in the limelight at any party.
Saree or Pants?
The versatile saree has taken so many avatars and pant-style sarees are the most interesting of them all and needless to say the comfiest. Wear a saree with narrow pants, flared trousers, churidars, dhoti pants, or even palazzo pants, you are sure to make heads turn.
Indo/Western or Global Desi Style
This style very entails a regular drape with very authentic Western accessories like a bustier tank top/ halter neck/ peplum top for a blouse, sandals/ wedges/ high heels/ boots for footwear, and totes/ crossbody/clutches/frame bags for handbags. This creates an ultra-modern, crisp, boho look.
Apart from these styles, most states in India have their own unique drapes in tandem with the local customs and traditions. The Bengali Athpourey drape, Coorgi style, Tamil Nadu’s half saree (similar to a Lehenga), Assamese Mekhela Nauvari, Kerala's mundu set, Maharashtrian Nauvari, Nivi drape of Andrapradesh, Pinkosu of Madurai and Parsi drape to mention a few. And not to mention, there is a Rasvriti saree for every drape and every occasion!