Being a girl of 21st century, western outfits have encroached my closet luxuriously over ethnic outfits. Be it in terms of comfort, style or trends, we will always pick up jeans, skirts, one pieces or far fetched gowns. But, saree? Meh! we hardly give it a chance. As an Indian, I had seen it my mom and grandma wearing it. And all, I ever wondered how do they remember wearing it (still, I can’t wear one by myself). Generally, we categorize a saree as a complicated outfit or we assume it is a passe for today’s generation. No one wanna be called a behenji, right? And, this excuses and assumptions thwart us from wearing one mostly.
But, who on earth said you can’t exude sensuality in a saree? In fact, it is one of the most sensuous outfits grabbing many eyeballs and in trend forever.
Net sarees have always been my favorite as they are not light weight but quite sassy in nature. Being a petite frame, I opted for a saree with very minimal details. Although, a sexy blouse added extra brownie points and notched the sartorial space of this plain, simple saree. Moreover, a lace blouse cannot be beaten in terms of sensuality. Without a shadow of doubt, black is the mother goddess. Hence, I opted for a complete black ensemble.
NOTE: Wear your footwear while draping the saree, specially if heels is your choice. Or else, saree might seem short after wearing heels.
Indian attire demands jewelry undoubtedly. Ornamental bangles have always been a rage for me and wearing them in ample amount did lend this sassy attire an ethnic element conspicuously. Statement earrings are always on my list although extremely heavy jewelry is a ‘Big No’.
Indian attire, specially sarees beckons make up but not an extremely heavy one though. Opting for the palette of brown and copper eye shadows, I let the eye make up be subtle. Avoid looking too white and embrace your natural complexion. Having the habit of tanning myself, bronzing is the most favorite part of my make up. A peach blush a bold red lip color are my new obsessions lately.
How to pick up the right saree?
Picking up the right saree can seem a daunting task if your closet is welcoming it for the first time. Remembering your body type is crucial while picking up the right saree for oneself.
Pear shaped :
A bottom heavier than upper body beckons pear shape and your body demands chiffon and georgette sarees. Balancing the proportion of your body, small borders, embroidery work and minimal prints on a saree can enhance your body type.
A heavier bust and stomach categorizes you in an apple shaped and net sarees can be your biggest rival here. Stay away from cotton and stiff fabrics adding more bulk. Instead, a silk fabric can do wonders and also contrasting bold colors. If dark hues isn’t your taste, opt for detailed work on your saree. Although, stay away from colossal prints and big embroideries.
P.S: Enough nuanced details on the saree can camouflage your heavier side.
Hour glass shaped:
Being, the most coveted figure, you have an array of options to choose from. Cotton, Silk, Organza, Net can go impeccably well with your body type and so even brocade and bead work. Halter and tube blouses are enough to tantalize every one out there.
If you are extremely tall, try bold prints and heavy borders as it evade one’s attention from your height. But, if you are vertically challenged, stay away from big prints and borders. Opt for dainty details such as small prints and thin borders.
Why Saree over Every Outfit?
As a kid, while playing Ghar Ghar, I always wore a saree. Making my mom wonder about the ultimate puzzle of her misplaced saree, I dabbled with my kitchen set, (nvr cooked back then or now), dressed up my dolls, read Enid Blyton books, imagined having a hubby like Julian from Famous five, watered my roses in garden and listened to music in verandah. Just like mom.
And even now, while I battle wit labyrinthine task of draping a saree, it opens a Pandora box of memories; it reminds me of grandma snuggling me and wiping my face tenderly with her Saree or my mother holding me as a baby on her waist while cooking and grappling wit her Saree or when, I excitedly danced around to wear a Saree for the first time or while I am waiting fervently to walk on the aisle in it again.
It is just not a mere outfit. It is love.
So, will you a nod yes for the saree on next occasion?
Behenji, nah! Sexy, Yeah!