S A R E E, a signature Indian dress, comes in a million different colors, patterns and varieties. It has always been the first choice for ladies of the older generation but slowly became popular with modern women too, due to the fact that a pool of high-fashion designers has embraced this garment giving it a contemporary look.
As different cultures have distinctive types and ways to embrace it and the range of options at any ethnic fashion store continues expanding, the purchase of a saree, particularly for a beginner is exceptionally confusing. But worry not, because we are here to share some amazing tips to make it easier for you to get the right saree for yourself or/and others.
- Body type: You may like a saree but it may/may not suit you. So take a moment to really know and understand your body i.e.; what do you really want to show off – your curves, waist or back?
Tip: If you are on the skinny side, choose bulky weaves to add volume and curves. And if you are on a plumper side, choose georgette or net-based saree which will give a flowing effect.
- Fabric: One should always examine the quality/fabric before buying a saree so as to get the maximum comfort and authentic piece.
Tip: Natural: Raw silk and Tussar silk | Light: Georgette, chiffon and net |
- Blouse: Go from drab to fab by wearing a mismatched blouse – a good contrast blouse that will stand out.
Tip: If the sari is heavy, wear a blouse that links back to the heavy work on the saree. If you want to look modern, wear a crop top as the blouse. If you want to go unconventional, wear a waistcoat or a shrug.
- Occasion: Before buying a saree, you should consider its purpose, which is the occasion on which you plan on wearing it.
Tip: Formal: Choose silk or chiffon with some embroidery work. Daily wear: Choose cotton. Dressier: Choose chanderi or maheshwari sarees with hints of gold. Wedding and cocktail parties: Choose georgette, net or even chiffon sarees.
- Update your knowledge:With time, and new designs flocking in the market, one should keep them updated about all the new trends, colours and draping styles.
Tip: The latest trends include: Dhoti saree, Lehenga saree, Gown saree or/and Draped saree.
- Wear It Differently: Now that you have purchased sarees from the latest trends it’s time to learn new and unique ideas of draping the same old saree.
Tip: Check out YouTube for tutorial videos on the different ways of draping a saree.
- Care Instructions: Saree is one such clothing item that needs the utmost care especially if it’s an expensive one. Hence, one should always dry clean as it is the safest option.
Tip: Silk: Do not squeeze or twist too much as it can reduce the original shine and make it wrinkled. Wrap it in a muslin cloth and store in a dry, cool place.
Cotton: Do not soak in for too long and should be ironed well. Sarees with heavy silver and metallic borders: Do not expose it in too much light and air as they can darken the metallic work.
However if you don’t wear sarees too often, it is important to take out your sarees and give them some air.