As young girls, we grew up watching our mothers and grandmothers draping their sarees so delicately and looking utterly elegant. This was always followed by pestering our mothers to dress us in a saree too or by stealing dupattas to attempt draping our own mini version of a saree!
Now, as grown-ups, we are starting to grow our own saree collection which definitely includes a mix of precious hand-me-downs and newer, modern pieces. Each saree is unique â€“ we show you how to do full justice to this timeless garment with our list of doâ€™s and donâ€™ts to follow while wearing a saree!
- Drape it right
The brilliant thing about our country is that almost every State has a different way of draping the saree. So you need to find a draping style that suits your body frame and personality best. It also might largely depend on the occasion you are wearing it for. This absolutely gorgeous Beige and Gold chiffon net saree with intricate floral zari embroidery is an excellent cocktail party choice. The fabric is perfect to drape tightly around you for the most flattering effect.
- Pick the right fabric.
Another crucial thing to keep in mind while picking a saree is the fabric. Your choice of material is dependent on a couple of factors. If this is your first saree and the first time you would be draping it yourself, we suggest you go for a fabric that is easy to handle. Light and flowy fabrics like Georgettes and Chiffons are a good choice. Cotton and Silks are slightly trickier to handle for a beginner and take a little bit of getting used to.
Also keep in mind your body type while picking the fabric. If you are a little on the heavier side, avoid starch Cotton and Kanjivaram Silks. They only add to your frame. This stunning Orange and Off-White Georgette saree is the perfect first saree for you.
- The right colour
Much like the fabric, the colour of the saree is also important. If you are heading for a day event, we suggest you go for lighter colours like pastels. On the other hand, if you are going to an evening/night event we suggest you go for darker shades.
Choosing colours that compliment your complexion is a great move. Wheatish skin tones and beige and bronzes go hand in hand, while gold and copper go well with slightly darker skin tones. Check out the Soch Navy Blue and Multi Crepe Saree. An ideal choice for an elegant evening â€“ and the colours are universally flattering!
- Pick the right blouse and petticoat
Now, this is perhaps the most important part of wearing a saree. Always remember to tie your petticoat above (or just below) the navel tightly. Just comfortable enough for you to breathe with ease and tight enough to hold your saree snug. After all you donâ€™t want your saree to come loose in the middle of the event. Tip: Avoid a flared petticoat, as it will make you look shapeless. Try the satin fitted ones.
Next comes the blouse. You can go crazy experimenting here and do tons of trials and see what goes best with your look. From shirts to crop tops to a spaghetti slip, you can try just about anything. Your choice of the blouse can make your look casual, formal or full-on glamorous.
Lastly, remember that the saree is a gorgeous feminine piece of clothing and if you want to bring out the desi diva in you, let the saree do the talking! Head on over to Soch to shop their massive collection of stunning sarees in a plethora of colours and fabrics.