With weddings, their multiple functions and a bunch of other parties to attend every now and then, we Indian fashionistas have to keep our saris ready. The thing is, saris you may have enough, but unless paired with the perfect blouse, the show remains incomplete.
A blouse that perfectly compliments your sari is the cherry on the cake, the Bonnie to its Clyde (Christian to its Dior too, if you will). So make sure that when you are either designing your blouse or buying it off the rack, it not only matches your sari, but is an intelligent fashion choice that’ll make the diva in you proud.
Now there are no hard and fast rules here. But some facts you have to acknowledge:
- The sari blouse can make or break your look.
- Blouses are sexy but sometimes one can go so wrong with them!
- Not every kind of blouse is suitable for every kind of gathering or occasion.
Thus, when it comes to selecting your blouse, think about the following things.
Now when dressing for the breathlessly-awaited, all important shaadi, the top three things you should remember:
- There’s going to be a huge crowd, full of people all ages and different sensibilities. Your blouse should be such that draws the kind of attention you are comfortable with. Typically, stylish yet understated options would include sequined cholis and dori blouses. If you are unafraid to make a bold statement, deep backs or net-backed ones would be great options.
- Weddings, especially if you are amongst the close relatives, are long-drawn affairs. Make sure you are clad such that your attire does not become a tedious headache beyond a point. Off-shoulder blouses, tight corsets and single-knot blouses are thus the ones to avoid.
- The blouse you wear here is going to be captured in a number of photos and memories. You’ll probably not be wearing it again for a while, so let it not be one of your favorite, versatile go-to blouses. In fact, weddings are when wearing an exactly matching blouse (perhaps from the attached blouse-piece) is most recommended.
For the other wedding-related mini-functions, keep in mind these few things:
- The crowd is more exclusive here, mostly people you are very familiar with. Your attire will certainly not go unnoticed so this is your moment to go all out. From bra-lets to halters, spaghetti straps to racer-back blouses, all will be perfect for the occasion.
- These functions are abuzz with activity. Again, go for something non-fussy which doesn’t restrict movement. Nothing should mess with your moves on the dance floor!
- Since you’re probably saving the best for last – the wedding – your sari for such functions may be lighter, with less work. Going in for a heavily embellished blouse would then ensure your outfit isn’t too plain without being too over-the-top either.
Party-time? Yes! Bring out the big guns, best blouses:
- Parties are usually for a smaller-crowd and lesser amount of time so you have no logistical issues stopping you now. You can be as uninhibited in making your choice; if backless blouses, strap-less blouses, one-knot cholis and the like are your favourites, this is the time to get them out. If you have it, flaunt it here ladies!
- At a party, you have to strike the right balance between casual and dressy. So, if your sari is heavy, go in for a single-toned (though sexy), simpler blouse. If your sari is light, let the blouse be really fancy.
- If you go to many such gatherings, having a collection of blouses in all neutral shades and several styles may be a good idea. If you are not meeting the same people at all these different parties, you will get by without having to hunt for new blouses each time around.
Next time you are wearing a sari, pay heed to the above-mentioned concerns – they may save you from a night of fashion faux pas and regret.
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