To my mind, nothing is sexier than a well-draped sari. The six yards of cloth, when styled with care, exudes elegance like no other piece does. Having said that, this ensemble is all about paying attention to the details. If you fail to do so, the beauty of the sari will turn to shambles. The next time you decide to sport a sophisticated sari on a special occasion, keep these nifty dos and don’ts in mind to avoid a fashion faux pas or worse.
Do Experiment With Different Draping Styles
Wearing a sari for the first time can be intimidating. You are constantly worried about your pleats falling out and your pallu flying all over the place, amongst other things. Once you are comfortable and confident in a sari, you should definitely explore different styles of draping to up the ante. I love the butterfly style, which is great for showing off your toned tummy, and the lehenga style, which adds a celebratory vibe to the look.
The biggest mistake that many people make when sporting a sari is tying their petticoat too low, or not tying it tightly enough, which results in it falling over the course of the night. This takes away from the entire sophistication of the ensemble. The beauty of a sari is that it shows subtle slivers of skin without being in-your-face about it. Ladies, let the beautiful garment do its job. Simply put, saris that are draped too low are eyesores. Avoid this no-no at all cost.
Do Think About Your Accessories
Have no doubt that saris are a fashion statement in their own right; however, adding an embellishment or two can really take your outfit to the next level. The key to accessorizing this look is to focus on pieces that do not take away from the glamour of the sari, but add to it. If you are wearing a heavily embroidered sari, stick to simple earrings and a clutch that matches the base colour of the garment. Simpler saris can be spiced up with a bold statement necklace or sparkly earrings. Spend some time thinking about how you would like to accessorize to avoid a haphazard look.
Do Not Allow Any Embarrassing Peek-A-Boos
Unless you are an expert (and to be honest, most of us are not), you are bound to use some helping tools like safety pins and double-sided tape to keep your sari in place throughout the night. It is never – I repeat, never – okay for these titbits to show. When draping your sari, make sure that you conceal all of the safety pins to avoid any mortifying moments like the time that Kareena Kapoor sported a black blouse with a safety pin sticking out of it. Sneak peaks of your bra straps are really not cool either!
With this advice in your mind, having an absolute blast whilst styling and wearing your sari. Stick a broad smile on your face and you will be ready to take the night by a storm!