Saree! The ethereal Indian nine-yard drape is a sentiment to reckon with. It creates a strong visual statement. Also, it helps carve a distinct identity for the Indian woman in the confused world. The global fashion picture is dynamic and versatile. In such a confused state of affairs, the saree bears a strong, diverse and dramatic presence. There is an amazing aura and brouhaha surrounding this Indian weave. But we often ignore the saree and opt for Anarkalis and other traditional outfits. Why? Well for starters, we are always conscious about our ever fluctuating and increasing weight issues. While picking out the perfect weave, we fall in love with the saree that looks perfect on a mannequin. But all is not the same when you drape it. With Bollywood divas and their love for the saree, these actresses slay it in style with each appearance, making us awe in admiration and green with envy at the same time. Therefore we come up with the perfect excuse that sarees are a big ‘taam jhaam’, and we blame the poor saree and stash them into far corners of the closet. We also make fake promises of hitting the gym and then donning the saree for those festive occasions. But ever wondered about the variety of options that this diverse drape affords? It’s absolutely possible to look beautiful and SLIM in a saree and with these easy hacks, we can render your saree woes to saree wows! Here’s how. (ALSO READ: 14 times birthday girl Dia Mirza stunned us with her sartorial ethnic wear!) Also Read - Bachchan Pandey: Jacqueline Fernandez Reunites With Akshay Kumar in Sajid Nadiadwala's Film, Kriti Sanon Plays Journalist
1. It’s all in the FABRIC Also Read - Vidya Balan Refuses to Have Dinner With Minister, He Stops Her Film's Shooting And Says 'She Requested me'
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Sarees are all about fabrics. With a multitude of options in fabrics like khadi, silk, georgette, chiffon, crepe, supernet et. al. a key to understanding the saree is that the right fabric is crucial to looking beautiful. Fabrics that cling to the body like georgette, crepe and chiffon also flatter the silhouette and give an illusion of a slender figure. Cotton sarees too look good but the catch in selecting the right one is to choose light cotton silk sarees instead of the art silk sarees that are trickier to drape and render a plumper silhouette. Gauri Khan and Vidya Balan have mastered the art of carefully choosing sarees that flatter them. (ALSO READ: Deepika Padukone, Alia Bhatt, Sonakshi Sinha and Kriti Sanon look ridiculously hot in these traditional Indian outfits!)
2. Fall in Love with Lighter Prints
While handwoven sarees are beautiful, printed sarees have their own charm. Choosing between lighter and darker prints makes or breaks the saree look. Never dwelled on this thought? Well, to look beautiful in a printed saree, you must know that lighter printed sarees replete with subtle embroidery and smaller prints or motifs are always preferable over bolder and darker printed sarees. We say so, bolder prints or motifs, though attractive are over-imposing as compared to lighter ones. Floral prints are eternally beautiful. The key to looking beautiful in these is to choose smaller or abstract prints. Kareena Kapoor opts for an abstract and lighter printed saree, so does Sonam Kapoor while Vidya Balan opts for an unflattering bold printed saree that’s a strict NO!
3. Choose sleek borders
Sarees are accentuated with attractive borders. For some of us who are less endowed with height, steering clear of bold borders is the key to pulling off a saree beautifully. Also, broader borders accentuate the curves while narrow borders render a slimming silhouette and appeal shorter ladies to the T. A classic Bollywood fashion faux pas elucidating this example is Rani Mukherjee. The diva has on numerous occasions’ donned sarees with bold borders and ended up looking shorter than usual. Remember Broader the Border, the Broader you look! Vidya Balan perfectly shows us how thick borders can take away all the attention and end up looking bad. (ALSO READ: Who Wore What: Celeb stylefiles of Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Katrina Kaif and Alia Bhatt)
4. Darken It Up
Ever wondered why a particular color suits you? Well, colors have a remarkable ability to influence your looks. Darker colors are endowed with an innate ability to render you slim and are our best friends. Dabble in a variety of dark colors like black, purple, deep red to look stylishly slim. Vidya Balan and Lara Dutta show us the perfect way to don these colors and rock them.
5. It’s all in the Draping
The classic Indian drape is still shrouded in mystery when it comes to the perfect drape. We often come across ladies who don beautiful sarees but drape it rather ugly that foils the complete look of the perfect Indian weave. Fine draping is an art and a determinant of impeccable looks. If you want to look beautiful in a nine yard, take a lesson or two to master the art. Fine draping bears aesthetic nuances that artfully hide the flab and render a slimmer you. Shilpa Shetty shows us how a fine drape can accentuate the curves with striking results.
6. Go the Vidya Balan Way
The saree, a wonderful Indian illusion has the ability to waver off the attention from the bulging tummy when paired with a correct blouse. Just as the prints, fabric, and drape are important, a blouse is essential too. Donning blouses with full sleeves or quarter length sleeves will glean the unwanted attention and end up looking beautiful. It’s time to ditch those half sleeved blouses and play with the much in vogue long blouses. (ALSO READ: Kahaani2’s Vidya Balan’s elegant style sense will give you major #TraditionalOutfitGoals!)
Accessorizing your saree with the perfect jewelry can make you look beautiful too. Take a lesson from the celebs and resort to accessorizing your saree look with chunky jewelry a la Jacqueline Fernandez, Shilpa Shetty, Vidya Balan and Soha Ali Khan or adopt the minimal approach and sport just a perfect pair of statement earrings. In addition to looking good, these accessories also accentuate and avoid that attention from any unknown saree errors.
With these easy styling hacks, you can muster up the courage to drape those stashed away sarees with those long forgotten blouses you had forgotten about. With the world being in awe of this traditional and ethereal attire, the onus is on us to embrace the weave and flaunt it as stylishly as the western apparels.