The Conventional Saree Gets Makeover

Women clad in sarees always look graceful. In fact, dressing up for any wedding or traditional occasion is incomplete without a sari. However, they surely miss out on the glam quotient in a saree when compared to any trendy western outfit. And that’s where designer saris come into the picture. Creating trends every season, Indian designers borrow inspiration from Bollywood to create a vast range of beautiful sarees and offer diverse options to make a saree look grander.

Go Designer

Eminent fashion designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Ritu Kumar, Vikram Phadnis and Manish Malhotra have added new dimensions to the Indian sari, and re-invented the way it is draped. As a result, we get to see innovative styles such as pre-stitched sarees and lengha-cum-saris, which have hit the fashion runways season after season. A synthesis of different elements such as an elaborate pallu, an ornamented border, and elegant accents which adorn the bodice of the attire make each designer sari stand out.

Color Blast

Sarees in bright colors, distinct styles and designs make for the hottest picks in today’s Indian designer sari market. Even for weddings, the saree has undergone a huge transformation. So, instead of just sticking to the classic silk sari, designers are seen experimenting with a variety of fabrics like georgettes, chiffons, crepes, tissue, satin and lace. While staple colors like maroons, magenta, Indian reds and pinks still rule the palette for wedding sarees, a new play of pastel shades like peach, baby pinks, and sunflower yellows with intricate detailing and appliqué are much in demand for semi-formal occasions.

Embellishments galore

Sarees are embellished with a wide range of trims. These include colorful embroidery like thread work, metallic thread embroidery, fine resham work, zardozi embroidery in gold and silver wire threads and much more. Other adornments include rhinestones, pearls and sequins created in traditional motifs like elephants, flowers, paisleys, peacocks and Mughal designs, which augment the beauty of the attire.

Top it up

The best way to complete the look of a sari is to team it up with a stylishly designed blouse or choli. One can opt for designer blouses such as low-cut or rounded necks, near-backless cholis (made popular in the 90’s with Madhuri Dixit’s movies), or the corsets, which usually have long bottoms and high necks. For someone who is open to experimentation, halter neck blouses, bikini styled cholis, or one with spaghetti straps are great options to choose from.

Weaving some of these elements in a saree is sure to enhance its appeal. Also, besides looking for such sarees in stores, one can find a wide range of designer saris online. A number of e-commerce websites offer Indian designer sarees, and have a wide collection to choose from. By shopping through the online medium, customers have the opportunity of experimenting with a variety of prices as well as styles.

Like all other forms of clothing, the saree has come of age, and is ready to rub shoulders with modern day apparel. So, go ahead and flaunt your attitude with a designer saree.


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