From being a six yard drape to being pre-stitched andzipped-up, the sari has come a long way without losing its grace and charm.It is very much in trend for a glamorous night out with friends or an intimate dinner with your partner. Here’s how to get it right.
Go light on fabric:Prefer lightweight fabrics such as georgette, crepe or chiffon. Georgettes are best suited for a formal event and are available in interesting prints and shades. You can try a net sari, too. They are extremely light and look elegant when bordered with silk, velvet, jacquard or brocade. Additional rich embellishments, appliqués and zariwork make them look gorgeous. If you are planning to get the Indian look go for the half andhalf sari. It features two or more fabrics combined to make one sariused in a cut and sew fashion.
To know what kind of blouse to wear click on the next side.
( Photograph: Models in Sabyasachi at Lakme Fashion Week 2013)
Experiment with your blouse: A blouse can play a major role in getting a glamorous look from a sari. If you plan to opt for a formal look, go for mandarin collared blouses. Make sure if the sari is plain the collars can have a bit of zari work to give it a touch of luxury. You can even go for a halter neck or sleeveless blouse. A velvet blouse also looks very trendy with a light sari. If you want to play safe and look sexy at the same time go for a velvet blouse with net sleeves. Nothing beats a regular elbow length blouse, just make sure it has a tinge of shimmer on its borders.
On the next slide, learn how to use shimmer.
Play with the shimmer:On a normal occasion, if you wear a glittering gown you might land up looking OTT but a sari with a nice shimmering or a sequinned border will not be considered too much. If the sari is plain, you can experiment with a nice embroidered or a baroque border, however make sure that the jewellery is subtle and does not look tacky.
Know how to accessorize on the next slide.
Accessories and jewellery: When dining out in a sari, go for statement clutches. Metal clutches in different shapes will always work.Stick to the standard rectangular ones - they are a classic. If confused about the colour, go for shades such as turquoise or a hot pink they form a contrasting colour palette which looks contemporary. Jewellery should be minimal, go for chandelier or tear drop diamond earrings. Remember, less is more. You can leave your neck bare or go for a lightweight pendant, nothing too heavy. Another addition can be oversized cuffs as they are back in trend and are available in a variety of interesting shapes.
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