Saafas are the easiest way to distinguish the important and the, umm, 'not so important’ people in every wedding. Well, having said that, this headgear also helps in identifying the class quotient of the crowd. As much as a good saafa can elevate your look, a bad one can turn your overall look into a flop. If you’re all set to wear a saafa at your sibling’s or friend’s wedding, don’t panic as yet; read on to understand how to nail this look.
The Style: Saafas are a reminder of imperial opulence and grandeur and, naturally, come in several styles. From jodhpurs to turbans, this headgear comes in several forms and almost all of them are fabulous. We advise you to check out a few different styles before choosing one. A traditional Jodhpuri saafa is made up of a leheriya (or a tie-and-dye effect) cloth and is best suited for an achkan. A traditional saafa, though, would adorn a sherwani perfectly. The trick with choosing the style of the saafa is to match it with the outfit. The saafa should look like an extension of the dress and not like an encroaching alien.
Photograph: Kabir Bedi in JJ Valaya
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2. The Fabric: Saafas give you immense scope for creativity which you should exploit sensibly. One way to do it is to play with the fabric. Never opt for a georgette one unless going for a Jodhpuri saafa. The best fabrics for the saafa are tissue and silk. They add grace and elegance to your look and would always look stylish.
3. The Fit: It is the most important aspect of your saafa. A badly draped saafa will murder your entire look mercilessly. Your headgear should be crisp but not stiff. Fitted but not tight. Easy on your head but not loose. If you choose to highlight a part by raising it, make sure it’s hard enough to stay upright. For those of you who are novices at the art of tying a saafa, our advice would be: don’t try this at home. Get an expert to do the job.
Photograph: Saif Ali Khan in a pink saafa with Kareena Kapoor
Photo Credit: Viral Bhayani
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4. Accessories and Embellishments: It’s a good idea to accessorize and embellish the saafa but only if the occasion permits. Don’t walk into a wedding wearing a box of jewellery on your head. Kalgis and other motifs are great for a saafa but the idea is to be easy on it. If you choose to have a kalgi, let that be the only embellishment on your saafa. Never mix two embellishments on your head. You can also add an arrogant feather in your saafa to have a royal look.
Photograph: A model in Shyamal and Bhumika.
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