The humble sari blouse is slowly gaining prominence. No longer is it just an accompaniment to the five-to-nine-yard garb. This year, several designers have experimented with it to present it in an all-new avatar. The recently concluded couture week in Delhi showcased a few interesting options.
Designer Rahul Mishra, who presented many out-of-the-box variations as part of his recent collection, says women, today, are open to experimenting. “Earlier, many women used to wear saris every day. It was a routine thing. Today, most of them wear saris on special occasions. So, there is scope for experimentation,” he says, adding, “Plus, since women now are comfortable with western wear, they are always up for options that allow them to mix traditional wear with something western.”
If you wish to get your indo-western game on at a special event, choose from these versions.
1. Double take
We have all tried the double T-shirt look in college. Designer Varun Bahl proves that you can apply the same style to a sari blouse too. Opt for this embroidered half-sleeve blouse, which has a semi-sheer second sleeve. The look is apt for an autumn/winter wedding.
2. Folk touch
Inspired by the traditional kedia blouse, which is mainly worn by Gujaratis, this Rahul Mishra design gives the sari blouse a unique twist. The sheer sleeves are a spiffy addition too.
3. Bold move
If you are in the mood for some edgy fashion, then this Gaurav Gupta creation is meant for you. The structural blouse, with heavy-duty embellishments and a lot of shine, is a great blend of a traditional and modern look. (Getty Images)
4. Breezy approach
Designer Anita Dongre’s cape blouse is comfortable and stylish. It is sure to make a splash this wedding season. Throw in chunky earrings to complete the look.
5. Ring the bell
Mixing two of the biggest trends of the season — crop tops and bell sleeves — this Anavila Misra blouse is a fail-safe option. You can use it in a brighter colour, if you want to take things up a notch. (Getty Images)
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6. Second skin
Add some glamour to your traditional look with a sheer blouse. This one, by designer Tarun Tahiliani, is a perfect rule-breaker. The bead embellishments add value to the blouse. Wear this to a cocktail party and make heads turn.
7. Bare necessities
Strapless outfits are definitely the flavour of the season. Add an ethinic twist to the trend by going in for a strapless blouse like this Nikasha creation. The metal detailing is the highlight of this flowy blouse. (Getty Images)