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Saris with sneakers are the new cool — Bollywood style divas show us how

Style- savvy actors such as Rekha, Kangana Ranaut, and Sonam Kapoor have nailed the trend of pairing saris, draped either innovatively or traditionally, with dress shoes and sports shoes.

fashion and trends Updated: Aug 07, 2017 15:21 IST
Akshay Kaushal
Akshay Kaushal
Hindustan Times
Bollywood,Sari and Sneakers,Bollywood Fashion
Teaming shoes with saris is not a fashion faux pas anymore.

A sari has always been the most elegant piece of clothing — and it’s the most versatile, too, evolving with lifestyles and fashion sensibilities, giving women always a way to make it cool. From styling saris with crop tops and denims, the latest trend is wearing it with shoes and sneakers. And Bollywood fashion divas — among them, Rekha, Kangana Ranaut, and Sonam Kapoor — have nailed this trend.

Rekha’s super cool and quirky sari and sneakers look (HT Photo/ Yogen Shah)

Kangana recently made an effortlessly stylish appearance in an olive green sari with brogues. Rekha, still the head-turner that she has been for decades, appeared in sneakers and a quirkily draped white sari. A little while ago, Sonam Kapoor wore a ‘cropped’ sari with very no-nonsense boots.

Kangana Ranaut’s smartly draped sari, paired with black brogues

Is this a cool trend? Designer Rina Dhaka thinks that people are now ready to see saris styled in several different ways, which wasn’t the case earlier. “People had a notion that saris only look good if they’re styled in a certain way with a particular type of blouse, hairstyle, and sandals,” says the designer. “But now with celebrities experimenting and showing us that saris can look amazing with different things, it has now become more of a style statement.”

Rina Dhaka recalls the time when the world-renowned British designer Zandra Rhodes came to India, in 1987, and showcased her variation in saris. “It raised eyebrows and people weren’t ready to accept it,” says Dhaka. “Now things are very different. And I think saris look cool with sneakers.”

Sonam Kapoor pairs her sari ‘cropped’, with boots.

How does one get the look right? “Well, shoes won’t look good with the traditional type of blouse. And the sari needs to be styled in a certain way to make it work,” says designer Nikhil Mehra.

Stylist Vikram Seth is all for this trend. “It’s a welcome change,” he says, “to see women sporting shoes with saris. It gives an effortless vibe, making sari an everyday wear thing. This is no longer a fashion faux pas.”

First Published: Aug 07, 2017 15:20 IST