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Traditional with a twist

Give the old-school styles a miss and say hello to these uber-cool and eclectic ways of donning the sari instead

fashion-and-trends Updated: Jul 04, 2013 18:21 IST
Praachi Raniwala
Praachi Raniwala
Hindustan Times

The six-yard sartorial stunner is witnessing a fashion revolution of sorts. There is no escaping the burst of experimentation that has gripped the fashion fraternity as it goes all out to present the most unconventional and innovative ways to wear the sari. This movement is spearheaded by a band of young designers and 20-something fashionistas who have changed the rules of the game with their fresh take on this traditional ensemble. The options are limitless, and no new style is off the cards. What’s more, you don’t need to break the bank to get these looks. All it requires is a dash of creativity. So, at your next Indian affair, don’t blend in when you can very well stand out.

Collar reinvented
Peter Pan collars are a youthful, girly and fun way to spruce up a boring blouse. Fashion’s favourite darling, Sonam Kapoor, shows how there is no going wrong with it as she works a Satya Paul by Masaba sari paired with a sleeveless Peter Pan-collared blouse. Give your blouse a twist by adding puffed sleeves and sequinned or pearl embellishments to this old-school collar. Or perhaps dig out an old Peter Pan collar crop top from your closet and team it with your sari. This style works best with your hair pulled back in a bun or chic ponytail.

Work that blouse
With her latest collection, Taj, Payal Singhal provided the perfect mix for those who wish to keep it laid-back yet high on style. All you need to do is switch the conventional blouse with an asymmetrical tunic. Drape your sari around it in loose pleats. To let this out-of-the-box silhouette work its charm, opt for an ensemble in solid tones or a simple self print. Polki jewellery, bold lips and fuss-free hair will provide the final flourish. This style wins brownie points owing to the tunic blouse’s versatility, which can also be teamed with denims, leggings or maxi skirts if you so desire.

Drape drama
Aartivijay Gupta showcased yet another unusual way to have fun with sari draping at the showing of her, I Love India, collection. This style relies on giving the pallu a face-lift by wrapping it loosely around the neck like a scarf, instead of taking it up front. It thrives on a no-holds-barred attitude, so go all out with clashing prints and pop colours. As for the blouse, you can either take the runway route or opt for a blouse in the traditional length if you wish to flaunt those washboard abs.

Cinch it chicly
The easiest way to quirk up a sari without dramatic overload is with a belt. Ileana D’Cruz did ample justice to this style in a wine Tarun Tahiliani sari accented by a standout belt. But you need not opt for one as broad or ornate as hers. A thin leather or steel version in classic gold, silver or bronze will do the trick too. If you are game for experimentation, strap on a neon or Swarovski-studded belt to steal the limelight. You can be sure of an accentuated waistline and slimming look if you zero in on this style.

Looking to beat the monsoon chills? Take a cue from Surendri by Yogesh Choudhary’s, Dip, Dip, Dip, My Sunken Ship, collection and throw on a blazer over your sari. A chic silk blazer paired with a sari in a contrasting colour is the best way to don this style. Or go a step further and play with lace, net, sequinned and chiffon blazers. Just be sure to keep it unbuttoned. Go easy on the embellishments, else you run the risk of a very costume-like vibe. While the sari is famous for putting your svelte (or not) figure on display, adding a blazer is the perfect camouflage for the not-so-flattering days.

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