10 Unique Ways Sarees Continue to Stay Contemporary

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Draping sarees, the traditional way is passé. The journey of traditional sarees taking the contemporary route has seen a pleasant headway over time which indeed has swarmed the fashion screens and markets alive. The 1950s were the defining years for this beloved Indian garment, with stars like Nutan, Mumtaz and many more flashing never-seen-before draping styles as well as fabrics. Since then it has been tweaked to fit each decade with designers like Tarun Tahiliani, Satya Paul and Sabyasachi Mukherjee giving us the chills these days.

For all our readers and fellow fashion fiends, we have curated these chic styles of wearing a saree that is contemporary and look good on women of any age. You can blend vintage, classy, bohemian, and contemporary styles and give the drape an urban twist. Choose from these 10 styles of wearing a saree and look your elegant best.

The Palazzo Style

Look urban in this palazzo style of wearing a saree which you can create by styling a dupatta on a crop top that blends with the colors of the outfit. This is one of the unique ways to wear a saree and carry a contemporary chic look, perfect for modern work environments.

Recommended Fabrics: Rayon, Crepe or a Cotton Silk Palazzo with a Rayon, Crepe, & Chiffon or Georgette drape.

Saree with a Cape

 Get into serious superwoman feels with this look! Shimmy into your favorite saree and layer it with a sheer embellished cape. When hitting work, you can go for a solid saree with a cape style overcoat to give off that boss lady vibes.

Recommended Fabrics: Embroidered Net, Georgette, Chiffon, & Organza Tissue Silk.

Dhoti Saree

A fresh take on the Maharashtrian saree, the dhoti saree is twisted over pants to give off that fusion vibe. Not only the draping style but the blouse can be played with too, team it up with a flared, off-shoulder blouse and walk it all with oomph and style.

Recommended Fabric: Satin, Banarasi Silk, Chanderi.

The Gown Saree

An embellished corseted blouse with a concept drape saree can instantly up your outfit game by many folds. Due to being pre-stitched they are easy to carry and give a suave gown-like feel. This victorian-meets-Indian style is perfect for an evening party when you are in the mood for the Indo-western style, you can wear this look and get some heads turning.

Recommended Fabrics: Satin, Silk, Modal Satin, Georgette.

The Layered Drape

Even though Saree itself is a layered ensemble but the draping pattern can bring an added charm to it. Experimenting with various textures can result in a breathtaking silhouette. Pinning a complimentary embroidered dupatta on a sheer solid saree with an off-shoulder blouse is just one way to do it. A unique and elegant blend of wearing a saree for the young hearts or women of any age. Wear this style with a pair of studded danglers.

Recommended Fabrics: Satin, Georgette, Chiffon, Embroidered Net, Organza Tissue Silk.

The Graphic Tee & Plaid look

Spice your look with a fitted graphic tee acting as the blouse. You can create the full effect by wearing your favorite shirt and knotting it in the front or back to show off that midriff. Try bringing the two worlds together by picking traditional crafts like Batik, Indigo or Kalamkari. Roll up those sleeves when sporting plaid and throw in some killer shades.

Recommended Fabrics: Rayon, Chiffon, Cotton Hand Block, Chanderi, Satin.

Tops Doubling for Blouses

If traditional is what you want to retain, drape this saree the conventional way and wear it with an off shoulder, or fit-n-flair top. You can play around with different top styles like- halter, a bikini style with a matching jacket. When wearing a cold-shoulder, you can pull out your pallu from the cutout for a dramatic look.

 Recommended Fabrics: Chiffon, Crepe, Georgette, Satin, Kota Doria.

Belt it Up

Drape a saree the regular way and belt it up with a sash belt that comes with textures and in a solid color that matches the colors of the saree. Wear a blouse in mandarin color, and you get all points for looking chic.

Recommended fabrics: Chanderi, Modal Satin, Georgette, & Rayon.

A Saree with a Jacket

Bring in the glitz and glam of embroidery or embrace your rustic roots by wrapping yourself in a quintessential saree and teaming up with a complimentary cape. You can play with the draping style by choosing to pin up the Pallu over or under the cape. Walk tall in this style by adding a pair of stilettos and get all the heads turning.

Recommended Fabrics: Satin, Georgette, Chiffon, Banarasi Silk, Organza Tissue Silk.

The Gujarati Drape with a Twist

Look phenomenal in this Gujarati style drape that you can team with a shirt-style, full sleeves blouse with a unique neckline. Shirt style blouses have gained a cult following lately with women of all walks of life donning them with various necklines and patterns. Picking a saree with patterns that incline towards the contemporary palette would keep you on trend.

Recommended Fabrics: Georgette, Crepe, Chiffon, Satin.

The Offbeat Drape

For the love of Handloom sarees and minimalistic style, this is the drape to try. Try this offbeat look by wearing a cotton saree that looks dressy, elegant, and contemporary. It truly is up to your imagination to create one of the kind draping styles, these are just a few examples. Team it up with wedges or flip-flops and add a blend of uniqueness to your saree.

Recommended Fabrics: Handloom cotton, Chanderi, Kota Doria, & Cotton Hand Block.

Denim Team Up

Venture into street style by pairing your saree with a rugged pair of denim. Slip into your go-to denim shirt with a rather traditional saree and accessorize. The denim trend train doesn’t stop here, you can pair your saree with everything denim- skirts, shorts, you name it! Just dip your toe to test the waters by layering a denim jacket over your saree to complete the look.

Recommended Fabrics: Crepe, Georgette, Chiffon, Cotton, & Modal Satin.

There’s a huge pool of looks that we might be missing out, but we are absolutely in awe with the ones above. Also, if customization makes your heart tick, don’t forget to check the width of the fabric! You need a minimum of 44-46 inches width for crafting any of these concept sarees.

Let us know if you try any and if we have indeed tickled your creative side, make sure to check out our wide range of fabrics for crafting your own at www.fabriclore.com


Authored by: Sunidhi Gaur

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vaishali pawar

vaishali pawar

Do you have cushion covers in size 18 × 18

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