Sarees are the epitome of indianess. They drape to give a flattering figure. While researching I came across articles claiming the right Saree for your body type but from personal experience the only time a Saree looks bad is when it is not draped right. Its an elegant alternative to all other Indian wear give the wearer a lot of grace.
The best way to carry an outfit is with confidence and the Saree being no different. There are a lot of different types of Sarees and that is mainly based on the fabric.I am going to focus on the main weaves , here’s a list and some tips :
1. Silk Sarees : mostly all states have their own version of the traditional silk Sarees mainly worn formally and also as a part of bridal trousseau. Silk Sarees are not only classy and make the wearer look elegant. Favoured during winter , weddings and formal gatherings. Light silk Sarees with minimal borders can also be worn professionally. The most famous silk Sarees are probably banarsi and the variation of south silks. Follow this space for an indepth article on silk fabrics and styles. Softer silk sarees add length and accentuate your curves but whereas heavy silk or stiffer varieties adds weight.
2. Embroidered Sarees : embroidered sarees work well for all formal occassions. Embroidery is on all types of fabrics but most common types being chikankari and kanthawork. Keep in mind that big embroidery on the border looks great on taller women and big embroidery over all can also make look older.
3. Net and Lace Sarees : the latest rage in Saree fabrics. They have broidery, stone work, gotta Patti, etc. They are the latest collections for bridal wear. Sheer in nature net tends to be more tranparent on not so flattering on bare mid riffs , lace on the other hand is more opaque due to the matrices and looks more appealing. Lace sarees with nil to minimal borders look best and net sarees with stone work add more class.
4. Half and half : the growing trend of the half and half sarees adds a nice spin to the monotony. The ones with opaque fabrics for pallu area look more flattering and the flowy or net fabrics gives a nice mermaidy look.
5. Chinon Sarees : they are a synthetic mix with chiffon. It is a flowy fabric and slightly thicker. Comes in prints or even with borders. More for semi formal wear or heavy work ones for formal.
6. Chiffon Sarees : made famous by Yash Chopra heroines , the flowy and transparent nature of the fabrics makes the wearer look sexy. It is slightly transparent and looks good on all body types on draping as it accentuates your curves.
7. Georgette Sarees : a little thicker than chiffon and a little rough in nature. They look good formally and casually. They also have transparency but slightly thicker. In vogue with border , embroidery or even printed blouses. They also hug all your curves giving you a shapely figure.
8. Cotton and Organza Sarees : cotton and organdy are stiffer fabrics but great option for summers. They are cooling fabric but are hard to drape as they stand due to the starchy nature of the fabric. They are good options for slender frames as they add more weight.
9. Polyester Saree : garden vareli is what comes to mind first. It is a flowy synthetic fabric. It is heavier than the other flowy fabrics so looks like a lot of fabric draped on a form. It adds length but also weight so the drape style is very important. Popular with working women as it is a non fuss option and always looks new. Prints are soothing and add colour to your work wardrobe.
10. Gujrati Sarees : you must be wondering how is it that they don’t fall under the silk or cotton sarees? The main reason is their weave is slightly different and their patterns unique only to their region. They are mainly of 3 types .i.e bandhej, leheriya or gadhcholas. Worn in the ulta pallu style they have a unique look of their own. The flowy or softer material one are figure flattering.
11. Saree Gowns : the latest trend to hit the ever-growing market of fusion wear. It is like a dress wear the blouse is like a body suit mostly made of sheer fabrics and the pallu is like a scarf draped over. Very in vogue and gives you an hourglass shape. It is very popular with the younger generation as it is easy to wear and carry and makes one look very trendy . Made of clingy fabrics and is lycra based.
Sarees are the most feminine of all ethnic wear. It gives you shape and length and with the right drape a lot of oomph. The best part of sarees are that they never become to big or small or too long. They are classic and can be worn through the years. You can also refer Saree styles for more information.
Hope I have encouraged you to add some beautiful pieces to your wardrobe as it will be incomplete with a great collection of classic and trendy sarees.