Indian sarees are arguably one of the most popular garments to come out of India and have gained worldwide appreciation. The sheer elegance of the garment combined with the exotic prints, embroidery and embellishments has made it one of the most popular Indian ensembles and a must-have in every woman’s wardrobe. Indian saree designs tend to be extremely intricate, although contemporary designs take their cues from western runways in order to bring in aesthetic that will appeal to the younger generation of women. Sarees from India can be worn by women from different age groups. They are designed differently for formal occasions as well as casual occasions, with the former being a bit fancier in terms of fabrics and designs. Though many modern women prefer wearing this attire for semi formal and formal occasions, working professionals who must strictly adhere to extremely formal attire as well as homemakers in India prefer wearing sarees on a daily basis. With newer trends in the Indian saree, blouses are now being created in extremely innovative ways. From back less designs to spaghetti straps, deep neck cuts to peasant sleeves, Indian sari blouses come in almost as much variety as any other type of top or tunic. The innovation also extends to the Indian sari design as well: designs like the t-shirt saree or sari gown are a big hit in the country as they combine western aesthetics with Indian traditional garments in a way that has never been seen before.
Indian sarees’ designs are as vast in their range as the number of regions in the country; every region has its own special type of design or work which can be worked into or upon a saree. Some of the most popular sarees include the Banarasi sarees (made of thickly embroidered silk), chikankari sarees (one of the finest and most delicate embroidery styles in India) and bandhini printed sarees (vibrant tied and dyed sarees from Rajasthan). Younger women wear sarees as early as their high school graduation, as they are meant to wear ethnic attire during the function. By popular census, the saree is always worn on this occasion as it is considered the most elegant and refined. Similarly, when in the mood to look glamorous or even extremely professional, working women also choose to wear this garment to the office. Apart from these, Indian sarees are also suitable attires for festivals or celebrations of any kind. Most women love donning a heavily embroidered saree for Diwali celebrations and ceremonies as well as other festivals. This is because even the plainest India sarees tend to give the air of dressing up and therefore these garments look great almost anywhere.
Traditional sarees are made of three components – the yards of cloth that forms the saree, the blouse for the upper torso and the petticoat skirt. The saree is wrapped around the blouse and petticoat. Modern variants of this garment in India include stitched sarees that can be worn like a lehenga and do not have to be wrapped.
Styling Indian sarees
No matter what type of variants form your Indian saree collection, styling them to create the perfect ensemble is extremely simple. Most women pair exquisite Indian jewelry with this garment in order to highlight the ethnic nature of this garment. As heavy sarees are mostly worn for celebratory events such as weddings, wedding jewelry that is intricately designed and filled with rich stones are the preferred style of jewelry for this garment. Some of these include sets of necklaces and earrings such as Kundan sets, Polki sets and diamond sets. Gold jewelry is also a fairly common style of jewelry worn with sarees, especially Kanjeevaram sarees from south India. Jewelry that can be worn with sarees comes in the form of necklaces, mang tikkas, bangles, earrings and rings and one or all of them can be worn as per the preferences of the wearer. However, when it comes to styling a saree, India inspired jewelry is probably the best bet.
When it comes to choosing a handbag with a saree, for formal occasions, women tend to prefer Indian handbags over western ones as they add to the formal and ethnic look of the outfit. Popular choices in contemporary fashion include cutdana handbags, printed clutches, moti work handbags, embroidered clutches or bags, mirror work bags, silk pouches and so on. These look especially exquisite during formal events and compliment the beauty of the saree extremely well. For informal events, women do carry western handbags. For example, when wearing an Indian saree to work, a regular leather bag can be carried with it because it is more practical and it also looks great.
More often than not, women choose to wear high heeled shoes rather than flat shoes with their sarees as this footwear really compliments the fall of the fabric and adds to the Indian sari style.