The place of the red saree in ethnic fashion is similar to that of the black dress in western fashion. Both are iconic yet quintessential evening dresses that have been repeatedly embraced by celebrities and actresses both on screen and of it. Yet, in Indian culture, red sarees are even more significant because they have a cultural importance as well. These are the traditional sarees of brides and newlywed women, signifying their beauty and fertility and the auspiciousness of the occasion.
The red sari, however, can be worn for a wide variety of occasions and dress-codes depending on the fabric, embellishments and style. It appeals to those with modern as well as traditional tastes; it brings in element of sensuality while staying within the ethnic color palette. In fact of all the different colors, red is perhaps the most preferred for sarees because of the way it perfectly enhances the feminine, sensual beauty of the drape. The shades can differ from a bold crimson to a sizzling scarlet, from a subtle maroon to a girly cherry red. The choice of hue can depend on the skin tone as well as personal style, as the more bright reds will obviously emit a louder energy as compared to the more subtle maroon or pale red shades.
The most ornate Indian red saree is the bridal saree popular across north India. Of course brides are more open to experimentation nowadays, but red is still incorporated in some ways. Many brides like to go with a combination bridal outfit like a yellow and red saree which incorporates different auspicious colors. A well-stocked bridal red sarees collection is sure to boast of the classic Kanjeevaram style as well as the luxurious looking Banarasi sarees. In the Bengal region of India, the ubiquitous bridal saree would be the white and red saree made of silk, draped over both shoulders. Brocade sarees with red hued designs are also bridal favorites.
The trendiest saree styles can be found in designer collections and Indian fashion houses have definitely not missed out on the red saree trend. Designer red sarees with innovative drapes, intricate designs and artistic patterns are amongst the most luxurious looking options. Like bridal sarees, designer sarees also utilize heavy Indian embroidery and embellishments, but in more unique, modern patterns. The bright red color makes certain embellishments pop, like silver and golden zari thread work, sequins, stones, aari, cutdana, Kundan, dubka, neemzari and gota-patti. Big, embroidered borders are also frequently seen on such types of sarees. The favorite materials for bridal sarees include silk, brocade and satin, while designer sarees are usually made of chiffon, georgette and crepe.
Red sarees also look good with different types of Indian and western prints, including tribal, warli, batik, dots, stripes and geometric shapes. Such sarees are preferred for daily wear and are typically made of comfortable and affordable materials like cotton, faux georgette and faux silk.
Bold and Beautiful Red Saree
Most women love wearing red sarees for special occasions like weddings, parties and celebrations. The boldness of the color does not look out of place at such occasions, which is why a typical red saree collection would include a lot more glamorous or fancy outfits with a large amount of embroidery and embellishment. However, the truth is, a plain red saree can be just as glamorous if it is made of a sensual, body-fitting material like chiffon and is in an appropriately dramatic hue. The plainness adds certain elegance while the color and material provide the glamour. Often a thin, glittering border of sequins may be added, which can then be accessorized with a sequins clutch and sequins sandals along with a simple but beautiful metallic necklace and/or dangling earrings.
When wearing a red saree, book an appointment with your tailor to get a perfectly fitting blouse stitched to match with the saree. With this garment the blouse is extremely important; if it does not complement the saree color and style, the whole look can be very odd. With a plain red saree, a light gold or silver blouse will pair well. A plain red blouse can off-set a more heavily embroidered saree beautifully. The trendiest cuts nowadays are the backless and/or dori-tied styles, especially when combined with unique puff sleeves, net sleeves or three fourth sleeves.
One can also get a more understated, elegant look with this color by opting for a net cream and red saree with velvet borders. Pair it with a full-sleeved red blouse and gold jewelry for a party look, or keep it simple with pearl jewelry. Alternatively, one can easily glam it up by opting for a black and red saree with stilettos and a halter neck blouse. A glittering sequins studded black and red sari will look good with diamond jewelry.