Nothing flatters a woman’s figure like a sensuously draped saree. For ages, the attire has adorned the curvaceous beauty of the India woman. If you too, fall and follow the saree brigade to define your fashion statement, you will be in awe with the slide show below. After all, we have listed down some unique ideas to make your six yard wonder, all the more trendy, stylish and elegant.
So, take a break from your done-to-death ‘seedha pallu’ and ‘ulta pallu’ and try out our Neo Saree Avatars.
The iconic ‘Mumtaz’ saree: Bhanu Rajopadhye Athaiya
It was the Oscar winning costume designer who gave a stylish twist to the traditional saree, when she made bubbly Mumtaz wear it sans pleats, just like a skirt in film ‘Brahmachari’. Don’t you remember the iconic song ‘Aaj Kal Tere Mere Pyar Ke Charche’, where the side kick Mumtaz kissed limelight, thanks to the unique twist in her dazzling orange saree. All that Designer Bhanu, did the magic of keeping away with the pleats and draped the saree twice around the hip and knees giving it a ‘sharara’ kind of look with a small pallu. Till date Mumtaz style saree is an ultra-glam choice for girls, who want to flaunt their curves!
Saree, the ballroom way: Wendell Rodricks
If going the ethnic way is not on your mind but you are in no mood to ditch away the saree either, the evening gown inspired saree introduced by designer Wendell Rodricks is for you! Easy and comfy to wear, the gown saree has an in-built choli that stays in place forever. The split pallu adds drama and sensuality to the ensemble. No wonder, Wendell Rodricks’ creation was an instant hit at the Wills India Lifestyle Fashion Week. Even the sensuous Paris Hilton couldn’t keep herself from doning a coral pink Grecian sari-inspired gown in one of the celebrity event in 2011.
The ‘chammak challo’ concept sari: Anand Kabra
How did you find the gorgeous red saree that Kareena wore in the song ‘Chamak Challo’? Wasn’t it rocking? Now, what if we tell you that all it takes to look as stunning as Bebo is slipping into a concept saree like a skirt and you are ready to rock! That’s the no-fuss ‘concept saree’, popularised by designer Anand Kabra to help the Nex-Gen gals who believe in everything instant! Available in a number of pre-pleated variations like the lehenga saree that comes with flaired kalis are a hot-fav among gals.
Jazzing saree with belt: Tarun Tahiliani
Kamarbands or tagdis have adorned the slim-waists of Indian women since many years. However, designer Tarun Tahiliani revived the good old kamarband, adding it to a saree and giving it a chic, sexy and different look. Worn over a well draped saree, a belt in silver, gold or even leather can sprinkle royalty and funk to an otherwise boring saree. Perfect for tall girls, this belted saree is a great pick to accentuate their slender figure. So, when are you belting-up your saree?
Saree over jeans: Nida Mahmood
Every girl must have draped her mommy’s saree over jeans! Designer Nida Mahmood, took the deadly saree-jeans combo to the ramp and it was an instant hit! The whole feel of pairing something as elegant and Indian as a saree with the rugged and western jeans, is a kick in itself. What more? It takes away the fuss of finding matching petticoats. So, when leaving a supah-hot and supah-sexy style statement is on your mind, just pleat-up your saree over your jeans!
Chhotu Saree: Sabyasachi Mukherjee
If you dread walking, wearing the ground-kissing saree, the chhotu saree designed by Sabyasachi is perfect for you! This one falls six inch above the usual saree, making it comfortable to carry and to walk. Great pick for urban office going woman, the chhotu saree is inspired by tribal women’s clothing. These handloom sarees are made by rural craftsmen, which gives a mark of ethnicity too.
Pyjyama saree: Anamika Khanna
In times where comfort wear rules the roost for multi-tasking women, traditional saree lags no behind. Designer Anamika Khanna introduces another unique variation – the pyjama saree. Here petticoats are replaced with pyjamas attached with pallu in crushed muslin, making it an easy wear for the modern woman.
The jersey saree: Wendell Rodricks
After taking the saree to the ballroom, designer Wendell Rodricks presented another interesting avatar of the six yard wonder. He designed it as a jersey, a hot choice for women these days, thanks to its breezy, sexy and casual appeal. The jersey saree has a built-in choli, while the pallu is split in one section to give it a halter look. The other side of the pallu falls into a ‘kimono sleeve’, adding a new twist to the traditional saree!