Here’s an illustrated step-by-step guide that teaches you how to wear a saree that is the traditional Indian dress of females and also is one of the most elegant attire a women can wear. There are two essential parts of a Saree that are meant to be chosen very carefully. A peticoat (Under skirt) is a waist-to-floor garment that is tied tightly at the waist with the help of a drawstring. The color of it should match the base color of saree as closely as possible; no part of it should be visible outside the sari. Another one is Blouse that should be tight-fitted and could be Short sleeved or sleeveless with neckline according to the saree.
The estimated length of a Saree is in between four to nine yards in length. Start from some basic needs for a saree:
- A saree blouse
- A long petticoat or an inner skirt
- The saree
- Beautiful shoes
- Bracelet/ Watch
- Decorative hair accessories
- Bobby pins
- Safety pins
- Stick-on decorative bindis
Step 1: Wear your Blouse that is meant to be perfectly fitted and ends right below your bust.
Step 2: Put on your petticoat with the Blouse and the color of blouse and petticoat should match with the saree.
Step 3: Make a knot on the top corner of the plain end of the saree and tuck the knot into the left side of the petticoat.
Step 4: Make a complete turn from the right to left. The lower end of the saree should be slightly above the floor.
Step 5: Tuck in the fabric around the waist into the petticoat neatly.
Step 6: To make your pleates, hold on the saree tightly at one side with your thumbs and little finger. Stretch the fabric until you can hold it in between your index and middle fingers which will be about 4 inches wide. Pleat the fabric by winding the cloth from your thumb to your index finger. Make about 6 to 8 pleats. Tuck the pleats into the petticoat while making sure the pleated sides fall right below your navel. Hold the pleats of fabric up and adjust them until they are even and straight.
Step 7: Take the extra layer of saree and make your complete round from Right to Left.
Step 8: Secure your pallu with a safety pin inside the blouse.
Some Style tips for draping a Saree:
- Go for the light fabrics that drape naturally around the body if you are a beginner. Chiffon, Georgette, Crepe and Satin are some life savers.
- Pick up the right colors only that goes best with your skin color and body shape.
- Longer sleeves look more elegant as they give an illusion of taller frame.
- Accessories can completely make or break your look so go for the try and test technique.
- Wear some mild makeup with light jewellery to complete the look.