10 Different Ways to Drape Sarees


Sarees are the traditional clothing for Indian women and are considered to be the national dress of India.

Sarees will always make you look elegant, but you should wear it the way that brings out the best in you. Don’t be afraid to experiment! There are over 80-recorded ways to drape a saree, but let’s explore some of our traditional and contemporary favourites. If you want to be traditional but also fit into the theme of the occasion then try some of the following styles:

1. Traditional

This is a common style for occasions such as weddings, poojas, traditional ceremonies and formal gatherings.

How to drape: The saree is draped once around the waist, making pleats and tucked in the middle facing left. The pallu (the loose end of a saree) is thrown over the left shoulder.

2. Bengali

How to drape: Without pleats, it is wrapped around the waist, brought back to the right and the pallu is thrown over the left shoulder. The pallu is then brought up under the right arm over the left shoulder again.

3. Gujurati

The Gujarati is another traditional but elegant way of draping a Saree, Western style. It is also easy to handle making it appropriate for sarees with heavy work.

How to drape: Tuck the saree into the in-skirt and then make pleats and tuck these in, facing right side. Then, making pallu pleats, take the pallu from the back over to the right shoulder, leaving the pleats hanging in the front. Finally, pin the hanging pleats on the left side of your waist.

4. Lehenga Sari

Love the saree design and want to wear a lehenga but don’t want to buy a new one? Don’t worry. There is a solution. You can make your saree look like a lehenga.

How to drape: After doing one saree wrap, start under your right hand and till your back making small pleats and then tuck this inside the petticoat. Take the pallu and bring it over your right shoulder and pin it.

5. Double Drape

This style is a blend of traditional and modern and creates a slimmer look.

How to drape: The saree is draped two times. After wrapping the saree around and completing the pleats, the saree is wrapped again, around the midriff tightly. The pallu is then thrown over the right shoulder.

6. Tie on wrist

This style is perfect if you have work on the pallu that you want to highlight.

How to drape: Drape it in the traditional way by wrapping the pallu around you and pin onto left shoulder. Then, take one corner of the pallu and bring it on right wrist, making a loop around wrist.

7. Mumtaz

If there was someone who inspired Indian women to change things up, then it was definitely actress Mumtaz. The Bollywood star’s iconic way of draping her orange sari in the song ‘Aak Kal Tere’ has become a popular style in Indian fashion and set a new benchmark for innovations in the traditional attire. It has come back into fashion lately with Bollywood beauty Priyanka Chopra flaunting the coil style in one of her songs in ‘Teri Meri Kahani’.

How to drape: “It’s the opposite of a basic sari, where first you drape the sari and then form the stomach pleats. For this style, you tuck in the stomach pleats first and then drape the sari on top of them, keeping the pallu extremely narrow”, says expert draper Kalpana Shah.

8. Bollywood

For those of you with slim, flat stomached and curvy bodies, this style will highlight your hourglass figure. This is the typical saree drape for Bollywood actresses such as Deepika Padukone.

How to drape: For this sari, make sure the pleats are tiny and the border shows clearly as it drapes around the waist. The pallu must be very narrow in order to only cover a part of the stomach, going between the breasts and leaving most of the midriff exposed.

9. Shilpa Shetty

Yummy Mummy Shilpa Shetty has been making stunning saree style statements on the sets of Nach Baliye 6. She has made heads turn with her unique and daring draping styles. If you have a figure to flaunt then try Shilpa’s style

How to drape: Wearing a slim fit pleated skirt, with the pallu stitched to the saree. The drape will cling onto your bottom, enhancing your fabulous figure.

10. Be different

The adorable Kalki Koechlin turned up to the Dedh Ishqiya Premiere with a totally different and original look, which made her look great.

How to drape: She simply draped her pallu around her neck like a scarf. As simple as that!

In the end, wear the Sari in the way that best complements your style and look – but most importantly, have fun!

Source by Arnaud Hoarau

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