This story was updated in January 2019.
We know it is a stressful time of your life - with board exams lurking just around the corner, and all the anticipation resounding in a big ‘WHAT NEXT!’. If you are in college, the pressure is not light either because now you have a full-time job to worry about. And we are almost certain that the thought of what to wear to your farewell might not even have crossed your mind until we just brought it up. Mini panic attack? Our answer is - saree, not sorry.
We have got you covered, dear graduate-to-be! Here are all kinds of farewell dresses that you can wear to your farewell (depending on the dress code) along with fabulous style tips to rock that saree on your farewell and come out with flying colours.
Of course, sarees are the unquestionable choice when it comes to a farewell party. But it is not a rule to wear one unless your dress code says so. You can wear whatever you want but it feels fancier and formal to adhere to the dress code. Just imagine your graduating class, all dressed up in sarees and tuxedos, clicking one last picture together. Beautiful, isn’t it?
Usually, both schools and colleges these days have two farewells - the official farewell which takes place during the day at the premises, and the unofficial farewell that is basically a farewell party at night. I remember we used to call it a ‘County’ in my school. LOL! Anyway, the official farewell typically has an ‘Indian Formals’ dress code whereas the after party has people dressing up in party dresses and evening gowns, kinda like a prom.
So, here is what all you can wear to your farewell depending on the dress code:
Needless to say, a saree is a farewell staple. It is the most elegant Indian wear known to mankind. It is ageless and evergreen so much so that a saree worn by your grandmother can be worn by you today and no one will be able to tell the difference. Wrap yourself in six yards of panache but make sure you do your research about which kind of saree you want to wear, what material of saree you should wear, which saree style will be the best for you, or something as simple as, how to wear a saree? Here, we have all the literature on this.
The next best thing is a traditional Indian suit. If you have your aversions to sarees or are not too sure about being able to pull off wearing one, an ethnic suit will be your saviour. You can look for straight-fit, printed churidar suit sets like the ones Raw Mango has and festive anarkali kurtas like Jaypore has for a not-so-understated look. At the same time, avoid wearing an OTT sharara set as you don’t want to turn your farewell into a wedding. Take inspiration from Sukriti & Aakriti’s pastel with gota patti work shararas if you really want to wear one.
POPxo Recommends: Indigo Ajrakh-printed Silk Cotton Kalidar Kurta (Rs 6,990) by Jaypore.
Kurtas that you can wear as a dress are called kurta dresses. For an event like your farewell, if you insist on wearing something easier to pull off and within your comfort zone, may we suggest a floor-length kurta dress. Stick to solids for the occasion like this grey piece. It is timeless, lavish and the gold-toned dupatta that it comes with it will give your look an instant boost of glam.
POPxo Recommends: Grey Solid Maxi Dress With Dupatta (Rs 1,719) by Vishudh.
Another stylish approach to an easy-breezy farewell dress would be a coordinated set. And we have found just the right one for you. This black set of high-slit tunic and cigarette pants with a rose gold foil print all over will be a hit at the farewell party. Style it with slim heels, a statement ring and pretty drop earrings to complete the look. Take it from day to night, in style
POPxo Recommends: Black Rose Gold Foil Tunic and Cigarette Pants Set (Rs 3,360) by FabAlley Indya.
You know what your kurta and pants set needs? An embroidered jacket, that’s what! It will add a fusion touch to your desi outfit giving you an edgy look for the farewell. And the best part is that the three-piece set is the perfect last-minute outfit. It calls for no mixing and matching and gets you ready in a jiffy. If you can’t find a three-piece set so close to your farewell, just throw on an ethnic jacket like this maroon velvet number and make your white and beige clothes royal again.
POPxo Recommends: Longline Jacket with Floral Embroidery (Rs 1,485) by Ajio.
A farewell with western formals as the dress code is like any other party. The only difference is, each one of you is being celebrated today. Let that emotion show in your dress too. When it comes to party dresses, never hold back and look beyond the realms of the little black dress. Slip into sexy with this bright as sunshine yellow cami dress and make heads turn, in style!
POPxo Recommends: Strappy Dress (Rs 2,790) by Zara.
Speaking of making heads turn, there is an embellishment type that all the celebs are rocking this season. Sequins! No need of investing in expensive highlighters and illuminators when your evening gowns can single-handedly take care of your glam and gram’. This strapless and sequin mesh bodycon evening gown, or as I like to call it, my ideal prom dress (had we had the concept in India,) will make you the star of the night and possibly, Miss Farewell too!
POPxo Recommends: Sequin Mesh Strapless Bodycon Evening Gown (Rs 1,833) by Shein.
Jumpsuits are an excellent choice for you if you want to break away from the habitual dress for your farewell party. They maybe a little high maintenance and a tricky business when it comes to doing your business, but so worth the effort! There is something very classy and sophisticated about the way a jumpsuit looks and feels. This one in black will give any LBD a run for its money, that’s how sexy it is. If you want to look fashion-focused while keeping a relaxed vibe, this is it.
POPxo Recommends: Black Solid Basic Off-Shoulder Jumpsuit (Rs 1,440) by FabAlley.
Everyone has at least one white and one black top in her fancy fashion closet that comes in handy when you have nothing better to wear. Well, now there is and it is this silver sequinned skirt. This mini skirt with gathered detailing in the front features a front slit at the hem and has a back zip fastening hidden in the seam. Look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks on your farewell.
POPxo Recommends: Sequinned Mini Skirt (Rs 2,790) by Zara.
No, no, of course, we don’t mean those formal black pantsuits that feel like you are stuck in a dead end job. That’s not a feeling you want to experience on your day of graduation. Doesn’t send the right message now, does it? Consider a bright solid colour like this red pantsuit. It will instantly add a dash of drama to the party and let’s face it, in front of all the little black dresses, your red pantsuit will look unbelievably hot.
Since sarees are the ultimate farewell favourites for all, we are going to show you how to style the most popular saree colours and saree trends in style. Complete with accessories including jewellery and bags, here’s how to style your farewell saree for a picture-perfect pose.
Black is that Poo-approved colour that makes everyone look slim. It hides all that you do not wish to highlight and brings out the best in you - leaving you stress-free and confident to enjoy your day. When styling a black saree, don’t go overboard with accessories. Play up with hues of silver or gold (or both?). And don’t forget to splurge on a statement accessory like this finger ring to add a pop of colour. Oxidised jewellery looks amazing with black, BTW!
POPxo Recommends: Handloom Pure Silk Cotton Maheshwari Saree (Rs 6,367) by Lal10, Black Dome Shaped Jhumkas (Rs 990) by Bamboo Tree Jewels, Silver Toned Padmavati Inspired Ring (Rs 350) by Zaveri Pearls, and Black Embellished Quilted Clutch (Rs 1,574) by Caprese.
After a not-so-smooth saree story from my 12th grade farewell, I trusted my favourite pink for my college farewell. It was a simple pink saree with a gold border. Had I seen this ruffled one then, I would have gladly traded up. This light pink saree will complement all skin tones. Apart from the dramatic ruffled pallu, the gota patti work is all it needed to get its glam on. Ditch the glitter and go for a subdued bag like this snakeskin printed clutch to go with it. This look will be perfect for the woman on a constant trend watch.
POPxo Recommends: Pink Solid Ruffle Saree (Rs 3,464) by Inddus, Pink & Peach-Coloured Drop Earrings (Rs 735) by Bellofox, Set of 38 Oxidised Silver-Toned Bangles (Rs 524) by YouBella, and Grey Textured Clutch (Rs 1,279) by Tarusa.
It’s very easy to turn a red saree into bridal wear so if you are going for this colour, it is best to invest in a light, chiffon saree with a simple border. Avoid a matching red saree blouse and go for darker shades like black, bottle green or royal blue to balance out the brightness. Keep your accessories too simple but a little statement here and there never hurt anyone (of course, we mean the royal earrings, duh!).
POPxo Recommends: Chiffon Saree with Contrast Border (Rs 1,200) by Vastrangi, Gold-Plated Oval Drop Earrings (Rs 450) by Zaveri Pearls, Set of 2 Maroon & Green Gold-Plated Bangles (Rs 468) by Sukkhi, and Red & Gold-Toned Printed Clutch (Rs 967) by Tarusa.
For an extra AF look, have faith in the almighty and go for this georgette saree with a Radha-Krishna print on it. Not only will you look stylish but also unique owing to the one-of-a-kind saree design. Plus, georgette is the perfect, easy-breezy material if you are wearing a saree for the first time. Put your prettiest gold-toned jewellery to use, keep your makeup easy and natural and go for a backless blouse in gold to add to the saree’s charms.
POPxo Recommends: Blue Printed Poly Georgette Saree (Rs 1,369) by Chhabra 555, Gold-Plated & White Traditional Jewellery Set (Rs 590) by Zaveri Pearls, and Beige-Gold Sequins, Zari & Foiled Mirror Work Potli (Rs 2,900) by Coral Haze.
The first rule of wearing white is never wear all white without a second colour in sight. It can be something as small as your lipstick shade or your earrings but make sure you are never stepping out in head-to-toe white. In the Indian culture, the colour white is associated with mourning and your farewell is exactly the opposite of it.
So, if you are inclined towards a white saree for your farewell, consider this one from Kerala which is hand painted in a beautiful pink floral print. It is cotton and lurks of tradition in a contemporary style. When it comes to accessorising, pearl jewellery will add oodles of oomph to your look. And the tassel clutch is all the statement you will need to add finishing touches to your OOTD.
POPxo Recommends: Anand Handpainted Kerala Cotton Saree (Rs 1,799) by Indie Picks, Gold-Toned Stud Earrings (Rs 680) by Bamboo Tree Jewels, Gold-Toned & White Beaded Layered Statement Necklace (Rs 559) by Voylla, and Beige Solid Tasselled Clutch (Rs 2,247) by Accessorize.
For an important day like this, you might want to raid your mother’s closet and look for something that holds meaning. Make the day even more memorable and wear one of those timeless silks. Complete the look with a pair of antique jhumkas, a jazzy potli bag, and a statement ring like this with flared pleats pattern to add some style to the classic appeal of the saree.
POPxo Recommends: Banarasi Silk Saree with Contrast Border (Rs 1,929) by Viva N Diva, Oxidised Silver & Antique Gold-Toned Dome-Shaped Jhumkas (Rs 735) by Rubans, Gold-Plated & Blue Enamelled Ring (Rs 454) by Studio Voylla, and Hand Embroidery Zardozi & Stone Work Potli (Rs 3,500) by The Pink Potli.
For those of you who like to play it safe and like all things girly, a soft-pastel color scheme would be a good bet. Go for a net saree in sorbet shades much like this one in dusty pink to lend a soft and feminine touch to your look. A dainty looking outfit calls for dainty jewellery and what’s better than kundan jewellery to restore that old world charm, eh?! And while you are at it, keep your makeup neutral and your handbag as quirky as possible for a statement-making look.
POPxo Recommends: Dusty Pink Net Embellished Saree (Rs 5,207) by Saree Mall, Gold-Toned Stone-Studded Drop Earrings (Rs 1,062) by Bamboo Tree Jewels, Pink & Gold-Toned Elasticated Bracelet (Rs 772) by Accessorize, and Pink Embellished Clutch (Rs 2,727) by Accessorize.
If you want to look nothing less than a Goddess, then pick a gold saree for your farewell. It flatters all skin tones and accessorising it is a piece of cake too! You know that you have to glam up with gold-toned jewellery only so that makes things easier. But while you are at it, try to include different variations of gold in your OOTD so you don’t look like an Egyptian Mummy. Like with this all-gold monotone saree, we suggest an antique gold pair of earrings and a multicoloured stone-studded belt to add some statement. Ditch the clutch and go for a solid potli bag like this one in maroon and match your lips to it. Gold is bold and how effortlessly!
POPxo Recommends: Handloom Silk Linen Jaquard Saree with Tassels (Rs 7,199) by Indie Picks, Antique Gold-Toned Peacock-Shaped Jhumkas (Rs 350) by Prita, Gold-Toned Stone-Studded Saree Kamarbandh (Rs 489) by Zaveri Pearls, and Maroon-Golden Tanchoi Silk Drawstring Polti (Rs 2,400) by Woven Splendour.
Wearing a saree is a task - we know. And if you add to that some makeup, a chic hairstyle to go with your saree, jewellery and heels - it can become the perfect recipe for a nightmare. Coming to your rescue is a lehenga saree, which is basically a pre-stitched saree and is worn just like a lehenga skirt - the best option when you want to let your hair down without a worry in the world. And we have just the right one for you.
Psst… the ring says, ‘Karm hi pooja hai’, which in English means ‘Work is worship’. What a fun and meaningful way to add some statement to your look!
POPxo Recommends: Navy Blue & Golden Printed Saree (Rs 2,199) by AKS, Gold-Plated Dome Shaped Jhumkas (Rs 450) by Zaveri Pearls, Blue Rhodium-Plated Oxidised Finger Ring (Rs 421) by Studio Voylla, and Gold-Toned Box Clutch (Rs 897) by Lino Perros.
One’s youth is sadly not a lifelong companion, so go out there and experiment - try out new things, take the unconventional route. And what better day to start than the end of school time. If you are all about rainbows and unicorns, you definitely want to try a colourful saree for your farewell. So, here’s one for you. Pair your best metallic accessories and jewellery with your multicoloured saree and see how the two palettes up each other’s game in style.
POPxo Recommends: Polka-Dot Print Chiffon Saree (Rs 583) by Florence, Gunmetal-Toned Tasselled Drop Earrings (Rs 404) by Oomph, Gunmetal-Toned Handcrafted Beaded Elasticated Bracelet (Rs 734) by Jewels Galaxy, and Black Textured Clutch (Rs 799) by Code by Lifestyle.
If you are not comfortable with heels for a long period of time, wear comfy juttis with your saree. Just make sure to wear your footwear first before draping the saree so you know how much of the saree length to fold.
Happy Farewell, ladies. Go get ‘em!
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