Are you counting down the days to your farewell? Well, if I were you, I would be. And seriously, don’t wait for others’ farewell pictures to hit Instagram before you finally start planning your own farewell outfit. Yes, I know that a saree is a farewell staple, but do you know 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? Heck, I didn’t even know if I could carry the saree I chose until I wore it to my 12th-grade farewell and had no choice. Spoiler alert: it was a disaster! Take it from someone who knows, you don’t want to choose the wrong saree just because ‘it looks pretty’!
But, don’t worry, we have the answers to all your saree-related questions. Whether you want to buy a saree for your high school farewell or for your college farewell or any other college function, here is the ultimate guide to farewell sarees 2018 that will be your bible. By the end of this article, you will have 50 farewell saree designs to choose from, and you’ll also know how to nail the classic like a pro. Here you go.
There are many factors that will help you decide which saree is perfect for you.
1) One, and every saree virgin’s favourite option is to borrow a saree from her mother’s wardrobe. We have grown up watching our mom wear sarees our entire lives. From making the pleats to adjusting the pallu the right way, the process has amazed all of us at some point. And during this process, we all, through no fault of our own, picked our favourite saree and imaged how we would look in it. Wearing your mom’s old saree is also easier to carry, since it’s been washed, and worn, plenty of times. So, your saree won’t feel as heavy and coarse as a brand new saree.
2) Two, if you are adamant on buying a new saree, be mindful of the material you’re choosing. Georgette and chiffon are the comfiest saree fabrics, and so is cotton. You could also opt for certain types of silk if you’re attending a function in winter. Crepe sarees are also a popular choice among women. You can also opt for poly-blends since they’re usually light in weight owing to their polyester composition.
3) Three, you can also choose your perfect saree based on the latest trends and saree designs, which is why we have curated this incredible list of farewell sarees for you. Scroll down to find our top 50 sarees for farewell.
But before that, you should know how to wear a saree the right way. Believe it or not, wearing a saree is easier than it looks. This video will teach you how to drape a saree in under 2 minutes. Yes, it’s that easy! And while you are at it, here are 10 do’s and don’ts of wearing a saree, and everything that goes into wrapping yourself into this classic ensemble.
Now that you know how to choose, and wear, a saree, here are 40 farewell saree designs that you should seriously consider for your farewell. Plus, we have a filmy surprise planned for the remaining 10 farewell saree looks. Spoiler alert - you are going to love it.
1. A Velvet Saree
This navy blue and white half-and-half saree looks like the gorgeous midnight sky. The star-like embellishments on the deep blue velvet and the beautiful brasso in white adds just the right amount of glamour to the saree. Team it with a pair of minimalist silver-toned earrings and carry a cute clutch to complete the look.
Buy the Navy & White Brasso & Velvet Embellished Saree (Rs 699) by Florence at flat 65% off
2. A Pretty Striped Saree
Made from georgette, this pink and green half-and-half saree is lightweight, easy to carry, and is easy on the eyes, which makes it totally worth the investment. The candy stripes will add a level of grace to your look, that’s incomparable. Get the printed blouse stitched in a deep U-neck back design with tassel tie-ups, and head out in style.
Buy the Pink Striped Saree (Rs 989) by Shaily at flat 70% off.
3. A Satin Saree
This white satin saree with green flora and fauna print is simplicity at its best. It comes with a pearl embellished border that adds to the saree’s charm. This saree is ideal for any fashionista who likes to keep it elegant, comfy, and real. Pair it with a pair of solid pumps to complete the look.
Buy the Green Embellished Satin Saree (Rs 989) by Shaily at flat 70% off
4. A Crepe Saree
Crepe is an unusually lightweight, plain weave fabric with a crinkle, crimped or grained surface. That is exactly what makes this light brown saree so versatile, stylish, and statement-worthy. That, and the ruffle details on the pallu, of course. Feel stunning in this poly-crepe saree by styling it with statement gold-toned earrings or an exaggerated maangtika.
Buy the Brown Solid Poly Crepe Saree (Rs 999) by Colors at flat 50% off
5. The One-Of-A-Kind Printed Saree
This bright blue poly-georgette saree, if you look closely, has a never-seen-before shiny print of Radha-Krishna dancing. If you are looking for a saree that is truly unique and one-of-a-kind then this is perfect for you. Pair it with a gold-toned blouse matching the print and embellished border to really make the saree shine.
Buy the Blue Printed Poly Georgette Saree (Rs 1,120) by Chhabra 555 at flat 55% off
6. A Sequin Saree
This light brown saree is anything but basic. With a sequin embroidery on the border, and in a lightweight georgette fabric, this is the perfect party-wear saree that you can dance in all night. Get the blouse stitched in a halter-neck style for a contemporary vibe, and strap on some dancing shoes, darling!
Buy the Sequin Embroidered Border Party Wear Saree (Rs 1,192) by Mirraw at 30% off
7. The Trendy Neon Saree
Neon, especially in a lime-green hue, is so hot right now. Bollywood celebrities have been flaunting the trend at all kinds of parties, desi or disco. Get your hands on this neon satin saree with a pearl embellished border for your farewell. It’s the perfect choice to take from the day into the night.
Buy the Lime Green Embellished Satin Saree (Rs 1,199) by Shaily at flat 70% off
8. A Black Saree
Black and gold never get old, and this pure georgette saree is proof. With the trusted Nanda Silks brand name and an attractive price tag, your pocket won’t weep at the purchase of this saree. Look dashing in this feminine traditional saree, and don’t forget to accessorise with gold jhumkas and lots of bangles.
Buy the Black & Gold-Toned Striped Saree (Rs 1,083) by Nanda Silk Mills at 40% off
9. Palazzo Saree To Dye For
Channel your inner supermodel with this super trendy palazzo-style saree and make heads turn as you walk down the street as if it’s your personal runway. If you don’t want to wear a traditional saree, this indo-western fusion will do the job of making your farewell fancy. All you need is some pumps and a potli bag to nail the look.
Buy the Pink & White Shibori Dyed Palazzo Saree (Rs 1,649) by AKS at 45% off
10. A Half-and-Half Saree
Nothing brings out the half-and-half saree style better than colours that complement each other perfectly. Exhibit A: coral pink and grey. Update your wardrobe staples with this exquisite coral pink and grey embellished saree that’s totally party-worthy. Add a silver clutch purse and a dash of highlighter and you’ll slay!
Buy the Pink & Grey Pure Georgette Embellished Saree (Rs 1,735) by Indian Women at flat 70% off
11. A Wine-Coloured Saree
There is a reason why this saree keeps going out of stock. In a deep wine colour and characterised with statement ruffles along the hemline, this solid saree is stylishly wicked. Paint your lips in matching wine colour and channel your inner enchantress on your farewell.
Buy the Maroon Solid Saree (Rs 1,898) by Inddus at flat 65% off
12. An Organza Saree
Organza is a thin, plain weave, sheer fabric, traditionally made from silk. And, many modern organzas are woven with synthetic filament fibres such as polyester to make the saree feel even lighter. This grey organza saree will ensure you look drop-dead gorgeous on your farewell. Style it with a pair of patent pumps and pretty hoop earrings.
Buy the Grey & Silver-Toned Organza Solid Saree (Rs 1,949) by Inddus at flat 50% off
13. Dhoti-Style Saree
So far, we have only enjoyed Bandhej-print on our suits and dupattas. But, thanks to the recently-launched line for women by Manyavar, we now have the traditional print on an unconventional saree. If you want an offbeat look for your farewell, go for this dhoti-style saree in this uber-trendy bandhej print. We guarantee you’ll look like a million bucks without spending a million bucks.
Buy the Uber Trendy Red Bandhej Saree (Rs 1,999) by Manyavar
14. A Sheer Saree
I, personally, have a thing for solids. They look amazing without the chatty prints and patterns. So, if your taste is like mine, this sheer saree with an embellished border will be perfect for your 12th-grade farewell. Style it with a matching blouse or a cute white off-shoulder top for an edgy look.
Buy the Sheer Saree with Embellished Border (Rs 2,350) by Inddus at flat 53% off
15. The Classic Black Kanjivaram
A Kanjivaram saree doesn’t always have to be heavy on the body, and heavy on the pocket. Nail the Rekha-approved saree style with this silk-blend Kanjivaram saree in a classic black with crisp gold work. Team it up with a gold-toned jewellery set, and sport a fiery red pout.
Buy the Black Solid Kanjeevaram Saree (Rs 1,853) by Saree Mall at flat 65% off
16. A Lehenga Saree
Having mustard in your wardrobe is a must this season. The colour goes from spring to fall like a white! And it flatters all skin tones. This solid lehenga saree with statement-making ruffles and a floral-printed blouse is just the right amount of glam for the ‘gram. Accessorise with shoulder dusters for those extra 100 likes.
Buy the Yellow & Green Solid Lehenga Saree (Rs 2,399) by AKS at 20% off
17. A Ready-to-Wear Saree
Befriend this pretty in the pink piece for a hassle-free farewell. It is a godsend for all those who don’t have the patience to drape a saree. Exclusively designed, this ready-to-wear saree is as stylish as convenient to wear and is, thus, every millennial woman's dream ensemble. Plus, its unique drape is catchy and chic.
Buy the Pink Solid Ready-to-wear Saree (Rs 2,399) by XOXO at 40% off
18. A Colour-blocked Saree
I’m not a fan of colour-blocking, but I am a fan of this beige saree with a bright green, coral pink, and dusty yellow woven design. The ageless beige, and the combination of young colours, make it a perfect saree for your college farewell. Style it with multicolored drop earrings for maximum effect!
Buy the Beige-Green Cotton Silk Saree (Rs 2,450) by Rustic Realities at Jaypore
19. Ace That Lace
Bold jacquard, pretty lace, and an elegant floral pattern, this saree has all the latest trends in one. But the highlight of the saree design is the contrast border with embellished motifs. Now there’s a saree that you can wear in the day and take into the night for an after-party. And could the pink and green colour combination look any prettier?
Buy the Jacquard Saree with Contrast Border (Rs 2,489) by Viva N Diva at 30% off
20. A Floral-Printed Saree
Of all the fashion trends that came in 2018, the floral print and ruffle pattern has been a celeb-favourite. This saree has them both. When chiffon gets a pretty makeover with flowers and trendy ruffles, you buy that saree and wear it to your farewell. Accessorise with a white clutch purse, white block heels, and pearl earrings to complete the farewell saree look.
Buy the Pink Printed Ruffle Saree (Rs 2,749) by Inddus at 45% off
21. A Multicoloured Saree
Have an agenda? Say it with style in this multicoloured block-checked saree. Drape it over a crop top or a T-shirt and complete the look with white sneakers for a street-style look. You can also team it with a solid blouse, a chain sling, and a pair of flats for a more elegant look.
Buy the Dawn Shades Block Saree (Rs 2,800) by The Secret Label
22. A Red Saree
Most women opt for a red saree for their farewell, but they don’t know when that saree can go from school-wear to wedding-wear. This solid red saree with a ruffled hemline will look super hot when paired with a black bralette or a black tube top. Trust me, it’s all the drama you need to make a bold statement.
Buy the Red Solid Viscose Rayon Saree (Rs 2,999) by AKS
23. A Quirky Saree
Designed keeping the latest trends in mind, this printed saree will be a nice addition to your closet if ‘quirky’ is how you describe your personal style. Crafted from chiffon and Banglori silk fabric, it ensures comfort and easy maintenance. Contrast print on a saree doesn’t get better than this.
Buy the Womens Printed Saree (Rs 3,083) by Demarca at flat 50% off
24. A Checked Saree
Earn appreciations for your rich taste in fashion by draping this navy blue saree with a gold-toned checked pallu. Crafted from supreme quality cotton and silk, it features gold woven work across the border lending the saree its gorgeous look and feel. Style it with your favourite pair of gold-toned earrings.
Buy the Women's Solid Gold Woven Saree with Blouse Piece (Rs 3,183) by Demarca at flat 50% off
25. A Pink Saree
If this pink saree doesn’t make you look like a princess, nothing will. The feminine colour and silhouette combined with silver gota-patti work is what makes this saree oh-so-pretty. Pair it with a silver blouse for a statement look, and don’t forget to dab on some silver highlighter for that added glam.
Buy the Pink Solid Ruffle Saree (Rs 3,464) by Inddus at 45% off
26. A Hand Painted Saree
Looking for some inspiration for farewell sarees? Check out Adagio, a hidden gem on Instagram. I landed on this beautiful purple saree with hand-painted botanical flowers and before I knew it, I was placing an order for it. Instagram stores are all the rage these days. My favourite part about them is that no two people end up with the same stuff. Team this particular creation with a blue blouse for ultra-chic feels.
Buy the Guldasta Saree (Rs 3,500+) by Adagio at their Instagram store
27. Saree Separates
When you can’t decide between a lehenga and a saree, opt for a lehenga-saree like this one. It comes with a pink blouse and skirt separates with a mesh dupatta attached at the back of the skirt. The beauty is that you can style the dupatta the way you want. We recommend a front-pallu look with this contemporary number.
Buy the Pink Solid Net Lehenga Saree (Rs 3,739) by Inddus at 45% off
28. A Gota-Patti Saree
Gracefully detailed with rich and authentic gota-patti embroidery, this designer saree will steal the spotlight on your farewell. Handcrafted in chanderi, its stunning pastel green colour makes this saree perfect for a fun gathering. Opt for a silver blouse or a dark green blouse with this one.
Buy the Pastel Green Chanderi Silk Cotton Saree with Gota Embroidery (Rs 3,899) by Tjori
29. A Linen Saree
This 100% linen saree in a soothing orange with funky pom-poms along the pallu is a genuine handloom piece. Matching the muted silver zari work on it, add finishing touches to your farewell saree look with some silver jewellery and a potli bag. Finally, pair it with a pair of juttis, that’s how all the celebs are doing it these days.
Buy the Handloom Pure Linen Jacquard Saree with Zari (Rs 4,799) by Indie Picks at 40% off
30. A Gharchola Saree
Handmade from natural high-quality silk with an attached cotton lining, this tie-dye Gharchola saree will be the talk of the town at your farewell. The stitched silver blouse comes in a boat neckline and is fitted with a zipper fastening. Pair it with oxidised silver statement earrings and a minimalistic nose ring for boho-chic feels.
Buy the Navy Blue Art Silk Sari With Silver Blouse (Rs 7,500) by The Secret Label
31. A Matka Silk Saree
There’s nothing ordinary about this self-striped saree. A genuine handloom Matka silk saree remains the most sought-after masterpiece amongst women of all ages. Ask your mom and you’ll know. Add a vibrant purple to it and you are ready to rock your farewell party.
Buy the Purple Silk Matka Woven Loom Zari Stripe Sari (Rs 7,990) by Fabindia
32. A Bhujodi Kutch Saree
Have you heard of the Bhujodi Kutch saree weave? Bhujodi is a small village in Gujarat inhabited by handloom weavers who specialise in traditional and contemporary textiles and products. No wonder that this 100% cotton saree is a 100% hit amongst innovation seekers. This bright butidar saree with colourful tassels is perfect for a day out.
Buy the Cotton Handloom Bootidar Bhujodi Kutch Saree with Tassels (Rs 9,000) by Indie Picks at flat 59% off
33. A Net Saree
This powder-blue net saree with a silver border features floral sequin embellishments all over and offers serious #StyleGoals on a silver platter. Opt for a powder-blue blouse with a sweetheart neckline and 3/4th sleeves for the ultimate saree look. Be sure to accessorise with lots of metal bangles.
Buy the Powder Blue Sari with Floral Sequin Embellishments (Rs 10,500) by Komal Sood at Aza Fashions
34. A Monochrome Saree
This black and white saree with polka dots and pineapple stamps has showstopper written all over it! Ditch the matching blouse and style this half-and-half saree with a yellow short-sleeved blouse instead. It’ll bring out the quirky pineapple print in the most stylish way ever. You will make for a fine-apple in this designer saree.
Buy the Dry Pineapple Stamp Sari with Polka Dot Blouse Piece (Rs 12,000) by House of Masaba by Masaba Gupta
35. A Jamdani Patti Saree
Jamdani Patti is the border-style this fab saree from Fabindia boasts of. It comes with gold embroidery on a Matka silk that takes the saree’s look from basic to the boss. Team this with a matching gold blouse in creative design to give the saree a modern touch.
Buy the Silk Matka Jamdani Patti Sari (Rs 12,990) by Fabindia
36. The Celeb-Approved Saree
Is there a better saree inspiration than Shilpa Shetty? We think not! This saree looks so delicious that we are wondering if it is from the House of Masaba or House of 'Masala'! Designed in a sun-drenched yellow shade, this chanderi saree is enhanced with multicoloured oversized lotus motifs all over that lend it that fun vibe. Style it like Shilpa for a truly celeb-approved look.
Buy the Chanderi Lotus Floral Printed Sari with Blouse Piece (Rs 15,000) by House of Masaba by Masaba Gupta
37. The Blogger-Approved Saree
This Instagram store needs no introduction. From bloggers to Miss World Manushi Chhillar, these soft silk organza sarees have seen it all. We like how Plixxo Influencer, Santoshi Shetty, has styled this peach hand-painted gota-enhanced saree with jeans and sneakers for an edgy look. All their sarees are hand-painted by fine craftsmen from Jaipur that use Acramin dyes and vegetable pigments. Amazing, isn’t it?
Buy the Purusa Saree (Rs 16,500) by Picchika at their Instagram Shop
38. A Mirror Embellished Saree
This net saree with mirror work and a statement-making scalloped border with pearl embellishments is tailor-made for the fashion girl. And the lovely lilac is sure to catch your fancy in a second. However, we suggest you order this in advance since it’s made-to-order and takes 4 to 5 weeks to deliver. Style it with some lightweight gold-toned jewellery.
Buy the Lilac Mirror And Pearls Embellished Saree (Rs 22, 800) by Priti Sahni at Pernia’s Popup Shop
39. A Designer Saree
Splurge on this saree once and collect compliments that’ll last you a lifetime. This designer saree from the house of Ritu Kumar will make heads turn owing to its artsy print and wonderful colour play. Pair it with flats or heels, whatever makes you feel more comfortable, and we swear you wouldn’t want to get out of this saree anytime soon.
Buy the Floral Print Sari with Unstitched Blouse (Rs 26,990) by Ritu Kumar at Aza Fashions
40. A Denim Saree
If you are all about the latest trends, then this denim saree is a must-have for you. It will give you a casual look and feel without making you look OTT. But, it also has the potential to raise the fashion bar as high as the Statue of Unity. Tie your hair up into a bun and pair it with slim heels for chic feels.
Buy the Denim Saree with Printed Blouse (Rs 38,220) by Indias Popup at Sweet Couch
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As for the filmy surprise that we promised you above, here you go.
Want to take things up a notch and wear something so amazing that won’t let anyone take their eyes off you? Take inspiration from these popular Bollywood characters and add a stylish, and filmy, touch to your farewell look. Here are 10 famous sarees from Bollywood that you can wear to your farewell without looking OTT:
1. Deepika Padukone, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
Deepika Padukone as Naina Talwar showed us how to do dark shades together in a saree. A tie-up backless blouse with studded embellishments and a plain saree with contrasting border, this blue saree is our farewell favourite.
Buy the iconic Deepika Padukone Badtameez Dil Blue Saree (Rs 1,075) at Craftsvilla.
2. Priyanka Chopra, Dostaana
Whos’ the hottest girl in the world? If you didn’t dance on Desi Girl at your farewell party, did you even party? A slick bralette style on the blouse and shimmery nude colour, this saree is one of the sexiest sarees in Bollywood till date. Be the desi girl that you are!
Here’s a Beige Party Wear Saree (Rs 1,245) you can buy at Amazon. Go with smokey eyes and nude lips to complete the look.
3. Shraddha Kapoor, Aashiqui 2
This love song needs no introduction, and the same goes for the saree Shraddha Kapoor wore in it. A golden sleeveless blouse on a marine blue chiffon saree with heavy border adds the right amount of glam. The golden detailing on it is earthy yet ethereal.
Get the exact same saree for Rs 1,864 here. Don’t forget to accessorize with statement jhumkas.
4. Anushka Sharma, Ae Dil Hai Mushkil
Whether it’s Raveena Tandon from tip-tip barsa paani or Anushka Sharma spoofing Chandni in Ae Dil Hai Mushkil, the bright yellow saree will make you look like a Yash Raj heroine and isn’t that the point of it all?! Wear it with a quirky blouse design.
This Plain Georgette Saree (Rs 549) is perfect for you if you don’t like to go OTT. A pink lipper will bring out your glow from within.
5. Katrina Kaif, Singh Is Kinng
A plain saree goes a long way. There are so many ways you can drape it in, so many blouse patterns that can be explored. For every occasion, you can carry it in a different style as if wearing a new one. Get this for your farewell already.
To get a similar look, wear this Pink Georgette Saree (Rs 358) with a strappy golden blouse.
6. Kareena Kapoor Khan, 3 Idiots
While we’re on the subject of elegant plain sarees, here’s another one from 3 Idiots that Kareena wore in the song, Zoobi Doobi. The best part of such sarees is - they’re light in weight and high on glam. You’ll never have a dull moment.
Buy this Self Design Pure Georgette Saree (Rs 830) at Flipkart. Go heavy on the blouse!
7. Kriti Sanon, Heropanti
If you’re looking for some blouse design inspiration, we found one in a pretty net-embroidery on Kriti in her debut movie Heropanti. Buy some fabric and get your masterji to stitch it already Choose the colour of your choice and carry the sheer trend Bollywood style.
Buy the Blue Art Silk Solid Banarasi Saree (Rs 1,450) by Chhabra 555 at flat 50% off.
8. Sushmita Sen, Main Hoon Na
Whenever I think about Main Hoon Na, through no fault of my own, I automatically hear (not violins) the tabla that plays whenever Sushmita walks the college corridor. And let’s face it, red is the most popular farewell colour since forever.
Look like a dream with this Party Wear Georgette Saree (Rs 879.) It comes with an unstitched blouse and it’s golden too.
9. Alia Bhatt, 2 States
How could we forget black! A touch of Chennai on the border and a Punjabi twist with floral motifs, Alia Bhatt’s saree in the movie is perfect for those who don’t mind a little bling. A micro-dot bindi, no make-up look, and a winged liner are all you need.
Get your hands on this Black Art Silk Solid Chanderi Saree (Rs 892) by Saree Mall for a similar look.
10. Sonakshi Sinha, Dabangg 2
Sonakshi in Dabangg 2 showed us that three-fourth sleeves are back in fashion. Opt for a printed blouse with a low-cut back, a contrasting plain saree and lots of bangles to accessorise with. Notice the fishtail pony and rose in her hair!
Buy the Blue Solid Kanjivaram Saree (Rs 2,224) by Saree Mall at flat 50% off.
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This story was updated in January 2019.