Whether you’re struggling to match that backless choli with your mom’s Banarsi or you’re running out of creative saree draping ideas, opting to wear a nine yard garment at a family wedding can be quite a brave choice for us millennials. And if you’re looking for some hatke ways to rock that saree, then these Bollywood-approved styles will ensure that you look your best.
Who better than the queen herself! Kareena Kapoor Khan’s all-black ruffled saree gown would be ideal for a girl who loves being the showstopper at a wedding. The cinched belt along with the attached pallu is a great idea, especially if you want to do away with multiple pallu adjustments.
To us, Sridevi will always be our favourite ‘Yashraj heroine’, the one who made us love chiffon sarees. But if you are not really a fan of plain chiffon, then this Anamika Khanna draped saree style would be the one to recreate. You could even wear leggings instead of a petticoat and opt for a beautifully embellished long jacket to give it a fusion touch.
Shilpa Shetty’s Instagram feed is like a digital museum for saree addicts. From net to pure cotton sarees, Shilpa has rocked them all. This saree inspired by the 1920s has a gown-like fit and a furry trail at the hem. The pallu style is simple yet beautiful, and can be an interesting upgrade to the Gujarati-front over pallu pattern.
Shilpa is at it again! We just can’t get over this yummy mummy’s saree avatar. We loved the fish tail hem and the single pallu of this Kiran Uttam Ghosh masterpiece. We think this style would really suit someone who favours minimalism over OTT bling. Oh, and we loved that she kept her accessories to a bare minimum and let her outfit do the talking.
Sonam Kapoor’s princess avatar is perfect for the shaadi day or even a cocktail party. We loved the cold-shoulder blouse and the pleated pallu that gathers on the shoulder. Make sure you tie your hair in a bun and wear minimal accessories, if you want the beauty of this saree to stand out.
If falling over a long hem is one of the things that keeps you from wearing a saree, then this cropped, ankle length piece by Payal Pratap could be a life saviour. What’s more, you don’t have to fuss over multiple pleats too. Make sure you choose silk over cotton, as it helps stay in place if you pin it correctly. You could even opt for trainers to give it a casual vibe.
Whether you want to show off your curves or just want the drape to hug you at the right places, this classic saree style will never fail you. We recommend opting for an elastic band skirt to wear underneath or a non-flair petticoat to give it that bodycon vibe.