This story was updated in January 2019.
It is that time of the year again! Festivities are knocking on our doors while we’re inside, hurrying around and getting dressed in our Indian wear best. You have to admit that no other outfit can more traditional than our eternal nine-yards. So with Diwali round the corner and the wedding season in full swing, we’re here with the ultimate handpicked list of new sarees designs that will bring that little something extra to your celebrations.
This pink Kanchipuram saree will single-handedly add panache to your festivities. Named after the district it is woven in, the kanchipuram silk saree is characterised by classic bright colours coupled with heavy fabric, giving it a unique rich look. Especially the zari work on the border and pallu. This unique Kanchipuram silk comes with a heavy zari border and will be perfect for occasions such as weddings and puja.
Buy it here (Rs 10,833) by Nalli Silk Sarees
Isn’t the combination of the two colours stunning? This hand-woven fabric is yarn-dyed in Andhra and is distinguished by the typical thread count. The rustic orange, teamed with green and golden weave gives the saree a beautiful sheen and double shaded colour. The pallu is adorned with a zari striped design which is a distinguishing embellishment made from the golden weave. This cotton-silk is just what you need for a wedding or a family function. To complete the look, we suggest pairing it with gold jewellery as it will complement the golden undertones of the saree.
Buy it here (Rs 2,800) by Indie Picks
Be bright and beautiful in the solid mustard-yellow lehenga-saree. This versatile saree has a bohemian look and feel to it, which can be transformed into more formal look by pairing it with high heels and ethnic jewellery. Or if love the flirty-gypsy feel to it, then pair with Kolhapuri chappals and a multi-coloured brocade blouse!
Buy it here (Rs 1,499) by Aks
You can’t go wrong with white! Pick this oh-so-feminine linen saree, with a pristine pastel colour combination, for those morning festivities. White being a symbol of purity, oozes an aura of unadulterated goodness, while the colourful lilies add the extra touch of sophistication. Linen being the perfect fabric for those extra hot and sultry days, this will make for a great attire for office, casual brunches or a to visit those elegant art galleries. Accentuate your eyes with kohl and wear those gorgeous silver earrings to take on the world.
Buy it here (Rs 6,300) by Suta
One can never go wrong with this classic red and white Garad or Gorod silk saree. It is one of the most popular sarees from Bengal. This hand-woven silk saree has a very soft feel and a very crisp paper-like sound when it's handled. Red and white colours are both considered auspicious and hence worn by the Bengalis during the festivities of Durga Puja. This is a saree which is as classic as it gets.
Buy it here (Rs 10,499) by Indie Picks
A vibrant orange silk saree with flowers woven on a golden base makes for that perfect outfit for a wedding in the family or karvachauth festivities. In fact, it would make you stand out when adorned with vintage pearls and chandelier jhoomkas. The intricate flower-jaal bootis that run all through the saree, showcase the amount of hard work and delicate weaves that has gone into making it an outstanding piece, perfect for all types of traditional celebrations.
Buy it here (Rs 10,950) by Meena Bazaar
This classic red and gold chanderi silk cotton saree has a very versatile look to it. It can be worn for smaller family functions such as Diwali cards’ parties. It is very apt for those office parties, making it a must-buy for this festive season. The embellished gold pine motifs on the pallu give it that extra pick up. Pair this classic saree with golden heels, golden earrings and a petite red clutch and you are ready!
Buy it here (Rs 5,990) by FabIndia
Inspired by the ikat sarees of Patan, Gujarat, this gorgeous nine-yards depicts the wildlife with motifs of parrots, elephants and shows dancing figures patterned with exquisitely woven delicate flowers. A sign of grace and elegance, Patola sarees were once only worn by aristocrats and royalty. It is a symbol of heritage and a perfect marriage between the fabric and festivities. This one is for keeps!
Buy it here (Rs 27,999) by Indie Picks
This beautiful handloom pure-linen jacquard saree, with cute little pom-pom detailing, is completely hand-woven and is apt for an intimate wedding function. In fact, it will make a perfect outfit for a formal dinner setting. Pair this very traditional ensemble with a big olive green bindi and kohled eyes for the dramatic effect. Accessories with a boxy-clutch and a pair of juttis to complete the look.
But it here (Rs 4,545) by Indie Picks
This Tussar Silk saree is inspired by the madhubani geometric pattern, which can be seen in detail on the pallu and makes for an exquisite wardrobe addition. This must-have tussar silk saree has a unique rustic yet elegant look to it, making it the perfect attire for weddings, parties or any other auspicious occasion. Its unique texture and rustic charm makes it a standalone garment. However, you can always accessorise with simple diamond studs that will only add to its aura.
Buy it here (Rs 3,600) by Indie Picks
For the Indie chic in you, try this chanderi cotton-silk shibori tie & dye. Shibori is unique way of dying the cloth where the craftsmen creates patterns on the fabric by folding it into various shapes. Since the festive days are on and the weather has definitely changed, this saree can be worn for office parties, formal brunches or for a cards’ party. Put on a bright lipstick and you will make heads turn!
Buy it here (Rs 1,200) by Indie Picks
The eye-catching stripes make this pure cotton saree a stunner. Orange and blue stripes make it a statement garment. Pair this lovely attire with chunky silver jewellery and high heels and you are ready for a cocktail night! Don’t forget to exaggerate the winged-eyeliner for a sultry look.
Buy it here (Rs. 2,730) by Indie Picks
Who doesn’t like a traditional bright orange leheriya saree! A traditional style of tie and dye technique, the leheriya is native to the state of Rajasthan. It literally means ‘waves’, paying homage to the wave-like pattern of dying the cloth.
Buy it here (Rs 1,813) by Jaypore
This hand-painted tussar silk saree is very special as it displays the rich cultural and heritage of Madhubani art on the pallu and the border. The painting is done using natural dyes thus making it even more exquisite. When paired with the right accessories it can be perfect for wedding, parties, receptions, brunches or even work. Big silver jhumkas or heavy layered pearl necklace will make you look like royalty.
Buy it here (Rs 13,900) by Jaypore
Black is eternal - there, we said it! This pure tussar silk saree with shibori tie-dye looks absolutely ethereal. Pair it with a statement choker necklace and red heels for a formal dinner or wear it with a blood-red ruffled blouse to keep things flirty and fun for a cocktail dinner. Tussar silk fabrics are perfect for those nippy fall evenings as they keep you warm and cosy.
Buy it here (Rs 23,650) by Jaypore
If you are a fan of prints then this yellow and ecru Ritu Kumar saree, from her latest festive line, is the one you should go for. Must-Have ethnic wear, this nine yards of blended silk fabric features geometric print all over. It is made for those quiet ghazal evenings or a night at the theatre.
Buy it here (Rs 8,800) by Ritu Kumar
Satya Paul is known for its distinguished and eclectic prints on saree. Using rich Banarasi fabric, the saree is detailed with dainty roses, lavender butterflies and natural abundance. The soft pastel hues give it a very regal look and feel. Go for an elegant look by tying your hair in a side bun, and adorning your ears with petite pearl studs!
Buy it here (Rs 14,995 ) by Satya Paul
Red automatically reminds us of fearlessness. Ridhi Mehra’s deep red chiffon saree with ruffles and tassel detailing makes us want to wear it all the time. It’s frilly, flirty and looks like so much fun for a cards party!
Buy it here (Rs 54,800) by Ridhi Mehra
This Diwali, why don’t you choose this contemporary saree gown instead of the traditional nine yards? It is sure to get you lots of admiring looks. Made from georgette fabric, which is known to be light as a feather, it falls perfectly on the curves for the oh-so-sultry look. To complete the look, pair it with high heels and long earring.
Buy it here (Rs 24,300) by Limerick By Abirr N’ Nanki
A classic combination of pink and yellow, this georgette foil printed saree with a yellow border along with lace detail is paired with rani pink foil printed raised neckline blouse in georgette. The highlight, without a doubt, is the bell sleeves! If you love making a statement, this is the saree for you. The bright yellow and rani pink complement each other and sit in harmony. Since it is already a striking combination, keep the accessories minimal. But don’t forget to pick up that clutch!
Buy it here (Rs 34,500) by Nikasha
Draped pre-stitched sarees are making noise right now. This chanderi silk and georgette saree is a must-have in your wardrobe to make you look super glamorous for wedding functions such as a cocktail night. This saree comes with a beautiful embroidered peplum blouse. It is perfect for women who love wearing a saree but hate the discomfort that comes with it.
Buy it here (Rs 29,850) by Neha and Tarun
Not a usual choice of colour but we loved it. Teal offers the peace and tranquility of the colour blue while adding the growth aspect of green and a tinge of energy from yellow. The silk-blend saree is perfect for dinners, small functions or a cards nights. Accentuated by the silver elephant motif weave, the saree looks graceful and regal. Style it with chunky silver jewellery and you are good to go!
Buy it here (Rs 1,934) by Mitera
There is something about net sarees that is so much fun, like this lavender printed saree with an embroidered border. The net fabric is lightweight and easy to carry for long hours. We would say that it is perfect for next spring wedding you attend. Pair it with a solid lavender or a pink blouse to make the saree print pop.
But it here (Rs 839) by Shaily
This silk-blend black Kanjeevaram woven saree is designed with golden border and geometric pattern jaal weave on the entire saree. The beautiful colour combination stands out on the black base of the saree, making it complete in itself. A heavy saree like this doesn't require too much jewellery. Keep the accessories to a minimal, wear golden or black stilettos and a matching potli bag. Your next wedding look is ready!
Buy it here (Rs 2,534) by Mitera
A pure orange with silver motifs handloom linen jacquard saree with zari border has a very versatile appeal and will go well for intimate family functions and bigger gatherings.
Buy it here (Rs 5,599) by Indie Picks
This Kutch hand-blocked cotton saree is characterized by the shibori tie-dye technique where fabric is folded and sometimes even stitched in various ways to create unparalleled geometric designs. Classic indigo and red combination saree will make a huge fashion statement when you pair them with silver jewellery and kohl eyes.
Buy it here (Rs 2,000) by Indie Picks
Green Banarasi cotton and silk blend saree with zari border has beautiful leaf weavings. This is accentuated with broad silver and red border. Traditional attire at best for those family functions.
Buy it here (Rs 4,100) by Rudrakaashee
This pink and yellow pure linen handloom saree comes with booti on the pallu and pom-pom detailing on the pallu. Perfect for casual brunches, art fests or tash night with friends!
Buy it here (Rs 3,500) by Indie Picks
Another Banarasi zari rose saree, with jaal meena border, to make you look oh-so-beautiful. These Banarasi sarees do make us look regal and timeless.
Buy it here (Rs 4,999) by Pretty Woman
Woven by pure mulberry silk threads, south silk sarees are defined by bold colours, unique textures, and variegated weaves. This resplendent pink and green south silk saree is a must-have for traditional festive occasions. We especially love how the drape of this saree makes it stand out in a crowd. If you are a tall woman do pair it with rani pink juttis, but if you love heels just as much as we do, pair them with gold high heels.
Buy it here (Rs 4,979) by Pretty Woman
A Banarasi saree is considered to be finest sarees ever created. Made with precious banarasi silks, they are characterised by brocade borders and pallus, often having woven butas or Jaal on the body. This black and gold banarasi saree looks absolutely divine for a wedding function or if you are hosting a Diwali party.
Buy it here (Rs 5,999) by Rudrakaashe
Chanderi gets its name from the small town of chanderi in Madha Pradesh and os known for its shiny look. This rich looking fabric is ultra thin and translucent. This beautiful peach handloom pure chanderi saree has delicate jamdani zari buti woven by hand using a special technique of tapestry-weaving which requires huge amount of time and fine skill set. A lovely addition to your saree collection, this saree can be worn for any traditional celebration, it is that versatile.
But it here (Rs 6,500) by Indie Picks
Beautiful batik is a unique dying technique that is known for its complicated designs. This fun and elegant batik handloom saree is certainly for keeps. Draped in an unconventional manner to keep the fun factor in, it only enhances the curves in an elegant way. To complete the look, pair the saree with high heels and a sling clutch.
Buy it here (Rs 2,625) by Suta
Inspired by the Manipuri regions, this handloom saree is quite the vision with the tassel detailing on the pallu. The sultry pink and dark grey saree is sure to set your heart racing. Team it up with an unconventional printed blouse to keep the girlie feel alive. Accessorise with kohlapuris or plain juttis for that indie look.
Buy it here (Rs 4,800) by Suta
This saree with no borders can be worn for a Diwali party at work or a cards party with friends or for those lazy Sunday brunches. Enjoy the lightweight fabric which makes it hassle-free and fun to wear anytime, anywhere.
Buy it here (Rs 3,623) by Suta
The colour purple is associated with royalty, wealth and power. And this saree exudes exactly what that. A timeless classic silk saree with an intricate flower butti pattern is further enhanced by the bird and flower motif border and pallu. Apt for weddings and traditional ceremonies alike this purple pure silk saree will certainly be the talk of the town.
Buy it here (Rs 9,950) by Meena Bazaar
This golden handwoven saree is an ideal pick for wedding festivities and karva chauth celebrations. Team it with layered necklaces and jhumkas to get the right traditional look.
Buy it here (Rs 6,980) by Meena Bazaar
Ahhhh! Have you seen a richer sultry red? This exquisite Swarnchuri saree is a special kind of Baluchari saree of Bengal. This very special saree is world renowned for its intricate motifs and patterns which depict a mythological scene on the pallu from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. This perfect red saree has mina or gold thread work, the motifs that give it the sheen and rich look, ideal for weddings and Diwali puja.
Buy it here (Rs 12,599) by Indie Picks
Inspired by Madhubani art of wall painting from Mithila in Bihar, this pure tussar silk monochrome saree is adorned with tribal motifs of wildlife. The pallu especially is a great tribute to the master craftsmen of Mithila. A great combination of beige and black, this artsy saree is ideal for formal dinner and brunches. Accessorize with heavy silver jewellery or tribal themed neckpiece to carry off the unconventional look.
Buy it here (Rs 10,799) by Rudrakaashe
This pure Eri tussar silk saree in mint with lavender and the purple border looks regal and timeless. A perfect blend of subtlety and panache is ideal for weddings and dinners. This beautiful blend is sure to get you a lot of compliments. Think of it as an heirloom to have and pass on to the younger generation.
Buy it here (Rs 3,200) by Indie Picks
Tussar silk is a beautiful fabric that is rich in look and heritage. It is known for its earthy unique texture, feel, and sheen. This pure tussar silk saree is a beautiful and evergreen combination. It is a great saree for Diwali puja. With a polki set and high heels, you are set for a night out!
Buy it here (Rs 10,799) by Rudrakashee
Switch it up with this buttery chanderi offering from Nicobar. This grey charcoal saree features dainty floral gold foil print, making it look like small cherry blossoms. Perfect for any festive occasion, pair it with a contrasting blouse and drape it in a playful manner. Step out in style!
Buy it here (Rs 8,800) by Nicobar
Pair this pastel orange tissue saree with long jhumkas and silver heels to attend a family function. Tissue is a light fabric and is weaved using silk and metallic yarn that gives it its metallic sheen. Since it's light to wear, you can carry it with comfort.
Buy it here (Rs 6,749) by Via East
Bring a touch of elegance with this pure cotton green kota check saree with a fine zari border and zari pallu. This saree oozes femininity and is a canvas for accessorizing. Since it is a solid colour, you can play around the jewellery, to get the desired look. Apt for smaller wedding functions or a cards' party or even an office party.
Buy it here (Rs 4,499) by Via East
This pretty Beige bhagalpuri saree in silk blend makes for an elegant evening wear. Wear it to a cocktail party or for a formal dinner! The blue butterflies stand out on the solid beige background. Team the saree with a royal blue raw silk blouse and sapphire earrings, to complete the look.
Buy it here (Rs 749) by Saree Mall
A kasavu saree is a proud possession of the Malayalee women of Kerela. This type of saree is considered to be a very traditional and is worn by Malayalee women on auspicious occasions - especially during the Hindu new year known as Kasavu, kerala Kasavu and Mundum Neriyathum. This Kasavu saree has a new twist with a gorgeous multi-coloured border, which marries so well with the cream colour of the saree. It’s a lovely attire for morning functions - simple and very elegant.
Buy it here (Rs 674) by Saree Mall
The rich combination of heavy silk fabric with the vibrant red colour makes it a gorgeous must-have for any traditional ceremony. This saree would look resplendent on a new bride for her reception. The pallu and the border have separate patterned flowers weave, accentuating the royal red.
Buy it here (Rs 8,450) by Meena Bazaar
A traditional jamdani saree is handloom fabric made of cotton and finds its origins in Dhaka, Bangladesh. It has one of the most labor-intensive forms of handloom weaving and is known for the finest quality of muslin fabrics. This art-form owes a lot of its success to its Mughal patronage. This ochre yellow jamdani saree is a perfect example of a traditional jamdani saree, complete with complex jaal weaving throughout the saree. A proud loom for the history that comes with it, this saree will make for a lovely outfit for a Mehendi function, perfectly in tow with the yellow theme.
Buy it here (Rs 5,300) by Roop Katha Web
This pure georgette nude peach saree has the most complex and intricate chikankari and kamdani work done on it. An heirloom-worthy for people who have intimate know-how and the understanding of this handmade art. Traditional art of embroidery from Lucknow, Chikan literally means embroidery and dates back to the time of Nur Jehan (wife of Jahangir). The saree is adorned by jaali work and antique kamdani in floral patterns. A very royal and ethnic saree is one for very truly special occasions.
Buy it here (Rs 80,000) by Talking Threads
This tussar silk saree from Samyakk, features delicate zardosi thread work along with cutdana embroidery. The patchwork on the pallu runs throughout the saree and as seen on the border, is accentuated with beadwork. This citrine yellow saree, when paired with a heavy kundan set complete with maang tikka or a passa, will make for a stunning look for an upcoming wedding. However, the saree is so beautiful on its own that one can even pull it off with minimal jewellery too.
Buy it here (Rs 24,800) by Samyakk
Pick this rani pink and green gota patti border saree for its exquisite and intricate handwork. A vibrant and colourful georgette saree from Rajasthan uses the applique technique wherein small, zari ribbon pieces are applied on the fabric with the edges sewn together, creating elaborate patterns. It is a unique masterwork that is a native of the state of Rajasthan and is created for wedding and other formal occasions.
Buy it here (Rs 3,500) by Rajasthani Rangrez