When it comes to picking their go-to fashion, most people opt for an effortless dress with flats or sneakers or jeans with a tee/top. But Shilpa Shetty loves her sarees. I’m sorry, concept sarees. Not just special occasions, events, and festivals but even her reality show gigs include an infinite number of sarees that, amazingly, look like anything but sarees! And if there’s anything new that the birthday girl has taught us about the traditional attire, it’s that–a belt goes a long way, red is the best colour, and there is more than one way to style a saree. The actress has a natural talent for pulling off unique saree drapes like no other in India. So, that’s what we are celebrating today on her 45th birthday!
Prepare yourself to “saree, not sorry” as Shilpa Shetty shows you different ways to drape a saree for a head-turning look. Whatever occasion 2020 throws at you after lockdown, make the most of it in Bollywood style, ladies! Here we go.
Shilpa is giving us all kinds of Victorian vibes with a desi twist by pairing this black and white saree by Monika Nidhii with a vintage top. Take it from the actress, ditch the blouse and drape your saree over any top of your choice for a modern look.
The no blouse saree look is another head-turner since 2019. This Zainab-print fuchsia saree with an embellished boho belt by Ridhi Mehra is looking sexy AF teamed with a long, tube blouse of the same print. We like how the neckline and hemline of the blouse are embellished to establish a break in the two garments. Are you taking notes?
‘Coz regular pallu is so Indus Valley Civilization, eh?! Leave it to Shilpa Shetty to turn the heat up a notch with her style statements. This frilly, micro-pleated saree by Sonaakshi Raaj Merani with a full-blown ruffled pallu is something right up Shilpa’s alley. And now yours too! Pro tip: cinch it with a belt to minimise the fluff of such fabrics.
Why choose between a saree and an evening gown when you can wear both? Slaying the anti-trend look in this neo-drape saree gown by Shantanu & Nikhil, Shilpa looks red hot, doesn’t she? With a statement bodice adorned with intricate cording & medallion detailing, this solid saree look is perfect for a soirée. Or to make grocery runs extra AF if 2020 is being a b*tch. JK!
Chiffon sarees are the best! They’re lightweight hence easy to carry, summer-friendly, and so elegant. But do you know what’s better? Adding some statement to them with bold blouses, like Shilpa here in SurilyG couture with her beaded fringed top. Proof that replacing a saree blouse with anything else can be such a gamechanger!
As much as she loves traditional Indianwear, Shilpa isn’t averted to wearing pre-stitched sarees every now and then. This lime green dhoti-draped saree by Label D is proof. If you don’t know how to drape a saree, go for a pre-stiched one. These days, they come in all types of pleats from traditional to contemporary. Exhibit A^
Is it a saree, is it a one-piece, who can tell? But we sure do know that Shilpa is looking like abstract art in this Tarun Tahiliani couture. With tightly gathered silhouettes and an asymmetrical hemline, this concept saree is what you wear if you want to stand out in the crowd. The blouse has sheer embroidered sleeves which is an excellent way to show more without wearing less. How about that!
We wish you a very happy birthday, Shilpa! Here’s to more new and jaw-dropping saree styles.
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