The festive season presents itself as the ideal time of the year to take your traditional offerings out for a spin. And what better to rely on than the timeless saree when it comes to keeping it quaint and striking! A few things elevate your unstitched six yards as instantly as a blouse—the match which has the ability to further accentuate even the most brilliant of drapes. Having evolved into varying iterations over the years—modern, high-octane and dramatic—the saree blouse is now available in a plethora of options.
The Festive Edit: Scene-Stealing Blouses For Diwali
The conventional route too, has its fair share of experimentation for those who wish to impart a new look to their saree, albeit in a fail-safe manner. Intricate threadwork and embroidery continue to stay groundbreaking, more than reason enough for you to indulge in an alternative like Kriti Sanon's Anita Dongre pick. For those who like to invest in designs championing traditional textiles, Athiya Shetty's dainty Payal Khandwala blouse in blue fits the bill and can be worn just as effortlessly with a saree as she wears with her lehenga. Scroll to see below.
No time better than the festivities to pull out all the stops with respect to drama. We are talking sartorial experiments with the blouse that involve taking it up a notch (or more) to give way to a remarkable Indian wear outing, or in case of this year, stay-in. Take notes from Deepika Padukone's full-sleeved Anamika Khanna version, complete with a floor-grazing cape and surface details or opt for an iteration like Mouni Roy's ruffled pick from Faabiiana. Continue to find your own dramatic pick to complete your Diwali look.
Along similar lines comes another set of blouses that might interest you this season, ones comprising sleeve play and details to spare. From a retro vibe look as seen in Sonam Kapoor's printed House of Masaba blouse to a tiered sleeve blouse incorporating tie-up bow worn by Shilpa Shetty, anything is fair game for a classic celebratory look.
Your bandeaus and off-the-shoulder tops are no longer restricted to a jeans pairing. With styling for blouses becoming more open to interpretation, you can very well drape your dainty six yards on a blouson of choice. Case in point: A one-shoulder pick like Kareena Kapoor Khan's or an old-school bustier like one seen on Rhea Kapoor. Should you be wondering what to wear to that card party with your close-knit circle, this one is bound to end the doubts.
If Kajal Aggarwal's recent Manish Malhotra pick for one of her pre-wedding festivities has a lesson, it's this: don't miss the back details on your blouse. For those who like to keep it edgy, the intricate beads adorning the back of the yellow blouse make it the perfect idea to try for Diwali. Not to forget something along the lines of Janhvi Kapoor's bralette—also from Manish Malhotra—that will pair perfectly with your festive pick.