Sari-Defining Indian Beauty

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It’s award season in India and around the globe, and tonight I just finished watching the Zee Cine Awards. While I was seeing and passing commentary on everyone’s dresses, I realized that the indian sari (saree) is still very fashionable amongst the attendees, even as international designer gowns make their way to the Indian red carpet. I wasn’t a fan of wearing a sari earlier, I always preferred other Indian outfits such as a suit piece, or lenhga for events, but I have become a new found fan of the sari.

A sari is basically a single cloth piece of 5 yards that is draped around you. The most popular style of draping is to have majority of the sari wrapped around the waist, with one end pinned to your left shoulder. This style tends to leave your midriff open. To make the sari look even more stylish or modern, a lot of women opt for backless, halter, patterned, or contrast blouses. The blouse design adds more  “omph” to the entire outfit.

I can count on my fingers the number of times I have worn a sari to an event. There are a lot of reasons behind it, the major one being that if not draped or pinned properly, the sari can become quite difficult to walk in. However, like anything in women’s fashion, there is a reason behind the madness of wearing a sari. I officially declare that sari makes an Indian woman look most elegant, graceful, and sexy!

I have attended my fair share of wedding in the past two months and have worn a sari to each wedding. I did need assistance in draping the sari as I am still learning all the dos and don’t of sari draping, but overall it was a great experience. I got numerous compliments on wearing a sari, and which lady doesn’t like that?

Me trying to bring Sexy Back in a almost backless sari blouse

Me trying to bring Sexy Back in a almost backless sari blouse

The sari has also made a splash on the international red carpet. Most recently, we saw Indian actress, Tabu (starred in Life of Pi) wearing a gorgeous red Abu-Sandeep sari.

Tabu in a mirror work blouse and red sari by Abu-Sandeep

Tabu in a mirror work blouse and red sari by Abu-Sandeep

The used to be famous Pussy Cat Dolls also wore sarees to a red carpet event several years back.

Pussycat Dolls owned the red carpet in black sarees draped in multiple ways

Pussycat Dolls owned the red carpet in black sarees draped in multiple ways

Like any other clothing, the styles and types of sarees continue to change. However, what doesn’t change is the fact they make all women look their best. Here is to more sari draping and shopping in 2013!

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