A sari is a sensual item of clothing, and is one of our favourite fashion pieces around this time of year. But, you have to ensure that the blouse you pair it with stands out too! Sara Shah tells you about a few must-have sari blouses
Ask any Indian woman what part of her sari she loves the most and we can bet that it’s the blouse. The sari is one of the most elegant items of clothing and the blouse is responsible for a large part of its overall appeal. Unless you’re going to wear a sari that is dripping with embellishments, you will need a blouse that grabs attention, especially with a sheer sari. So, we asked a few designers what sari blouses are must-haves for the festive and wedding season. Take a look at what they said:
Funky blouses are in for Shruti Sancheti
2015 is the year of unconventional, funky sari blouses. From zipped cropped tops, shirt blouses and peplums, to cape blouses, jackets and chugas, there are several options you can choose from. While sharp colour, fabric and print contrasts were prominent throughthe year, embroidered and woven blouses are also becoming popular,” says Shruti. And, while these are some of the more common choices, she suggests picking a shirt blouse with an androgynous look, teamed with a feminine sari, or a heavily embroidered crop top.
Payal Singhal recommends picking bright, embroidered crop top styles
“Brightly coloured, embroidered crop top blouses are a welcoming twist on traditional attire. They are a beautiful way to jazz up a neutral palette and are an extremely fresh and likeable trend,” Payal tells us. She also believes that choli blouses with mirrorwork are also perfect for the festive season and are always a favourite. “Adding an ethnic touch to the sari, mirrorwork cholis are sexy and eye-catching. Pair them with a plain, bright sari or a heavily, embroidered one, and you can never go wrong with the look.” But, for a trendier look, Payal suggests pairing your sari with a raised hem choli. She says, “Showing a bit of skin is not such a bad idea and it adds to the sensual quotient of your sari. The raised hem choli creates a buzz and is fashionable as well as an effortless way to style up your look.”
Keep it edgy and versatile, say Sonam & Paras Modi
“Crop top style blouses have been trending this year and are a very chic style. They are simple, edgy, versatile and can be styled with a sari, lehenga, or worn creatively with patialas, creating a very sophisticated look,” they tell us. They also suggest pairing an embellished off-shoulder blouse with your sari for a unique, more appealing look.
Ritu Seksaria suggests going vintage this festive season
According to Ritu, every state, region, and community has different ways of draping a sari, various preferred styles, patterns and lengths, but what really sets them apart are their blouses. She explains, “Really attractive blouses, with attached cups and seamless blouses with low and interesting backs, teamed with sheer saris in contrasting colours are doing the rounds this season. Additionally, jacket blouses, bodysuits and high-neck blouses are great concepts that take your sari to another level.” But, what does she think a must-have sari blouse is? “A vintage gold blouse with interesting embroidery that is worn with a plain sari. It looks chic and classic,” she tells us.