Various Saree Styles For Every Woman
Saree’s have been the traditional household wear for almost all of India for centuries now. The best things about saree’s is that it’s a one size fits all and the most versatile garment in the world, ranging from a 4-9ft long fabric with defined textures, borders and beading. Saree’s have an ageless charm that fits any size, any occasion, any budget and moves with fashion. It can be worn to the temple, a cocktail party or your wedding. There are so many ways to rock a saree, you will never run out of ideas. The most common styles are described below.
Gujarati/North Indian style- This style originated in the north. The decorative end of the sari (called the “pallu”) is draped over the right shoulder from back to front in pleats. One of the pleats is pulled across the midriff and pinned in the back. This style works great for women who are conscious of their midsection.
Dakshani / Nivi style – This is the most popular style of draping sarees in India. It was made famous by bollywood actresses. The nivi style is the most flattering style because it gives the body a hourglass shape, hugging your curves in all the right places. Here, the pallu is draped over the left shoulder from front to back, basically reversing the Gujarati style.
Bengali/Devadas style- Originally from Bengal, but popularized by the film “Devadas” this drape is done with two large pleats in front and the pallu wrapped twice around the top. Traditionally the pallu end was weighed down with a house key – usually of the heavy skeleton variety. Nowadays, however, there are many variations to this style. What’s more, it has less folds and tucks that matter and it all crushes down as you go about your day so you don’t really look as balloon-like as you may think you do.
These three main styles can be modified in so many different ways and styles, that there’s no way to account for all of them. It’s all about how you wear the saree because it portrays your beauty and personality. Below are pictures of these main draping styles and other styles on famous women around the world. In my opinion, every woman should wear a saree at least once, not because I’m biased towards them, but because I can almost guarantee you will feel and look exceptional. Plus you’ll have so much fun choosing the perfect draping style to flatter your figure!!!