Think saree and immediately your brain conjures up the ideas of heritage and tradition. In fact, whenever we have to turn up in our traditional avatar, most of us choose to drape ourselves in the nine yards.
But it is also a very fun garment. Fun in the sense it’s very flowy and lends itself easily to various avatars. There are dozens of ways in which you can experiment with a saree, whether it’s in terms of playing with its fabric, or the manner in which it is draped or even what its traditional components are (think saree and pants, instead of saree over petticoat).
And this is best exhibited by the celebrities of Bollywood who often present their own spins on this traditional garment, setting new trends. To give you a peek into the multifaceted nature of this truly remarkable sartorial invention, we have compiled a list showcasing some of the most interesting ways in which celebs have styled this traditional garment. Scroll down to get some amazing fashion inspiration!
1. Sonam’s Denim Saree
A denim saree is certainly not for the faint-hearted. Denim is not a fabric you would traditionally associate with saree, but trust Bollywood’s resident fashionista to do the unthinkable. And looking at the results here, we can say that it doesn’t look half bad either. Even if you are not too experimental, you have to give Sonam credit for creative thinking!
2. Deepika’s Cape Saree
If we have to sum up Deepika’s personal style philosophy in a few words, we would use terms like “poised” and “graceful fashion”. While not as daring as Sonam’s, Deepika’s style is also geared towards reinventing the traditional, and she manages to do that brilliantly with this delicate, cape-saree. The caped blouse with its intricate embroidery provides a nice contrast to the plain saree. This entire outfit would be a great option for a cocktail party.
3. Dia Mirza’s Uniquely Structured Saree
Dia’s structured saree breaks away from tradition in a lot of ways and looks amazing while doing so. Be it its unconventional color, or its bold, collared blouse, everything works in sync with each other to give us an elegant outfit. If you are looking for a saree that falls under chic office formals, we suggest you give this combo a try.
4. This Floral Avatar Worn By Kareena Kapoor Khan
In case you are unaware, Bollywood royalty, Kareena Kapoor Khan seldom has any fashion missteps.With this floral number, she proves that she can also pull off an experimental outfit with equal panache. The corset blouse with its sunflower motif uplifts the whole outfit making it a statement piece. While it doesn’t make for an ideal wedding outfit, it certainly can be counted as a high-fashion piece.
5. This Jacketed Spin On The Nine Yards By Kajol
A surprise entry on this list, Kajol is not really known to be experimental with her clothes, rather she prefers to go the conventional route. However, in this case, just by adding a layer of a simple gold coat, she has given a very unique Indo-western twist to the outfit,which makes it look sophisticated.
6. This Fun-Colored Version Sported By Shilpa Shetty Kundra
If only our Monday blues looked so good! With her enviable hourglass figure, Shilpa can even make a sack look good, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that this outfit looks so great on her. The vibrant color of the outfit plus its bold accessory only serve to accentuate its beauty.
7. Alia’s Frilly And Flamboyant Take On The Old Printed Classic
The youngest of the lot also has the freshest take. Instead of going for heavy duty Kanjivarams or Banarasi sarees, Alia has chosen a light and breezy printed saree. And by adding frills to the garment, and wearing it in a gownlike fashion, she has given it a very modern avatar.
8. Jacqueline Fernandez’s Lacy Spin
Jacqueline’s version of the saree is the least experimental of the lot, it stands out for its sophisticated simplicity. She has paired the plain yellow saree with a lacy cold-shoulder crop top. Using minimal accessories, Jacqueline has ensured that the saree remains the focal point, and the lacy detail of the blouse manages to give the whole look a very soft, delicate vibe without making it overtly sensuous. All in all, it’s a very cute and peppy take on the good ol’ saree, don’t you think?
We are sure that now that you’ve gone through this extensive list, you no longer think of saree as your mother or grandmother’s favored garment. This list makes it pretty evident that you can mold it to your liking. In fact, this makes it an ideal choice for those who prefer to do things differently.
So if you too like to march to the beat of your own drums, you too should try to rock the saree in your own, unique way, just like these celebs.
Which version of the saree did you like the most? Share your opinions with us in the comments section.