As Indians, it is safe to say that we take our festivals and weddings quite seriously! Putting the 'fest' in festive is what we do best - whether it is the frenzy of getting the house cleaned, shopping for gifts, decorating the house, or socializing.
Needless to say, there is nothing that brings the big Indian family closer together than a celebration. While we don't really need an excuse to party all-year-round, the 'official' festive season starting October onwards is a time everyone looks forward to. Kicking off with Diwali and extending for months after, with countless weddings and parties, this is a period of celebration deemed so by the stars.
Along with the festive season comes the eternal struggle of choosing the right clothes. Half the festive fun is in dressing up in a show-stopping outfit, isn’t it? However,this seems to be easier said than done. Diwali offers ample opportunities to experiment with the myriad fashion styles that speak to you. But the dilemma in today's world is an abundance of choices, not the lack of them.
From lehengas and statement fusion-wear to Indo-western dhoti outfits and Anarkali suits - the mind boggles while deciding what to wear. It can be tough to find the right clothes that are quintessentially you. In our quest for the perfect ensemble, we often tend to overlook a garment that looks beautiful on every occasion and every body type – the timeless and elegant saree.
We have gone all nine yards and more to curate a list of five different looks to up your saree game this festive season.
Chanderi – A saree for all seasons
Nothing exudes class and grace like the incomparable handloom Chanderi sarees. Whether your vibe is 'easy like Sunday morning' or an 'unstoppable party animal,' Chanderi will take you there in style.
Less is always more when it comes to impeccable styling. Drape a handcrafted Chanderi Silk in rich pastel hues (such as peach) adorned with delicate block prints. It is an iridescent ensemble for an afternoon function, as the warm colours and fine silk play beautifully with the rays of the sun. Too many weddings to hop on a single day? This versatile saree transitions effortlessly from easy-breezy during the day to luminescent under the night sky. A dressier pair of earrings and clutch are the only wardrobe changes you might need to make.
If pastels aren’t really your thing, look flawless in a white, finely-embroidered Chanderi Silk Saree with a bold and majestic border – perfect for pujas and other religious occasions.
Elevate your Cotton Sarees in Style
Cotton sarees may just be the way to go this season. Effortlessly elegant, they elevate the style quotient of any room you walk into. A mauve or lavender cotton-silk saree with a zari border makes for a dreamy look for a day function. Style it with a beautiful blouse, high heels, and some ethnic silver or pearl earrings for completing the look.
There is nothing like prints to make a style statement - A beautiful Dabu block print in soft pastel colours paired with dangling jhumkas is all you need to dazzle at an evening party.
Traversing from Rajasthan to Gujarat, radiate beauty in an elegant Bandhani saree this festive season. For maximum effect, choose a saree featuring two prominent colours – such as yellow and blue - and a zari border. The cheerful Bandhani print will perfectly complement the joy of the festival and wedding season.
You could also add some extra zing to a muted cotton saree by pairing it with a subtly glittering blouse.
Amalgamate Classic and Contemporary with a Kanjeevaram
Any conversation on sarees is incomplete without mentioning the legendary Kanjeevaram Sarees. These aren’t merely sarees but masterful works of art and heritage precious to whoever owns them. And what better time to show off these breathtaking sarees than during the festival season?
Dazzle in a classic Kanjeevaram with rich tones and a gold zari – the perfect outfit for an Indian wedding.
For those of you who prefer a more traditional style with just a dash of contemporary, choose a handpicked Kanjeevaram Saree with a striped, multi-coloured border. Pair the saree with a statement necklace and contrasting blouse for an unforgettable look.
If standing out of the crowd isn’t your thing, make a subtle style statement with a beige handpicked Kanjeevaram offset with a bright contrasting pallu. But, we warn you, you won’t be able to avoid the spotlight in this showstopper!
Six yards of heritage – Handloom Sarees
Take your heritage fashion game to the next level with a gorgeous Assamese Saree. Opt for one in vibrant and contrasting shades such as black and gold, with a patterned gold zari border and pallu. Assamese sarees are delicately crafted out of mulberry silk and have a glossy finish that's perfect for a wedding function. Pair this ensemble with big hoops or a gorgeous statement ring.
Further up your style quotient all while paying tribute to the fine art of weaving by draping a fabulous Jamdani saree. Jamdani is a masterful style of weaving practised in West Bengal. It is known to be the most advanced hand-weaving technique in the world, with motifs so intricate that an artist takes a year to complete a single handwoven Jamdani saree!
Drape a cream coloured Jamdani organza-mulberry silk saree over a bright-coloured blouse for a look that is poetry in motion owing to its beautiful weaves, lightweight fabric, and fabulous drape. Complete the look with a pair of ethnic earrings and a simple gold bracelet.
The evergreen Banarasi Saree
The striking Banarasi Saree, with its beautiful zari work and metallic sheen, is perfect for any and all festivities. You can never go wrong with a pretty Banarasi Saree in a pink or onion shade with a floral motif. Elegant and dignified, this look is a sure-shot winner at any festive gathering.
For more of a statement, choose a striking colour such as turquoise complemented with exquisite zari work, floral vines, and an eye-catching pallu.
Saree All the Way
When in doubt, always wear a saree! Make this beautiful garment your signature style this festive season and celebrate every occasion like you own it.