It’s simply six yards of cloth, some of them downright plain, with very little embellishment, but when draped around a woman’s body, it creates a magical look of elegance, grace and allure. Few other dresses can compare with what the saree does for a woman’s looks. The Indian saree unquestionably remains the numero uno choice for women for all special occasions. Such is the versatility of the saree, that it can with simple tweaks make one look ready for office and work, a wedding, a party or even a day out to attend the child’s Parent–teacher Meet!
For many however, saree wearing itself seems too tiresome and cumbersome. They find the length, the pleats and the pallu handling, way beyond their capacity. In my opinion, it’s all about getting used to the flow of the fabric. It’s about fine tuning your entire ensemble, draping it with correct steps, pinning in places where it matters and not otherwise, that makes it easy, even for the most reluctant of saree wearer.
Here are some of the most critical areas to look into while you tackle the first step towards gorgeousness!
Slim or heavy-your saree can make you look like a diva anyway -so if you are lanky, you should be choosing drapes that remain unclingy-like organzas, tissues, Chanderis and the like, while those heavy set should steer clear of cottons, handlooms and the likes-opting for chiffons and georgettes.
Saree draping is also about how well you get its other accomplices in the act together- meaning the blouse and the petticoat. The fact about blouses is that such is their attractive nature that they are in a position to overshadow the beauty of the saree. Now, gauging what you would like to highlight more is critical. You could do well to choose a blouse and petticoat that complements the saree.
Remember the length of the petticoat must always be right down to the ankles-with the heels on. This little detail is what goes amiss while switching footwear.
I might as well point out that the petticoat needs to be the kind that blends in with the color of the saree, especially if it’s a light colored saree . A darker shade petticoat tends to change the color of the saree at the back where the petticoat is visible through one layer of the drape. Remember to match by placing under one layer of saree especially if it is a sheer material.
With heavier sarees, while the petticoat does not matter, but sometimes as we take a higher step, it could peep out under the border. So be very cautious.
Another basic part of preparation is the saree itself-check for proper ironing. Here is one area that is often the cause for last minute anxiety. Sarees that are ironed and hung on the hanger for very long, tend to have creases. Especially be wary of the crease that occurs at the point where we actually begin to pleat the saree, and this ugly crease runs down the entire outer pleat. Do check and also make sure to remove all liner creases as they surely mar the beauty of the drape.
Let me break this down into simple steps for you.
Simply put a pin on the shoulder for the time being as you prepare to do the final pleats in the front.