There is always something about not just buying the red saree, but also wearing it, which takes that extra bit of conviction. Red is dense color that always manages to get that extra bit of attention and thus not only does one have to choose the right occasions to wear it but also tone it down or hike up its style quotient when the need arises, and thus accessorizing as well as pairing it well with a blouse that suits its need is imperative.
So while you, out of the sheer love for this color that denotes passion, aggression, valor, courage and energy, went ahead and bought it-there are days when you have held that saree close to yourself in front of the mirror and wondered if it really was the right choice! Either the day seems bit too sunny to wear it, or the occasion not too appropriate for red. The color red thus while grabbing all the attention does tend to be one of those sarees that gets its fair share of doubt.
However, when any saree, not just a red one, is worn with that perfect accompaniment called the blouse, it does tend to give a completely new look and feel to tone down the brightness and the robustness of the color making its effect more appropriate.
So while choosing a saree blouse design, it must be chosen keeping in mind the type of saree and the type of person who is going to be wearing it. The trends are so many-the prints, the hand painted ones, the embroidered with variety of styles and all of that, but a wrong choice of blouse could make the saree either look like a complete washout or seem a bit overly done up.
The choice of blouse pattern with a red saree will have to keep in mind the shade of red as there could be many such shades, the ethnicity of the saree, and how well will it be complemented by the blouse style and the occasion for which it has to be chosen.
Here is the first with the pretty keyhole pattern that too on mirror work fabric. With a red saree something that dazzles so much will add to its natural tendency to draw attention. The blue in the blouse will do well to have a piping in the same color as the red of the saree to help it coordinate.
High neck blouses have been gaining a tremendous amount of following as they lend even the most revealing of cuts a certain amount of formality. This design resembles somewhat like an inverted heart. The back will look ravishingly pretty if with a red saree when the blouse is in white with a little embroidery in re-defining the design at the back. The collar too could bear the same embroidery pattern in red to help it coordinate the saree. Alternately the design could be worked on gold as well as that too looks very pretty on white. The traditional tie back pattern looks fascinatingly pretty when the saree is in a red and gold Kanjeevaram. There are so many ways to wear a blouse for red sarees that the traditional style such as this should be left to be worn with the more traditional sarees as in this case and if the occasion too is relatively more ceremonious like weddings and such formal occasions.
Here is another red blouse that would make any red saree light up with more style. The simple deep V neck gets more attitude with a broad band of hand worked zari giving the back neck design more charisma. A perfect choice for Benarasi georgettes in red.
Shed all your doubts when it comes to combining red with other bright colors as you can see how perfectly this zari work georgette in green makes the color red come alive with all its festive fervor-as such red and green is a match made in heaven and nothing can come close to the richness that this color combination can achieve. Note the long three quarter sleeve and the broad round neck as well as the choice of ornaments.
Making the color green go that much further would need you to choose perhaps the rich green velvet fabric and let that combine with some zari work sleeve in black. Wear it the way the saree below has been and see the magic of green and red play out again. The blouse has a simple v neck, button down front and long sleeves with work on the cuffs.
Combining prints with a red saree too would be a great idea and those prints could be in colors rich or subdued, similar or contrasting. Here is one that is in rich black red and shades of orange with a floral pattern that uplifts the look of the plain raw silk saree to quite another level. The loose sleeved design, with a round Chinese neck could be substituted with another style but this crop top style helps one drape the saree in a more innovative manner.
Bejeweled blouses and in particular the kind that will help plain red sarees get more definition , will always suit red. Yellow would be a great choice to wear with red as well. Here the work on the back neck could be repeated in the front too or the blouse could be made into a corset blouse as well. Red has the capacity to absorb even the heaviest of embroidered looks quite easily.
Try wearing this same design in a black colour with a red saree for truly dramatic effect. The buttons of the blouse of course would be in the front while the back shows off this amazing bow pattern for true sizzle. Would look great with chiffons in red.
Another great design in black that will look great with a red saree-the multicolored thread work forms a little color relief on the black fabric and to keep the look smart make it a sleeveless blouse. Would look stunning with a plain red saree.
Beautifully defined scalloped back for a red saree makes the dori in a bunch look delicate and very alluring. This could be tried on with sarees that have a traditional touch and should be worn to weddings, receptions or Mehandi rather than to cocktails and lighter fun occasions. Always remember that when you have a back that is slim, try these dori patterns without fear but the more you add embellishments to the back the more attention you would get so be wise in choosing the design.
Here is blouse made from a heavy dull ivory with zari and thread work detailing contrasting magically to perfection with the red kanjeevaram silk. It is the dull gold in the blouse fabric that is helping the coordination work. Superb simple styling too!
Talking of contrast –there is ample chance that your red saree does not necessarily need a red blouse as we have seen in several examples- and here’s one more-the blue in a gorgeous turquoise comes together superbly with this red saree and works fine because of the coordination of mirror work and more so because of the multi colored fabric frill piping on the saree. Note the boat neck and the sleeveless design to make the effect of large mirror work design less jarring.
Go for a kalamkari jacket blouse that helps give your same old plain red saree something to feel happy about. In fact the same red saree can be made to look different when worn with two varying patterns of blouses.
And here is simple peplum blouse in coral red worn with a red crepe de chine saree in the same shade. Note the manner in which the saree is worn with such blouse patterns. Truly modern and ‘in’ with the times!
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