They say the saree is the most elegant outfit a woman can wear, but draping it has got to be the worst ordeal ever. As if managing six yards of fabric at once isn’t hard enough, you have to pleat and drape with so much care if you don’t want it to suddenly come loose! If you ask me, I used to think it’s a lot like rocket science till I found what I was doing wrong. If you want to look stunning in a saree that you draped yourself, you must avoid these saree draping sins!
(P.S. While you’re getting up to speed with these draping must-nots, check out how these fashionistas did it right.)
1) Paying attention to the pleats but not the pallu drape
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Patience is the key to a neatly draped saree. No matter how cautious you are at the beginning, you tend to become callous towards the end. Don’t be! Make sure to either pleat the saree pallu well or pin the drape in place for an elegant look.
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2) Always pleating the pallu
While a pleated pallu looks great on some women, it’s definitely not a draping rule. If you think the pleated look makes you look heavier than you are, ditch the pleats altogether and let the pallu fall beautifully from your shoulder.
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3) Not wearing the right blouse
Ah! Those blouses with deep necklines look appealing indeed. But if they’re not the perfect fit, don’t try to fit in them. Make sure to wear a well-tailored blouse that does not gather or bunch up in places. If you choose a readymade one, it’s always better to have it altered as per your figure. Get this: the blouse can actually make or break your look.
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4) Wearing your mother’s saree petticoat
The basic elements you need for wearing a saree are a gorgeous saree of course, a well-fitted blouse and a saree petticoat. If you are wearing saree for the first time, please don’t borrow it from your mother, sister, friend or neighbour. The saree petticoat must be the right size and colour, otherwise it could ruin a perfectly beautiful saree drape.
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5) Making an untidy bunch of pleats
Saree pleating looks attractive only if it is done well. Take care to see that the pleats are of uniform size, otherwise the saree will look uneven at the bottom. What’s more, it will land up making you look heavier at the belly.
6) Making the pallu too long or too short
Saree pleated well. Check. Pallu done nicely. Check. How does your saree look from the front? Gorgeous! What about the back? Messy, eh? Big mistake! While tending to the pallu and saree pleats, don’t forget to check the pallu length. A pallu that is too long or too short can damage your look.
7) Not understanding your saree fabric
We understand that you want to drape your sari like Kareena Kapoor, but hold on. A lot depends on the saree material. A georgette or chiffon saree would look neat if pinned without any pleats, while sarees made of materials like silk or cotton would look amazing with a pleated and pinned pallu.
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8) Not keeping a check on the saree length
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Does your saree look too short after draping? Or is it trailing the floor a bit? It’s important that you wear your heels first and then drape your saree to get that perfect length. This way your saree will neither be short nor kiss the floor!
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9) Not experimenting with your sari drape
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10) Using too many pins
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Too keep the saree intact, it’s a good idea to use pins. Too many pins, however, is a problem. Not only does it make wearing the saree uncomfortable, but you might also landing up tearing your precious saree in the bargain!
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