The enigmatic Saree has been the queen of Indian ethnic wear for centuries. However, the art of draping six yards of elegance perfectly can be a matter of practice for months, even years for some! But, does it has to be such a tedious deal? Well, if you ask us- not at all! This Saree draping guide for beginners will give you easy hacks into draping the perfect saree.
So do not despair, you Saree loving soul. If you haven’t quite learnt this ethnic diva life skill, we’ve got you covered.
- Be Safety-pin Smart
For starters, whenever there is pleating, be it for the pallu or the front pleats, remember to secure the pin vertically and not horizontally. This will keep all the pleats in place perfectly without tearing a hole through your saree. Also, use coloured safety pins. In case they are in the visible region, they will be camouflaged instead of sticking out like a sore pin!
- The Pallu Paradigm
For those not accustomed to carrying a saree, the pallu can quite kill the party. While pinning the pallu, make sure it is pinned at the back and not the shoulder. This creates a sleeker silhouette and keeps the pallu from sticking out at a weird angle. In case you plan on keeping the pallu open and not pleat it, lightly pin the pallu at your hip. This gives your arms enough room for movement without the pallu going awry.
- Master of Pleats
Making the saree pleats can be the most daunting task in the entire operation of draping. Once made, the pleats can still be quite difficult to manage. Here are a few ways around it. If you are wearing a Cotton Saree, make sure to lightly starch it. This provides the drapes with a stiffer texture and prevents it from getting entangled between your legs as you walk. If you aren’t very confident about not dislodging the pleats throughout the course of the day, pin the pleats in a bunch before you tuck it in.
- Something is fishy!
Instead of the traditional A-line skirt, opt for a fishtail underskirt. This hugs your curves just at the right places, making you look slimmer and toned. This works especially well with Chiffons and Georgettes. Also, pin the first layer under your pleats over your left thigh to define your hip.
- Blouse Considerations
The design of the blouse can make or break your entire look. To look thinner, tailor a blouse with sleeves. A longer blouse will also produce a similar slimming effect. If you don’t have an appropriate blouse, a crop top can easily save your day!
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