belted saree

Styling Indian Wear with Shirts

Today’s Indian ethnic wear styling article slightly overlaps with my Lehenga Mix-Match Trend post, but with a lot more options for you. The pairing of shirts and tops with traditional Indian wear garments has been observed on the ramp in recent fashion weeks and on celebrities too. The choices are innumerable, be it your choice of shirt and top, or drape of the saree, or the choice of skirt underneath. I am sharing some fantastic visual references along with details on how to achieve the look. Keep reading!

wearing top with saree

I have often cited my love for multi-tasking garments in previous posts and it is one of the favorable feature of this Indian wear styling too. As seen in the picture above you can easily wear the same Ka-Sha empire line top with both a-line trousers and a saree. All you need is some imagination and a will to experiment. The saree has been draped in the basic ulta-palla style with a lower side fall, thereby accentuating the top’s pleated design. You can also drape the saree in thin seedha-palla pleats or do a neck wrap with the aanchal.

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Saree Trends for 2015


Lakme Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2015 and India Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2015 recently concluded leaving us with a broad spectrum of designs to choose from. Among this assortment there were recurring design elements which caught my eye. Based on the Wills India Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2015 which took place last October I have already discussed some of these styles in my Saree Drape Styles post.

The following are 8 trends in sarees that will be big this year. The list includes some continuing styles along with new additions.



The styling of a saree with a belt has been around for two-three years but never omnipresent like this season. Black leather belts were spotted on the ramp in shows by top designers like Sabyasachi, Tarun Tahiliani and Anju Modi. The use of embroidered belts and metallic belts has been seen in fashion week and online collections by designers JJ Valaya, Iika and Raakesh Agarvwal.

(Refer the Saree Styling post here for more pictures)



I have started seeing this trend in retail outlets already. The saree can be paired with a peplum top, crop top, short jacket or even long jackets. The options are endless. Abraham & Thakore have styled their sarees with shirts and jackets for both their Summer 2015 and Winter 2015 collections. Amalraj Sengupta, Not Like You, Paromita Banerjee, Aarti Vijay Gupta are few of the designers who showcased their sarees with non-traditional blouse options.

(Refer the Saree Styling post here for more design options)

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