Today I will be discussing saree draping styles along with styling options. Sarees are usually worn with blouses with different embroideries and variations in necklines and sleeve lengths. I will not be discussing the basic blouses, instead I will talk about uncommon blouse options and how each can be styled in several ways. You can also use layering and accessories to create alluring looks with a saree.
The three common styles of draping the saree is the ulta-pallu (draping the aanchal of the saree over your shoulder to the back of the body), the wrapped ulta-pallu (after draping the saree in a ulta-pallu wrap the excess across back and take it over the opposite shoulder towards the front) and the seedha-pallu (draping the aanchal of the saree over the shoulder to the front of the body).
Style 1. In the first section I want to discuss slight variations in the drape of the basic styles. The shoulder pleats in a ulta-pallu are usually 4 to 5 inches wide and changing the width immediately changes the look of the saree. Try seven inches wide pleats at the shoulder along with a lower drape on the right side of the body. In a regular ulta-pallu drape after the waist pleats the saree is wrapped tightly across the hips towards the front and over the left shoulder but to achieve the first style variation after the waist pleats tuck the saree till the left front waist and let the pleats form across the hips and front waist over the left shoulder. You could also try twisting the aanchal of a light weight soft fabric and hold the twists with an embroidered tie up at the shoulder. While using this style make sure your blouse is well fitted, you should go for a thick fabric blouse or a completely embroidered blouse like the Anaikka beaded blouse.
Style 2. The second style is a variation of the seedha-pallu. After draping the aanchal over the right shoulder to the front of the body drape one side around the neck over the left shoulder and leave the other side falling at the front in a diagonal. This drape style is well suited for sarees with aanchal focused prints or embroideries.
In the picture below three of the most common drape styles are depicted in the same lehenga. The first style is to open the dupatta on both shoulders in front and let it fall naturally and arms. This style is most suitable for occasions which involves very less activity by you. The second style is to pleat the dupatta on one shoulder and taking it across back drape it on the opposite forearm. There are variations of this style in which you could open the dupatta pleats on the shoulder or on the arms or even wrap one corner of the dupatta around your wrist instead of draping it over the arm. The third style and probably the most common is the saree style in which you tuck one corner of the dupatta at the lehenga waist, taking the rest of the dupatta around back bring it to the front and drape it over the shoulder. You could also open the dupatta pleats at the shoulder or even tie it in a knot for a light weight dupatta.
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Style 4. The fourth style is an extension of the first style. For this pleat the dupatta on one shoulder and leave it open on the other shoulder. A plain dupatta if draped in this style might bring down the look of the lehenga and blouse embroidery. You could use this style if your dupatta has medium to heavy embroidery. You could either drape the dupatta higher at the neck or form a ‘V’ at the necline with the use of safety-pins. If you have a simpler blouse- drape the dupatta in the second and third variations which cover the blouse giving the ensemble a heavier look.
Suits in it’s various forms, straight cuts to anarkalis, is one of the most commonly worn attire in Indianwear and most of us have been draping the dupatta in the same style since ages. But no more! Add more spice to your outfit with my handy guide to draping your suit dupattas in style.
The most common style of draping the suit dupatta is to crunch the dupatta at the neckline and throw back the two ends. The other common style is to pleat it along the width and carry it on one shoulder. Both these common styles are depicted in the picture below along with a third style of loosely pleating the dupatta on one shoulder and leaving it open on the other shoulder. An added grace is visible in the same suit set with just a difference in the drape. This is just one of the ways to style it, to know more keep reading.
1. The first style I have already discussed above- loosely pleat dupatta on one shoulder and leave it open on the other shoulder. It is a commonly worn style among Bollywood celebrities. You could drape your sharara-kurta dupatta in this style too. A variation of this style is to carry the pleats on your forearm and open the dupatta on one shoulder.
2. The second style of draping is to open the dupatta on both shoulders and letting it fall naturally. You could pin it up on the shoulders for ease of carrying, like Kareena Kapoor, but remember to leave some extra fabric at the neckline so it does not feel choked up. A variation in this style is to broadly scrucnh up the fabric on one shoulder.