One Saree 10 Drapes

by Preksha Mangla
One Saree 10 Drapes

One thing that has transcended cultural boundaries and captivated women around the world is sarees. With its graceful drape and endless possibilities, the saree offers a canvas for creativity and self-expression. From the sidewalks to the red carpet, fashion enthusiasts and celebrities have embraced the saree in numerous ways. Here, we will delve into the art of wearing one saree in ten different ways.

The Classic Nivi Drape

The most common and traditional way of wearing a saree is the classic Nivi drape. This involves pleating the pallu – the loose end of the saree over the shoulder. It is a versatile choice suitable for most occasions, from weddings to festive occasions and formal events. Everyone from Alia Bhatt and Deepika Padukone to Vidya Balan and Shilpa Shetty have draped their saree in this manner, exuding sophistication and grace.

Gujarati Style

Originating from Gujarat, this style involved draping the pallu from the back to the front, creating a V-shaped effect. It is perfect for a casual day out or even a lively wedding ceremony. The Gujarati drape adds a playful twist to the saree and has been seen on Sonam Kapoor, who effortlessly combines tradition with contemporary.

Lehenga Style

This style involves tucking the pleats so that they resemble a skirt, looking like a lehenga choli. The pallu is put over the shoulder, giving the illusion of a dupatta. It is ideal for grand events like receptions and cocktail parties. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has adorned this beautiful drape on the red carpet, leaving onlookers stunned.

Pant-Style Drape

When you ditch the petticoat and instead drape your saree over a pair of fitted pants, you achieve this drape. It is a perfect fusion for those looking to experiment and make a statement at contemporary gatherings or exhibitions. Style this with gold sleek high heels and a chic clutch to complete the look. I can’t help but notice Shilpa Shetty in her experimental styles, one of them being this lovely yellow saree with yellow pants underneath.

Bengali Drape

When you pleat the saree in the front and drape the pallu over the left shoulder, it is called the Bengali drape. This look speaks regal charm and is a fantastic choice for traditional events like Durga Puja or cultural celebrations. Pair it with traditional gold jewellery with red accents, and you are good to go.

Mermaid Drape

Embrace your inner mermaid by creating a fishtail effect with your saree pleats. This style accentuates your curves and will look great at evening parties, fashion shows or your best friend’s engagement. Pair it up with an embellished handbag and matching heels.

Draped Saree Gown

A saree is a versatile piece that can be moulded into various forms using different drapes. And one such form is the saree gown. It is a contemporary take on the traditional saree. Combining the elegance of a saree and the convenience of a gown, it makes it perfect for galas and award ceremonies. It is also a great choice for when you have nothing to wear to an event, you can just take out your old saree and drape it into something fantastic. Style this like you would style a normal gown.

Butterfly Drape

Draping the pallu over both shoulders and pleating the saree in a unique way creates a butterfly effect. This style exudes comfort and makes it easy to carry, making it suitable for engagement ceremonies and festive family gatherings.

Neck Drape

One way to wear a saree is to wear the pallu like a stole around your neck. This allows you to showcase intricate blouse designs and statement jewellery. It is perfect for fashion events, art exhibits and formal occasions. Shilpa Shetty made a statement in a red designer saree with its pallu draped like a stole around her neck.

Belt It Up

Add definition to your waist by cinching it in with a statement belt. It is ideal for cocktail parties, dinners or fashion-forward gatherings. Kiara Advani has adorned a belt matching her blouse, tying her saree look together.

The versatility of the saree knows no bounds, as demonstrated by these ten unique draping styles. From the classic Nivi drape to the trendy belted saree, each style tells a story and complements different occasions and personalities.

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