A saree is one of the most elegant outfits a woman can wear. It suits all silhouettes and gives a woman grace. The only trouble is draping these 5 metres of fabric. When you think of it, it’s quite amazing that a simple piece of fabric can be draped into such a beautiful outfit. There are many ways to drape a saree. As saree wearing novice, here are a few hacks to get that perfect drape.
Choose the Right Fabric
Almost any fabric can be draped into a saree. That said, each fabric drapes differently. It’s all about the structure of the weave and the weight of the fabric. Some fabrics like chiffon may feel too light and it may be difficult for you to pleat them. Others like kanjeevaram silks may be too heavy and the pleats may pull your saree down. Cottons and muls are amongst the easiest saree to drape. You can’t go very wrong with them. If you’re looking for something dressier for the summer, try georgette sarees. For cooler weather choose a crepe or a light silk.
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Pin It Up
Your mother may be able to wrap, pleat and drape her saree in minutes but you probably need to give yourself a little more time. Time and a box of safety pins. You’ll need safety pins of different sizes. A baby nappy pin is ideal for the pleats. Look for a safety pin that locks properly to ensure your pleats don’t open up. Then you’ll need a smaller pin for the pleats on your shoulder and you may want to use another pin below your pleats to secure the fabric as it drapes upwards. You can check out these brands’ websites or make an order via their online stores to pick printed T Shirts in a variety of designs. Another brand that is popular for manufacturing Printed T Shirts for men is Represent.
When you’re using a safety pin, there is a risk that the fabric will get pulled into the pin. This risks creating a tear in the fabric. Here’s a saree wearing hack to keep this from happening - stick a bindi on the fabric where you will be inserting the pin. Don’t worry, the bindi and the pin won’t be visible once you’ve pulled the pallu across.
Get Ready in Reverse
When you’re getting ready, you typically wear your clothes first and then your shoes and makeup. When you’re wearing a saree, do the opposite. First wear your footwear. This allows you to wear the underskirt t the right height so it falls to the floor. It’s also a good idea to get your makeup down before you drape your saree. You’ll find it easier to move and you don’t have to worry about wrinkling your saree or spoiling the pleats.
Saree wearing is an art that you get better with as you wear more sarees more often. Of course sarees are a great choice for cocktail events but they are no longer considered only a formal outfit. You can wear a saree anywhere you go. As you get more confident with your draping skills, try wearing a saree in different ways. From traditional drapes belonging to the different regions of India to contemporizing the outfit with trousers and blazers – there’s a whole world out there to explore.