Indian weddings are vibrant, dynamic and often overwhelmingly dramatic productions much like Indian movies which are often a key influence in most aspects of Indian life. They are stunningly beautiful as evidenced by the gorgeous jewel-toned tapestries, reams and reams of of glorious silks, gauzy chiffons and georgettes embellished with gold and silver zari, kundan and sequin-work; dazzling gold and diamond jewelry and vibrant cornucopias of garden blooms- a dazzling melange of sights, sounds and flavors and huge gatherings of friends and family all united by love and a vibrant culture that is one of the oldest and most fascinating in the world!
Indian weddings in the United States are a cultural-commingling that combines the finest elements of the colorful cultures of both countries. What to wear at an Indian wedding in the US, is an oft pondered question. Saris, suits, anarkalis, lehengas and ethnic-inspired gowns are all ideas to consider, but without a doubt, the sari rules the roost! There is no garment that accentuates the innate beauty and hugs the curves of an Indian woman as perfectly as the sari. A beautifully draped sari paired with a perfectly stitched blouse is guaranteed to make the wearer feel regal and feminine and also turn heads. There is no one way to drape a sari; there are just as many variations as there are regions in India and every single draping style is an ode to feminine grace. Here are a few popular and flattering sari draping styles that you may consider for your next wedding outing:
1- Pallu in Front:
A great option for saris with beautiful, ornate pallus. This is an eminently wearable & stylish look. Do not pleat or tuck the pallu; just let it drape loosely over your right shoulder in all its glory. Paired with a long or short fitted blouse and a signature neckpiece, you could well be the belle of the ball. Try adding tassles to the pallu for added oomph.
2- The Butterfly AKA the Bollywood Style:
This style of draping the sari is wildly popular among Bollywood actresses and if you have a figure worthy of flaunting, then, this may be the perfect drape for you. The Butterfly is a slight twist on the regular style of wearing the sari. The only difference here is that the pallu is pleated super thin, and loosely pinned over the shoulder to reveal the midriff. Usually figure-clinging fabric like chiffon, net and georgette are best for this look, paired with a heavy, embellished blouse.
3- The Lehenga Drape:
Drape your sari to look like you are wearing a lehenga! With the help of several pleats tucked around the waist to give the illusion of a lehenga, you can easily convert the regular sari to something more fun and festive! Another cool way to get this look would be to go with a big flared, tiered- skirt and do a half-sari drape around it.
4- The Mermaid Drape:
This sleek and svelte style of draping is a fusion of the traditional and the contemporary and is suitable for all body types, and esp. so for girls with curves. The lower portion of the saree is draped to look more like a skirt and instantly slims the wearer. This style is particularly good for saris with heavy pallus or embellished borders.
5- The Belted Sari Look:
Belts of all kinds- large obi belts, thin leather/fabric/metal/ethnic - basically anything that really fits the waist like a cummerbund are big on style. A frontal sari drape with the pallu tightly pleated and pinned over the shoulders is required for this look. It makes perfect sense to cinch a sari and make it look like a dress or a structured suit. Great way to accentuate a slim waist as well!
So the next time you're invited to an Indian wedding, rock that sari and know that you have a whole array of sexy draping styles to choose from. Choose one to suit your mood, style and personality and enjoy the attention that is sure to follow!