For the quintessential Indian woman, nothing can replace the soft, flowing, breezy comfort of a saree in the summer season.
The natural fabric, the Indian colour palettes, the patterns and workmanship are universally flattering to the Indian skin and figure.
It is in a saree that the elegance and grace of a true Indian diva shine brightest because it is in her saree that she is most alive to the interminable connection with her roots and her tradition no matter where on earth she may reside.
A saree is her identity, her armour, her charm and the mark of the sophistication of her ancient culture, proudly proclaiming her fine pedigree- never letting her get lost in the crowd even in a distant and less familiar land.
And what better time than summer to reconnect with this beautiful garment that is spun as much with history and tradition as it is with thread ?
While the summer still lasts let us rejoice in the chance to flaunt this beautiful garment that is at once both resilient and delicate like its wearers, in the manic mercury months.
Here are 5 MUST HAVE SUMMER SAREES that every Indian woman must have in her wardrobe :
The Neutral Linen saree: The neutral linen saree in black, grey, beige or off white is the perfect bet for long summer days with its muted tones and breathable fabric. It is ideal for regular wear, especially for running errands and long shopping trips. If you are going to travel either by air or road, this can be the perfect choice to give you a cool, comfortable and casual vibe.
Style tip: Style your neutral linen saree with oversized shades and leather brogues for a minimal and classy look. You can always add a neutral cross body bag and a smart leather strap watch to complete the 'woman-at- work' ensemble.
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The Kasavu style saree: Usually the Kasavu saree is reserved for Onam and other Malyali festivals but the timeless classic appeal of this beautiful and iconic saree is too tempting to resist on other days. You can wear the traditional gold and off white saree to a semi-formal occasion in the family like a puja ceremony.
You can also pick a Kasavu with minimal zaree work to a formal event during the day like a lunch.
Style tip: Amp up the look of a minimally designed Kasavu with minimal and delicate gold or diamond jewellery. Wear your hair in a low bun. Whatever the length of your hair, add a fresh white rose to your hairdo to make the crisp white of the fabric pop and refresh the summer wary eye.
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The floral saree: While we are still on the subject of flowers, we must mention the Floral printed saree. Whether it comes in big floral prints, small motifs or a ditsy flower print, no other saree style can beseech the extension of the beloved season of all things alive - spring. Wear a cheerful floral print saree in the day for a movie outing or turn heads at your child's PTA in pastel floral print.
Style tip: Pair a floral print saree with a pastel blouson top for a modern look that spells both style and comfort. Add dangling earrings in a coordinated color to complete the look.
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The Lace saree: The lace saree is every Indian woman's coveted must have because of its delicate fall and feminine appeal. Lace sarees come in both pastels and solid colours and are ideal evening wear to suit a western formal dress code. Nothing creates the fine balance of sophistication and tradition like the lace saree so don't hesitate to flaunt one soon.
Style tip: You can wear delicate ornaments with the lace saree to avoid overpowering its gossamer appeal. Pick one statement accessory like a ring,or a necklace to keep the look understated yet eye catching and "done just right".
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The Chikan saree: The chikan saree is not only universal in its appeal, it is also suitable for both casual as well as semi formal wear. The natural pastel fabric is enhanced by beautiful hand embroidery, and makes it ideal as daily wear or even for usual summer outings like movie nights, or a lunch with your friends.
Style tip: Pick a chikan saree in white and pair it with tan jutis and a tan leather bag. Add a tan belt to keep the pallu in place for an Indian boho appeal.
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The Indian woman is inextricable from her garb, her saree - a fine tribute to her distinctive form and summer is the perfect time to revisit this habitat of hers that she lives in as one lives in their own skin.
This summer revisit the saree, as you would revisit home because the saree's home may be India, but it has charmed and inhabited the entire world with its grace and versatility finding countless ardent admirers, even in faraway lands.
Just like you.
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Article By : Bhavna R