How To Style Your Silk Saree In 8 Interesting Ways

Versatility accompanied by a timeless appeal, a silk Saree lends itself to many special occasions, which is probably why it has found a permanent spot in the wardrobes of many women.

Whether you prefer a traditional six-yard staple or like the personalized tone, there’s a silk saree for every woman out there and buying Saree online has just added to the number. With the myriad of silk Sarees stocked up for every occasion, we ladies are running out of ways to style it. But we have discovered some amazing ways to style your silk sarees, here’s how you can experiment:

1. Max-It

Just because your silk Saree is all look-at-me, your accessories don’t have to play second fiddle to it in fact it amplifies every element of your look. Pair your full-sleeved blouse with zari cuffs or stacked bangles or take your pick from maang tikka, layered necklaces or oversized chaandbalis. 

Tip: If you can’t choose, just go all out and opt for all of the above, by rounding off your look with a bold red lip. Accompany your maximalist jewellery with a flower-clad bun, and a traditional potli for maximum impact.

rekha in silk saree

2. Pants or Dhoti?

If you consider carrying a saree hassle, then this pant/dhoti drape is just for you. Convenient, chic and classy, this draping gives you a traditional look with a twist of modern. 

Tip: To achieve this look, preferably wear a silk pant underneath the saree (in a shade that matches it) and drape it from one leg, leaving one side (the front) of the pants visible.

Pants or Dhoti design saree

3. Suit-Up

Debauch all myths around suits not being traditional. All you were missing is a silk Saree that pleats around one leg and comes out in a crisp fashion that falls right off your shoulder. Wear a tube /spaghetti top under your coat to balance your look.

Tip: Go for some statement heavy traditional jewellery like bangles or a necklace or some earrings to scale up your outfit.

Suit-Up mnodern saree

4. Pallu-Out

Drape your pallu all the way around and bring it forth for some fashion action if you so dare. To balance the cascading pallu at the front, wear a bustier or a bralette to add a little peek-a-boo effect that gives a nice silhouette while looking chic.

Tip: Choker your way out of the accessorizing conundrum with your hair pulled back and minimal makeup so as not to clash with your daring experimentation.

pallu out saree style

5. Dress-It-Up

Need to attend a cocktail party just after a traditional function? Drape your silk Saree into a tube dress that is voluptuous so you can be seen. Add a broad belt to cinch your dress and highlight that figure.

Tip: Slip into a long shirt dress and some statement earrings to enhance the chic style so you steal the spotlight at the party.

dress up saree design

6. Button-Up

Offbeat your saree-blouse look by pairing it with another classic substitute, a button-down shirt that plays off the colour of your silk saree or the embellishments on it. 

Tip: Amp-up your classic neutral colored plain Saree by knotting your button down at the waist to add that oomph appeal.

7. Dramatize

Make use of the dramatic tailoring with some exaggerated sleeve jacket blouse that offers a retake on the old-school jacket blouses. 

Tip: Polish your pair-ups by pleating your pallu and adding a belt that accentuates your waist.

dramatize saree style ideas

8. Go Vogue

Gone are the plain Jane days, welcome the contemporary by dangling the pallu on the front. Go for a shoulder-top knot on one side and let the remaining yards drape like a foot-length sarong or lungi.

Tip: Step-up your style by slipping into a woolen patchwork blouse that is off-shoulder to offset the covered side.

vogue saree style idea

Styling Tips 101

  • Cinching your Saree that enhances your figure with an obi belt or a logo buckle belt is a fail-safe approach. 
  • Pleat and pin-up your pallu, and complete this look by swapping your necklace with earrings. 
  • Substitute your conventional blouse for a corset or a bustier to add glamour to your modern Saree. 
  • For some depth, you could even throw on a sleeveless duster coat in a contrasting color. 
  • A traditional Saree can be turned into a modern Saree when worn with a vest. It can be worn with a crop top with a denim jacket casually thrown in. It would probably win you some serious cool cred. While a slogan tee will accessories a Saree apt for a dinner with your book club girls.


How do you accessorize a silk saree?

Here are some elements that will add that instant glamour to your silk Saree ensemble:

  • Wearing heavy traditional choker necklaces, earrings, jhumkis or maang tikkas or contemporary statement jewellery.
  • Carrying a potli or clutch bag.
  • Adorning your hair with gajra/ flowers.
  • Amping it up with a bindi.
  • Anklets for your feet to match those heels.

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