Cottons are out, silks are in – don’t get me wrong…. These are not absolute statements.
This is that time of the year when cotton sarees become your go-to fabric and silks get neatly folded back into the cupboard.
But, do you feel that cottons are too simple and you don’t want to come across as a plain-Jane or vanilla when it comes to dressing up, whatever the occasion may be. I totally understand the sentiment and have gone out totally feeling underwhelmed by it all.
But over-dressing is just not my thing. I will continue to endorse simplicity. Dressing down is a statement in itself and it fits with my aesthetic. I endorse this kind of dressing up – a minimalist approach and to be honest, I don’t know any other kind.
But while silk sarees have their definitive space, cotton sarees can also make a statement.
If you are in doubt about how you want to jazz up your simple cotton saree, here are 5 tried and tested ways which have worked for me.
- Go random with the blouse
The blouse is the lesser known sister of the saree. Many don’t give importance to this piece of clothing, but a good blouse can define your entire saree-outfit. The advantage of a single- coloured monochromatic saree is that it works with any print or pattern. You don’t have to be colour-coordinated. You can go quirky too, if you think you can carry it off.
My personal favourite is pairing a plain saree with a blouse with small checkered prints. They look striking and contemporary and classy.
2. Experiment with blouse designs
Blouse designs have come a long way in the last couple of years. Boatneck, high-neck, shirt blouse, Chinese collars, crop tops, tank tops are all variations of blouses these days and they all look lovely.
Jackets (if the weather allows) is also a great option.
You could also experiment with sheer backs or deep backs depending on the occasion. Frilled sleeves can also add that retro touch which are so in trend these days. Feast on these images to get inspired or just outright copy.
3. Accessorize with a bold jhumka
I love bold earrings. When it comes to accessorizing with jewelry, I usually like to go bold on the earrings. It brightens the face and keeps the focus on the face, making the whole ensemble look dressy.
Jhumkas are envy-builders. People around you will want to know where you go the earrings from and so on. But when it comes to the quality of jhumkas, go for the sterling silver ones and not the faux-silver ones. I am a sucker for genuine pieces only, even if it costs a few quids more.
Amrapali is a place I would recommend for classy statement jhumkas. Also, keep the other support jewelry simple. A simple bracelet or bangle, a stylish watch will support the entire look. When it comes to statement earrings, I like to ensure it gets attention and like to tie my hair in a neat updo.
I wouldn’t want any other distraction to compete with my earrings.
4. A statement necklace
Statement necklaces are game-changers. They accentuate your face, as the necklace becomes the focal point of your style.
When choosing a statement necklace, consider the neckline of your blouse.
In fact, I would choose a blouse design that complements my neckpiece, rather than the other way around.
If you are choosing the necklace as a way to glam up your outfit, stay with a simple blouse pattern. You want to keep the rest of the outfit subtle, without having too many distractions.
I would in fact keep even bracelets and bangles to a minimum when styling myself.
With a statement neck-piece you will stand out in the crowd, without being overbearing.
5. Bagging it
You are what you carry – and that is axiomatic. A good handbag is the ultimate style statement.
It whispers class. It is polite, yet bold. Tasteful and striking. Make sure it is good quality leather or made of good cloth. Good quality leather, with good finishing always lasts and you are sure to get compliments by those around.
My favourite kind of bag is an oversized tan tote.
Styling a simple saree is all about the balance. I do not like to over-style myself when it comes to sarees.
But under-styling would also be a crime.
A well-styled outfit can create wonders, but a poorly styled saree can create blunders.
But I would urge all of you to get the basics right. Read my blog here on how to get the basics right.
There is this another pro-tip that I intentionally haven’t thrown any light on – and that is make-up – primarily because I know close to nothing about it. I almost never use any make-up and even though my sisters insist that I should, I simply haven’t got around to doing it.
To be honest, I have seen many women, who wear a simple saree and do not take support of the tips above and yet carry themselves with such grace that I get envious.
Style is personal – it is your own expression; it is inherent. No one else can dictate that to you.
To close, I would like to add a quote by Coco-Chanel : Dress shabbily and they remember the dress. Dress impeccably and they remember the woman. How true!
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The pictures in this blog are for inspiration only.