Best saree draping styles and how to drape them

In this article, we’re going to mention the best saree draping practices being followed in India and elsewhere and how can you drape your saree according to the latest fashion.

First, we’ll talk about the style, then the requirements and finally, we’ll tell you about the technique involved in draping that particular style. Let’s start!

Nivi Saree Style:

Introduction

You may not have heard of this yet, but, the Nivi style of Saree draping has been there for long and it is the most commonly practised draping technique in India. Originated from Andhra Pradesh the technique is followed by women when draping their saree from all over the world.

Nivi Saree Style

Requirements

Below is a list of items that you’ll definitely need to drape your saree in Nivi fashion.

  1. A Saree
  2. A matching Inskirt
  3. A Blouse
  4. A pair of comfortable heels 
  5. Complimenting Jewelry and safety pins

How to Drape Nivi Style Saree

1.       Start with tucking one end of the Saree in the inskirt and wrap one full round.

2.       Make the Saree length falls just an inch short of the floor.

3.       Now, pick the other end of the Saree and make 6-7 pallu pleats.

4.       Hold the pleat and from around the back bring it to the front.

5.      Take the pleated pallu over the left side shoulder, pin it up neatly on the shoulder and leave the pallu hanging.

6.      Now, focusing on the untied portion of the Saree, hold the Saree upper edge from the left side and tuck it in the inskirt towards the right.

7.     Make 6-7 pleats on the untied Saree portion and tuck it in the inskirt, pleats facing left side.

8.     To hold the pleat in place make sure you pin it together from inside.

Saree draping Tips & Tricks

1.      Wear an inskirt or petticoat of the same colour as the Saree.

2.      Beset with your footwear beforehand to get the right side length of Saree at the foot.

3.      Keep safety pin handy for quick pin-ups.

4.      Be ready with make-up, to save on time.

5.      Accessorize with Jewelry.

Given the ease and simplicity of nivi style, you can easily pick any kind of Saree, embellished, embroidered or printed and do it in a Nivi style.

Bengali Saree Style:

Introduction

The Bengali style Saree is a must-have for grand occasions, celebration and festival gatherings. Perfectly complementing the grace and wardrobe of style divas, Bengali style Saree draping technique looks more beautiful than ever in Sarees with intricate borders and bright hues.

Bengali saree style

Requirements

  1. A traditional white Saree with a red border (preferred)
  2. Round red bindi
  3.  A pair of heels
  4. Staple filigree Jewelry
  5.  Safety pins
  6. Blouse with puff sleeves
  7. Petticoat -Red and white bangles
  8. A keyring or trinket

How to Drape Bengali Style Saree

1.   start with tucking the Saree end from the right side of the waist and until it completes one full round back to the right side.

2.   Then tuck the Saree across from right side of the waist to the left side and then, the reverse from left side to right side.

3.   Repeat the step two times.

4.   Now make pallu pleats and place it on the left side shoulder such that it makes a deep U in the front.

5.   pick a pallu corner and tie a trinket to it the pack of keys or an antique silver keyholder.

6.   Bring the pallu corner to the front side under the right hand and place it on your right shoulder.

Saree draping Tips & Tricks

1. Always wear Saree without a fall lining.

2. Wear your heels beforehand to get the right side length of Saree at the ankle.

3. Remember to tie a key ring and trinket to the pallu end.

4. Keep safety pin close for quick pin-ups.

5. Be ready with basic make-ups and save time for touch-ups later.

Hope this has helped you grow at ease with how to wear a Saree in Bollywood most celebrated Bengali style drape.

Lehenga Saree Style:

Introduction

Due to its uniqueness of merging two traditional dress forms, this style is only worn on occasions and celebrations. The Lehenga style Saree draping is a way of wearing a Saree that gives an impression of a Lehenga.

Requirements

Requirements for you to begin with Lehenga style Sarees draping:

  1. Satin inskirt or petticoat
  2. A pair of heel
  3. Heavy stone Jewelry
  4. Plenty of bangles
  5. Few safety pins
  6. An embellished Saree
  7. A classy blouse

How to Drape Lehenga Style Saree

1.   Start by tucking the Saree starting from centre back only until the right of the waist.

2.   Make pleats measuring a span width such that you get 5 pleats in between right to left of the waist.

3.   Now, tuck the Saree until centre back such that the Saree completes one round around the waist to the starting.

4.   Take a pallu to make pallu pleats.

5.   Bring the pallu to the front, place it on the right side shoulder and pin it up neatly.

6.   Now, hold the upper corner of the pallu and take it left side up until side waist and pin it up.

Saree draping Tips & Tricks

1.      Feel free to adjust the numbers of pleats to suit your body frame.

2.      Avoid fluffiness around the waist by wearing an inskirt or petticoat that has a belt fastener instead of the traditional string.

3.      Make sure to wear your footwear beforehand to get the right side length of Saree.

4.      Keep safety pin for easy pin-ups.

5.      Be ready with make-up.

Refer to this drape style every time you want to look gorgeous. All it needs is just a draping twist to any of your Sarees.

Gujarati Saree Style:

Introduction

The Gujarati style Saree draping adds a bit of a  touch of Western India to your style and is very well suited for any occasion. The technique is very traditional and is an elegant way of draping a Saree as you get to show off the intricately bordered pallus.

Gujarati Saree style

Requirements

The main components for Gujarati Saree draping required are:

  1. An Embellished Saree
  2. Footwear
  3. Jewellery in gold
  4. Hued glass bangles
  5. Safety pins

How to Drape Gujarati Style Saree

1.   Tuck the Saree in the inskirt starting from the right side to the left side and bring it around to the front.

2.   Make the pleats & tuck it neatly with the pleats facing right.

3.   Take a pallu end and make pallu pleats.

4.   Then, take the pallu around from the back over to the right side shoulder and pin it up neatly leaving pleats hanging in the front.

5.   Pin the hanging pleats on the left of your waist.

Saree draping Tips & Tricks

1.     Matching inskirt.

2.      You can arrange pallu beforehand and pin it to hold it in place, even when you start with the Saree.

3.      Settle in your footwear beforehand to get the right side length of Saree at the foot.

4.      Keep safety pin handy for easy tucks & pin-ups.

5.      Be ready with make-up, to save on time.

6.      traditional Jewelry as accessories.

The traditional Gujarati Saree is called Bandhej/Bandhani/Leheriya, made by a technique of Tie & Dye. This produces distinctive patterns making each piece unique. They are made mainly of Silk, Satin, Cotton & Georgette. This Saree is best suited for Indian Festivals.

Mumtaz Saree Style:

Introduction

Looking at the glamour act of yesteryear actress Mumtaz in the evergreen song must have made you think about how to wear Mumtaz style Saree. This style defines elegance that displays the beauty of a bygone era.

Mumtaz saree style

Requirements

Get set to drape up in Mumtaz style Saree with the following:

  1. An inskirt or petticoat
  2. A pair of heels
  3. Complementing Jewelry
  4. Safety pins
  5. A solid-coloured Saree with border
  6. A sleeveless blouse

How to Drape Mumtaz Style Saree

1.   We start with tucking one end of the Saree in the in-skirt and wrap one full round.

2.   Ensure the mumtaz Saree length falls just an inch short of the floor.

3.   Make only 1-2 pleats and tuck it in the in-skirt centre facing left side.

4.   Bring the untied mumtaz Saree portion from around the back to the front and tuck it 4-5 inch above the full length of the Saree.

5.   Now, repeat the step of wrapping the untied Saree portion and tucking it 4-5 inch above the first round of the mumtaz Saree.

6.   Next, let make 6-7 pallu pleats of the untied Saree portion.

7.   Bring it from around the back over the left side shoulder and fasten it with a pin.

Saree draping Tips & Tricks

1.     Make sure to wear your heels beforehand to get the right side length of Saree.

2.      You can add one more round four or five-inch above the earlier round of mumtaz Saree to get a slimmer look.

3.      Instead of pleating the pallu, you can gather the pallu and fling it back.

4.      To get the flawless look, take the pallu length just above the hip level.

5.      take safety pins close for easy pin-ups.

6.      Be ready with make-up to save on time.

Go on flamboyant style, when you have a retro dressing on your mind.

With this, we come to the end of this article. We’ll upload more trending and traditional draping techniques soon.

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