How to Wear an Indian Saree/Sari

Step 1 of Wearing a Sari :  

Here's an illustrated step-by-step guide that teaches you how to wear a Sari – we believe, one of the most elegant attire a woman can wear. Two essential parts that go along with the Sari need to be chosen carefully to compliment the Sari. These are: A petticoat which is a waist-to-floor garment, tied tightly at the waist by a drawstring. The petticoat colour should match the base sari colour as closely as possible. No part of the petticoat, of course, is visible outside the Sari, after having worn it. A blouse which is ideally tight-fitting and can come in any style you like, can be short sleeved, long sleeved or sleeveless, with a variety of necklines.   

Step 2 of Wearing a Sari:  

Start wearing the sari by tucking its plain/upper end into the petticoat, at a position which is a little bit to the right of the navel. Make sure that the lower end of the sari should be touching the floor, and that the whole length of the sari comes on the left-hand side. Now wrap the sari around yourself once, with the sari now coming back in the front, on your right side.   

Step 3 of Wearing a Sari:  

Make about 5 to 7 pleats of equal width of 5 inches, starting at the tucked-in end. Gather the pleats together, neatly, ensuring that the lower edge of the pleats are even and just off the ground and that the pleats fall straight and evenly. A safety pin may be used to stop the pleats from scattering.  

Step 4 of Wearing a Sari:  

Neatly tuck the pleats into the petticoat, at the waist, slightly to the left of the navel, in such a manner that they open to your left.   

Step 5 of Wearing a Sari:  

Drape the remaining fabric around yourself once more left to right, and bring it round your hips to the front, holding the top edge of the sari.   

Step 6 of Wearing a Sari:

Slightly raise the remaining portion of the Sari on your back, bringing it up under the right arm and over the left shoulder so that the end of the Sari falls to about the level of your knees. The end portion thus draped, from the left shoulder onwards, is called the Pallav or the Palu, and can be prevented from slipping off the shoulder, by fastening it at the shoulder to the blouse with a small safety pin.    

How to Wear a Lengha Saree 

One of the latest trends we have seen in sarees has been the lengha saree. As the name suggests it is a cross between the traditional lengha and the saree. The lengha saree itself is very versatile and the wearer can incorporate their own style in how they choose to wear it. The two most popular ways of wearing a lengha saree are;  

A - Saree style

B - Lengha style     

Method A - Saree Style 

1. Tie your petticoat/underskirt tightly around your waist or hips (dependent on how much midriff you wish to reveal) 

2. The method of draping it is quite simple; in fact it's easier than draping a regular saree. The plain end of the saree is tucked into the petticoat (normally starting at the right hand side of the navel), making one complete round, similar to wearing a regular saree. At this point, pleats are normally formed when wearing a regular saree but with a Lengha Saree, you continue to tuck in without making any pleats. You will want to stop tucking in as you get back to the right hand side of the navel. Finally, the palu is draped over the shoulder like a regular saree. 

More detailed instructions (with diagrams) about how to tie a regular saree are highlighted above. Remember the only difference being, you do not need to do the pleats.  

Method B - Lengha Style 

Same method as above to start with. Saree tucked into underskirt making one complete round. On the second round you want to stop tucking in just after you pass your left hip and the saree is at your back left hand side. There should be a long length of saree left. You then want to hold the plau end (the full embroided end) and bring it over your right shoulder - from back to front. It will then be draping forward from back to front, over your right shoulder.  

Do not pull the saree tightly here (unlike the 1st method), you want to leave it a little loose so you have a nice drape at the back from your left side to over your right shoulder. You will want to fold the plau part of the saree that is now down your right shoulder downwards so it is neat. Pin in place at the shoulder.  

You can also fan the plau part across your front should you wish to cover your midriff.  

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