Curvy figures look pretty, but when they’re put together with skin flab, you need a miracle! Amidst your new diet, if you have to socialize, all you would think about is how to look slim instantly! Thanks to the oh-so-versatile feature of the Indian saree, you don’t have to wait till your fitness regime gives you results. With the six-yard ensemble, you can look toned and appealing in no time!

How? These 6 Saree secrets will help you appear at least a size smaller – and certainly hotter and curvaceous. A Saree, if chosen and draped well, can also make you look more voguish and elegant like never before. So let’s get started with our tips and tricks!

How to look slim in saree

1. Create the right look

Navy Blue Ombre Lycra Tiered Ruffle Saree with Designer Blouse

Sarees can immensely enhance your look, provided you choose the ones that complement your frame well. If one fails to take care of the basics, even the best of sarees or figures fail to appear attractive. So plan and create a look while focusing on every minute detail.

Choose softness and be demure: Since looking (and feeling) svelte is on the agenda you must opt for a subtle look, the one that will NOT draw unnecessary attention to your problem spots.

Loud sarees with heavy make-up, chunky jewelry, and bulky hairdos will make you look maturer, and probably, plumper as well!

‘The Color Palette’: Dark tones over light ones is a well-written wardrobe rule for the ones wanting to appear thin. Monotone sarees are the trendiest options you can pick this season. If you’re keen on more than color, then make sure your outfit doesn’t have an overdose of whites and neons.

Metallic details: Splendid and glorious as they are, you still must not indulge in too metal detail. Go for deep, dull gold over light golden, and silver. Copper details are also a great idea!

2. Fabric Magic

Black Georgette Saree with Designer Blouse

Let the right fabrics play their magic on your figure. You certainly wouldn’t want to look like a lady trapped in a balloon! So materials like Organza, Organdy, heavy Banarasi Sarees, starched cotton sarees, lycra, and jacquard sarees are out of the question.

‘The Double-Edged Sword’ – Blindly pick sarees in thinner, flimsier fabrics can back-fire. Many recommend wearing fluid fabrics for a slimming effect. But these materials tend to be transparent, clingy, and many times, slippery. 

Fabrics like chiffon and net usually stick to the body and can make you feel more conscious of your figure. Slippery ones (like satin and many other synthetic sarees) will not drape/ pleat or stay well.

Pure Georgette and Crepe Silk are your best friends, and so are soft silks as well as fluid cotton blends.

3. Details that uplift

Wine Purple Art Silk Plain Saree with Designer Blouse

If you want to subdue your flab, going over-the-top with details is NOT something that you must get into. Steer away from anything big or eye-catching, especially if it falls over your trouble spots.

Plain sarees with thin borders can work wonders; do invest in at least a few of such versatile outfits.

Details to avoid: Bold or dense prints, horizontal patterns, overly ornate embellishments, broad borders or too many colors. Also, sarees with big motifs, chunky crystals, stones, and extremely heavy Pallus should be avoided.

Stick to smaller, spread-out, and sparser prints. Delicate pearl work, light Gota-Patti work on the edges and dainty embellishments get a thumbs-up for the ones who prefer looking slender.

If you have a broad upper body frame, avoid drapes that have embellishments on the Pallu, especially those where the decoration rests on the shoulder/bosom area.

4. Supporting Components

Mint Green Georgette Plain Saree with Designer Blouse

Everything that supports your saree – the blouse/ choli, the petticoat, accessories, jewelry, makeup, and hairdo – plays a vital role in ensuring that you look svelte and elegant.

Blouse – Wear a well-fitting, well-cut blouse. Something that’s too tight (and shows all your bulges) or something that’s too loose (and looks unshapely) can look bad.

Avoid sleeveless or halter styles as they will highlight the width. However, if you have toned arms/torso and narrower shoulders, you can wear a shimmery, bold-cut blouse.

Wear a longer blouse or a peplum cholito hide mid-riff skin flab. 

You can also wear thin and comfortable whole-body shape-wear if you wear a blouse long enough to not show any skin at the waist level.

Petticoat – Follow the same fitting rules that apply to the blouse- neither too tight nor too loose. Kallidaar petticoats that slightly flare-up at below knees to allow for ease of walking. Wear skirt-shape-wear, if hips are your trouble spots.

Jewelry and Accessories – Favor minimalism and delicateness while choosing ornaments. Do not wear huge neck-pieces that and if you are wearing big earrings, avoid the necklace altogether.

Do NOT wear a Kamar-bandh (waist jewelry), unless you have an hourglass figure, and you want to accentuate your relatively smaller waist.

DO NOT carry a purse (big or small) on your shoulders, especially if attending a party/ wedding. Carry a small or mid-sized hand-held clutch in neutral/deep metallic colors with minimal ostentation.

5. Drape it right

Mauve Shimmer Glitter Ruffle Saree with 3D Floral Blouse

While most of us take care of all other aspects, we often forget to ensure flawlessness in this vital step. Drape – how you pleat and wear your saree, is, in fact, the most important factor – that will help you look slim. Thankfully, there are not many rules here.

Avoid extremely long sarees. As a simple rule, more fabric will mean more weight. So, go with the usual length of 5.45 meters.

Tie your petticoat slightly above the navel level. It should neither be too tight nor too loose.

Do not make too many small, ill-spaced pleats. Make 4-5 medium-sized even pleats. Arrange and smoothen them (with hands) nicely from top to bottom.

While tucking in the pleats, place them slightly towards the side of the navel.

Once you pleat the saree, take the loose fabric end (from the left, and tuck it smoothly in a diagonal way, so the hip area (from the front, near the pleats) is properly skimmed.

Drape it tight.

The Pallu will look best when left hanging over your shoulder and arm. Still, if you’re keen on folding it up, then 3 to 4 wide pleats can be done!

Achieving a good drape that is perfect for your body, is a matter of practice. So, keep practicing!

6. Carry yourself well

Brown Lycra Fancy Saree with Designer Frill Blouse

To look beautiful, you must feel beautiful. Your body language must convey stability and confidence to appear poised.

Overthinking about your imperfections will make you over conscious. With that tense feeling, you can’t look gorgeous!

Posture: Stand, walk and sit upright. Slouched shoulders should be avoided at all times.

Walk with your shoulders relaxed, and stomach pulled in. However, don’t suck in your stomach so much that you cannot focus on anything else!

All of us have a different body type. If you are naturally wide-shouldered, you can’t alter that. What you can really change is how you feel about yourself. And, surely how clothes look on you – by keeping yourself well-exercised and toned.

So, turn a deaf ear to other people’s negative comments. Be confident of yourself and your body. It will instantly enhance the way you look!

However, there is no short cut to being healthy. So dear ladies, keep those running shoes on!