Sarees are integral to India. We grow up, subconsciously linking sarees to every special and auspicious occasion. However westernized/ global we may become in our choices – saree – will always remain close to our hearts. Festivals, interviews, functions, weddings, meetings, rituals, ceremonies or parties – every special event calls for a sari!
Even the ultra-glam Bollywood divas have a bias for eternally charming sarees. They are seen flaunting designer and party-wear sarees for fashion shows, haute Cannes outings, award ceremonies, film festivals, premiers, weddings, parties and more.
Although, western/ Indo-western gowns – and floor-sweeping Anarkalis and one-piece dresses – are increasingly becoming essential trappings of Indian women and celebrities’ sartorial assemblages, sarees will always find a place of pride in our kitty. Maybe because our comfort levels in sarees are unmatched!
Shouldn’t we be taking inspiration, then? Of course, yes! Let’s look at some of the latest trends in Bollywood party-wear sarees – that must not be missed in 2018, especially if courting the limelight at parties, dinners, dates and events is on our agenda –
1. Winner Whites
The white family of white, off-white, cream, silver and palest pastels have emerged winners all the way in the last few fashion seasons. As Indians, we may not consider white appropriate for festive and celebratory occasions, but that hasn’t deterred B-town queens from flaunting splendid white sarees. From Sonam Kapoor to Deepika Padukone to veteran Rekha – silvery whites have found great many admirers lately.
Channel white saree trend – by infusing playful prints, motifs or bright hues. A white and red combo is a favorite in wedding sarees like Panetar. Lighter variation of this combination – can be paired with an ornate blouse for a lovely yet subtle party effect. Additionally, white net sarees in half and half designs or with heavy borders and laces are also great choices for cocktail parties
2. Graceful Greys
Seems like understated elegance and subtle glamour are the buzzwords now! Well, what we are witnessing is a cult mix of the Indian and global fashion sensibilities. Greys and other rarely used staid hues are not off-limits from Indian fashion scene; they are no longer the domain of the old and elderly. Young celebrities like Alia Bhatt were seen flaunting silvery greys and dull greys – albeit in chic fashion sarees.
How would you do this haute trend? Buy a grey handloom saree with a bright pallu or colorful motifs like the timeless Banarasi shown in the image. Tie it differently! Or, scour out a grey georgette saree or a chiffon/ crepe from your mom’s/ granny’s trunk, and style it with a latest pallu drape.
Learn all about interesting pallu drapes – to take your party saree style from drab to fab in minutes!
3. Beige is the Best
Thanks to their closeness to the Indian favorite earthy tones and metallic golds/ coppers – beiges, fawns and pleasant browns have always been loved in the Indian ethnic fashion domain. However, the kind of revival of neutrals we are witnessing now is simply stupendous. And why not! These hues look great with the Indian skin tones. They, being neutral, make for great bases for embellishments, designs, prints and other colors.
You too can cop this top celebrity saree trend with saree.com. Go for an all beige silk saree with colored embellishments, or pick a half and half party-wear saree in beige body and solid colored pallu with broad borders. Or, go classy in our bestseller – an all cream-beige net saree with gorgeous gold embroidery and fuchsia pink edging!
4. Black is eternally beautiful
Another hot favorite, topping the celeb style charts, year after year, black is eternally mystical and magical. Not just sarees, but in every ensemble, the party-perfect, slimming black has been courted by Bollywood actors for the longest time. However, as per the design forecasts, black did see a bit of a slow-down in the last few seasons. Not anymore, though. During Filmfare Awards and many such important functions, saree lover Vidya Balan and Deepika Padukone have been spotted in a black saree in many variations and fabrics.
There are tons of ways you can channel the much-loved black saree trend. Black is a good choice for office and after-work parties – and formal black-tie dinners. Choose a black georgette saree and pair with an embroidered designer blouse, and sashay in style! Black is one hue that looks as majestic in heavy Indian weaves like Kanjeevaram as it does in floaty, flirty chiffons and florals prints.
5. Fancy Florals
Floral designs are surely on the upswing. From sarees to borders, pallus, lehengas, blouses – and accessories – flowers are all over. Florals Sarees have a freshness that’s unmatched – and are vibrant, girly and youthful. Floral prints, floral Kalamkari designs, flowery embellishments and embroideries, spring seems to have touched all sorts of party-wear and wedding sarees.
Incorporate feminine florals in your saree wardrobe this season in as many ways as possible. Look like an ingénue straight out of an YRF movie – when you drape white based chiffon with spring-hued flowers scattered all over. Or, go the subtler way in this half and half saree with a floral print pallu!
6. Rich Indian Handlooms
Timeless, classy and evergreen – the lush Indian handloom sarees have made a major come back, thanks to avid handloom promoters, many brands and Indian silk handlooms lovers like Vidya Balan and Rekha. Earlier thought of only as grand wedding and bridal sarees, Kanjeevarams and Banarasis donned lighter looks – and were seen at parties, film premiers and award functions. Linen sarees, cotton silk sarees and other similar trends are also on a revival route – thanks to Bollywood.
Stun your audiences, as you dress up in pure Indian tradition in a rich Banarasi saree like this one! Handlooms, however, do not imply silks always. So, you may also choose lighter versions in regional sarees. To brush up on your knowledge of saree types, read about 12 gorgeous Regional Sarees of India!
7. The Pink Splendor
The color of love has always been a favorite of celebrities, thanks to the romantic themes of our movies. Pink is also a feminine and auspicious color. Almost all hues of pink go well with the Indian set ups and Indian complexion. So, unsurprisingly, we shall see a barrage of Indian beauties, donning this gorgeous hue in all its myriad shades and tints.
While the eternal romance of pale, blush and baby pinks refuses to fade, the powerful and fierce forms of this feminine hue – thanks to the movie PINK – are everywhere in the Indian fashion scene. Pink party-wear sarees are quite popular, and thus, a must-have now!
8. Vibrant Hot Hues
The vibrancy of flaming fiery colors is integral to the Indian fashion sensibilities. Considered auspicious and lucky, these colors invariably find their way in every Indian woman’s wardrobe. Even our lovely celebs are not immune to them – and while in the last season, we did witness a bias towards neutrals/ subtle shades, designers managed to incorporate the flashes of yellows and bright tangerines in all sarees – in some way or the other!
Grab eyeballs at Indian ceremonies and pre-wedding parties, dressed in flaming hues of red, orange and peppy yellows. To look different, though, you may choose a gorgeous party-wear saree with crochet and net detail like this one!
9. Bewitching Blues
Much like blacks, the blue palette has an eternal charm – that goes stupendously well for all ages, body types and occasions. From office formals to wedding dances – blues are perfect for all settings. And, glam-world women seem to know this pretty well – for we did see a lot many of them wearing blue sarees. While Sonam took the electric blue and midnight blue to Cannes in a futuristic saree in 2016 – Tamannah Bhatia raised the heat in a plain royal blue saree – we all can easily cop – at a famed film launch party.
This is one color that has no limitations. Plain blue sarees paired with heavy designer tops or blouses with unique necklines are flavor of the season!
Get to know all about gorgeous blouse back designs – you must consider getting done with your lovely party-wear and office-wear sarees.
Well, this is one saree trend that promises to always stay fresh in our wardrobes, considering it has been rocking the fashion scene for years now – and is still going strong. Net sarees take on embroideries and embellishments pretty nicely, and create a demure, feminine base for designers to work their magic on. Naturally, we, yet again, saw Bolly beauties flaunting their net party-wear sarees in hoards.
Combine this evergreen style with other latest party-wear color or design trends to get a fashion edge, this season! You can take cues from Kangana Ranaut’s latest party outings, for she is one Indian actress who seems to love her net sarees to the core. If you are not comfortable sporting an all-net drape, pick a chic half and half sari, as this one hides the waist bumps and flaws, while the pallu continues to bring in the sensuous flare.
11. Half and Half
A relatively fresh saree style, this one is super fun. The saree body is different from the saree pallu in half and half sarees – and this creates an element of contrast and surprise. Designers get to incorporate and play with multiple elements in these sarees – so we have seen a definitive surge in this trend.
Cop this trend in 2018 by taking half and half sarees even to your regular wear domain. Of course, as party-wear sarees, these smart and chic ones are sure shot winners. Pick an all-time favorite half net, half georgette party-wear saree or go for a same fabric, but contrasting hued half saree.
12. Velvet in Sarees
Lush, lavish and majestic – velvet fabric has a unique aura. Always associated with the rich and royal, this thicker fabric, however, has been used seldom in sarees. But, with a grand emergence of the half and half saree styles, velvet is now seen quite a lot in designer saree creations. Anushka Sharma was seen sporting a stunning maroon red Velvet saree on her pre-wedding engagement party – during her coveted designer wedding in Italy. Apart from pallus in velvet party-wear sarees, this regal, lustrous fabric was seen on borders, blouses and edgings of sarees, sported by many Bollywood beauties.
You too can now channel this super trendy style in party-wear sarees – with this gorgeous maroon and a beige half and half saree with a stunning, lush velvet pallu. Velvet sarees are great for evening and night time functions.
Isn’t the entire party-wear saree spread super enticing? How many of these trends you already have? Check your wardrobes now! Plus, to bag latest party-wear saree trends – inspired by Bollywood – you can always come to Saree.com.