Love sarees? Then, you got to court the most important saree essential with all the love! Saree blouses – the lifeline of your saree style – are no longer about those plain Jane, 2 X 2 rubia bodices. Sari blouses are haute property now – they command a lot of respect and love from the design fraternity and saree wearers, because a smart, aesthetic blouse tweak can do wonders for any saree look. Party wear sarees, office-wear sarees or even bridal and wedding sarees – blouses with all of them can go a long way in creating a desired effect.
Innovative, classy, zipped, plain, printed, embellished, cut like jackets, crops tops or Angarakhas – designer blouses have been ruling the runways – and the wedding wardrobes – for all the right reasons. Women are choosing different blouses, not just for style and fashion reasons, but also for comfort, confidence and expressing individuality.
So, what are you waiting for? You too pick up some luxe fabrics – they may not exactly match your saree, or they may – check out some super awesome designs, like the ones, we have lined up for you below (you can also save them – as they come in a save-able, super-convenient infographic – and get going! Mix, match, jumble, blend or juxtapose – infuse new; introduce quirky – stir up the usual and create concoctions that are unique – wear a heavy silk saree with a crop top, and a fluid printed crepe saree with a brocade blouse. The more you experiment with this sari essential – the better, for right now – there are no limits – and there are no rules.
- Collared Inspiration –
Choose collars, when making a statement is on your mind. The Western vibe of the collar contrasts beautifully against the traditional gorgeousness – giving a wearer a definitive edginess.
- Of Bells n Frills –
This once-loved trend is making a come-back gradually – and why not! Bell-sleeves are mesmerizing, and transport the wearer (and the onlookers) to a dreamland. Wear with caution, though. This one is not a formal design, so wearing to corporate meetings is a no no. You can, however, pair such blouses with your lehenga and floor-grazing skirts – for instant oomph!
- Behind the Back –
Back designs are the best way to show-off your fashion fervor. For additional spiciness – mix and match two distinct styles – like they do in this one that hides first with a close-cut neckline, all-buttoned up till bust-line – and then, the sensuous, edgy stringed element. Love it!
- The Long Story –
For the lovers of bohemian elements – and haters of teeny-weeny cholis, peplums are god-sent. Long, fit at waist and slightly flared peplum is a classic that’s usually right – for any shape. Pairing a largely western silhouette (and an unusually long one) with a saree – is all you need to do to get a definitive fashion edge!
- Off the Shoulder –
There is just one word for this much in-vogue style – HOT!! It’s teasing, sensuous appeal is pretty and feminine, and it also lets you show off all the work you have accomplished, sweating it out in the gym! Pair with absolutely traditional sarees – to create an enchanting Indo-western vibe. You will, however, need to drape your saree differently than the usual drapes that require pinning on shoulder.
Read all about Pallu Drapes here.
- Winding Shades n Strings –
Double shaded fabrics have a mystical appeal to them! Craft them in a winding style like the exquisite Angarakha (flap-design) shown in the image – and see how a plain or simple saree attains a divasque status. And, if you wish to pair it with your grand sarees, silk sarees or even the bridal lehenga – well, there is nothing stopping you.
- One Shoulder Curve –
Can’t give a miss to the classic shoulder drape? Well – you can still show off that gorgeous shoulder curve – with only-on-one-arm off-shoulder, bustier-style blouse. Doesn’t that remind you of the princesses from a golden era gone by? Smashing and smoldering!! Try this one with a party-wear saree this season.
- Hide n Seek –
This one is a lush, sexy back design – that’s sure to win you praises and eyeballs. Be ready to dodge the unexpected admirers – who will be enchanted by this rustic styling! The big eye-lets will show some – hide some in this classic raw and sultry design. Brides can also try these designs with their wedding sarees, and even in their trousseau salwar suits.
- Men’s Domain –
Collared styles have a chic, quirky appeal – and a paradoxical charm. They are playful, subtle and fierce – all at once. Collars like this one make me nostalgic, transporting me to school days, but the way they caress the curves in (this blouse) – well, the result is splendid. Perfect with office-wear sarees and fluid georgette sarees – and also for occasions, when you want to make a solid fashion statement, this is a must-have blouse design.
- Strapped in Halter –
A halter-neck blouse is perfect for peppering any Indian ensemble with just the right amount of western stardust! Women who can show off their toned arms, upper back and shoulders must make this classic a staple in their saree wardrobe. Halters also look great, when paired with party wear lehengas.
- Classy flaps –
No amount of revealing can ever come close to this subtle, timelessly elegant design that has ROYAL written all over it! High-cut neckline, a little peek of skin from underneath the flap – where a single button demurely closes the angarakha – this one is great with transparent sarees like chiffons and net sarees. And with heavy silks too, where you wish to drape your pallu innovatively to show-off those glorious curves.
- Scalloped Edges –
A simple blouse can be turned into a dreamy fashion statement, by introducing this lovely shape on hems or even sleeves – and if you please, on the neckline too. Scalloped edges are inspired from shell shapes – so, no wonder, they have an exotic, fairy-tale feel.
Suitably inspired? Well, here is a gorgeous Infographic – you can save, should you need this fierce inspiration anytime.