“Easy to wear” and “comfort” are the fashion buzzwords in 2016. The latest saree trends are allowing women to make a strong statement and enabling women to wear silhouettes like never before. There are interesting new drapes in sarees which are made for the modern Indian woman who is aware of her traditions, yet has a strong individual style. Here, we list out the top 10 latest saree trends and how you can adopt them in your wardrobe :
1. Frill and Ruffle Saree
Ruffles have come back with a bang! We’ve always loved the playfulness and the romanticism associated with ruffles. But this time, they were seen in full bloom on the runways. Larger than life ruffles are the look of the season! Along with the dainty charm that ruffles add to outfits, this time they were a lot more striking. Sonam Kapoor was recently spotted in an Anavila sari look straight from the AIFW runway. It’s not a regular full-length saree. The saree ends right above the ankle. The sari length being smaller is a tricky one to wear and even style, but she wore it well. The white cotton blouse comes with quarter sleeves and dramatic ruffle ending. The saree features little botanical motifs. The hem of the saree is highlighted with extended ruffle border. Its probably the first time someone wore shoes with a saree and looked absolutely stunning. We also spotted Jacqueline Fernadez, Kalki, and Lara Dutta sporting ruffle sarees recently. Jacqueline Fernadez opted for an Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla Pleated Ruffle Saree at the recent Star Screen Awards 2016 paired with a cross-neck blouse. Kalki Koechlin collected a National Award for her movie Margarita with a Straw in a Sabyasachi Ruffle Saree. Actress Lara Dutta attended Preity Zinta’s wedding reception in a black sheer net retro style ruffled saree by Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
2. Double Pallu Saree
Sonam Kapoor recently started this trend by sporting double pallu sarees designed by Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla on two occasions. The double pallu, one worn the traditional way and the other one worn around her neck like a dupatta, is a great way to accentuate the regular saree. Opt for one printed pallu and one plain one. To try this trend in a budget, you can try this hack. Wear your normal sari and for the second drape, get a dupatta in a contrasting hue and add the border from the sari. Done! But try out different materials – if the sari is crepe, try a net dupatta. If it’s chiffon, try a georgette one. This look works only on smooth thin fabrics – Benarasi or raw silk and other textiles might just make you look bulkier!
3. Drape Saree with Leggings
One of the latest saree trends that is emerging on the fashion circuits is to drape the saree over leggings. You can team it with chic blouses, long jackets and waistcoats. Rakul Preet had worn this look with a high neck, sleeveless leather blouse! Anamika Khanna and Tarun Tahiliani had started this very stylish and fashionable drape. The saree in this drape needs to be in a shorter length from 2.5 metres to 3 metres. Instead of a petticoat a bottom wear is required, in a legging form, dhoti pants, elephant pats, flared pants and similar styles to get the drape look astonishing.We all remember the dhoti saree that was a rage last year. This year, it is the legging with saree that is going to be on top of the charts.
4. Sports Luxe Saree
When Anamika Khanna dressed her models in long light kurtas and sneakers, sports luxe became the buzzword for the season. Jacqueline Fernadez sported this trend by wearing a batik saree designed by Nithya Lamahewa with a sports crop top! ow do we pull off this trend in the hustle-bustle of our day-to-day lives and make casual the new sexy? Blouses with with cut-outs at the shoulders, bust or waist can help you achieve this look. Look for athletic touch and stripes. Incorporating mesh fabric elevates the casual sports mode into evening wear. For footwear, you don’t need to match the outfit with trainers or pumps. Sports luxe means styling with chunky strapped wedges or super high-heels in sporty colours. Be bold enough to mix and merge trends. How about a saree in stretch jersey material? Break the rules to meet an “East meets West” look.
5. Cape Saree
Capes are the hottest thing this season! From cape jackets, they made their way to cape gowns and now to sarees. Capes can be sheer or opaque, and can come in any length – cropped cape, jacket cape or a floor touching cape.
6. Jacket Blouse Saree
This season, we saw designers experiment with different blouse designs in Lakme Fashion Week – the kurta blouse, the long kurta jacket and the nehru jacket. Here, Sonam Kapoor is spotted in an Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla khadi saree paired with a colourful embroidered jacket blouse inspired from the kutchi jacket.
7. Saree with a Belt
Uplift and modernize the saree look with little add-ons like leather belts, fringed bags, tassels, etc. The concept of a belt with a saree is inspired from the traditional kamarbandh which is usually tied on the waist along with Indian dresses like lehenga or saree. Kamarbandh usually is a piece of jewelry and is studded with jewels whereas sari belt gives a much modern look to this traditional attire.
8. Saree with a White Shirt
Team up your saree with a classic white shirt this season to create a colour-blocked look. The broad pleating helps in making the contrasting white look pleasant. A well-made white shirt can make any outfit look sharp. Play around with the length and width of the cuff, in addition to the length of the sleeves. We recommend oversized shirts in softer fabrics. Stiffer fabrics make for sharper silhouettes. And for those wary of pairing a cotton shirt with a sumptuous sare, we recommend a white silk shirt. Take cues from this look and try pairing a saree with an embellished top, a lace blouse or a poly-Georgette kimono top too. Make sure the fabrics of the top and saree don’t clash, for example a lace top will not look nice with a hand-loom saree or a kimono top with an organza saree which in itself looks visually broad.
9. Latest Saree Trends, The Tribal Saree
Tribal inspiration has been ruling the ramps for a couple of years. Head into the wild this season with the cultural vivacity of various tribes in India. For a gutsy take on the ethnic sarees, pair your saree with a sleeveless or off-shouldered embroidered blouse with stone work. Just like Katrina Kaif, sport kadas, antique silver nose rings, accessories with coins, shells and belts that bring out the global nomad in you.
10. Handloom Sarees
Revive elements of folk art through pure sustainable textiles, like exquisite cotton, khadi, silk and linen and techniques like hand-block prints, ti dyes, ikats and madras checks to create a rustic appeal. Think colors like wood brown, brick, wine, teal, white, grey, olive and sap green. Focus on texture and use traditional materials in inventive ways. Keep the overall look neat and fuss free.
Try these latest saree trends now! 🙂