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Did you know that there are seven ways of wearing a bridal saree? If you’re a newlywed or if you’re about to be wed soon, whether you like it or not, your style statements and dressing sense are being analysed by eager onlookers everywhere you go – in social gatherings, at friends’ places etc. Give them a run for their money by showing off all the different ways in which you can wear your stunning sarees. Here is a list of seven methods that you absolutely must master to pass muster.
Bengali draping style
Though it looks complicated, it is one of the easiest ways to drape a saree. It is a style that involves two wide pleats and a large key ring with keys to hold down the double-wrapped pallu. This style is best worn with handloom sarees or light cotton ones, though you can try with a brocade saree as well.
Lehenga draping style
When you have to wear your saree for a close one’s wedding, you can drape it to look like you are wearing a lehenga instead. Several pleats tucked around the waist give the illusion of a lehenga. You can thus easily convert the regular saree to something more celebratory.
Maharashtrian draping style
This style is different from most others preferred by Indian women. The saree is also longer (9 yards, instead of the usual 6) and no petticoat is required to drape it. Pair this saree with a nose ring and some jasmine flowers for your hair, and you can stand out in any crowd.
Mermaid draping style
Though it is suitable for almost all body types, curvaceous women tend to get an advantage here. The lower portion of the saree is draped to look more like a skirt and gives a slimming look to the wearer. This style is particularly good if the pallu is heavy or the border is embellished.
Butterfly draping style
Also known as the Bollywood style of wearing a saree, the ‘Butterfly’ style is a slight twist to the regular Nivi style of wearing saree. The main difference here is that the pallu is made very thin, so that the midriff or navel is visible. Usually, materials like chiffon are worn with a heavy embellished blouse in this manner.
Rajrani draping style
Dress up like royalty with this draping style. Rajrani is a variation of the Gujarati saree draping style. The only difference in this style is that unlike others, the pleats are all facing towards the right. The pallu is also draped in the form of a slight ‘V’ in the front.
Mumtaz draping style
Do you remember Mumtaz from ‘Aaj kal tere mere pyar ke’ from the superhit film Bramhachari? That look was so stunning that it went on to create a draping style by itself, called the Mumtaz style. The style involves draping the saree tightly around the lower body several times, so that it highlights your figure in the best way possible. Though it might not seem very comfortable to many, it still lends oodles of elegance and sensuousness to your look.

Jason Lee

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