Work the Curves with a Sari

Red Sari
Red Sari

I feel that today’s women face enormous pressure. We are fashion-savvy and feel the need to be perfectly groomed. As a result, we drag ourselves to the gym, and spend a lot of time doing nails and feet. And, when we are pushing forty, the hair dye also enters the picture. This regime is time-consuming and painful. Sometimes, I wonder — aren’t we going a bit overboard with all this? I have a secret weapon — it’s my sari, the best Indian outfit for a curvaceous body

Vidya Balan in a sari
Vidya Balan in a sari

I love the sari because donning a western outfit on a curvy body is much more challenging. Here is my tip on how to work the curves. You need a bust and hips to carry it well, as I’m sure you have heard before. If you are blessed with those, choose a soft fabric like crepes or georgettes. Choice of the fabric is crucial; the soft fabrics give a good fall. A heavy pally or border also gives a better drape.

Many women shy away from wearing the sari worrying that it might show too much of the imperfections (like an unwanted spare tyre or a stress bulge); but that’s nonsense. The sari, when draped properly, is more forgiving and flattering than any other outfit I know.

I love the drape of the sari and many of my designs on the catwalk are inspired by it. It is when I wear a sari that I feel most elegant and confident.

Saris from fashion show
Saris from fashion show

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