I know I have promised a lot of you that I will start doing blog posts about sarees and I decided to start that series off with a one sarees six ways post. Sarees are extremely versatile and never go out of fashion. A lot of times, we end up in a situation where the blouse that was originally woven with the saree is no longer usable because it's either ruined or too tight or made in a style we know longer like wearing and the saree goes into the cupboard where it stays for the next decade. The adventurous amongst us pair it with a 'matching' blouse or a neutral coloured blouse.
My favourite part about wearing a saree is the yards of colour and all the possibilities of mixing and matching it with other colours and textures and weaves. It's like a fun canvas that you can paint on over and over again. The same saree worn with a different blouse and jewellery can end up looking like another outfit alltogether. I never get blouses made for particular sarees. I get them made as I find fabrics I like and pair them with sarees as I feel like on the day I was that saree. Here I start with six blouse and jewellery pairings. If I were to write this post tomorrow I would probably do six entiredifferent blouses.
The saree I have chosen today is a beautiful buttery soft indigo block printed mul cotton from Chidiyaa Online (look them up on Instagram and Facebook) that makes some very interesting block printed clothing. This is my current favourite indigo saree and that is saying a lot considering how many indigo sarees I own. If I were to pick six wardrobe staple sarees an indigo would definitely be on the list. This is my Saree equivalent of a pair of well fitting dark denim jeans. The styling possibilities are endless.
The first features three trends that are very popular right now. Indigo on indigo, print on print and a crop top with a saree.the crop top featured here is also from Chidiyaa Online and I love the way they have put this crop top and saree together. Lon dokra beads that won't interfere with the high collared neckline of the top and a pair of handmade brass earrings to keep things interesting.
Look two is a bright green ikkat blouse, and silver jewellery. Experiment with fabrics and weaves too. Ikkat and block print, khun and block print, block print and block print and or even a stretchy knit with it!
Look three is another ikkat on block print, this time, a bright red. Indigo and red or indigo and blue are guaranteed to be stunning. Especially if they are and bright reds or pinks. This blouse style (cute high all around the neck) is my current favourite. I skipped a necklace and went with long Jhumkas from Amrapali.
Do not be afraid to pair bright accessories with bright coloured outfits. Just like colours that compliment each other in saturation and vibrance. Sunny yellow + indigo = summer ready. Red and Blue bespoke beads from Umang (find them on Instagram and Facebook).
This is for a day when you want to keep it simple and play up the indigo of the saree. Look for a black or white blouse with an interesting texture, weave or print to keep the look from getting boring and predictable. The stunning jhumkas (in a different shade of blue that picks the indigo of the saree
without distracting away form it) is from Rimli botique (they are on Instagram and have a store in T Nagar, Chennai).
And to finish the post, a grey and red Sambalpuri Ikkat. I seem to be having a ikkat day, don't I? I promise it was not intentional at all. The blouse is a fairly natural colour and the band of red provides a splash of colour. Temple jewellery goes with anything. So don't just reserve it for you South Indian silks and Kanchi or chettinad cottons.