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How to Wear a Saree in a New Style

By Sara . Updated: July 26, 2017
How to Wear a Saree in a New Style

A saree is a traditional Indian costume worn by women in India. It is a long seamless fabric of four to nine yards in length. This elegant dress is also worn in Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Traditionally, a saree is made from cotton and silk but nowadays it is also available in various types of artificial fibers. When a saree is worn with proper care, it can accentuate a women’s curves in a stunning way. Wearing a saree is an art which we will explore here along with a few tips on accessories, so keep on reading if you want to know how to wear a saree in a new style.

You'll need:

  • A Sari
  • A blouse
  • A petticoat or inner skirt
  • Safety pins
  • Bangles
  • Earrings
  • Bindi
You may also be interested in: 5 Different Ways to Wear Half Saree

Steps to follow:


Kandyan Saree

Take a look at the first option to wear a saree in a new style. It is pretty simple and can make heads turn wherever you go. You can wear this saree with blouse and petticoat.

  1. Wear a blouse so that it ends just below your bust. Make sure the blouse fits you perfectly.Put on the petticoat and tie it tightly along your waist
  2. If you want to flaunt your midriff then tie the petticoat just below the navel.
  3. At the plain end of the saree, make a knot on the top corner. Tuck the knot into the left side of the petticoat. To make sure that you are wearing a saree in the right way, look at the embroideries. If the embroideries are facing out then it is all right.
  4. Turn the saree from right to left and tuck the fabric around the waist neatly into the petticoat. Make sure the lower end of the saree is slightly above the floor so that it only shows your toes.
  5. Now comes the most important part- making the pleats. Hold the saree which is hanging from the area tucked in between your thumb and pinky finger. Stretch the fabric until you hold it between your index and middle fingers. It would be around 4 inches wide. Now start pleating the fabric by winding it from your thumb to the index finger. You can make 6-8 pleats.
  6. Tuck the pleats in the petticoat so that the pleated sides fall right below your navel. Adjust the pleated fabric so that they are even and straight. You can ask for help from someone else to even out the pleats.
  7. Now take the extra saree and turn it from right to left. Hold the pallu which is the decorative end of the sari and pleat the top edges of the pallu. Adjust it so that they are even.
  8. Holding the pleated end, bring it under your right arm and place it over the left shoulder so that the pleated end falls below the knee. Secure the pallu safely with a safety pin from inside the saree. Voila! Now you know the art of wearing a saree. You may want to draw inspiration from beautiful movies sarees such as Alia Bhatt bridal look in 2 states.
  9. Add your chosen bindi on your forehead. Put on a matching earring. Adorn your hands with lovely bangles to complete your look. Also, you can add a beautiful necklace to the attire to add the extra zing.
How to Wear a Saree in a New Style - Step 1

Half saree style

The next option to wear a saree in a new style is to wear a half saree. There are many options for half saree, but here's an easy tutorial to look your best. It may seem risky but we assure you there is a way!

  1. Tie the dupatta to the front of the lehenga from one of the corners.
  2. Make the dupatta go around your waist.
  3. Drape the dupatta and pass it over the right shoulder to secure it.
How to Wear a Saree in a New Style - Step 2
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Bengali style saree

Bengali style saree s characterized by having no visible pleats. It is an easier way that will also look fresh and new for your look. Note that it's important to choose a saree that is made of a lighter fabric for this look.

  1. Put on a blouse and petticoat.
  2. Get the saree and hold the opposite pallu side, which has less embroidery. Tuck this corner into the petticoat on the right of your waist.
  3. Bring the remaining saree forward and wrap it around from the front backwards up to the right. Tuck the edge.
  4. Get the part next to the edge and tuck it again.
  5. Get the hanging side of the saree and bring it to the left of the waist. Tuck it.
  6. Fold the saree and bring the edge towards the right and tuck into the petticoat again.
  7. Put the remaining fabric over your shoulder so that the end is behind the shoulder and the end of the pallu is around your calf.
  8. Get the top of the pallu and put it around your shoulder. Pull the corner towards the right. Move it from under the right arm to bring the pallu forward.
  9. Get hold of an ornate chain and attach it.
How to Wear a Saree in a New Style - Step 3

Dhoti style saree

This is one of the most up-to-date choices to wear a saree in a new style. Instead of wearing a blouse and/or petticoat, go for a tight turtleneck and leggings to match to look gorgeous!

  1. Drape the saree below your navel, making sure there are around one or two meters from the pallu free.
  2. Join both ends and overlap them, with the right going over the left. Secure with a safety pin.
  3. Drape your pallu, creating pleats of around two to three inches. Secure with a safety pin to the blouse.
  4. Get the resting part of the pallu and also secure it on the front.
  5. The leftover part on the left should be pleated and brought to the back to tuck.
  6. Pleat and tuck the front part.
How to Wear a Saree in a New Style - Step 4

For different ways of styling the half saree, check our article on lehenga dupatta styles.

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  • A blouse should be stitched in such a way that it gives a perfect fit. It should be neither too loose nor too tight.
  • Never let the bottom of sari touch the floor otherwise you may trip on it and fall.
  • You can secure the pleats using a safety pin.
  • Never wear casual platform heels or wedges with a saree. A saree looks best in high heels and stilettos.
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