Introducing The Concept Sari
The sari tracing its origins back to the Indus Civilisation approximately in 1000 BC, the indomitable sari is one of the world’s oldest surviving garments. Unwavering, unaltered, and standing strong against the tide of trends, the sari has never changed. That is until now.
Seasoned sari wearers look elegant and striking, with the six yards of fabric enveloping their bodies effortlessly, their pleats falling perfectly, and not a thread out of place. Sadly for newbies like me, the six yards look more like 60: the pleats too long, the pallu too short, and the length askew. Sadly – I take full responsibility for making the sultry sari look clunky rather than chic.
Thankfully an increasing number of designers have become compassionate to the plight of the sari-challenged and developed The concept sari. Different to the stitched sari or sari gown, the concept sari is centered around a pair of trousers with an attached pallu – it’s time to rejoice!
Most recently worn by Sonam Kapoor, this black and powder blue concept sari by Huemn, with its wide leg trousers and attached dupatta channels new york loft chic with a hint of traditional. Perfect for a cocktail or cards party, this look is effortless and easy to pull off. Wear it with some statement earrings and a dramatic berry lip and you are good to go.
Bhaavya Bhatnagar has a more traditional take on the concept sari. Comprised of a blouse and cigarette pants the jersey pallu attaches to the trousers with clips and drapes around the body to give a streamlined finish. Versatile and wearable, these looks are perfect for weddings when you want to do away with conventions. Rock the look with some killer heels, simple jewellery and smoky eyes.
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