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Most common style of wearing a saree


A Saree is the simplest and the most elegant attire worn by women in India. The practicality, simplicity and the elegance makes the 6 meter drape the favorite and most comfortable dress. If draped properly it is the most sensuous, graceful and stylish attire a women can ever wear. A saree is an outfit which reveals as much as it hides. Wearing a saree is an art which is polished by practicing it again and again. It is very important to drape it properly, a clumsily draped sari can break the look of the saree and you personality as well.

Sometimes many women just wonder as to how to drape the 6 meter long cloth around the body? For them draping a saree is just like spending hours in solving the riddle and still not getting the solution. There are various styles of draping a saree. Once you practice the most common style of wearing a saree, rest would be easy to learn. Here is the solution for this problem.

Following are the steps to wear the saree in the most common style.

Step 1:
Get ready to wear the saree. A petticoat which is a waist-to-floor garment, tied tightly at the waist by a drawstring. The petticoat color should match the base sari color as closely as possible. No part of the petticoat, of course, is visible outside the Saree, after having worn it.
A blouse which needs to be tight-fitting and whose color needs to be chosen keeping the look of the saree in mind, can be short sleeved or sleeveless, with a variety of necklines. The blouse ends just below the bust.

Step 2:
Around your body. Starting at the navel, tuck the plain end of the saree into the petticoat and continue tucking till you take a complete turn from right to left. Adjust the lower end of the saree to the height required. Ideally wear your footwear so that you drape the saree to the right length.

Step 3:
Measuring the pallu. Hold the top edge of the saree where the pallu is and bring it around your hips to the front and over your left shoulder, thus measuring the length of the pallav or pallu. The pallav should hang down the back to the knee. You may pin your pallu to your sari blouse provisionally.

Step 4:
Now begin from the tucked end and make pleats (Moving the saree back and forward) about 4 – 5 inches broad.

Step 5:
Making pleats. Create pleats with the saree. Make about 7 to 10 pleats and hold them up together so that they fall straight and even. Tuck the pleats into the waist petticoat slightly to the left of the navel, taking care to see that the pleats are turned towards the left.

Step 6:
The pallu. The remaining portion of the saree must be turned once around the body and then draped over the left shoulder. Arrange the pleats on this part of the saree and then pin them up on the left shoulder to prevent the pallu from falling off.