Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Chic in Chiffon

For long as I remember, I have been in love with donning a saree. I still vividly remember being a four year old, draped in mom's saree and flaunting it around. My mum owned quite a few chiffons but my eyes always were on the graceful, golden-border sarees. I would wear them during Diwali, the most celebrated festival in India, and then Haldi-kumkum ceremony in Makar Sankranti. I remember, during college times, all of us friends would get together at my best friend's place to burst crackers and I would be the only one adorned in saree, jewelry and all that. Guess dressing up has been in my genes since long :) 

And as you can imagine, as I grew older, my love for saree grew stronger. I would look forward for every small occasion to wear it. I had matching blouses stitched for mom's kanjeevarams, and heavy border sarees. I got a hang of draping the saree from quite early one. I can drape a saree in less than 10 minutes, and chiffons and silk sarees are the easier ones to drape than the heavy kanjeevarams or brocade sarees. 

Coming back to recent times, I don't get to dress up in saree as much as I would. Living in the US, there are really one or two times in the year when you can dress up in your Indian fineries. Its usually during Diwali or Dassera or a Marathi Mandal celebration. I miss wedding seasons in India, so dearly I tell you! 

Anyhoo, my taste in sarees has moved past the heavy kanjeevarams to more subtle and soft and elegant chiffons. The pretty pink saree I am wearing in the post today is one of my recent loves. I actually got it cut and done up at a cloth store in Vile Parle (a suburb in Mumbai). When I first laid my eyes on it, I must admit, I wasn't it's biggest fan but my mum-in-law egged me on to try it. The sales guy helped me drape it and voila..gorgeous did it look! 

The neonish hue looked in-vogue and the material felt light-n-easy on me. Finding and stitching the right fit blouse is always a challenge when you visit India for less time. Well, good for me ready-made blouses were so in-trend in India and I gave in. The fit is great for a ready-made blouse and there are so many options available that stitching a blouse looks like a passe. I wore this saree for laxmi-pooja last year with the perfect traditional accessory there can be - a Maharashtrian Nath

Well, here's to many more occasions to don the most graceful attire in our Indian wardrobes...Saree!

This is a picture-heavy post..don't tell me later that I didn't warn you ;) Also, keeping with the tradition, sari post is my first outfit post of the year!

Blouse and sari - shops near Vile parle station (Mumbai) | Express gold necklace and earrings | Catwalk sandals | Bangles and clutch from Hill road, Bandra | Nath from my mom's closet


P.S.: I have shared this post on my blogger friend Aditi's blog So-Saree. It's her first blogiversary this week and as part of the celebrations she asked me if I could do a saree guest post. Show some love to her, will ya?



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10 comments:

Ritika Mahendru said...

Ashy, you look breathtaking in these pictures.. Love the saree and your post too!

Aditi So-Saree said...

Thnks for the guest post Ashy. U r too sweet.

Aditi
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amu_blackeyes said...

Woww u look so beautiful.. I'm gonna ask my mum to send me a nath :D

Shikha S said...

lovely saree and color is beautiful.. what about that nose pin.. I have seen such nose pin in movies

Kalyani said...

You look straight out of a Yash raj movie scene and I'm serious!!! Love everything about this look the saree, the accessories, the clutch and the nath of course!!
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K
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Kavita Sahu said...

Wow! Ashy, you have nailed it once again. The second picture speaks a lot. You look so fresh, sweet and breathtaking. And I love your necklace.
Agree to Kalyani's comment. You really do look straight out of Yashraj movies.

Love lots,
Kavita.

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Fashion Five said...

So Chic and pretty..

Tanya said...

What a beautiful sari! I love this color....hot pink is my favorite! Great accessorising as well...
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Anusha said...

Hi Ashy,

You look great in this saree. The colour suits you so well and the neck piece enhances the beauty of the saree.

I also found very nice collection of Pothys Casual wear sarees - http://goo.gl/AYLtWj . Do have a look.

swapna rajesh said...

wow beautiful you look excellent I like you to try black, white sarees I think you look more beautiful and also wear some designer blouse

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