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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Unknown said...

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

Aditi SoSaree said...

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


amu_blackeyes said...

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

Unknown 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!!

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,


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...
Dazzle and Sizzle

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.

Unknown 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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