Instead of the usual blouse, try wearing a waist length jacket that obviously goes well with the saree, anarkali or lehenga. I’m not saying a denim jacket here, but when paired with let’s say a contrasting or similar coloured jacket in velvet or silk, it can keep you warm and look oh-so stylish. The jacket can be a Nehru jacket or any style you fancy. Even a black formal blazer with some detailing would work too and this looks equally good with Indian suits. If you don’t want to stich a jacket just for pairing with Indian wear, then by all means pin a lovely broach to your western blazer to add that splash of glam. It will tie the whole outfit together.
Instead of the blouse you can opt for a much fitted sweater in a solid colour that can be tucked inside your saree petticoat and will drive away the cold as well as make you look fabulous. Even try a polo-neck sweater in black for example and accessorize with chunky jewelry. You can do the same with a lehenga and swap the blouse for a fitted sweater or a cardigan, but leaving the top few and bottom few buttons of the cardigan open, whilst showing a bit of midriff. When wearing a saree, try to just throw the unbuttoned cardi over your shoulders like a cape. So classy! If you love wearing dhoti pants or Patiala suits, skip the top and try it with a chunky or snug sweater. Casual yet stylish and great for winters! You might want to wear leggings beneath the dhoti/Patiala pants for extra warmth.
A very simple option of styling a saree is to wear it with some warm leggings and no one can tell and yet you will beat the cold. But, if no one can see your lowers then what fun is that! Try draping your saree in a more Grecian style where your pants (preferably fitted ones) are visible. This gives a fusion look and will make heads turn any day. Pair with pumps instead of usual sandals, so that feet is tucked away in your shoes. You can wear leggings under your lehenga, but would not suggest altering the length of the lehenga and keep your leggings camouflaged. Also try combining an anarkali with knitted tights instead of the churidar. Your legs will be super snug and thanking you. It doesn’t have to match, just contrast.
4 . East Meets West:Jacket and Saree: Do you remember Hema Malini in the song sequence, “Sa re ga ma pa pa…?” I just love the way she had paired her orange saree with a dark blue Kashmiri embroidered jacket. Even though this movie is 40 years old, this kind of fashion is still timeless and can go for years to come Wear a jacket over the saree and drape the pallu around the neck and bring the remaining part in a straight line to the front. This e-mail and any files transmitted with it are for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient(s), please reply to the sender and destroy all copies of the original message. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, dissemination, forwarding, printing or copying of this email, and/or any action taken in reliance on the contents of this e-mail is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful. Where permitted by applicable law, this e-mail and other e-mail communications sent to and from Cognizant e-mail addresses may be monitored.
5.Pretty Shawls and Stoles: A classy winter look is wearing a rich,embroidered shawl one-side of the shoulder over a saree. This look has been made famous by veteran Bollywood actresses like Sharmila Tagore and Jaya Bacchan.
You can drape a Kashmiri pashmina stole or simple, monotone stoles on kurtis to give it an elegant look.
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