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Sari goes Rock ‘n’ Roll

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By Shara Ashraf

Love the sari-blouse ensemble but find it a cumbersome task to drape the six yard fabric around you? You need not carry the entire bulk of the sari. Drape a dupatta just like a sari, and replace petticoat with a pair of tights, and you’re set to rock. Call it a half-sari, a dupatta sari or a pretend sari, this latest sari draping style adds an effortless edge to your looks and makes sure you get noticed at whichever bash you are attending. International designers, too, have given the style thumbs up. On his last visit to India, Dutch couturier Jan Taminiau said he would love to see Indian women make the sari more rock-and-roll. “Saris have great form, and when you give them an edgy look, they look super sexy,” he said.

Designer Rina Dhaka says variations of sari look fabulous, and a dupatta sari or a skirt sari (a half sari worn over a skirt) can look great if you know how to do it right. “Play with the drape and do your own thing. You can wear a sari like a skirt too, and add some drama with a waist band. You can even team it up with a jacket,” she says.

But do not distort the sari beyond a point. “Variations are always fun, but it shouldn’t look ridiculous. Try retaining the essence of the garment,” she cautions. Also keep your body type in mind before you pick the style. The dupatta sari is a great idea for lean and petite women who usually find themselves trapped in a sari. But those on the heavier side should stick to the basic pleated version of the sari as a half sari can make them appear slightly broader.

Get the look right

Pick up dupattas in fabrics such as net, lace, georgette, silk and organza.

Dupattas with sequins, Swarovski crystal, heavy thread and embroidery work would look nice if you are attending a wedding.

Team up your dupatta sari with tights, and let only a few inches of the tights show.

Keep the length of your dupatta sari a little higher than that of the usual sari.

Cut down on the accessories. Wear just one statement piece of jewelry, such as a pretty jhumar or a mang tikka. You can even tie a thin kamarbandh (waist band) to accentuate your waist.

Tie your hair in a side bun or a messy braid. You can even wear a little flower on one side of your head.