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Iconic Bollywood Sarees

A splash of vibrant colour, tall dark men of valour,

A song for every emotion, fans with die-hard cinema devotion,

Where the hero reigns supreme, and dance numbers always work their way into the theme,

Where melodrama is the major component, but never ever a dull moment,

That’s BOLLYWOOD for you folks!

The Indian film industry has been appreciated world over for its dynamicity, versatility and undying magnetism. Not only that, Bollywood has been known to be a creative platform that not only gives a boost to existing style trends, but also inspires innovative and fresh fashion ideas. The industry has been around for a long time now, and has seen numerous fashion fads come and go, but the one fashion statement, older than Bollywood itself, which has stood strong throughout the years and still reigns as every woman’s favourite attire, is hands down, the Bollywood saree. Be it on screen or off screen, Bollywood divas have been rocking the garment for years now and have no intention of ceasing to do so for years to come.

Let’s have a look at some of the most talked about Bollywood sarees that have left an indelible mark on the minds of all fashion enthusiasts.

Sri Devi’s Saree in Mr. India.

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Sridevi’s blue chiffon saree in Mr.India

The gorgeous Sridevi became a fashion icon overnight owing to her electric blue chiffon saree in the song ‘I Love You’. Bollywood sarees such as these are simple, yet have an undeniable impact on screen. While the song had the lead actors confessing their love to each other, the audience was busy falling in love with this divine piece of clothing!

Madhuri Dixit’s Saree in Hum Aapke Hain Koun.

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Madhuri Dixit’s purple and golden saree in Hum Aapke Hain Koun

Madhuri wasn’t the only one who stole hearts with this movie. The purple and golden ensemble that she donned for the song ‘Didi Tera Dewar Deewana’ made women all over the nation go gaga. The modern-day trend of the popular ‘Dori Blouse’ can also be traced back to this iconic Bollywood saree. Certainly, Bollywood sarees like this one are both contemporary and traditional and make a significant on-screen impact!

Aishwarya Rai’s Saree in Devdas

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Aishwarya Rai’s rich saree in Devdas

At a time when the Indian saree was being subjected to immense miscellany in regard to its styling, the film Devdas brought back the traditional vogue with this Blue Benarasi number. The modest silhouette of this Bollywood saree was more than compensated by elaborate embroidery work and conventional heavy jewellery. Bollywood sarees such as these truly reflect the unacknowledged glamour quotient of ancient India.

Sushmita Sen’s Saree in Main Hoon Na

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Sushmita Sen’s glamorous saarees in Main Hoon Na

Who says teachers can’t look sexy? Sushmita sure made teaching look like the most glamorous profession in the country, with her ultra-glam yet super casual saree clad look in the movie Main Hoon Na. So, for all those who think Bollywood sarees are only fit for evening wear, with the right choice of colours and subtle accessories, a saree could make you look like a million bucks even at your workplace, without looking out of place! I don’t know about you, but these stunning Bollywood sarees definitely stole my heart and I wanted to possess every design!

Priyanka Chopra’s Saree in Dostana

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Priyanka Chopra’s shimmering cream saree in Dostana

Truly representing the evolution of the Bollywood saree, Priyanka Chopra’s dazzling cream coloured sari in the movie Dostana, proved beyond doubt that the hottest girl in the world, surely is a ‘Desi Gal’. This was another ensemble I dreamt of adding to my Bollywood sarees collection, with its sheer aura of glam.

Bollywood meets Hollywood

The Bollywood saree is not only loved nationally, but has also received immense acclaim abroad, with many foreign damsels donning Bollywood sarees at various events.

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Victoria Beckham in a Tarun Tahiliani ensemble
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Paris Hilton poses in a pink saree at an event in Mumbai
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Liz Hurley looks amazing in this dual tone pink saree
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Eva Mendes looks exquisite in a pink saree over a strapless blouse for an American commercial
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Nicole Scherzinger looks gives us a glimpse of her classy and elegant side in a sophisticated black and golden saree

 Bringing Bollywood to your Wardrobe

So if you’re going for a party and want to be the centre of attention, nothing spells elegance and grace better than a Bollywood saree. What makes it such a favoured choice of outfit for any event, is the plethora of choices that it has to offer, right from the material of fabrication, to the style of draping. You can choose from a wide range of fabrics for Bollywood sarees, which include crepe, georgette, net, cotton and velvet to name a few. As for the styles, whether you go in for a Bollywood saree inspired by the 90’s or decide to sport a more contemporary saree look, with the right makeup and the right accessories, a Bollywood saree can make you look elegant, graceful, sophisticated and even hot all at once!

The real secret behind the saree being the most preferred choice of all Indian women, is that regardless of a woman’s physique, this outfit can look good on just about anyone. So, even if you’re a little over-weight or a bit too skinny, really short or way too tall, Bollywood sarees can make anyone look red-carpet ready.

Thanks to the renowned Indian fashion designers such as Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra, Rocky S, Tarun Tahiliani and countless others, the Indian saree has not only been revived, but has also become a stunning fashion statement in the Indian fashion scenario. Be it a wedding reception, a religious get-together or even a work event, now you can forget your outfit related concern, and let your Bollywood saree make heads turn!

 

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A Guide of Styling Wedding Sarees for Different Indian Wedding Ceremonies (Part II)

I hope you enjoyed reading Part I of my article about styling wedding sarees for Indian Wedding Ceremonies, the Haldi and the Mehendi. This second part will focus on how best to style your Indian wedding sarees for the Sangeet, Wedding and Reception events! I hope you are as excited as me about these Indian wedding ceremonies, so I’m just going to dive right in!

Sangeet

I am sure all of you are familiar with the pre-wedding ceremony, the Sangeet. Two words immediately comes to my mind when I think of the Sangeet: music and dance…and lots of it! The Sangeet is a much anticipated event for the bride, groom, family and guests alike. The air is filled with a flurry of fun, frolic and celebrations, and there is entertainment everywhere with a capital E! The Sangeet also provides relief in the busy period up to the big wedding day. This is where the bride, groom and family members truly deserve a day to immerse themselves in the joy and merriment of the occasion. The best thing about a Sangeet is that this occasion can literally end up resembling a party sequence from a Bollywood movie!

Did you know that the Sangeet ceremony was traditionally exclusive for women? Yes, even I was surprised to hear this! Now, with changing times, the Sangeet party is organised by both the bride and groom’s family, and is seen as a grand, elaborate affair. Special attention is given to this occasion from everything to the venue, entertainment, and the dress theme of course! It is equally important for the bride to select an Indian outfit that matches the festivities of the Sangeet.

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A colourful Sangeet party venue

As we are discussing how to style Indian wedding sarees, a fusion style, such as a wedding sarees lehenga will be an exquisite choice for the event. This wedding sarees option is an aesthetic blend between the saree and lehenga-choli, also known as the ever so popular ready-made saree. The advantage…or should I say very big advantage of this option is that you will not have to struggle to form pleats as in a traditional saree, but simply use a ‘tuck and drape’ method. What a relief and this also allows for more make-up time! 😉 A wedding sarees lehenga will not only provide you with comfort, but will also allow easy movement across the floor to allow you to clink your gorgeous, glittery heels on the floor and dance the night away! More than anything else, your wedding sarees option should definitely be bright and colourful, to stand out amidst the sea of colours. You are, after all, the bride and all eyes will be on you on this joyous occasion!

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A beautiful coral His & Hers outfit with gold details

Pair your gorgeous Indian wedding sarees with glowing, peach makeup and a smoky eye look, as seen in the image above, or a bold black eyeliner, as seen in the image below. Peach make-up tones work best with red and rust-coloured wedding sarees with gold embroidery.

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A glowing peach make-up look

Wedding

So, here we go ladies! Onto the most anticipated day for a bride…her big wedding day! I’m not sure about you, but since I was little, Bollywood has painted a picture for me on what to expect at an Indian wedding. Yes, an Indian wedding is filled with colour, delicious food, with spontaneous bursts of coordinated dancing, rich ceremonies and how can we forget, a regal range of Indian wear.

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A gorgeous crimson and cream wedding venue

Traditionally, red silk wedding sarees have been the common choice amongst brides for their Indian wedding outfit. In the modern day, the bride has several options available to her (You lucky thing!). The bride can opt for a traditional wedding sarees option, fusing it with more contemporary elements, according to individual preferences.

For your special day, wedding sarees that ooze grandeur and elegance are the best option. There is nothing more beautiful and mesmerising than a gorgeous bride decked in a traditional wedding saree, with rich embroidery, embellishment and a stunning, ethnic border. Whilst red is the epitome of Indian wedding sarees, in the modern day, the colour horizon has expanded to include hues such as maroon, magenta, fuchsia and cream, with accent hues in other colours, such as green and orange.

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An stunning red bridal saree with an exquisite gold border

Pair your stunning Indian wedding sarees option with ornate, traditional Indian jewellery as shown in the image below and glowing makeup.

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A beautiful gold statement necklace with elegant stones

Reception

As much as these Indian wedding ceremonies are anticipated, it may seem as if they go on forever. The last event that occurs in Indian weddings is the reception. The reception is held for friends and family members, by the bride and groom sides. At this event, guests greet the newly wedded couple and take photos with them. The bride may find herself having a smile plastered on her face for most of the event, and temporarily blinded by the flash of cameras! On the up side, at least you get a taster of what celebrities have to go through quite often!

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Gorgeous pink, purple and gold decor for a reception venue

The key for the reception, or in other words, the big finale is to Go Glam! I can assure you, most people will not have trouble with this! The advantage of a reception is that it allows more flexibility in the attire you choose to wear. The bride can opt for an exquisite princess-style dress or gown, or adhere to traditional Indian attire. Wedding sarees with a modern twist can be a fantastic option for your wedding reception. With the broad horizon of blended traditional and contemporary elements, opting for a wedding sarees lehenga will satisfy both these elements.

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A fancy saree blouse with intricate beading

When choosing an appropriate style for your Indian wedding sarees, opt for one that complements this glittering event, with a blend of traditional values with a modern fantasy for today’s bride. For example, you could opt for an elegant mermaid skirt with heavy embellishment or a simple silky saree with a heavy blouse. Pleasantly make yourself shine by choosing embellishments such as crystal, Swarovski, beads and sequins to complete your glittering masterpiece.

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Pretty in pink: Here are two stunning options for modern wedding sarees

The key for styling your wedding sarees is to remember not to overdo it with garish embellishment, splashes of colour and over-accessorising. Think elegant, glamorous and sophisticated. I hope you enjoyed reading about the different ways to style wedding sarees for the Sangeet, Wedding and Reception! Please provide any thoughts, comments and suggestions below!

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A Guide on Styling Wedding Sarees for Different Indian Wedding Ceremonies (Part I)

An Indian wedding is one of the grandest occasions for a bride, as well as one of the most precious and special moments in her life. The ultimate wish for every bride is for her wedding outfit to capture her spirit, beauty and elegance. As such, it is significant for a bride to choose her Indian wedding outfits with the utmost attention. A wedding saree is one of the most beautiful garments a bride can wear on her wedding day and I am sure all you ladies out there will agree with me on this! How many times have you admired the slender figures of Bollywood beauties draped in wedding sarees on the big screen? Yes, I admit, even I couldn’t help feeling slight pangs of jealousy over the fact that how well these Bollywood actresses could carry off beautiful wedding sarees. However, by choosing wedding sarees appropriate to the different Indian wedding ceremonies paired with beautiful styling, even you can look like a glamorous diva!

Traditionally, Indian culture has seen red silk wedding sarees to be the common choice for brides. It is amazing to see how much Indian wedding sarees have evolved in terms of the range of colours, cuts, styles and fabrics available for brides to choose from! Indeed, the modern day bride has a dictionary of Indian wedding outfits and styling options available to her. The process of choosing an Indian wedding outfit is certainly not an easy one and can teeter towards nervous breakdowns (I kid!). Not to scare you, but nonetheless, choosing the perfect bridal outfit can be an overwhelming task for a bride.

This is where I come in…call me an Indian wedding outfit fairy or what not, but I would certainly like to share with all my readers how the process of choosing appropriate wedding sarees can seem simpler by understanding the different Indian wedding ceremonies. Yes ceremonies, with a big, fat C! Indian weddings have so many different types of ceremonies and sometimes it can seem like they go on for days! It can often be an overwhelming task for a bride to choose which Indian wedding outfit to wear according to the different wedding ceremonies.

Here I provide you with different options for choosing appropriate styles for Indian wedding sarees for your Haldi, Mehendi, Sangeet, Wedding and Reception ceremonies. It is significant for a bride to choose her Indian wedding sarees with the utmost attention to detail. From the shape and fit of the wedding saree, to the embellishment detailing, to the colour, your chosen Indian wedding saree should ensure that all gazes are fixed on you. It is, after all, a truly special day where the bride should look and feel flawless!

Haldi

The Haldi ceremony is a very significant ritual that occurs a few days prior to the big day. There is one thing for certain, whether you like it or not, you are going to be covered in brilliant orange and yellow tints of colour. Haldi, otherwise known as a turmeric paste is applied to some areas of the bride’s body. This yellow hue is thought to be very significant and auspicious in Indian culture, signifying a prosperous life for the new couple.

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Haldi or turmeric paste ready to go for the Haldi ceremony!

The best wedding sarees option for your Haldi ceremony should definitely contain some traditional elements, such as a fancy saree border, paired with traditional Indian jewellery. You can opt for a saree in a lighter hue and something that is simple and comfortable, as watch out ladies, you are going to be the guinea pig of the day, whether you like it or not! As you can probably imagine, things may likely get messy, so I would recommend Indian wedding sarees that are cotton based and that you are able to wash easily. For those brides who would rather blend into the vibrant surroundings of this auspicious occasion, opt for a saree in rich shades of yellow, orange, red and gold.

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A simple, pastel Indian wedding saree for a Haldi ceremony.

Mehendi

The Mehendi ceremony is the application of mehendi, a beautiful and elaborate form of art, to the hands and feet of brides. This ceremony is among the pre-wedding rituals occurring a few days before the big wedding day, filled with fun, laugher and happiness. It is a chance for the bride to be fully immersed in this beautification process and spend time with loves ones in a cheerful environment, until the wedding nerves start kicking in! This ceremony is a reflection of the richness and beauty of Indian culture and the bride’s mehendi attire should reflect this festivity. Your mehendi venue should definitely be bright and colourful. I am thinking along the lines of gorgeous drapery, marigolds, and grand seating…you know, the works!

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A beautiful mehendi venue with drapery and grand seating.

Accordingly, your wedding saree should be bright and stand out, in line with the gorgeous mehendi venue surroundings! Beautiful orange, pink, purple and gold hues never fail for possible wedding saree options. These bright pops of colour in Indian wedding sarees will also enhance your beautiful, intricate mehendi design. Further, hints of embroidery and embellishment in the outfit along with gorgeous jewellery will add the icing on the cake!

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A vibrant Indian wedding saree for a Mehendi ceremony.

I hope you have gotten a better idea on suitable Indian wedding sarees to wear at your Haldi and Mehendi ceremonies. Remember, in any Indian wedding saree you choose to wear, the key is to feel beautiful, both inside and out in your wedding saree.

Speaking of mehendi ceremonies, be sure to check out a creative bridal mehendi video tutorial on Strand of Silk!

Stay tuned for Part II, where I will be covering which bridal sarees will make you shine on your Sangeet, Wedding and Reception!