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How to Style Your Kancheepuram Saree

Kanchipuram silk sarees have a long history that may be traced back to Hindu mythology.

It’s time for some honesty now. What’s the first thought that crosses your mind when you see Kancheepuram silk sarees? That they’re gorgeous? That they’re synonymous with ethnic glamour? Also that they’re more appropriate for middle aged/elderly women and you’d rather not venture out in one?

For long, young women have shunned Kancheepuram silk sarees for their more modern and easy-to-wear counterparts. In our collective imagination, these sarees befit women above a certain age. But we often forget about beautiful young celebrities from the South Indian film industry who make heads turn in public appearances in the same sarees.

Traditionally, Kancheepuram silk sarees have always been rich and heavy with zari- embroidered designs, making it a fashion staple for Indian weddings. All of us have been guilty of wearing these sarees with a little help from a multitude of pins to hold it up.

But with time, many women are choosing Kancheepuram sarees over other outfits for social gatherings beyond weddings. Women are no longer deterred by the idea of managing these sarees or even experimenting with the traditional silk, adding a more contemporary twist to it.

Why restrict to wedding fashion when there are actually no rules for styling Kancheepuram silk sarees? All you need is attitude and oodles of oomph and confidence to make the age-defying elegance of these sarees work for you in a more modern setting.

Presenting a handy guide to styling Kancheepuram silk sarees for the modern woman.

Ease your life with semi-draped Kancheepuram sarees

Did you know, you can buy semi-draped Kancheepuram silk sarees now? They come with all the pleats arranged in place and are truly a blessing to the busy woman who want to wear them to social occasions but struggles due to lack of time. If you’re new to wearing Kancheepuram silk sarees, this could be your introduction to the outfit because it’s easy-to-wear and time-saving, something that every modern woman deserves.

Experiment with different draping styles

One of the main reasons why Kancheepuram silk sarees have stood the test of time is their adaptability to changing needs and moods. Gone are the days when there was only one way to drape a saree. Women are now breaking with tradition and experimenting with different saree draping styles. We have already discussed the lehenga saree. You can also choose to keep the pallu loose at the waist instead of tucking it in and pin it on your shoulders. Accessorize it with a simple yet elegant neckpiece to complete your look.

Also if you’re looking for some more fashion inspirations, look no further than the rich diversity of sarees and draping styles that Indian states have to offer.

Flaunt your exquisite and elaborate pallu at the front (while easily hiding some back fat) with the Gujarati style of draping a saree. Or drape the lower half like a dhoti and the upper half into pleats for the Madisaru look, inspired by the Iyer/Iyengar traditions of Tamil Nadu. Whether it’s the traditional Nivi style of Andhra Pradesh or the delicate Coorgi style, the simple yet elegant Parsi gol saree or the powerful Nauvari style of draping, there’s no dearth of creativity when it comes to styling Kancheepuram silk sarees!

Mix it up with Contemporary Blouse Designs

If you want to modernize your Kancheepuram saree look, ditch the traditional half- sleeve blouse in similar color as the saree border and go for striking colors. Pair your saree with full- sleeved printed blouses of contemporary designs or intricately embroidered blouses to amplify the richness of the outfit. You can also experiment with contemporary tailor-made designs to wear jacket blouses, or collared blouses. The fusion of style forms adds newer and more exciting perspectives to these traditional sarees.

Get Creative with Accessories

Draping is half the fun of wearing Kancheepuram silk sarees. Your imagination will actually know no bounds when it comes to accessorizing. If you’re dressing for a light occasion, you can pair your sarees with either a heavy neckpiece or statement earrings such as jhumkas or chandbalis because Kancheepuram sarees are quite heavily designed and too much accessorizing might clash with your outfit. Besides modern, chunky jewelry, you can also go for ornamental belts for a more trendy look. Throw in a small bindi to contrast with the elaborateness of your saree, mogra flowers in your hair and stylish potli bags and you’ll have put together the most perfect look to complement your Kancheepuram silk.