Half Saree – The latest in Traditional Wear

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Sarees are the Indian gowns, which fit every single woman regardless of their size, shape and voluptuousness. The beautiful svelte shape it gifts to the female body is unmatched by all other pieces of clothing. The only drawback of wearing a traditional saree is wrapping it in layers and feeling uncomfortable walking with it if you’re not a regular saree wearer. This is where half sarees come in to the rescue and keep the saree look alive.

Half sarees are hot! Hot! Hot! this season. Thanks to Deepika Padukone and manish Malhotra and the film Chennai Express. The half sarees are full of designs, colours and trends lately making a pleasant comeback. They are worn in parties, weddings, dinners etc. These sarees are so versatile and comfortable in their ensemble that they go with almost every occasion.

The quintessential South Indian half saree with a simple golden zardozi bordered duppatta are extremely popular these days. They look perfect clubbed with bright colours and a simple yet bold, stiff fabric like cotton silk or tussar silk. The raging Half and Half Sarees are a fairly recent trend and do look striking with their pleats in a colour different from the rest of the saree giving a two sarees in one illusion. Let’s take a look at half sarees collections with different colours, designs and trends causing stir this season. Visually engaging embroidery work, Strikingly and contrasting colours engulfed with several fabrics make them an interesting choice for women of all age groups and complexions.

There is a lot of experimentation that can be done with the dupatta pallu of a half saree. You can wear it with seedha palla or ulta palla.

Fusion Colour

Fusion colour Half Saree
Fusion Colour would be the top trend on my list – Half sarees fused with a dark coloured blouse and petticoat tied together with a neon coloured dupatta pallu is a unique and classy way of wearing this garment. The base colours once set can be built up on by zari embroidery on the pallu border and blouse sleeves. For e.g. a deep blue blouse and petticoat along with neon green pallu will make sure you get noticed.

The Ruffled Look

Ruffled look half saree
Here the trick lies with the stitching of the skirt. It is a common and a well observed trend. It is adorned with floral motifs and a zari border.

The Kacchi Mirrored Blouse

Kachchi Mirrored Blouse
This trend comes from the fusion of a kacchi blouse and chaniya choli. The half-saree blouse is the star of this style. It is heavily embellished with patchwork and mirrors and makes for an instantly striking Kacchi chaniya choli style half saree.

Kalidaar Half Saree

Kalidaar Half Saree
This look is royal and reminds me of the North Indian lehenga. The skirt in this style is a beautiful synchrony of kalis, which flower up when the wearer dances or walks. It truly hides any wobbly bits of cellulite your body has and makes sure it drapes beautifully. You cannot go wrong with this style.

The Banarasi Babe

Banarasi Babe
A Banrasi brocade skirt thinly veiled by another sheer or
Georgette skirt is a match made in heaven. Whether it is a part of your wedding trousseau or whether you adorn it at an after hour cocktail party this style never grows old and it never looks overdone. Just make sure you wear it with a simple or a thinly floral bordered pallu and a brocade blouse.

The Half and Half Saree

Half and Half Saree
As discussed earlier this one is an illusion garment which opens way for thousands of permutations and combinations but it’s original concept of having pleates of a starkly different colour than the rest of the saree is my favorite. The skirt with a sheer outer layer accentuated with gota work and an elegant dupatta enhanced with a decorated edging with random motifs on the body.

Madhuri Dixit in Half Saree

There are several Bollywood Divas like Deepika Padukone, Asin, Sridevi, Kareena kapoor Khan, Shilpa Shetty, Anushka Sharma, Sonakshi Sinha, Madhuri Dixit, Priyanka Chopra etc. loving and living this trend.

Our talented Indian designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra, Bhargavi Kunam, Shivan and Narresh are making sure that this trend gains pace. You need not spend a million buck to look like a diva, just get inspired and give it your own style.

There is unlimited exuberance and unbeatable creative scope in this ever so beautiful trend. Not only is this garment eye catching it is also comfortable to carry around well. We won’t miss out on dancing our hearts out at parties just because our pleats or pallus are falling apart. Thanks to the half sarees!

Author Biography
Anvika kapoor Anvika Kapoor is a Communication Designer with Masters in Design Management from N.I.D., Ahmedabad besides being a freelance writer. Always a creatively inclined person she is a voracious reader , Lover of Shakespearean comedies and a travel enthusiast who lividly craves for life altering paradigm shifts .She is a loving wife and shares with her husband a common passion for books , travel and philosophy. She disdains and disregards exhausting conformities and narrow minded philosophies.

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