How saree could be an apt attire even in monsoon (Tricks of draping)

How saree could be an apt attire even in monsoon (Tricks of draping)

While many may wait for the monsoon to arrive in India, in England it pours mostly throughout the year. So for NRI women residing in the UK, the monsoon romance only looks good on-screen while watching a Bollywood drama, here we have to be prepared throughout the year( a brolly is a must in a woman’s handbag!!). Saree may not the preferred attire for the NRI women staying in the UK due to the weather but I am sure each one of us has accumulated at least a dozen from online sites to satisfy the sari-torial cravings over the last year of lockdown. Here are a few tips that will help you avoid messing your look and always step out like a fashionista, braving the wet and soggy weather in style.

Always try to choose light fabrics like chiffons, georgettes, silk organzas, these fabrics are breathable and even when wet they can be easily dried. They also resist mud and stains. I like adding colour in my attire even when it’s pouring, bright neon or light shades like ocean blue, sea green, peachy pink and lemon yellow work wonders to uplift a person’s mood during a downpour.

 

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Expensive silks are a big “NO” for me, if you really need to, wear it in form a dhoti saree that will prevent staining the saree edges. The trend in the UK is now for pant sarees, the concept of an underskirt is too cumbersome and hence sarees are worn with denims and leggings.

Tying a saree little higher is a usual practice to prevent soiling but keep the pleats tight and hold it with extra pins. Keep the pallu pleated and not too big. ( And, it should not be used to protect you and your head from unexpected rains!!).

 

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Stitched sarees or pre draped sarees, saree gowns are also excellent ways to experiment and yet look fashionable for kitties and dinner dates. The trend of wearing boots and glitter sneakers with your sarees in the monsoon is in vogue!

While we cannot enjoy monsoon in the UK in “tip tip barsa style” we can certainly carry this six yards garment with style and swag, with panache and aplomb. As the famous saying goes, you can never go wrong with a saree!!

Roshni Mukherjee

Roshni Mukherjee runs a successful Indian clothing brand, Myosutra in the UK. Born in Kolkata and growing up in a culturally-inclined household, she developed the deepest of love for centuries-old art and crafts. This unconditional love for the Indian craftsmanship has translated into the Indian ethnic wear like Sarees, Kurtas, Dhotis and accessories under her label.
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