7 ways to Ace a Saree look when you are a Plus-size!

Being in India there will always be an occasion, function or festival where you will be required to wear a Saree.
Starting right from school farewell or college farewell to siblings and friends weddings & finally after you yourself get married. If you follow me along on my Instagram page, you will see a lot of pictures of me in sarees. I sure love wearing sarees whenever I get a chance to but there was a time before I got married that I dreaded wearing sarees, I used to think that Saree makes you look like a ball, it is very unflattering for plus size bodies & only looks sexy on tall and thin women… NO! That’s certainly not the case.
After I got married I got so many sarees from my Mother In Law and really beautiful ones and I somehow did not want to invest too much in new clothing for every function that came because I already had too many
sarees and I had to put them to use. I didn’t even know how to drape a saree & honestly I am not someone who wants to get my saree draped from someone one else. And in case you are a working woman like me, you will not always have the time to go to a salon to get your Saree draped. Hence I started watching multiple videos on YouTube to learn how to drape a flawless saree – from Shilpa Shetty to Mandira Bedi, I saw everyone’s tutorial & tried acing the way of draping the saree.
Here I am going to give you 7 hacks of looking like a voluptuous Goddess in a Saree & I bet you will have compliments pouring in.
  1. A fabric of the Saree – I have always been consistently talking about the flow of drapes. It becomes very important when you are buying a saree for yourself. I always prefer light flowy fabrics over the stiff and hard ones. Like I will always prefer picking a Georgette, Crepe, Soft Silk, Chantilly Lace or Satin Silks & on the contrary I steer clear from Tusser Silks, Brocades, Fluffy Cotton, Organza or Net Sarees. A fabric that is flowy and has a fall will accentuate your curves and any fabric that’s too stiff will not take a proper shape and will look unflattering.
  2. Contrasts – When picking a saree I always try to pick a saree with a contrast. A single colored saree will give a very continuous and blocky look, I hope you understand what I mean – like it’s going to look like too much of a single color. Whereas 2 or more colors will break the monotony and add color blocking effect & the whole look will come together as a brighter and in a more interesting way.
  3. Contrasting Blouses – most of the times I end up buying a separate fabric for the blouse & not using the one which comes with it. Because mostly the one which comes with the saree is very similar in color & style. A contrasting blouse will add a significant substance and work as the best color blocking effect.
  4. The Right Blouse – we sure see Deepika and Kareena in skimpy blouses and want to go all out in bralette kind of blouses, but they will never suit or compliment our silhouette. I rather prefer going for a full sleeved blouse with my sarees, it adds an epitome of grace, looks anytime more graceful than sleeveless blouses and covers flabby upper arms.
  5. Draping a Saree – draping is something that needs practice. The more you practice the better you drape. I remember whenever I knew I had to wear a saree in a weeks time, I used to try draping the same saree at least twice every day for 3 4 days so on the day of the actual festivity I don’t mess it up. I don’t do this anymore because now I am familiar with how to drape my saree. There are numerous videos on YouTube, see them – practice & after you do it at least 20 to 25 times you will figure out your signature style to drape a saree. No one drapes a saree alike, everyone has a signature style which compliments your body and keeps you comfortable – but getting to this point will need practice.
  6. Length of the saree – a saree is usually 5 mts. & it’s made keeping in mind moderate bodies. Sometimes you may find yourself struggling with the length of my Pallu. I have a trick for this – I buy 25 – 30 cms matching the plain fabric of the color of the saree and get it stitched at the starting side of my saree. This adds just the right length to my saree for a Perfect Pallu. Also, u have a tip – never pleat you Pallu up, a flowy Pallu camouflages everything perfectly. Also, the Pallu should just fall right below your knees for the perfect length.
  7. Pleats – not too many & not too less. Adding more fabric will also give you room to add the right number of pleats to your saree. I always prefer 4 to 5 big pleats. Less than 4 looks too less & more than 5 add a lot of fabric right on your stomach.
In the end, I will again focus of practicing how to drape, practice till you master your signature style, try to drape it tightly, don’t drape in a sloppy way, add crisp pleats, pin them. Pin the Pallu to your blouse so that you are not worried it’s going to fall. Don’t go overboard with jewelry – minimalism is the key, it’s not very important to wear earrings, necklace, bangles, maang tikka etc all at once.
I really hope this blog will help you the next time you have to drape a saree. If you still have any further questions or anything you want me to address for draping a saree please comment.
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  • Pooja

    October 30, 2018 at 2:25 pm

    Amazingly Beautiful.. I need to try draping a saree in your way.. such an inspiration to all curvy people..♥️

    • Vigya Walia
      to Pooja

      October 30, 2018 at 6:08 pm

      Thank you so much! I thought I should just put this up before the festive season so it can come to use. Sooo glad you […] Read MoreThank you so much! I thought I should just put this up before the festive season so it can come to use. Sooo glad you found this informative. Read Less

  • Suhani

    October 30, 2018 at 2:19 pm

    Very informative, you look so pretty. Thank you

    • Vigya Walia
      to Suhani

      October 30, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Thank you Suhani! Glad you liked it :)

  • IK Shilpa

    October 30, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Beautiful 💕

  • Aditi

    October 30, 2018 at 1:35 pm

    Very beautifully explained will help a lot 😘😘😘😘😘😘

    • Vigya Walia
      to Aditi

      October 30, 2018 at 6:10 pm

      Thank you Aditi! Really happy you liked it :)

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