- STEP ONE: To begin wearing a saree you need to get hold of all those items necessary for draping a saree. The things you need will be safety pins, accessories, petticoats, footwear, blouses or bralette, and of course a saree. Many of these items are solely up to an individual’s choice. These may seem like minor details but these are what goes behind making this garment irresistible.
- STEP TWO: After assembling every necessary item start by putting on a blouse or bralette of your choice and a fitted petticoat. This is the most important saree wearing recommendation to remember. Make sure your petticoat’s or underskirt’s color is able to blend in with the color of your saree.
- STEP THREE: Ensure that your petticoat is firmly tied around your waist as your saree will be tucked into the underskirt. It is up to an individual’s choice whether they want to wear footwear beforehand to access the saree’s fall. Now proceed to twist the saree around your waist, gradually tucking it into your petticoat. Generally, the plain or non-bordered side is tucked inside. Maintain a proper length to avoid toppling over and ensure that the grasp is comfortable enough for you neither too loose nor too tight.
- STEP FOUR: After bringing the saree around your waist in a full circle after twisting and tucking it in, now start forming pleats with the leftover fabric with the help of your thumb and forefinger all one at a time. Pay close attention to the appropriate tucking so that the saree falls evenly on all sides. Avoid rushing so that the saree’s appearance won’t look unappealing.
- STEP FIVE: Try to make a total of five to six pleats each approximately the width of your hand. Shorter and regular pleats make one look taller but if one has a tiny waist they can form five to six pleats spanning their thumb and forefingers to attain a pleasant look.
- STEP SIX: After arranging the pleats in the front of your navel tuck them into your petticoat just beneath the navel. For a more secure look, one can fasten the pleats by tagging them to the petticoat with the help of safety pins. It helps to maintain your saree intact while you walk around.
- STEP SEVEN: Take the other end of the saree, this section of the saree serves as “pallu” or chest and shoulder cover. It has a vital role in the appearance of the saree so make sure that this part is wrinkle-free and smooth. Generally, the ‘pallu’ is pleated and tucked with the help of safety pins but it is on individuals whether they would like to keep a pleated look or not.
- STEP EIGHT: Nowadays people usually prefer the floating look of pallu but it is all a matter of choice. If you are interested in achieving this look simply pull the pallu towards your shoulder and keep it to your shoulder for a floating effect. Hold it at the forearm or leave it until the very last moment.
- STEP NINE: With a tiny or medium-sized pin secure the pallu’s bottommost pleat with the blouse just behind the shoulder, ensuring that the pallu remains secure and firm in its place on the shoulder.
- STEP TEN: Lastly, do a quick review around and adjust the pleats in front to create a nice look, and use pins as needed. Adjust the length of the saree, make sure it falls at least an inch above. Avoid any wrinkling, make sure it is tied firmly, and voila now you are good to go.
There are several ways to drape a saree but it is up to an individual’s choice as to what improvements they want to make. The style above discussed is the classic style of draping a saree.
As it is rightly said, “practice makes perfect” same is with it. Many individuals may find it quite intimidating to properly drape a saree but that elegance lies beneath enough practice.
So what are you waiting for now? You have already got to know about draping in these meticulous procedures and master the technique of wearing it correctly thus you’re one step closer to sticking out in a crowded room.