Adjusting your sari dress to match your figure will be a quick and fun process if you commit to learning from now on what are the basic steps you should know before putting it on
And it is not only how to put it on, but in what way you wear it, because there are different styles of wearing a sari and you, who have come this far and that is to be appreciated, you should also know what ways there are to dress in a Hindu sari
It does not matter that you have never set out to wear a saree. With the help of videos taken from YouTube and a clear text that goes to the point, learning how to wear a sari from scratch will be a reality…
… Of course, if you do not move from this article made with a lot of affection and love. How beautiful you will look with that well worn sari and with the style that you like the most!
What ways are there to dress in saris and how to wear them?
Currently there are up to a hundred different ways to wear a sari. Many of them hardly differ, but the great diversity present in the Hindu continent due to its huge population (dating back over a billion inhabitants), makes it possible for there to be so many ways to dress it
What factors influence a Hindu person to decide to cover his body with the sari fabric in one way or another? Very simple: Depending on the social class to which you belong (rich or poor), the region where you live and the event in which you behave , it will determine that your Indian sari is placed in one way or another
Obviously we are not going to detail those hundred ways, but if we are going to talk about the styles of wearing a saree most frequent and widespread throughout the world:
1. Dress the Hindu saree in the Nivi style
It is one of the most typical styles of dressing up with a sari, both in parts of India such as Andhra Pradesh or Orissa , and outside the Indian continent.
It stands out for having a girdle that falls over the left shoulder . Petticoats fall down and are held from around the hips. Underneath the sari fabric, it is worn, of course, with the corresponding choli or top to cover the woman’s bust
1.2 How to put on the Nivi style saree?
Let’s start creating the petticoats for your sari costume: You grab the fabric and let it fall from the waist to the height of your ankles
Then proceed to cover your legs, rolling a few times until firm and inserting the fabric on the left side of your fabric. All this is done with the intention that the skirt is not unstable
Now it is the turn to focus on the decorative sash or pallu. What should you do? The fabric itself will be wide, therefore, you must make a small double in parallel and starting from the right side of your legs, go through the fabric and bring it to your left shoulder
Having achieved this, undo the doubles from your left chest to the right side of your legs . As the sari clothes are still behind, make a few pleats around the skirt and hold it in the left area of your hip
The excess fabric of the pallu is carried to your hips , so that the whole of the Hindu garment is harmonious. Once again, you make several folds again and if you still have remains of fabric, you make a small knot in the center of your waist, in order to get those remains of extra sari coatings present on your waist are showy at the same time.
1.3 Dress the Hindu saree in the Nivi Kaccha style
This distinctive sari and the previous one differ in the way of placing the pleats of the petticoats. In this case, they are wrapped around the legs and held in the same area as the Modern Nivi saree style: the waist.
1.3.1 How to put on the saree in the style of Nivi Kaccha?
If the previous style leaves the lower ends of the legs a little ajar, in this style it covers them completely
This way of wearing the Indian saree would be ideal for a formal occasion such as a family gathering. The other is for a more informal occasion, such as a journey through sandy areas of the sea.
2. Dress the Hindu sari in the Gujarati or Rajasthani style
This way of dressing the sari is similar to the Nivi style with the peculiarity that the band, instead of falling on the left shoulder, falls on the right shoulder. The way to put on the skirt of the saree is the same. It also has the choli inside
The Rajasthani style , the other way of naming this style, is usually used by those women who place this band on their head and use it as a kind of Hindu veil or scarf.
2.1 How to put on the Gujarati style saree?
Focus on your lower torso, which runs from your waist to your feet. Start by holding a piece of Hindu sari fabric and wrapping it over that part of your body , until it is completely covered.
As you make the folds, you are introducing the fabric into the petticoat or using any element that supports such as a pin. Of course, make sure it is a utensil that visually blends well with the fabric. Any detail is significant
Grab the decorative sari cape or pallu, make it a series of pleats and tie it in the right area of your waist , not too deviated to the side or too centered, middle ground
Right after doing this step, sheathe it starting from your left leg and along your back, all the way to your right shoulder . Here you will drop the trim fabric down to about the groin area. Do not forget to make a fold to facilitate the task
3. Dress the Hindu sari in the Western style
Mix of cultures! With this phrase we say it all: To wear this style, you will use the usual methods that Hindu women use to put on the sari, along with the presence of typical feminine garments from more western parts of the planet
To do this, you will use the well-known super tight pants called leggings or jeggings to replace petticoats and a blouse with a pronounced neckline or light navel sample, instead of the traditional choli or top used by Hindu women.
3.1 How to put on the Western style saree?
As always, do a series of inward and outward pleats until the resulting width is a moderate size. When you do this step, tuck the beginning of the ornamental pallu inside your waistband or belt , just below the navel.
Next, drag the excess fabric behind your buttocks until you reach the right part of your right leg or right part of your body , so that it is understood
Doing a double, drag the fabric to catch it over your left shoulder. The result of the pallu on your torso should be gradual , that is, on the left shoulder the fabric is narrower and as we get closer to the right side of the hip, the fabric gets larger.
As for the excess part that remains on your back, adjust it until you reach the knee area approximately. You can also leave it at the height of the butt. We leave that to your personal taste. Surprise locals and strangers with this innovative style of sari dress!
4. Wearing the Hindu sari in the style of Maharastra, Konkani or Kashta
This type of dressing with the sari is differentiated by the absence of a sash on one of the two shoulders of the woman and having both arms exposed
It is common to see wearing this style of sari in areas of India such as Telangana, Maharastra, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Goa
4.1 How to put on the Konkani style saree?
The way in which the skirt is held is not very different: You grab two pieces of fabric, both are well tied at the ends of the hips . Holding them in this way means that as a result, the fabric on the left is covering the left leg and, in turn, the one on the right covers the right leg.
In this style, the petticoats of the sari will not be rolled up like a spiral , but will be covered each one separately , as if it were a pair of pants.
5. Dress the Indian sari in the Madisaara style
This kind of wearing the Indian sari is one of the most headaches and it is recommended that you wear it an expert in arranging saris
As it looks radically different from other ways of wearing a saree, this style is often worn for special occasions, such as wedding or birthday celebrations.
It is usually carried in areas of southern India such as Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the Laccadive Islands
5.1 How to put on the Madisaara style saree?
First of all, focus on the navel and waist area . Here, what we will do is wrap a piece of fabric from the Hindu garment and the following should be the result:
The right area of the hip has to be tied with a tight and tight knot, and in the area of the left all the fabric is dropped. Imagine that it is like an everyday handkerchief with a mouth turned off to the left. Well the same but on your waist
Your next goal is to focus on the petticoats . We are going to create the bra for the skirt and the band that will cross the left side of your breasts and waist. For this you see making a few folds until you see that it is tense and comfortable
When you see that the pleats are well done, introduce the fabric in the crotch from the front of your body to the back, and tie it with another knot
The next thing is to add the band in the back area of your body: From the front, you take a piece of sari fabric and pass it over your right shoulder until you reach the waist area
From here, we will proceed to do the same of the first steps: Roll a few times holding the fabric on the right side of your waist with another consistent knot
6. Wearing the Indian sari in the Kodagu style
This taste of saree is only worn in the district of Kodagu (Karnataka) and with warm shades of saree such as red or orange .
This style is carried only in this place because it is one of the oldest areas of India and wearing tropical tones is explained by its peculiar perpendicular coincidence with the paradisiacal islands of India: Laccadivas (If you understand us, go to Google Maps and you will see what we mean)
6.1 How to put on the Kodagu style saree?
It is very similar to wearing a Maharashtrian sari. Here if we have a sash on the back of the body: We will drop this sari fabric on the right shoulder, while the left arm will be outdoors
Both the petticoat and the decorative band of the saree, we will tie it in the back with a bow or safety pin , and not in the front as it happens with many styles of Hindu saree
7. Wearing the Indian sari in the Gond style
It is style is dressed in central areas of India such as Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh
This type of saree stands out for giving a more significant presence than normal to the choli and for using an Indian saree fabric that acts like an ordinary tank top , but with the peculiarity that it is super stretched. It is usually worn in feminine tones such as pink or magenta
7.1 How to put on the Gond-style saree?
To achieve this double presence of Hindu blouses, you will have to do 2 things:
1st. Tie the fabric to the choli at both ends until the center area is left as a curved effect
2nd. Let the excess fabric fall over the right shoulder and arm . The front fabric of the sari should be at about half the height of the petticoat, and slightly more drape at the back of the Hindu skirt.
8. Dress the Indian sari in the Bengali style
It is one of the easiest styles to decorate and is widely used in an area bordering Bangladesh: West Bengal.
Unlike other classes, in this one the pallu or palliu (another way of naming the band or girdle that rests on one of the two shoulders or both), reaches the height of the ankles. Then…
8.1 How to put on the Bengali style saree?
First, you put on the choli. This garment is essential since it will be in charge of holding the petticoats. Next, grab a piece of sari fabric that measures from collarbone to ankle height or slightly higher . This in order not to trip or step on the fabric
Once you have the desired measurements, cross the fabric on your left shoulder, drop it and cross it at an angle or obliquely, until you reach the waist. That is, the Hindu clothing will not cover your body in its entirety, but the right area of your torso will be uncovered and the other covered
As this Hindu region is located more inland areas, not like other areas that border the coast, the Indian sari in the Bengali style is usually worn in paler and darker colors , such as brown or purple
9. Wearing the Indian saree in the Malayali style
This type of Hindu sari is carried in warm and tender colors due to its proximity to the sea and the tropical climate present in this area. But what area are we talking about? From the region that most borders the paradise islands of Laccadives: Kerala
A territory famous for the celebration of Hindu weddings on sandy soil, it was utopian to ignore that the saris here are dressed in shades such as white , orange , light green , yellow , gold , beige , etc.
This style of sari is comprised of two elements: the garment that goes over the figure, called mundum nergathu or choli, and the garment that goes over the choli, called neriyathu
9.1 How to wear the Malayali style saree?
Read carefully because dressing up in this style of saree will be easier than it sounds. The neriyathu has been the traditional border of Kerala, which will be placed on one of your shoulders . In other words, it is the girdle that we have been naming throughout the different styles discussed here
Before doing anything, think about the way you want to wear this Indian girdle: if in the traditional style and the one used by many residents of Kerala, or a more contemporary and current style , used for large occasions, such as weddings, birthdays or religious rituals
9.1.1 How to wear the archaic Malayali style saree?
When you make a decision, the everyday style of Malayali saree will be worn in the following way: you grab the band and without going over one of your shoulders, you hold it in the Hindu blouse
The front area should be uncovered, while the back should be tied behind the choli and inside, without showing a trace of fabric on your back
This is one of the main differences with the style that we explain below
9.1.2 How to put on the saree in the modern style of Malayali?
The modern class of Malayali saree will dress it as follows: The mundum nergathu will cover your entire body and you must ensure that the end of the fabric does not rub against the ground, while your feet are not visible to the naked eye
The next step is to place your girdle or neriyathu over your left shoulder and cross your breasts, waist, navel and the back of your right leg obliquely, exposing both your right and left arms.
The back fabric of the neriyathu present on your back, you leave it hanging open air
10. Dress the Indian sari in the Dravidian style
With this style of sari the residents of Tamil Nadu and the state of Puducherry are arranged
These regions also stand out for having an arid and torrid climate, so the pigments present in this kind of sari will not sound like Chinese: red, yellow, white, gold, sky blue or light green.
The Dravidian sari prototype consists of two parts: the veshti, which would be the lower garment or the already well-known choli, and the mundanai or mundi, which is the sari layer located above the veshti
10.1 How to put on the sari in the Dravidian style?
Grab 3-4 meters of veshti or choli fabric, and place it across the front of your torso center. Then begin to do a series of pleats at an angle, until your entire upper body is wrapped. In this saree personality there will be no specific areas of your hip flush
Once your breasts, belly button and hips are covered, pass the mundanai sari fabric of 1 or 2 meters in length, over your left shoulder and carry it to approximately half of the Hindu halda. In this class your left arm will be partially covered
Something that is usually done when wearing this saree is to use a kind of pleated belt made by hand in warm colors , and which is called pinkosu
This detail, together with those mentioned above, differ from the Malayali style . Both styles are almost similar but with those small differences, as you have already discovered.
11. Dress the Indian sari in the Tribal or Tribalian style
As its name suggests, this archetype of sari refers to the indigenous tribes present in many areas of India. It is worn by many lower class people , but it also has a special place for the most favored of society. Nobody is more or less than nobody to wear one style or another
It is, without a doubt, one of the most sensual styles of Indian saris that exist, since its main argument that differs it from the rest, is the non-use of the choli
It is usually carried in colors that match the tones present in nature, such as all the variable tones that result from brown and green
11.1 How to put on the saree in the Tribal or Tribalian style?
Grab a saree of about 4 or 4.5 meters and begin to make pleats until it is adjusted to the shape of your body . Then make another series of pleats at your waist to create the structure of your petticoats, like the traditional Nivi saree style.
The fabric from the back of your body can be passed over your left and right shoulder. If you choose to pass it over your left shoulder, the right shoulder and a slight area of the front of your chest should be exposed
On the other hand, the lower left part of your hip should be seen slightly adjoining the Indian choli and the tie of the peticott, petikot or skirt.