The Indian woman’s wardrobe is incomplete without an elegant piece of saree. The extremely versatile garment is available in a hundred different fabrics, hues and patterns. From the traditional nine yards which adorns the perfect bride to the trendy and chic drapes loved by the stylish divas, the saree never fails to impress. The saree has undergone many fashionable changes in designs and trends over the years. This year too wasn’t different, with some unique trends making its way to this charming attire. As the year is all set to end on a fashionable note, here is a look at the fashion trends that were featured in sarees and the ones that are expected to make an appearance in the coming year, as per the style pundits.
Dull shades and earthy tones
In party wear drapes, bright hues like berry red and turquoise have given way to dull shades and earthy tones. Digital prints on dull colored linen sarees have become the style of the season, with youngsters effortlessly pulling it off at parties and get together.
Dull shades are available in different types of fabrics, allowing those who love the Indo – Western styles, to experiment with their saree looks. Grey linen, silver border and dull digital prints have already made a mark in the ethnic fashion scenario. Now, sarees with thin borders or without borders at all, and thread highlight above the digital print have charmed the saree lovers. Traditional Kancheepuram sarees and Benarasi silk too have shown an affinity to the dull shades. Fashion experts predict that floral prints and a combination of prints and embroideries would be the focus in the coming year.
‘No’ to kasavu
Traditional Kancheepuram sarees with matching borders and elaborate pallav are no longer the primary choice of the new age bride. Color blocking Kancheepuram sarees, in which two bright colors make interesting patterns, would be the flavor of next wedding season. Though half and half designs have often made short appearances, plain pallavs are the latest trend.
Sarees with pallav and leg pleats in one color and the portion which drapes at the chest in another shade is equally trendy and gives a traditional look as well. Plain sarees with a meter long pallav in contrasting color too have many takers. However, sarees with kasavu pallavs and border have totally disappeared from the wardrobes of modern fashionistas.
The simple designs and patterns in interesting color palettes are preferred by those who love to try out the latest trends and fashions in blouse. These simple sarees go stylishly well with blouses in printed fabrics, trendy cuts, embroidered sleeves and cape or bell sleeves as well.
Readymade border in sarees, which was quite popular, has given way to stylish fringes. Though fringes in the same color were seen initially, now fringes in different colors and sizes adorn the beautiful drapes. The fringes are here to stay, say fashion pundits, as a designer element in the border, pallav or as layers on the body.
It was in the blouse that the tassels made an appearance first. This year, tassels in thread and cloth strands, pom pom and bunches of sponge balls made a grand ‘debut’ on the saree. Tassels in beautiful colors and unique textures add an extra charm to the elegant sarees. These tasseled sarees would make you stand out at the Christmas – New Year festivities. Hanging colorful tassels on extended cloth pipings on the border is predicted to be the trend of the coming year.
Ruffles and gathers which adorned classy gowns made its way to the sarees as well. Party wear sarees with ruffled borders lend a regal charm of princess, straight out of a fairy tale. If ruffles with medium width were the trend during the second half of the year, wide and layered ruffles would be in vogue in the coming days.
(Sourced from Vanitha)