New Delhi: Sari is one of the most versatile and elegant garments in the world. Women in India have worn this nine yards of wonder for many centuries belonging to different cultures and across the regions. And not before long, it used to be the most common attire for daily wear for women across ages in our country.
The versatility of the sari is such that it can even be worn at business conferences, workplace and office parties. Yes the trend of wearing or choosing to wear a sari as formal work wear is on the rise . It not only sets you apart from others but also gives you an edge over other dresses and maxies, says Delhi-based designer Anuradhha Ramam.
"It's power dressing. It oozes confidence and power. In fact for many women with traditional and conservative tastes, formal saris are their preferred clothes for the offices, hotels and other corporate sectors. While pant suits and "churidar-kurtis" may be favored among young professionals in today's corporate India, the "sari" still is the classic business attire. You can beautifully drape the sari and make a perfect style statement in elegance, style and confidence, she adds.
Sari, a practical as well as fashionable work-wear option
As a designer I think that sari is practical, it's easy to wear and is graceful and so fashionable. Women in the 1980's and 90's mostly wore saris at the workplace due to cultural and social reasons but today's generation looks beyond these factors. A well draped sari can make a statement in elegance, style and confidence for women in the workplace.
In my journey of 15 years in this industry, I have styled my saris with boots and other accessories like silver jewellery which makes it a fusion wear and fashionable work-wear option for all the confident working women, Ramam says.
Give your sari a tweak to make it more usable for regular wear
The best option is to wear a pre-stitched sari. It's ready to wear in a sari silhouette, easy to wear and very convenient. Comfortable textiles like cotton, tussar and chiffon which are fashionable yet comfortable and also pairing it with accessories like silver jewellery, white shirts, boots, sneakers and what not makes it a decent fusion wear having subtle prints and fine textiles, suggests Ramam.
Selecting the type of material, prints ideal for a workwear
Linen , mulmul , handwoven cotton are ideal materials to wear to work. One colour tones and small prints are best for work wear. Look for comfortable materials that suit all kinds of weather conditions in which one would feel free and light. They should be very skin-friendly because of being very airy and light, quips Ramam.