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Durga Puja Saree Trends - Arpita Banerji


Sarees are the quintessential look for Bengali women during Durga Puja.

Be it the 5 day long festival back home or the compressed version of the Weekend Puja overseas, each Bengali woman can but not bring out her treasured collection during the festivities. If you like to go by a particular style or choose a style to match your mood there is plenty to choose from this season. The dominant trends are eye-catching colors, paisley prints, cutwork and lace sarees. Another popular trend is of sarees made with two or more different fabrics such as brocade and net.

The Classic Style

You have the option of choosing from styles of sarees that are considered heirloom and never go out of fashion.

For the Day Look opt for the traditional Bengali saree in red and off-white. Make your own style statement by choosing sarees with unique designs and patterns such as checks or bootis; or one with an embroidered or embellished border. A big red bindi with kohl-lined eyes would accentuate your attire.  Mix it with a matching blouse to complete the look. You can also wear the evergreen Kantha Stitch silk or Chikankari sarees in pastel shades.




For the Evening Look choose from a classic silk sari or the Benarasi brocade. The sheen of these fabrics adds glamour to the attire and makes the wearer stand out in the crowd. You can experiment with colors and prints. A dominant trend on this front is the dual color saree. Match the sari with a trendy blouse and you are all set to go.


The Trendy Style

Opt for abstract prints or patterns. Innovate with the design of the blouse to get noticed.

For the Day Look go for chiffon sarees with abstract patterns. Choose sarees with contrast shades to spread a riot of colors wherever you go. Geometric shapes, newspaper prints, watercolor effects are some options to choose from.




For the Evening Look choose sarees with a combination of different fabrics like brocade, net or organza. The different colors and patterns combined together in a way to complement each other is sure to make heads turn.


The Bohemian Style

Select multicolored sarees and match them with a black full-sleeved blouse or one in contrast color. Accessorize with chunky jewelry and librarian glasses to get the complete bohemian look. Tie your hair in a tight bun or leave it open if you have natural waves.

For the Day look select cotton saris with bright prints. Even a plain saree can be accessorized to get this look. Keep the saree simple and pair it with chunky handcrafted jewelry in silver, clay, wood or beads. Team it with a batik or Kantha work jhola. Keep the makeup minimal. The essence of this look rests in the art of mix and match and simplicity.




For the Evening Look combine a plain monotone sari with a full sleeved embroidered blouse or one in contrast color. The material of the sari can range from georgette, cotton, organza or net. Keep the accessories minimal. You can team the sari with an elegant cocktail ring. For the evening carry a clutch instead of the jhola. 




The Minimalistic Style

Choose sarees in simple prints or those in solid colors with minimal surface embellishments. If you want an accentuated look choose a saree with embroidery or Chikankari work.

For the Day Look choose a light colored paisley print saree in cotton as it eliminates the need to accessorize. You can also wear Tussar silk or abstract print chiffon saris. Team it with a matching purse and simple earrings. Keep the makeup minimal. 



For the Evening Look opt for an elegant pashmina silk, or printed silk sari for a simple yet elegant look. Accessorize with pearl jewelry and a matching clutch. A popular trend this season is cutwork sarees, which are also a huge hit on the international runway. Choose a sari with cutwork detailing on the aanchal or the border. Another option is the jamdani Dhakai in warm color combinations such as red and black. 

Tip: If you are planning to go to a Navratri Garba or Dandiya function following the Durga Puja celebrations chose to wear the traditional Chaniya Cholis or simply wear a bright colored Bandhni or Gharchola saree with embellishments or embroidery. Team it with rustic silver or beaded jewelry and you are all set to rock the floor.

(Fashion ideas by Deeparna Banerji @ NIFT Gandhinagar, India)


#2 Aranya 2013-11-15 05:45
Indian sarees are always beautiful, all women look gorgeous with sarees.
#1 Indrajit Sen 2013-08-22 13:46
Ekhane club er meyder example hole bhalo hoto ...

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