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Draping the Elusive Garment – the Saree

This season sarees are trending all over, we at Red Polka presented some amazing saree picks for you with our edition “Saree Soiree- Loving Six Yards of Pure Grace and Elegance.” With all the sarees, we now share with you the art of draping the elusive garment – the saree.

Rather than struggling with it awkwardly, we would suggest you wear your saree with pride. It is rightly a symbol of all that is graceful and beauteous! The sari looks superbly elegant when you get the right drape, but is prone to horrendous wardrobe malfunctions if you get it wrong. Draping a saree in different appealing styles can be fascinating! This is something all you women will find interesting. No? So, here we go!

Before draping a saree, remember this-

  • Always wear your petticoat firmly at the waist, so that the saree is tucked in properly without falling off.
  • Always put on your footwear- you desire to wear along the saree, before you start draping up, as this brings the perfect length draped around the body.
  • Use safety pins or saree clips to pin-up pleats and sections where the drape is required to be fixed.

Pick the style that fits you best!

  • Nivi Basic

This is the drape which is described as one of the most basic, yet elegant saree drape. This saree drape is apt for working women, daily deck-ups, and more. It is one sure way of being comfortable in a saree, the nivi style or basic saree drape is widely used, as it gives a very sophisticated look.

Brahma Karmna_ Sari

  • Bong Drape

The silk whites with red and gold borders, are *awe-so-some*! It is one of the easiest ways to drape a saree though the ultimate look might seem to be contrary! It is a style that involves two wide pleats and a large key ring with keys to hold down the double-wrapped pallu. This style is best worn with handloom sarees or light cotton ones, though you can try with a brocade saree as well.

Bong drape

  • Gujju Chic/ Rajrani Drape

Also known as the Gujarati, siddha palla, or Rajasthani Saree drape, the Rajrani drape has it’s saree pallu in the front. It highlights the beautiful pallu that embodies the whole front bodice. Infuse the western India in your look, with this style of saree draping!

Gujju saree

  • Nauvari

This saree draping style should be introduced in your wardrobe for its rustic sensuality! Maharashtra is known for its cultural activities and saree draping methods for different festivities. Maharashtra’s traditional saree is the 9-yards drape. But, you’ll find the Maharashtrian bride donning a navvari on her wedding for sure! Follow the method to drape a saree in this form. So make sure, you don a nauvari saree, when invited for a Maharashtrian wedding!


  • The Indo-western Drape

Tied low on the waist, pinned high on the shoulder, paired with a mismatching blouse, woven in traditional fabric or crafted in sexy chiffon, the saree is being reborn on the Indian fashion scene. Designers say experimentation with draping styles, endorsement by celebrities and an Indo-Western spin to this piece of clothing are popularising it among the younger lot of women. With this drape, saree is now the sexiest and most evergreen outfit that suits all body types.

Indo western

  • The Deepika Drape

The Deepika drape is originally called the Butterfly Style Saree drape! It is mst recognized as the Bollywood style of wearing a saree. This style is a slight twist to the regular Nivi style of wearing saree. The only difference here is that the pallu is made very thin, such that the midriff or navel is visible. Usually materials, like chiffon, net, etc., are worn with a heavy embellished blouse in this manner.


  • The Mumtaz Wrap

Bring out the retro in you! The evergreen diva of Indian film industry Mumtaaz, donned sarres her movies and inspired the women to follow her fashion style, with her Mumtaaz saree draping style. The look has a small or narrow visible border on the lower skirt drape, in layered up form. The saree was draped without the basic pleats, in a wraparound style.


  • Lehenga Style

When you have to wear your saree for a close one’s wedding, you can drape it to look like you are wearing a lehenga instead! With the help of several pleats tucked around the waist to give the illusion of a lehenga, you can easily convert the regular saree to something more celebratory. Take a look at this simple video tutorial of how you can tie a lehenga saree and experiment with its pallu styles as well.

Lehenga Drape saree

  • Mermaid Drape

The mermaid drape style is a form of drape from the basic, but it gives a curvy effect around the hip area (widely proffered for evening receptions and parties). Having a close fitting hip section, to flared bottom hem section makes this drape a hot favourite for the Indian hour-glass figure! This style is comfortable, as the pallu is not hanging around.

Mermaid sareeClick here for a saree draping tutorial by Glamrs, have a look!


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