Choosing the right saree to suit your body type

by Shatika, May 5, 2015

Saree is a traditional Indian outfit that adds grace and beauty to any women but choosing the right saree to suit the body type can accentuate the beauty of the wearer. Wearing a saree according to one’s body weight, shape and structure really matters in bringing out the grace. While all others forms of clothing cannot hide your problem areas, choosing the right saree can not only hide your flaws but highlights your strengths making you look beautiful. So let’s get started with the tricks and tips of choosing that perfect saree!

Women who are on the upper threshold of weight:

Avoid stiff cotton sarees if you are overweight as they tend to stick to your body giving you a broader look and make you look bulky. Instead, go for chiffon and silk sarees as they make you look slimmer giving you Y- shape. While stiff cottons are a no no, handloom cotton sarees look great on overweight women because of their soft texture and they are also comfortable to carry especially in summers. Women who are short and heavy should avoid wide printed sarees. The right way of draping a saree can also make you look thinner. Also wearing full hand blouses will cover those flappy arms and they look trendy too.

Women who are on the lower threshold of weight:

If you have a thin physique then you should go for cotton sarees and heavy and long traditional silk sarees like the Kanchivaram pattus or the Banarsi silks as they add more volume to your body making it look more fuller. Avoid chiffon and net sarees as they might make you look even more thin and petite. Tissue sarees are also a good option. These sarees teamed with puff hand blouses will look great if you have thin arms.

Women who are tall:

Being tall, you really have a lot of choices when it comes to selecting a saree. Huge floral printed silk sarees and designer printed sarees will look great on you as the huge prints will divert the attention from your tall sleek body. Though you can carry off any saree with your height, avoid sarees with less or no prints to avoid looking overly tall. Go for net sarees and thin fabric sarees to reveal your sexy model look!

Women who are petite:

Generally, sarees with big borders tend to make a person look short. So, short women should avoid wearing sarees with very big borders. Instead, they can go for sarees with small border or no border to avoid looking shorter. Also, mildly printed sarees look great on slightly shorter women.

Women who are apple shaped:

Apple shaped women look more bulky on their upper body than their stomach and back. If you are apple shaped then you may consider wearing embroidered sarees. Sarees with embroidery work flatter apple shaped women and give a great look.

Women who are pear shaped:

Women with pear-shaped body have a heavier bottom compared to their upper body. So, they should go for fabrics like chiffon and georgette, as these would balance out their upper and lower part. A seedha pallu style of draping will make your body look proportionate. Bold and bright colours will suit you the best. You can opt for beautiful borders, small prints and embroidery work.

Women who are hour glass shaped:

An hour glass shape figure is considered the perfect shape for a woman wearing saree as saree accentuates her sensuous figure. If your body type is hourglass then you have a wide range of sarees to choose from as almost all types of sarees will suit your body type. Just choose the right saree to suit your skin complexion and weight. Avoid stiff cottons and tissue sarees if you want to reveal your curves. Net sarees and thin designer sarees are perfect for flaunting those fabulous curves and looking gorgeous.


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