Sarees are classic, evergreen and timeless. It’s enchanting to see how this 9-yard unstitched beauty, literally a seamless fabric that turns into a gorgeous ensemble. But, no matter what occasion there is you can wear the same old saree differently thanks to the various Pallu draping techniques there are. Starting from the neatly pleated centre or the hanging and flowy pallu, this 9-yard beauty is a must in any wedding wardrobe. Wondering what are the interesting ways in which you can wear your wedding saree? Well, if you are confused about how to drape your saree stylishly, we have a step-by-step guide that’ll help you out. Here are 7 different styles of wearing saree pallu and once you know these styles, you can don your pick among the trending wedding sarees in multiple ways. Check them all out, now.
1. Ulta Pallu
This saree draping style is the most common and easiest. It makes you look elegant and is perfect for any Shadi function. Often a saree is considered uncomfortable, but this style will make you feel at ease and stylish at the same time. Besides, if you want to add some sass to this look you can always incorporate a belt or a Kamarbandh to hold the Ulta pallu in place by putting it across your waist.
- Take the non-pallu end and tuck it in near your belly button. Swaddle the saree by completing one round from behind till you reach the point where you first started.
- Pull the saree to the front and make pleats. This will leave some part of the saree hanging. Place the pleats on your shoulder and secure it with a pin.
- Hold the remaining saree with both your hands and start making pleats roughly about the size of the finger stretch from forefinger to the thumb. Once done, tuck in it. Secure with a pin and tada! You’re done.
2. Ulta Pallu With A Belt
There are so many different styles of wearing saree pallu but this one is currently raging, especially with celebrities. Though Ulta pallu with a belt is mostly worn by South Indian brides, these days everyone wants to ace it. It’s classy and looks absolutely stunning. More so depending on how the Kamarbandh looks, it gives your ethnic look an edge and makes it more chic.
- Once you’ve worn your saree, as explained above and secured it with pins. All you need to find is a belt that goes with your saree and jewellery.
- Take the belt and place it around your tummy, near your belly button. Make sure you secure the saree pallu at the back and tuck it in the belt. So easy, right?
3. Seedha Pallu/Lehenga Pallu
Remember Madhuri Dixit’s iconic 'Didi Tera Dewar Deewana' saree? Seedha pallu has been in fashion ever since and it’s definitely here to stay for a long, long time. It gives your saree a Lehenga-like look and is a great way to wear the same saree in a new style. Besides, who wouldn't want to copy the stunning Madhuri Dixit's fashion statement? Right?
- Neatly tuck your saree on the left side and do wrap it around your waist. This will leave some part of the fabric for the pleats.
- With the remaining saree, make vertical pleats and place the pallu on your left shoulder by securing it with a safety pin.
- With the remaining saree, make pleats the size of the finger stretch from forefinger to the thumb. Once you’re done, tuck it in your skirt.
- Bring the left side of the pallu over the right shoulder. Secure with a brooch or a pin.
4. Coorgi Pallu
Coorgi pallu comes from Karnataka and it is one of the most typically different styles of wearing saree pallu. You might not have heard about it, but a lot of Coorgi brides wear this style and look absolutely breathtaking. Try something new and get your hands on this style by following these steps.
- Tuck the non-pallu end of your saree on the left side and do one round around your waist, leaving some part of the fabric for the pleats.
- Take the pallu and wrap it around your body. Secure with pins on the blouse and bring one corner of pallu pleat over the left shoulder and pin it.
- The wrap around saree on your body might be loose so make small pleats starting from the bottom and go up on the left side. Take it to the waist and pin it. Add a brooch in front if you like.
5. Draped Around The Neck Pallu
Draped around the neck, a saree pallu looks super chic. Celebrities love this look and if you want to try it too, you’re just at the right place. Amongst these different styles of wearing saree pallu, this one is our favourite. You ask why? Well, because it’s comfortable, unique and oh so fashionable. Hands down this look stole our heart. Look at this bride-to-be having the time of her life and looking so rad at the same time. We cannot get over how cool and effortless she looks.
- For this style, you need to wear the saree exactly in the way you’ll wear the Ulta pallu saree, explained above.
- Once you are done, unpin the pleats on your shoulder. Make sure these pleats are as thin as possible.
- Take the pallu and pull it around your neck going from your left shoulder to your right. Throw the end over your left shoulder and there, you have the perfect draped around your neck pallu.
6. Low Hanging Pallu
Low hanging pallu is the talk of the town ever since Kareena Kapoor wore it to Sonam’s wedding. We loved her look and if you are planning on pulling it off, fret not. This step by step guide will help you nail this style. The classic Pallu draping style, one that never goes out of trend or perhaps style. This has been a hot favourite of countless women in the past just as it continues to do so even today.
- Take one end of your saree and tuck it in. Completing one round from behind until you reach the point where you first started. Make sure you wear your petticoat low at your waist.
- Bring the saree to the front and start making pleats, leaving some part of the saree fabric hanging. Place the pleats on your shoulder and secure it with a pin.
- Hold the remaining saree with both your hands and start making pleats roughly about the size of the finger stretch from forefinger to the thumb. Once done, tuck in it by leaving the pleats slightly loose, exposing your waistline. Secure with a pin and you’re good to go.
7. Bengali Pallu
There are so many different styles of wearing saree pallu, but the one that’s probably the most extravagant has to be the Bengali pallu style. It’s evergreen and looks beautiful on brides. If you love this style, you gotta try it too. Doesn’t matter if you are a Bengali or not, we are sure it’ll look just perfect on you.
- Start by tucking your saree an over your belly button and continue tucking it by taking it around the waist from the left side till you reach where you started.
- Make broad pleats towards the left side of your belly button and fold it so it finishes at your right leg. Ensure that the length levels with the ground and make the pleats look broad. Flatten them and tuck it into your skirt.
- Pull the saree towards the front onto the left side and make thin pleats. Leave the pallu free and bring the right side corner of the pallu towards the right shoulder. Bring it all the way from under your armpit and tuck it near the right side of your hip waist.
- Take one end of the pallu and bring it to the front from under your right hand. Once done, place it over your right shoulder and there you go!
We are sure you are now ready to try these 7 different styles of wearing saree pallu. Be open to experimenting and trying new styles. Tell us about some that we don't have on our list. Make sure you have fun at your wedding.
Do let us know which one’s your favourite saree pallu draping style in the comment section below.