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A saree is a traditional Indian outfit. The draping styles, however, don’t have to be! If you’re looking for styles that would add a twist in your saree tale, this is just the perfect article for you. Fashion designers and stylists all over the country are coming up with experimental and super chic draping styles that are raging among millennial brides. So wait no more! Check out some bizarre yet elegant ideas on how to drape a saree and start practising for your wedding events.

1. Flaunt the blouse with an Open Pallu

Suneet Varma

Is your blouse design fancier than your saree? Trust us this happens more often than you know! So how about flaunting the blouse that you got designed with such special care? Here’s an idea on how to drape a saree in such a way that you can show your chic blouse design. Carry an open pallu hanging on your hand without covering your front. Take the bold route and slay your wedding events like a boss!

Ideal occasion: Cocktail, Sangeet or reception.

Extra tip: Go for an off shoulder or strappy blouse with most of the work done on at the front.

2. Ruffle Up!

Suneet Varma

A signature design by Suneet Varma a ruffled saree is quite a popular trend among modern brides. When you add ruffles on your saree, you don’t have to worry much about how to drape a saree to make a statement. Choose your favourite colour and ruffle up the edges of your saree. You can take inspiration from ace designers and get your own sare stitched with ruffles. Choose an easy to carry fabric like chiffon, georgette or satin and go for a back pallu with minimum plaits.

Ideal occasion: Reception, Sangeet or Cocktail.

Extra tip: Go for minimal jewellery to avoid overcrowding. Large earrings would be just about enough.

3. Wrap your pallu like a neck scarf

Anita Dongre

Want to make an entry loaded with attitude? Let us tell you how to drape a saree that would bring the spunk in you! Drape your saree in the usual back pallu with plaits but keep your pallu a little longer. Now wrap up the pallu in your neck like a scarf and you can hang it either at the back or front. Ideal fabric for this kind of a drape would be khadi silk, cotton silk, handloom or printed cotton.

Anita Dongre

Ideal occasion: Haldi, Sangeet, Mehndi, Engagement.

Extra tip: Pair up with a back buttoned blouse; Sport large sunglasses and large oxidised earrings for a day event. 

4. Drape it like a Dhoti


One of the most popular saree drapes among brides is the dhoti style. There is a fun and galore element in this particular fashion. So the next time when you’re confused on how to drape a saree for some cheerful vibes, do the dhoti! You can tuck one end of the plaits at the back of your waist. Or you can also go for a pre-stitched saree.

Romesh Dhamija Photography

Ideal occasion: Haldi, Sangeet, Mehndi.

Extra tip: Heels or flats are both good to go with a dhoti drape. Make a fishtail braid with flowers and beads.

5. Don a Dupatta saree

White Frog Productions

If you want to know how to drape a saree without having to go all the seven yards...dupatta saree is your thing! With the grace of a saree but without any of the draping woes, a dupatta saree might just be one of the best things discovered for a bride. Simply drape a dupatta in a pallu style in a matching or contrasting colour with your lehenga or lancha.


Ideal occasion: Haldi, Sangeet, Mehndi, Wedding.

Extra tip: Try out the Seedha pallu and back pallu both in different colours and designs. You can also try for a fish cut, A-line cut or an umbrella cut for different occasions.

6. Pre-stitched saree with side-plaits

Gaurav Gupta

Instead of the front plaits, place your plaits at the side. It’s advisable to go for a pre-stitched saree which already has side plaits. Else, you can try them out yourself. Check out some Gaurav Gupta creations for inspiration to learn more about how to drape a saree with an interesting twist!

Ideal occasion: Cocktail, Sangeet, Mehndi, Reception.

Extra tip: Go for a pastel shade silk, georgette, satin or chiffon saree with a golden, silver or bronze border.

Are you all psyched about trying something new already? Make a grand entry on your wedding reception or cocktail party in one of these jazzy drapes and make all heads turn! Check out some fusion wedding saree photos for more ideas on how to drape a saree that’s edgy and elegant both! Remember to go for apt jewellery while you’re opting for contemporary saree drapes. And if you need help with that, check out the shops at Shahpur Jat which is the hottest bridal jewellery hub. Be bold, be sassy, be you!

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