The blouse affair: Trendy and unconventional blouses you can flaunt this season

Fashion designer Satya Paul recently came up with the campaign #sariiscool and saw the six-yard garment draped in many styles. What caught our attention was how these saris were complemented with unconventional blouses, which stood out in their own stylish way.

While women have moved from traditional to contemporary and fusion to pre-stitched saris, the blouse has also seen many transitions over the few years. “People are moving away from the mundane fabrics and silhouettes by mixing and matching Indian and Western elements to create interesting ensembles. The world is truly globalised and most women couldn’t be bothered with the difficult task of neatly draping and pleating a sari. A pre-draped version of the sari with attached pallu that could be worn as quickly as any of the western garments preferred by modern Indian women,” says fashion designer Bhumika Sharma.

While the Indian sari has seen many transformations in the recent past, the sari blouse too has made a statement with its unconventional cuts and patterns. From being paired with denim shirts, crop tops, bralettes and even jackets, blouse have come a long way. We speak with fashi

on experts to see what’s haute this season.

Red and Radiant

Have an upcoming sangeet ceremony to attend, this scarlet red sari with a printed jacket is an ideal choice. Jackets are hassle-free and make for a comfortable yet unconventional option this summer. “It’s a contemporary take on the traditional sari with the jacket adding definition to your torso and the statement knotted belt helps cinch the waist. The jacket is crafted in pure chiffon and features pearl-embroidery with hints of gota detailing,” says fashion designer Ridhi Mehra. So, put on your dancing shoes and dance the night away.

Pleated with care

Blouses can have pleats too. This white pleated long-sleeved blouse is casual yet chic. It’s an ideal option for office-wear or a casual brunch. “The micro pleated textured overlap blouse complements the sari giving it a fun young vibe. The solid white colour makes it easy to style and pair with other outfits from your wardrobe making it a multi-purpose statement piece,” says fashion designer Vedika M.

Nature’s gift

Celebrate nature by embracing the beauty of it in your sari’s blouse. “We have designed a printed jacket blouse inspired from leaves, flowers and paisleys brimming from our beautiful flora and intricately hand embellished with Swarovski and beads. Nature’s elements have been converted into alluring prints on summery yet earthy tones, rich textures encrusted with hand crafted details,” says fashion designer Bhumika Sharma.

Cool it with denim

Singer Natalie Di Luccio rock the Satya Paul’s #sariiscool campaign, in a denim shirt. Thus, making it a cool option this summer season.

Sheer Magic

Make your blouse a canvas of creativity. This organza embroidered blouse and georgette sari designed by Daya Bansal, is artistic and can be ideal ensemble for a day function.

Beach Ready

Beat the heat this summer in this bold and chic bustier with fringes designed by Shivan & Narresh.

Akshata Shetty
Hindustan Times, Delhi