Nora Fatehi to Kriti Sanon: Celebs Show You Unconventional Saree Draping Styles

Try these celeb-inspired saree draping styles to have some fun with your traditional look.

Published On Mar 02, 2022 | Updated On Mar 08, 2024


The saree has long been essential in every Indian woman’s wardrobe. Despite fashion trends and seasons, the saree remains a timeless classic. The versatile saree can be worn for any occasion, is available in many varieties and can be draped in different ways. So, there are infinite options to explore. If you want to try something different from the usual and traditional way to drape a saree, here are some celeb-inspired saree draping hacks.

The fashionable lehenga-style saree is a wonderful choice. It gives you the best of two traditional looks in one. If you want to avoid the hassle of draping a saree, you will also find pre-stitched sets readily available in the market.

The butterfly saree draping style is one of the top trends in Bollywood that celebrities can't get enough of. Kriti Sanon looked stunning in a lovely sunshine yellow saree draped in this style. She donned a ruffled yellow saree designed by Manish Malhotra. She paired it with a matching yellow bustier and balloon sleeves, creating a butterfly effect. The actress completed her look with a matching embroidered belt, a choker necklace and rings from Manish Malhotra Jewellery and Raniwala 1881.

Nora Fatehi is known for her off-screen style statements. She upped her ethnic style game with this experimental look. Her organza saree features a beautiful floral print and gota work on the border. The tan belt elevated the look by adding a fun Western touch to the desi saree. To get this look, drape your saree traditionally. Add a belt to secure the pallu to your waist. Adding kamar band instead of a belt gives a more traditional look. Let the saree-belt look take centre stage and keep the other accessories minimum.

You can try this look the next time you attend a wedding. The dhoti saree drape is a hybrid of modern and traditional. Remember to wear leggings instead of a petticoat. Shilpa Shetty, Sonam Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have made the dhoti-style saree drape fashionable. Samantha Akkineni donned the dhoti-style saree and looked absolutely stunning. The actor opted for a pastel ensemble from the Payal Singhal collection that featured a floral embroidered crop top along with a saree drape that was attached to the Dhoti pants.

Choose a chiffon saree with a golden or shimmery border to pull off this look. Priyanka Chaudhary of Udaariyan fame sported this look in one of the show’s episodes. She was seen wearing a Mumtaz-style saree in a royal blue colour along with golden borders.

We can never get enough of the saree and pants combo. It's trendy, neutral and almost every fashionista's favourite. The best part is that you can wear this to any function and steal the show. Pant-style sarees have also dominated ramps and red carpets, with many models and actors sporting the look. Shilpa draped her saree unconventionally and paired it with matching leggings. She accentuated her look with a high waist belt and completed it with a stunning necklace and ethnic kadas.

The timeless saree has established its style quotient not only among Indians but also Westerners. Take these cues from your favourite celebs for saree draping tricks and upgrade your saree game.

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