Why Rekha Will Always Be Our Saree Girl

Rekha is still the OG champion of styling heritage saree weaves, even after decades.

Published On Oct 11, 2022 | Updated On Mar 08, 2024


Rekha has always been a picture of elegance; it’s an allure that she holds even today. And every now and then, when the actor makes an appearance, the sheer individualism in her style statement always manages to attract attention.

And while we are continuously rooting for the handloom revival in the fashion space, Rekha already established it as a signature look, cultivated on her own.

This veteran's wardrobe can serve as the ultimate masterclass in the art of wearing handmade silk sarees, from Kanjeevaram silks to multi-coloured Benarasi weaves.

Here’s how the stylish flagbearer of heritage sarees show us how it’s done:

Consider monochromatic colours, such as gold or beige paired with metallic pink. Whenever it comes to saree borders, the actor favours drama over demure. This is evident in the gold and pink drape, where the saree is simple, but the broad border is of a different vibrant colour.

Being the OG poster girl, Rekha knows how to make a statement. Hence, colour-blocked silk sarees are her favourite. Case in point? The lime green and magenta saree she wore to IIFA once.

Extra could easily be Rekha’s middle name, and she doesn’t shy away from amplifying every element of her look. Can't decide whether to wear zari cuffs or stacked bangles with your full-sleeved blouse? Take cues from Rekha as she pulls off a gorgeous look in this golden kanjeevaram saree.

A black and golden saree is already a gorgeous festive staple. But, Rekha knows how to add her signature touch to it. Just choose all – opulent jewellery accompanied by a traditional potli bag, and a flower-clad bun for maximum impact. Round your look off with a bold red lip.

Golden sarees are her go-to option. A classic drape and her favourite potli bag give her the perfect way to style even the most basic saree. It's hard to deny that her luscious open hair look stands the test of time, just like her red lips. 

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