When you hear the word “saree”, you instantly turn your mind’s eye to an image.
Yes, we’re thinking of the popularly draped saree looks we see most people wearing. And it could look a little something like this (or versions of this):
We can all agree this traditional outfit finds the perfect balance of modestly covering up, while at the same time showing off the feminine figure. Now that being said, consider these hypothetical (yet plausible) situations:
A traditional conservative gathering
A saree-wearing occasion in the peak of winter
Or it’s just one of those days you want to hide your torso
As you’ve probably guessed, these situations call for a more modestly draped saree – one that doesn’t show off your tummy. So if you find yourself scratching your head and wondering how, we’ve got options for you. So let’s take a look:
1. The Traditional Route Saree Look:
India has a multitude of saree looks to choose from and each region has its unique draping style. We’re cutting to the chase and picking our top 2 saree draping styles that are guaranteed to hide your tummy.
The Gujarathi Style – Where the pleats are pinned neatly in the front to display your sarees’ intricate pallu design.
The Kodava Style – Where the pleats come at the back and the pallu is neatly draped over the shoulder while the saree conceals the stomach.
2. The Snug Saree Look
Replacing a standard blouse with a jacket-blouse or waistcoat will not only elevate your look but also do a nifty job of concealing your stomach.
Pro tip – This is a great choice especially during the colder months as your jacket will keep you as snug as a bug in a rug!
3. The Multiverse of Middy Tops
A mid-length top will always cover your tummy. Pair it with your saree and you have yourself an exquisite yet modest outfit. Go bold or sober, this versatile look is customisable according to the occasion.
4. The Two-in-One Look
Is it a saree? Is it a Kurta? It’s both!
Pair your favourite saree with a simple kurta to create layers. You can even experiment with different saree draping techniques with this style to best suit your taste. We think this looks almost regal!
5. Double Trouble
Developed by Indian fashion designer Shaina N.C., this style drapes two sarees together seamlessly to create a unique and distinct look. Need we say more?
6. Go Freestyle
A well-draped saree with a loosely draped pallu offers the freedom of wrapping it around the waist according to your comfort. Remember to avoid sheer fabrics which may show the stomach area and to pick thicker, opaque fabrics like silk or cotton.
Binks Bonus Round
Holding a clutch or a purse gives the illusion of hiding your tummy. A sheer saree will partially hide the torso while still showing the silhouette.