“The cape-style blouses are so much more comfortable than the regular cholis"
There can be nothing more elegant than a graceful saree for any woman.
The sensual drapes and exquisite fabrics make this ethnic wear one of the most desirable pieces in every woman’s closet. Gone are the days of easy and simple drapes. Today designers have turned sarees into a veritable fashion statement.
The past few years have seen the saree break away from the moulds of traditional fashion, and evolve into a global phenomenon.
The saree gown was quite big recently. We not only saw Bollywood divas donning the look, but it also gained a lot of favour among the fashionistas across the world.
So, what’s in store for this beautiful attire in the coming year? Let’s have a look at the up and coming saree trends of 2018.
Shirt Style Saree Blouse
In 2017, we saw many celebs giving the traditional saree blouses a miss for more quirky and unconventional designs.
Designers like Sabyasachi Mukherjee, Manish Malhotra, Vikram Phadnis, and so many others have featured the shirt style saree blouse in their 2018 collections.
This fusion of Indo-Western styles takes the appeal of the saree to a more global platform.
Heavy embellishments on the collars and cuffs make for a great statement drape as well.
You can also choose to go for a high-neck saree blouse or a t-shirt style saree blouse to really stand out from the crowd.
Say Goodbye to Cholis
Looking at the runway fashion, if there is a trend that is most likely to shake up the saree fashion world, it is the departure of the traditional cholis.
New age cold-shoulder blouses, capes, or trapeze tops are definitely the ones to look forward to in the coming year.
Nidhi Arora, from Mumbai, says:
“The cape-style blouses are so much more comfortable than the regular cholis. They let you make a statement while remaining comfortable throughout the event.”
This trend really allows you to show off your personality through different blouse cuts and fabrics.
Super Long Pallus
Make a red-carpet entrance at any occasion with a super long train or pallu for your sarees.
This trend has been making waves in runways across the world. Taking inspiration from Western dress trains, celebrities are donning sarees with cape-like floor-sweeping drapes.
These are great for parties and formal events such as weddings, where you would want to make a distinct impression.
Choose a fabric that is free-flowing and light, like chiffon or mesh, for maximum effect.
Deepika Padukone nails this look perfectly at the Marathi Filmfare Awards. She dons a stunningly embroidered Sabyasachi Mukherjee saree that features a full train.
Back to the Classics
The year 2018 is all set to take the saree back to its basic fabrics. With designers laying more and more emphasis on the use of traditional fabrics and styles.
Designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee has been reviving the glory of the traditional Benarasi saree in his recent collections, opting for deep reds and peacock blues and greens for that royal touch.
Other fabrics that are poised to make a comeback include silk, linen, and most definitely handloom cotton.
“My favourite classic saree looks have to be the ones donned by the legendary Rekha and Hema Malini.”
“No matter how much the trends change, these two ladies show us that the classics will never fade away,” remarks Aisha Sadana, from New Delhi.
A unique drape can definitely jazz up any old saree. Designers and celebs alike have been focusing more on concept drapes rather than going for the traditional ones.
We saw celebs donning unique and casual drapes in combination with tank tops and t-shirt blouses, so you know this is definitely going to be a trend to look out for in the coming year.
We even saw Sonam Kapoor look exquisitely on-trend in a denim saree designed by Masaba Gupta. Trousers instead of traditional skirts are also a new take of sarees.
The runway, as well as the red-carpet, saw many unique draping styles, signalling that more casual drapes are to follow in 2018. It will surely be exciting to see how far the boundaries will be pushed.
Sonam Kapoor’s double pallu drape is definitely something that one can expect to see a lot more of next year.
This easy to wear saree style has seen quite some popularity among the celebs as well as designers. These are super easy to drape and can come in a range of fabrics and embellishments.
The latest Bollywood diva to sport this look is the gorgeous Jacqueline Fernandez. She looks absolutely stunning in her sheer red pre-stitched Faraz Manan designer saree.
The best thing about this style is that there are no hassles of pleating and draping. Offering a perfect look for evening wear, we are sure there’s a lot more of the pre-stitched style to come in 2018.
An Exciting Year Ahead
Looking at the saree fashion trends for 2018, we can hardly contain our excitement.
As more and more designers are shifting their focus towards this timeless attire, the saree is all poised to increase in global popularity.
This once humble Asian traditional wear has today become a global fashion phenomenon.