How to Choose a Perfect Saree for Your Body Type


Saree is the quintessential Indian traditional wear, which women can carry off with great panache. Every woman can look good in this wonderful garment, provided she chooses it well. So, here are some tips that will help you zero in on a saree, which will compliment your body type.

Pear-shaped body

Women with pear-shaped body have a heavier bottom compared to their upper body. So, they should go for fabrics like chiffon and georgette, as these would balance out their upper and lower part. Always stay away from mermaid cuts that would add unnecessary attention to your lower part. Go for seedha pallu style in draping, as that will make your body look proportionate. Bold and bright colours will suit you the best. You can opt for beautiful borders, small prints and embroidery work. (Take a look at the stylish Bollywood diva Sonam Kapoor in the below image)

Apple-shaped body

If you are heavy around your bust and stomach, then you have an apple-shaped body (just like Kirron Kher in the below image). That is why; you should opt for sarees with beautiful embroidery work, which will complement your body type. To cover your waist, you must go for a longer blouse that will cover your problem areas. Alternatively, you can also wrap your saree a little higher. Silk is a fabric you should pick out for yourself. But, avoid sarees in net. You should drape your sarees in a very simple way, or preferably opt for ulta-pallu. You can also opt for blouses whose colours contrast with your saree to create a dramatic effect.

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Overweight women

Cotton and other stiff fabrics are your biggest enemies if you are overweight. They tend to make you look broader and bigger. Opt for chiffon and silk sarees as they will give your body a balanced shape, and will draw attention away from your problem areas. Dark colours look best on you. Handloom sarees will look good on you, too. You need to concentrate on the way you drape your sarees, as that would make a lot of difference to your look. You can go for full sleeves and long blouses as they would help to hide your flabs. Just as actress Aishwarya Rai wore a full sleeve and full-length blouse, at the Cannes Film Festival, 2012.

Voluptuous figure

Georgette, chiffon and net fabrics will suit you best. They will snugly wrap around your body, highlighting your curves. You should opt for dark colours while buying a saree. Your saree should never be very heavy. It can have delicate embroidery and bead work, but it should never be too stiff. It should have a good fall, which will make you look slimmer. You can also wear a blouse with criss-cross strings holding it together. It will definitely increase your oomph factor. Take a look at some curvaceous Bollywood actresses in the below image.

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Slim figure

If you are slim, then you should pick up cotton, silk and organza sarees. They will give you a fuller figure. You can opt for sarees in lighter colours and heavy embroidery. Go for brocade or bead work. Since you are slim, you can opt for big and bold prints in a variety of colours. Slim women can carry off backless, sleeveless, halter neck and tube blouses really well.

Take a look at some interesting blouse designs donned by our Bollywood divas in the below image.

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Tall and slim women

Taller women (just like Anushka Sharma below) can carry off heavy borders really well. You can also opt for big bold prints in a variety of colours, as it tends to divert the attention from your height.

Short and slim women

If you are short in height (like actress Divya Dutta in the below image), you should avoid big prints and heavy borders. Short and thin women should opt for sarees with a thin border as it will make you look tall. Small to medium-sized prints will look great on you as well.

See Photo Gallery: Bollywood Divas in Gorgeous Net Sarees

Other things to keep in mind

  • Always play close attention to your pleating. If it is not done properly, you will end up looking shabby.
  • Accessorise your saree intelligently. Clutches, shoes and statement necklaces can make or break your look. If your saree is too heavy, opt for pretty danglers.
  • While choosing your blouses, follow this simple rule, heavy blouses should be accompanied with lighter sarees and vice versa.

Keep these tips in mind, the next time you go out to buy a gorgeous saree. So, get ready to dazzle everyone with beauty and style in your stunning sarees!

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