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The one sari hack favoured by all fashion influencers

The draped sari silhouette is our energy saving trick to elegant Indian wear. Rounding up styles with a stamp of approval from our favourite fashion influencers.

The beauty of the whole nine yards is undeniable but then again so are the complexities of tying one, the hassle of ensuring it doesn’t fall apart and simply, the chagrin when it creates the slimming effect that you see online. To summarise, we have a love-hate relationship with the sari. We love its elegance but don’t have the resilience to see it through. If you, like us, are stuck in a pool of fabric, then a draped sari could well be saviour. 

The draped sari silhouette isn’t new to fashion, for almost a decade now, we’ve nipped, tucked and stitched the pleats to ensure a smooth sailing. And we aren’t the only ones, as we scroll through our Instagram, we’ve come across some unique and genius draped sari hacks and styles that you need to bookmark now. So if you’re looking to make quick wardrobe transitions like your favourite fashion influencer on Instagram reels or simply are short on time, the draped sari is all you need. 

Karishma Yadav Bhalla

Fashion Influencer Karishma Yadav Bhalla of Pink Trunkk
Image courtesy: Pink Trunkk Instagram

A slouchy dhoti skirt, belted silhouette and tight pleating, this nude number from Ritu Kumar is a lesson in elegance. Transparent heels and a sparkly potli bag are the perfect additions.

Shereen Sikka

Shereen Sikka
Image courtesy: Shereen LoveBug Instagram

Shereen Sikka’s cheery yellow sari from Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor with its intricately beaded blouse and border is just the ray of sunshine you need.

Masoom Minawala

Masoom Minawala
Image courtesy: Masoom Minawala Instagram

Masoom Minawala is a maverick when it comes to draping a sari in innovative ways so when she does a draped sari you sit up and notice. A lehenga skirt and a triangular dupatta drape, this mango-hued style from Vasavi Shah is one for the books.

Antara M

Antara Motiwala Marwah
Image courtesy: Qbik Official

Is it a sari or is it a gown? It’s a super duper version of a draped sari courtesy Qbik. Worn by the statuesque Antara Motiwala Marwah, this colour-blocked sculptural drape has us hooked.

Sakshi Sidwani

Sakshi Sidwani
Image: Sakshi Sidwani Instagram

If you’re in the market for a traditional sari silhouette but unable to manage the baggage that comes along, then this draped sari by Label Pritika Vohra is for you. Sakshi Sidwani shows us how to turn everyone green with envy in this satin sari with a 3D hand embroidered blouse.


Aayushi Bangur

Aayushi Bangur
Image courtesy: Aayushi Bangur Instagram

A draped sari and pants are the most comfortable style in our humble opinion. Confirming our belief is fashion blogger, Aayushi Bangur in this hand brush painted pre-stitched pants-sari from Vedika M. Forgoing the matching blouse in favour of a full-sleeved turtle neck, Aayushi styles the draped sari by layering it with silver jewellery.

Prerna Goel

Prerna Goel
Image: Prerna Goel Instagram

The fringe detail on a regular sari might be a lot of hard work but this fully draped sari from 431 88 by Shweta Kapur makes it a breeze. Adding to it are Prerna Goel’s unfussy styling and subtle emerald earrings.

Tina Kakkad Dhanak

Tina Kakkad Dhanak
Image courtesy: ImageCode Instagram

A jacket-style dupatta over a skirt is just the upgrade your draped sari needs. This fusion look worn by Tina Kakkad Dhank’s from Lasha Designs has colour us impressed.

Akshita Nahar Jain
Sr Associate Editor
Akshita Nahar Jain has worked with various publications, including Elle, Harper’s Bazaar Bride, and Time Out Delhi, and written extensively on fashion and lifestyle. A sucker for alliteration and stylish sitcoms, she enjoys scrolling the web for less travelled destinations.