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Timeless sari-blouse pairings that will help elevate your style game

The quintessential Indian sari has always been tied to tradition. But let us not forget, the perfect look requires a blouse that complements the sari. So to ease it down for you, here are some evergreen sari-blouse pairing trends that you cannot do without.


Best sari blouse pairing trends donned by Bollywood celebrities –

Embellished bra-tops and a see-through sari

Image: Courtesy Shaleena Nathani Instagram

Bra tops are perfect for summers and if you are planning to be a bit adventurous, pick up pieces that are heavily embellished and pair it with a simple sari. Case in point, Deepika Padukone’s Sabyasachi look. The organza plain sari compliments and balances out the sequin blouse to give you an ethereal look so you can even wear it during day time.

Match your blouse with the sari border

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The easiest way to follow this trend is once you have bought the sari and then get the blouse stitched. We love the way Shilpa Shetty has paired her Mayur Girotra blouse and the sari border ( both of them stand out). Most of the times handloom saris with decadent brocade borders give you enough freedom to explore this trend. This is one of the sari-blouse pairing trends that’s a hit for the wedding season.


Striped blouses with sari

Image: Courtesy Regina Cassandra Instagram

Blouses featuring solid prints and patterns can always be paired with simple plain saris in solid colours. Case in point being Regina Cassandra’s Little Thing Studio look. We love the way the dual-hued scheme on the blouse complements the sari colour. With summers in full swing, think of neons, purples, and hot pinks in stripes.

Fully-coordinated blouse and a sari with 70s sleeves

Image: Courtesy Tanya Ghavri Instagram

When nothing works, a fully colour-coordinated trend might work. However, these are certain rules to it. If opting for a head-to-toe, monotone scheme, break the monotony by experimenting with textures. Pair velvet blouses with net saris and various other cotton blends. If you are opting for a print and pattern, be careful of your body shape (veer away from anything big), and opt for micro prints. Blouses have gone with a traditional look – half sleeves and beautiful silks just add a classic look.

Black blouses with a dash of metal

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A plain black blouse with any kind of sari is a winning look. Whether you are a handloom enthusiast or sucker for something blingy and edgy, black always works. The best practice is to pair it with saris that have an infusion of metallic hues like this exquisite Raw Mango sari on Kangana. The idea is to create a perfect contrast and to add a bit of character to the look. So think of colours such as canary yellows, apple greens, and oranges featuring metallic paisleys and paired with a black blouse.

Anupam Dabral

It was while studying fashion journalism at London College of Fashion that Anupam developed a keen interest in the anthropological aspect of the discipline; for him, fashion only makes sense when seen in the context of its environment. He is always on the hunt for great stories, and in his spare time binge-watches films/shows starring Whoopi Goldberg, Dawn French and Jennifer Saunders.

Staff writer