Trying to pick up the right saree to wear at different occasions, isn’t much sorted for women, they never find it easier to pick the right saree to drape for occasions like, weddings, parties or for the casual wear Sarees.

Draping a saree for many women in India is well known but the different appealing styles to drape a simple saree bringing a fascinating look is something all women will find interesting.

There are numerous ways to drape up a saree in styles and concepts of a specific theme dressing; Saree draping can be very fun. The basic draping up of a saree is also very easy, below is a detailed explanation of basic style saree draping.

The absolute basic requirements to drape saree:

  • Saree: A long 6-yard drape one-piece fabric to wrap around the body.
  • Blouse: The essential need of saree, top wears, which is almost, like a crop top but in well fitting.
  • Petticoat: Worn as bottom wear in a long inner skirt serving to carry the drape firmly.

Tips to remember before draping Saree.

  • Always wear your petticoat firmly at the waist, so that the saree is tucked in properly without falling off.
  • Always put on Heals, or any footwear you desire to wear along the saree, before you start draping up, as this brings the perfect length draped around the body.
  • Use safety pins or clips to pin up pleats and sections where the drape is required to be fixed.
Steps to drape the perfect saree

Steps to drape the perfect saree:

  • Take the saree end from the top edge, tuck it in the petticoat starting from the right side of your waist across your left waist.
  • From the left hand bring the drape around your waist from the back to the centre front tucking it in.
  • Now you will need to make 6-8 of 5-6 inches pleats of the remaining drape at the centre and tuck it in the petticoat, facing pleats to the left.
  • Bring the open drape across your back to your front from the right side, without tucking it. You can pin up the pleats at the centre for it to be in centre position and tuck the drape edge till your left side waist.
  • Now hold up the width (pallu) section and make pleats in complete width in 5-6 inches, making sure the border falls on the first pleat to drape it on shoulder.
  • Hold the pleats in vertical and bring the drape fall from beneath the right armhole, pulling it up towards and across your left shoulder.
  • Place the pleats properly on your left shoulder by keeping at least a meter length fall down from the shoulder point, and pin it in place to fix it.

India is a traditionally diverse country owing to which we have a variety of different ways in which the saree can be draped.

1) The Way of the Bengal

Bengali sarees are well famous for the royal religious look, depicting the royal ethnic look of their Bengali culture. Sarees worn at weddings are traditionally in white and have a red border. It is the origin of the Bengali culture and is used in puja rituals. Heavy sarees with silk woven motifs and border look are highlighted by this drape. There are no lower drape pleats in this saree.

way of Bengali saree

2) The Gujarati Style

In Gujarat at most wedding events, women dress up in the traditional look in wearing their own origin draping style of saree. This saree pallu comes in the front to highlight the look by extending it covering the whole front bodice.

Gujarati Style saree

3) The Deepika Style

Being inspired from the on-trend fashion appearance by Deepika Padukone the saree looked sensual and simple yet innovative. The saree had the curves out at the hip by the top border and a narrow drape at the front bodice. Let’s get the look by following our step to drape up easily into this saree.

  • Taking the basic steps of draping the saree from 1 to the step you put up the pleats of the lower drape and tuck them in, still carries.
  • Next you need to hold the edge of the saree, which comes exactly after the tucked in pleats, and twist the top border edge inwards facing down so the border can fall on a lower length.
  • Hold the width portion of the saree and just unevenly gather it and tacking it across your back bring it from your right under arm to front and throwing it back your left shoulder.
  • The pull the portion you have turned downward after the pleats, for it to hang till your hip level, pulling and stretching it evenly on your left hip carried on to the back and kept to folded till the right underarm passing drape.
  • Arrange the pleats properly to fall on the shoulder, which was already temporarily thrown behind. Adjust the borders on the front bodice to look two parallel line until meeting at the left shoulder point and pin it up to fix it in place.
Deepika Style saree

4) Old is Gold – The Mumtaaz Drape

The Indian diva of Indian film industry Mumtaaz, who played various roles in her movies and inspired the women to follow her fashion style, also had brought out the Mumtaaz saree draping style. The look has a small or narrow visible border on the lower skirt drape, in layered up form, two edges of a saree, and is draped without the basic pleats, a wraparound style.

Mumtaaz style saree

Step by step to get the Mumtaaz Look:

  • Complete the 1st and 2nd step of the basic draping saree, till where tuck in the centre of the petticoat before tacking pleats.
  • Now take 2 pleats of 5-6 inches and tuck them in facing the left hand side.
  • Picking up the longer edge of the saree from the centre pleat wrap around the left side to back until brought forward at right side waist.
  • Tuck it 5-6 inches above the normal toe length of the saree. And same until brought on wraparound in same till right side again
  • Again tuck in above the level of another 5-6 inches and continue in the level and wraparound the waist of right side.
  • Now make pleats of the width section, in 5-6inch and then taking it under the right armhole bring it across the front to left shoulder and throw it falling backwards.
  • Arrange the front bodice drape to become narrower then the usual drape and pint in position at the shoulder.
mumtaz look saree

5) The Mermaid style drape

The mermaid drape style is a form of drape from the basic but giving the curvy effect on the hip section. The saree uses the mixture of methods to style up the mermaid look, having a close fitting hip section to flared bottom hem section giving the mermaid style look. This form is used at parties of weddings and weddings to feel comfortable, as the pallu is not hanging around to carry it properly.

mermaid drape style

Some more draping styles that our celebrities have made popular can be seen below.

NIVI Style: A basic saree drape, majorly for working women, as it is makes wearing a saree very comfortable. This draping style is also very popular at parties and at other occasions also.

basic saree drape

Open Pallu style: The basic style of draping a saree, the method is followed and keeping the pallu opened at the shoulder without pleats. It is used in work place for a good presentable look in simplicity and comfort. The drape is also carried for occasions for its pretty presentable look.

Open Pallu style saree