As a Bengali, saree style is pretty much in our blood.

As a Muslim who observes modest style, I won’t wear the flesh-baring ready-made blouses and roll my eyes at the ridiculously small scraps of blouse-piece material that come with most RTW/ ‘ready to wear’ sarees – also a side-rant at saree retailers – if you need to stitch a blouse first, it’s not RTW! [/rant]

So what’s the modest solution to traditional saree blouses? Xmas party season!


Um… what has Christmas party season got to do with sarees? All of my favourite easy-to-wear saree blouses aren’t saree blouses at all. They’re glittery, sequined, velvet, metallic, uber-glam OTT Christmas party tops or clubwear bodycon mini-dresses… all bought from the sales at less than the price of tailoring along sleeve, long body saree blouse.

Woo-yay!

Where can I buy these awesome spangly, party-saree-blouse alternatives?

I have bought them mostly from high street stores in post-Christmas sales, like Primark, H&M, Lipsy, Quiz, AX Paris, Next, Matalan, and TK Maxx. If you don’t have these stores near you or in your town, there are some great online alternatives below. Just click the images for full details.

Bodysuits

Sequins and sparkles

Okay, great idea. So what do they actually look like when worn with sarees or lenghas?

Here’s where all my insecurities come out. I’ve not lost as much weight as I’d have liked, but at the same time, I’m happy and healthy… so I’m making the decision not to compare myself to slimmer, prettier bloggers… OOTD style images to come in part two very soon… I promise!