Having missed out on attending a few weddings earlier this year, just last week I finally managed to get to my first wedding of 2019. Yay! I love weddings. The sarees, the decor, the handicrafts, the food, the family reunions… Asian weddings are pretty much the best weddings… if you disagree, fight me.

The saree blouse

As a covered Muslim woman, it can be expensive to tailor a long-sleeved, long body, high neck blouse for every saree in your wardrobe. Always looking for new solutions, I bought a selection of party wear tops to mix and match as saree blouses. I explored a few Christmas party tops as saree blouses in a previous post.

This one in particular is an M&S black velvet top with cowl neck, that I picked up for ¬£7 from the St Peters Hospice charity shop on Henleaze Road, Bristol. Yup just ¬£7… brand new with original tags, amazing deal.

Asian weddings are bold, bright and colourful. I love my bright & bling Asian outfits & sarees but lately have been experimenting with more muted colours and traditional saree styles.

If I’m not wearing a bold colour, I’ll play with a bold print instead. My favourite saree right now is this woven cotton saree with the zigzag pattern.

These types of sarees are tricky to wear, and flare out a lot due to the stiffness of the material. They are not particularly flattering on rounder body types like mine. That said, it doesn’t mean that you can’t wear them. You just need a bit of smart prep beforehand.

I loosely tried the saree on to measure up where the folds would fall. This allowed me to pre-pleat the folds at the front of the saree (cussi), and the folds over the shoulder (pallu).

Once pleated, I used my magnetic clips to hold them in place as I ironed the pleats in, to make them really crisp and flat.

These magnetic pins came as a set with the Saree Saheli pleat tool.

To be fair, the pleat tool is a bit fiddly and doesn’t help me much, as I’m used to hand-pleating, but the magnetic clips are awesome. If you can’t find magnetic clips like these, try some magnetic hijab pins instead.

I was able to place hidden safety pins in the folds to keep them in place all day. This prep took around 10-15 minutes, but I saved a lot of time when actually putting the saree on later without having to seek help to even out the pleats.

The finished look

So here’s the finished look. It kept nicely in place all day, and was surprisingly easy to wear. The only thing I’d tweak next time would be to keep the pleats on the pallu smaller (on the shoulder), and there is a little pin cinch above my knee that is really bugging me now, but putting that aside, I loved how this saree looked and it felt so comfortable for the whole day.

This was just a few quick tips on how I handled a tricky voluminous stiff material. If you’re interested in seeing a few saree wearing tutorials¬† using different materials, then let me know on the socials and I’ll get some recorded over the next few weeks.

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