I have been wearing saris since I was sixteen. Growing up in Pakistan, it was a common sight to see saris on women. My maternal grandmother and all her sisters wore this piece of long fabric in their daily life, work, and special occasions. It’s quite common for people to be familiar with this outfit, but for those who have escaped the globalization of the fashion world in the last ten years, you can learn from this post.
A sari is a long (around 5-6 yards) of fabric. Women can wrap it around their bodies in different ways and wear a complimenting blouse with it. The fabrics can come in an assortment of colors, designs, and quality.
I wore my first sari as a Halloween costume. I was sixteen and there was a party at my mom’s workplace. I didn’t want to spend money on the costume, but I still I wanted to dress up so I chose to be an Indian. I still remember that sari. It was coral/peach color with black bead work. It wasn’t too expensive so my mom wasn’t too upset about me wearing it. Anyways, it was quite a fun experience and I remember getting a lot of compliments. I think that was the first time I felt like a young lady.
Some decades down the line, I am still in love with saris. Culturally, women wore sari only after they got married, but now many young, unmarried girls don saris in weddings and parties as a fashion statement. The last time sari I wore was a Tena Durrani sari at my brother’s wedding reception (Valima). I actually haven’t worn saris that many times. I think I have worn them a total of 7 times in my lifetime (1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2012, 2013, 2016) Most of my the saris I have are unworn and reserved for my dowry. Fun!
Anyways, I was thinking how can I help my readers build a collection of saris that are trendy and timeless so I decided to write a post on the top designers that offer a variety of saris for your trousseau.
1. Sabyasachi: When you first hear the word sari you think of India and no other Indian designer designs saris like Sabyasachi Mukherjee. I know many people would agree with me and others who won’t, but my favorite sari of his is the half-n-half velvet/tulle sari. I first laid eyes on it when my sister showed me a picture of Sridevi wearing it. It was stunning. So if you need to have a winter sari in your collection, then this is probably your best bet. The workmanship is quite beautiful as both the tulle part and velvet part has embroidery on it. All you would need to add is a cute clutch and nice hair/makeup.
Feeha Jamshed: is a Pakistani designer who is very cutting-edge and youth-friendly. She is a selection of digitally printed silk saris that are to die for. I own two from her collection and paired them with stunning worked blouses. The prints are very unique and untraditional, that’s why young girls can wear them at less formal occasions such as bridal showers or birthday parties. If you are a distant guest, then you can get away with wearing them in a wedding. She plays with different color schemes and embroidery designs. For less formal occasions, a girl needs to look no further than Feeha Jamshed.
Faraz Manan: is a couture label based in Lahore. He is arguably the biggest fashion label in Pakistan with both international and national clientele. If you want to know how big he is, you should know he has dressed Kareena Kapoor and Nawaz Sharif’s daughter at a wedding. Anyways, now about his work. His craftsmenship is very distinct and intricate. You can spot a Faraz Manan outfit anywhere. He usually works with lighter colors, but I have seen him use rich colors in his bridals. So why do you need a Faraz Manan sari? A Faraz Manan sari is going to cost you about $10,000+ so invest in it if you plan to be different and want to wear a sari at your wedding. His saris and other outfits are so heavy that you probably don’t need to wear a lot of jewelry. Once you invest in a Faraz Manan sari, which is timeless, you can wear it at your family’s wedding parties as well. You can probably find cheaper selection elsewhere, but if you are all about labels, then don’t ignore this one.
Studio S: is a personal favorite of mine. Seher Tareen is an Art Minor who incorporates art in her designs, particularly her saris. A personal favorite of mine is her green and cream Degas sari. You can wear it with pants or get it stitched like a traditional sari. What is different about Studio S. saris are their 3D embellishments. Besides embroidery, which is common, she plays with satin lace-ups, tassels, and other creative 3 dimensional embellishments. And the homage she pays to each artist, such as Degas is quite stunning as well. If you like art and want to have something different in your collection, then do look into Studio S.
Another sari that is a must-have in your sari collection is a French lace sari. I can’t think of a particular designer in Pakistan or India, but this simple, yet elegant fabric can be the highlight of any party. Pair it with a stylish worked or un-worked blouse and you are good to go.
Hope this post gives you some ideas. Happy shopping!