While we oohed and aahed at many a celebrity at the Sangeet ceremony of Ahana Deol and Vaibhav Vohra on the eve of their wedding in Mumbai, India on February 1, 2014, we had to admit that the elaborate outfits were not within the scope of us normal gals – either for financial reasons or because we’ll never have an occasion to go that glamorous. But Bollywood actress Sonia Mehra gave us something to gush over as well as practically implement into our own looks.
Sonia Mehra Shows us How to Sport Gujarati Sari with Minimal Jewellery
She wore a low-key but elegant sari. The nine yards was sheer white with pink, neon yellow and orange flower patters. It was complemented by an orange border embellished with silver sequins.
Sonia Mehra 2014
She paired the sari with an orange blouse that had neon yellow on the cap sleeves which were further accentuated with floral patterns in sequins. The back of the blouse was even more interesting than the front. It boasted tie-up detailing along the shoulders and the base was once again embellished with the same silver sequins as the border of the sari.
Although the sari is chic and modern, what was interesting was that she wore it in the Gujarati style i.e. draping the pallu from back to front rather than front to back. She went on to make the look her own by taking that pallu all the way to the back again and pinning the end on the opposite shoulder.
How to wear Gujarati Sari with Minimal Jewellery
It made for a unique variation on the sari-draping style and we were impressed by how the simple change affected the look so dramatically. It’s definitely something we’ll be trying the next time we have to sport a sari. It keeps the pallu out of the way, gives you a little more coverage if you need it around the waist (just drape the pallu a little closer to the body) and it makes you stand out since a majority of women wear saris in the regular way.
Now, rather than jazz the look up with bling as is the norm for any ensemble worn at a wedding, Sonia smartly wore just a couple of finger rings and one minimalistic but striking head piece. It made its way down her center parting and along the edges of her crown just above the forehead, disappearing into the layers of her side-swept ponytail. A pair of small matching earrings gave the head accessory company. She rounded off the accessories with a large, baggy gold clutch.
How to Sport Gujarati Sari with Minimal Jewellery
It’s traditional to wear a lot of jewellery with a sari and most of us will stick to the usual earrings, necklace and bangles. But why not try something different with a head piece next time? It’s just as traditional and it’s fun to wear. Not to mention that you’ll definitely be standing apart from the crowd since most people don’t have the courage to experiment.
We love this whole look. It has understated elegance, a timeless appeal, individuality and a fun factor too. It makes you feel dressed up but not too dressy. Thank you for the style inspiration, Sonia!