Friday, November 7, 2014

Sarees look better with curves


One of the things I keep coming across in the Firangi Bahu community is "EEKS! My body is not saree ready!!! I don't like showing my stomach!" to which {insert eyeroll} I am continually flabbergasted. 

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Thoughts:

1) The great thing about the saree is it's versatility. You can choose how much to reveal. You can reveal your whole stomach, or nothing at all. I personally never reveal my stomach and love wearing the saree. There is no "one way" to wear the saree!

2) The saree looks better on curvy women. If you have to hide your body, why not drape it in 6 yards of colorful, embroidered gorgeousness? DUH!!! There are lots of fat Indian aunties who wear the saree and look fabulous.

3) The saree is ONE SIZE. Instead of going to a depressing department store to find a dress in your size, why not opt for a saree? It is something you will have for life and it will adjust to your body as your size changes through the years. I think it is a better investment to purchase a saree than it is a fitted dress.

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I have never been skinny. I have always had boobs and a bum. And now that I've had a child, I still look pregnant my tummy has been totally expanded and refuses to go down. And yet, I wear the saree and I feel my most confident when I have it on. I can't wait for the next chance to wear it. I personally think the way the saree is draped is incredibly flattering to a woman's body. In fact, I think it makes me look 10lbs thinner!

So ladies, your "bod" does not have to be "bikini ready" to look great in a saree! Take it from me! 
{pssst! It's all in your head! YOU LOOK GREAT!!!}


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  1. I too, am all about that bass, but I remember my treble days and try to think about how I could have looked awesome in a saree at 45 kg - my body image issues even back then made it so I couldn't wear swimsuits or short dresses in public - I thought I was too thin! Hmm... starched cotton, and tissue sarees, those are perfect for the skinny slim women with the chemical within 'em :) I have a tissue saree that makes me look like a house right now but hopefully I can lose some weight and wear it like it was the only thing I had in my closet! Until then, I have my buttery silks and barely-there georgette and they work like a charm. I, too, would rather wear a saree that I can adjust, fold, and drape to my advantage than a dress which has exactly one way of wearing it and that way is NOT flattering!

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    1. Yes, silks and georgette work best. I just love the comfort of a saree...plus, no spanx!

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  2. Alexandra! You are an awesome woman with awwwsome thoughts. I like you very much :)

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  3. I agree that saree looks better on curvey women. And it does make you look more slim. I gained on weights recently and I do see how slim I look when I wear Indian cloths (not just saree but salwar too).

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    1. Yes, both of them make people look slimmer. Now it is winter here and I can't wear my Indian clothes...I am dyinggggg....

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  4. You are absolutely right!! Although the saree is one size fits all, I think it looks better on curvy women... and sadly, I'm not one. The women in my family are all short and run slightly underweight until we have kids, and I haven't had one yet. My mom complains that I don't have a big enough butt to look grown up in a saree. Apparently, it's another "defect" from my dad's side :-P So right now, whenever I wear one, I'm just swallowed up in cloth and hoping no one comes up to me, thinking I'm just a kid playing grown up. You look gorgeous in a saree -- I know my mom would give you an approving head bobble and tell me I need to be more like you.

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  5. I agree with you completely. I love wearing one too and it is definitely for all size and shape. You look beautiful in one too :)

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  6. @Alexandra

    A crucial difference between western clothes and Indian clothes is that western dresses are figure hugging. Indian outfits like sari are a like wrap and usually they are so beautiful that draws attention of the onlooker from the wearer to the cloth. You hardly ever notice the figure of the women. In addition, the you can use bindi, bangles and other accessories to enhance the looks. Salwar suits are more like shirts and trousers but they are often gorgeous and have the same effect like the saris. Even average looking women end up looking gorgeous while gorgeous one like you look super gorgeous.

    Western clothes often present the person as they are. You have to additionally have waxed arms, legs and what not to look good. The body has to be good to look good in the clothes. In short the expose the shortcomings of the wearer. Sometimes, skirts and other other outfits look odd on grown up women, they look more like school children. It is as if clothes are meant to reduce your age. I hope I have not offended you, but I felt many a times that western women are either trying to be masculine or eternally trying to reduce their age with layers of makeup. On the flip side it means that they have the choice to wear what they like.

    In my days, Indian women hardly wore makeup. Only film heroines used makeup. The height of make up was dabbing talcum powder on your face to make it more fair which was most hilarious. Both film hero and heroines were made pink, with pink lips. That was our idea of making one look beautiful. You must have seen Shammi Kapoor and his heroines all pink.

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    1. That is true. I find Western clothes lack the versalitlity that Indian clothes such as the saree has. With the saree, you can choose how much to reveal with one cloth only. With Western clothes, they are all so straight cut that in case you want to cover up, you have to add layer upon layer and it is inconvenient and uncomfortable. And also I find Indian fabrics to be more beautiful and better quality - and it is all about displaying the fabric rather than the figure underneath.
      For overweight people, Western clothes can be very difficult. They have sizes but every person has a different body type, for example some women have big busts and small waists.
      I feel every other place needs to follow Indian fashion. They are ahead of the game and really understand people's bodies.
      Hahaha, my MIL used to do talcum powder, she looked like Casper!

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  7. Hi Alexandra,

    I just started reading your blog. How often do you wear your sarees? Do you wear them only for special occasions? I personally love sprees and salwar kameez. My in-laws are from India but they ask, "why would you want to wear sarees? It's such a hassle." So, I don't think they support it. If I did what I really wanted, I would wear them everyday outside of work.

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