Durga Puja is synonymous with lal paar sada saree (white saree with red border). While the traditional Bengali way of draping this saree is the best, influencers, fashionistas and stylists are mixing and matching the red & white saree with crop tops and unconventional accessories to add a fresh spin to the traditional look. For those looking to experiment with their laal paar sada saree look, here are 5 ways to style the saree to get a different look each time.
5 Ways To Style Bengal’s Lal Paar Sada Saree This Pujo
Ruffle Sleeve Blouse, Long Necklace, Open Hair
Ditch the regular 3/4th sleeve blouse and opt for a layered bell-sleeved top. Pick a red, off-white or dull gold colour to match with the saree. Drape the saree in ‘athpurey’ (box pleats in the front and pallu draped over both shoulders from the back) style to further enhance the look of this top from Aara Creations. We picked this Pearl & Tassel Kundan Necklace from Ruby Raang to complement the look. Wear a big red round bindi and don’t forget to wear a kamar chabhi (bunch of keys or charms) on your waist for a royal look. Keep your hair loose with middle parting.
Sleeveless Chequered Top, Chand Balis, Loose Ponytail
Comfortably chic is the look I will always opt for when in doubt. The garad lal paar saree is a difficult drape so you may want to pick a sleeveless top for a comfortable and effortless look. We found this pure cotton sleeveless chequered top from Lazy Lemons Studio that will go so well with the saree. Accessorise it with these pearl embellished chandbalis from Woonie. To notch up the comfort factor, tie your hair in a loose ponytail and you’re sorted.
Off Shoulder Top, Red Jhumkas, Hair Bun
The easiest way to change the look of a saree is to change the blouse. You have plenty of options ranging from off-shoulder to full sleeves, puffed sleeves to no sleeves! Don’t even get us started on the cold shoulders, backless, and halter neck varieties. For a more glam look, try pairing your red & white saree with an off shoulder top like this one from Shades Of You. We think this pair of red jhumkas from Swapn By Aanchal will go best with this look. Put your hair up in a bun, and keep it in place with a fancy brooch.
Boxy Shirt Blouse, Red Kolhapuris, Short Hair
Millennials are going to love this! This look is fun and unconventional. Ditch the blouse and opt for a boxy shirt crop top. We spotted a paisley printed one from Kaala Teeka and instantly fell in love with it! To add some spunk, you can wear sneakers or brogues with your sarees. Check out The Saree Sneakers. Kolhapuris are a great option too! This red tassel & braid pair from The Shoe Tales is a perfect pick. Don’t forget to have fun with your hairstyle, wear it short, or better still, colour it.
Embroidered Waist Belt, Kundan Nath, Bold Eyes
Take a little bit of everything to create a fusion look that works best for you. Opt for a drape and blouse of your choice and accessorise it with a waist belt. Modarta has this stone embroidered waist belt that will really amp up a basic lal paar sada saree look. Not in a mood for a lot of jewellery? Just a nath is enough to make you look ethereal. This Gold Kundan Nath from Ruby Raang is super pretty! Just make sure you define your eyes well with kohl, and you are all set with a bold & beautiful fusion look.