All frills and flounce

Amrita Prasad
Sunday, 17 February 2019

Here’s a lowdown on how to incorporate ruffles in your Indian look

Two years ago, ruffles and frills were making a huge statement at red carpets and parties and on ramps. Celebrities at Oscars, or Met Gala and even Indian award shows, were spotted flaunting ruffles in their gowns and dresses, resulting in the trend becoming the ‘in thing’ in Western and fusion wear. If you are looking to incorporate ruffles in Indian wear, then look no forward than your six yards. This is the perfect time to add drama to your saree. Dramatic, playful, and zestful, ruffles add more fun and flounce to sarees. 
Designer Mithi Kalra, feels that spring is the perfect season to flaunt this trend. “Teaming spaghetti tops with ruffled sarees results in an extremely chic and modern look. Today’s women are in love with the trend because it is comfortable to carry. And moreover, these are pre-designed sarees so that makes them all the more comfy and hassle-free. They also define class,” she adds.
However, wearing ruffled sarees can sometimes get tad overwhelming and so you need to draw the line between frilly and silly. Says Deepika Arora, a stylist from Bengaluru, “The best way to wear it, is to stick to one colour from head-to-toe and have ruffles only on your pallus and the hemline. To add more grunge and funk, you can wear a belt on it. If you are someone who wants more drama in your look and wish to make a statement, you can go bold with layers in ruffles in contrast colours.” 

One of the best things about sarees with ruffles is that they are very versatile and look good with any kind of fabric. However, Arora says that ruffles go best on flimsy fabrics. “You can decide on the size of the ruffles you want to go with. Keep it small or massive, the ruffles can be gracefully flaunted at almost every age and occasion,” she suggests. 
Kalra feels that keeping the colour palette light is the key. “When it comes to ruffled sarees, lighter shades like baby pink, white, sea blue and yellows look best. However, you must  choose the colour and pattern according to your body type. If you are pear shaped, then choose high waisted ruffle saree. In case you are on the heavier side, then choose darker shades. If you are someone with an hourglass figure, then wear low waist saree and flaunt your curves,” says Kalra who adds that spaghetti and deep cut blouses look best with these sarees. 

When asked about the makeup, she says, “Choose nude makeup and keep it minimal. A classy watch and a clutch bag is enough to make heads turn.” 
Ruffled sarees are available in different colours and prints, so if you are someone who loves solid colours go for your favourite shade. In spring and summer, wear prints in fresh hues. 

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