When the temperatures are soaring, you think of wearing only light clothes. Indian summers do call for sensible dressing, and choosing the right fabric and cut is very important. Whether you agree or not, sarees also make for good summer wear. Talking to a few fashion designers, we find out how one can take the saree game a notch higher this season by simply opting for good summer blouses and picking the right fabric.
Ayesha Munshi, fashion designer, influencer and writer at INIFD Deccan, says, “If one wants to wear saree, summer heat should not be a hindrance. And if you are wondering what fabrics to choose, pick cotton or cotton blends.” These fabrics are light and breathable, and feel good on the skin.
For evenings, you can choose chambray and rayon apart from cotton. Chambray is breathable and lightweight, which makes it a good choice for the season, and rayon, which has a sheen and is flowy, is also lightweight.
Kolkata-based designers Rishi & Soujit say that the six yard, which is mostly worn at traditional occasions, can be comfortable, fun and quirky too if styled right. Linen or organic cotton sarees are the best for summer. “And if you want to look formal, you can simply team up your saree with a khadi handwoven blouse,” says Rishi.
The regular sleeveless blouse in a light, breathable fabric is perfect for summer time. “But one can also opt for a nice sleeveless blouse with a collar or a scoop neck with detailing or even a halter neck with a modern cut like the choker neck halter blouse,” suggests Munshi adding that slight innovations can be adapted from womens wear garments and can be infused into designing a breathtaking blouse. “So no need to stress over what kind of blouse to wear to a wedding or even for a regular day at work,” she says.
When it comes to summer blouses, one needs to break free from the typical designs and opt for Western cuts and styles. “Loose fit shirts can be a very good option or one can also wear a vest or layer it up with a sheer organza ruffle or bishop sleeve blouse. You can do a lot of experiments with sleeves this season, be it balloon, bishop, ruffle. These sleeves are versatile and the best part is that these blouses are not limited to sarees only but can be worn as crop tops too,” says Soujit.
In the age of social media, Munshi says that unconventional dressing helps you stand out from the crowd and attract all the likes. So, why not be unconventional when choosing the saree blouse too?
“When we speak of saree blouses, my all-time favourites are peplum saree blouses and cape blouses. These two styles can be designed by making slight innovations in elements like the sleeve length or the cape length, the neckline, cut-outs etc,” says Munshi adding that the key to creating the perfect look is to have the right mix of old and new designs blending gracefully to accentuate a woman’s body so that ultimately you make heads turn for the right reasons!
Soujit is of the opinion that unconventional is always fun and adds a bit of drama to any outfit so why not the saree! Opting for a button down shirt style blouse or a structured shirt collar blouse with a twist of neck-bow detail will add a bit of boldness. “In case if it’s a summer party, go for a gathered bustier or a linen back zip bustier,” says he.
Think summer and the radiant sun, the flowers, the fresh colours and bright hues come to mind. “Well, that’s all you need to think of when you are thinking of saree prints too — think trendy, think chic, think vibrant, think quirky,” says Munshi adding that from animal prints to florals, and quotes to colour block prints — all types of unconventional and offbeat elements in prints work great for the summer.
Rishi is of the opinion that prints always rule in summer because they are easy, eye soothing and comfortable and yet catchy. “However, this season there will be a break from the monotonous prints. That said, florals are classic and will always be in fashion but one can also experiment with lots of stripes, geometric patterns, abstracts and majorly traditional saree weaves having a twist-in-the-tale fun prints including patola, jamdani, dabu print, ikkat and also a lovely blend of ikkat and patola. These will be trendy this summer with some bold colours and mostly in sheer fabrics like organza, kota and linen,” shares Rishi adding that there will also be a lot of print on print this season.