Ethnic Style Inspiration: The Saree, Updated with Belts and Brooches

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Style inspiration can come from anywhere!

South Asia (which comprises of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka) offers a wealth of beauty in clothing with vibrant colors, intricate stitching and embellishments, and accessories that include some of the world's most beautiful jewelry.

One of the most recognized garments in the world, the sari, comes from South Asia. The sari is an unstitched piece of cloth measuring about 45" wide and 7 yards long. With the earliest saris found in sculptures dating back to 100 B.C., it is one of the oldest types of clothing still worn today.

Although the sari's basic components haven't changed much through the centuries, we've seen updated styles on how it's worn. These trends include a variety of blouses it's paired with - spaghetti strap, strapless bandeau, halter, 3/4 sleeve - as well as popular colors, patterns, and embellishments.

I love how elegant saris look - and I know many people who would agree :) The way it hides one shoulder mysteriously while exposing the other gives a chic look that, paired with its long silhouette, gives a statuesque feel.

It looks like J.Lo thinks so too! She wore a sari-inspired vintage Valentino to the Oscars a few years ago:

A fresh take on the sari pairs it with brooches and belts to give it a modern look:

The arm band is a nice touch, too.

What do you think of these looks?

Saris shown here by Indian designer Tarun Tahiliani

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