Tired of old Saree Drapes? Try 26 Modern Styles No one told you about

Have you noticed that the staple clothing of every lady in India, saree has now been reserved only for special occasion? If you are someone who has tucked the saree deep into your wardrobe then you must probably be bored of the same style of saree draping. But the timeless silhouette that personifies the feminine beauty of every woman has  evolved to a huge level and now has become an experimental clothing for every fashion designer and fashion conscious lady.


If you are someone who loves experimenting with new styles then you have come to the right place. Forget the draping of traditional saree and indulge in the fusion of western and Indian trends such as saree with palazzo pants, bikini top, sharara, pinafore, dhoti pants, palazzo, t-shirt, cover-ups and many more to stand tall in the crowd.

We show you how you can elevate the look of your existing saree in innovative ways and we bet you would fall in love with every single look.

26 new ways to dazzle up saree in modern style

1. Saree with belt
2. Saree with skirt
3. Saree with t-shirt
4. Saree with legging, jegging, jeans
5. Saree with crop top
6. Saree with angrakha
7. Saree with jacket/trench-coat
8. Saree with dhoti Salwar
9. Saree with pant
10. Saree with cape
11. Saree with bikini top
12. Saree in scarves style
13. Saree with cover-ups
14. Saree with pinafore
15. Saree with sharara
16. Saree with salwar suit
17. Saree with bustier top
18. Saree with palazzo
19. Saree with peplum top
20. Saree without skirt
21. Saree with corset
22. Drape saree with Jumpsuit
23. Saree with maxi dress
24. Saree pair with shirt
25. Saree with Dupatta
26. Saree wear with Shorts

1. Saree with Belt

nude-and-gold-floral-thread-embroidered-saree-with-metal-beltFlaunt your curves by styling your saree with a belt. Be it any body shape, a belt will enhance your curves and add an edgy look to your personality. You can style the belt at your waistline or mid waistline and show your charismatic look to the world.


2. Saree with Skirt

black-and-green-triple-layered-embroidered-saree-by-vikramHave an upcoming wedding function to attend? Then refurbish your mom’s saree into a flowy skirt and pair it with heavy work blouse and dupatta- we bet you will look fabulous for the wedding party. Don’t forget to wear ethnic jhumka, peep toe heels.

3. Saree with T-shirt

how to wear a sari with t shirt

You won’t believe when we say that you can show your androgynous side in a saree. Yes, dearie, instead of the traditional blouse, style the saree with your favorite t-shirt and bring a super casual look. Complete the look with a high ponytail, winged eye, and high heels.

4. Saree with Legging, Jegging or Jeans


Didn’t we tell you that you can team your saree with your pants? So why not style them with leggings? Take cues from Shilpa Shetty, who brings an ultra feminine yet modish look with saree, sheer blouse, jeggings and belt. You can skip the belt and style with jeggings and trust us you will look spectacular- try this look for evening parties or festivals.

5. Saree with Crop Top


Girls who can’t give up their western look can fashion their saree with a swanky crop top. This look will bring a chic Indo-western look and you can wear this for your cocktail parties, family gathering, and other merriments.

6. Saree with Angrakha

One lady who brings innovation with her outfits is Sonam Kapoor and she just shows us how to style saree for the winters. Accentuate your existing saree with Mughal inspired angrakha coat and voila, you will bring a glamorous look. You can even wear angrakha blouse that will add an oomph factor.

7. Saree with Jacket/Trench coat


Not a fan of angrakha then why not spice up your saree with a jacket or trench coat? This will bring a style statement look and is right for the winter weddings and parties. Make sure to flaunt your pallu by placing it outside the jacket. Chandelier earrings, a pair of stilettos will elevate the look.

8. Saree with Dhoti Salwar

If you still haven’t tried this look, then it is the time you do experiment with every lady’s favorite look. This style is comfortable, unique and definitely mind blowing. You can wear this look for sangeet functions, kitty parties and look par excellence.

9. Saree with Pant

mauve-embroidered-pre-draped-saree-with-navy-pants-and-blouse-byAll the leggy lasses, flaunt your slender legs in saree with straight fit pants that are sure to bring an Indowestern look. Match your saree and pants with quarter sleeve crop top and voila, you are set to be the limelight. Accessorize this urbane outfit with statement earrings, cocktail rings, strappy sandals and box clutch.

10. Saree with Cape

regalia-by-deepika-peach-satin-georgette-sequin-embroidered-sareeBring a regal look to your saree by styling it with an ultra feminine cape. Cape style blouses have become the IT thing and we suggest every bride to be to flaunt their queenly look with cape saree. Choose a detailed work blouse and pair it with sheer net cape- completely chic.

11. Saree with Bikini Top

mandira-bedi-pink-knit-lycra-printed-sareeGo bold and glamorous with saree and a bikini top, which you can wear definitely wear for the beach party, cocktail parties and dinner dates. Bikini top will take away attention from your flaws and showcase your sensuality effortlessly.

12. Saree in Scarves Style

Another way to style saree for the winters- wear a scarf around your neck. Scarves will accessorize your saree in an elegant way and we suggest you pick printed scarf with plain sarees. Tie it around your neck and make it look like a jewel, we bet you would be complimented for your look.

13. Saree with Cover-ups

red-plain-saree-with-white-single-horse-shoe-coverup-dress-byAdd a dash of glam and style with saree and coverups. They accentuate your curves and bring an urbanity. Break the monotony of the plain saree with a funky cover up and display your inner diva.

14. Saree with Pinafore

white-saree-with-chocolate-brown-pinafore-by-masabaOld school meets the new cool- fashion your saree with the pinafore. We know you might find us absurd, but if saree is hiding your curves, then it is time to flaunt it with a mesmerizing pinafore. The good thing is that this style will hide your flaws and show your edgy style to the world.

15. Saree with Sharara

Look, elegant queen, in the opulent saree and garara fusion. This melange is innovative, chic and definitely worth trying. Brides to be, we ask you to reserve this look for your sangeet and be assured to receive loads of compliments. Make sure you pick a sheer net or chiffon saree so that you can display your gharara effortlessly.

16. Saree with Salwar Suit

If you have tried dhoti pants and saree, then do try the fusion of the saree and salwar suit. You can take an old saree and make it the dupatta for your chic salwar suit, it will pep up the entire ensemble.

17. Saree with Bustier Top

orang-draped-dhoti-sari-with-red-embroidered-bustier-by-anaikkaDoll up yourself in a bustier top that will add an oomph factor to your saree. Also, it will look modish and shape up your bust line. Drape your saree in the Gujarati style and show your sensual bustier top. Low bun hairstyle, bling jewelry, high heels and embellished clutch is must have.

18. Saree with Palazzo

black-sari-with-embroidered-blouse-and-palazzo-pants-by-bhaavyaWant a new look with your saree, then why not style them with palazzo? Draping would be easy and you would look smart and super stylish. Style with a crop top or t-shirt and bring a complete western look to the existing traditional look.

19. Saree with Peplum Top

blue-drape-saree-with-peplum-blouse-by-kommal-soodGo creative with your traditional blouse and fashion them in peplum style. Peplum style blouse will exude feminine beauty and you can wear them for your high-end parties. Make sure your saree is draped into thin pleats so that you can flawlessly flaunt your peplum top. Wear long earrings, bling heels and you are good to go.

20. Saree without Skirt

purple-draped-saree-and-ivory-blouse-by-pernia-qureshiBring a contemporary look to your saree by ditching the in-skirt. Drape it in dhoti style without the leggings and flaunt your slender legs in the saree. Choose a contrasting blouse and bring an edgy look to your saree, a high bun, ethnic jewelry is must have.

21. Saree with Corset

off-white-sequins-weaved-sari-with-zari-embroidered-corsetIf you are in the mood to display your curves, then a saree with corset can be the apt choice. Corsets will show you a size less and flawlessly hide the flaws. Bring a style statement with embellished corset, off shoulder corset that is sure to enhance your elegant saree. A chignon bun, statement jewelry can bring liveliness to your ensemble.

22. Drape Saree with Jumpsuit

black-draped-jumpsuit-with-drape-sareeDo you want to bring an innovative look to your saree? Then wear it with jumpsuit- the entire ensemble would be hassle free and chic. Look for a cutout jumpsuit so that you can flaunt your curves and dazzle the regal saree with it, voila you are set to bring fire wherever you go.

23. Saree with Maxi Dress


If you are bored wearing the saree the same way, then shop online for the sassy saree maxi dress. Yes, it has the perfect balance of maxi and the saree and the best part is that maxi dress saree don’t have pleats, so you can walk without tripping. Moreover, you can accessorize your outfit with a belt and high heels.

24. Saree with Shirt


Bring a whole new look to your saree by pairing it with a shirt. No kidding, celebs have tried that look and they look fabulous. Go for collared neckline shirt and opt for color block style that will bring a refreshing look. You can wear this for brunch parties with your girls.

25. Saree with Dupatta

sonam-kapoor-60-gm-georgette-machine-work-pink-white-bollywoodWe love how Sonam made double draping the talk of the town and we definitely would want you to wear that for winter weddings, parties. Choose an embellished dupatta and style it around your neck or around your arms and you are good to go.

26. Saree with Shorts

saree-with-shortsDid you ever imagine wearing shorts with your saree? No right, but we would want you to try this look for the beach party or cocktail party. This look is voguish and for women who love experimenting with their looks. Wear denim or printed shorts, peep toe heels and your saree will look glamorous.

These were our top unique ways of draping the classic saree. You can mix and match any trend and look beautiful. Let us know if you have any more unique styles in your mind.

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