A girl always wears her first saree from her mother’s closet. Do you agree with me?
My first saree
I still remember as a kid how fascinated was I towards my mom’s sarees and used to drape them by just swirling around. It seems hilarious when I look back now!
Whenever my mom use to scold me for ruining her saree just like that, I used to warn her by saying “aur daanto-ek din aise hi chunna chunni odh ke chali jaungi aur tum rote reh jana” (one fine day I will get married to a guy, wearing these and then you will be left crying alone).
I never knew this was not funny and she used to get emotional whenever I said those words. I feel bad till date for making her cry by my stupid words. I did that unknowingly, I was jus 5 when this used to be my favourite dialogue.
Teenage saree advice
When I got a bit older and I had to go for an ethnic day in my high school, I picked a saree from my mom’s closet again and chose a lightweight chiffon saree.
As per my mom’s suggestion, I could not have carried a heavy silk saree as I was not habituated of those pleats and lengthy sarees.
Secondly, she said it will not look good in a day occasion. And then she gave me light weight jewellery as well to match my saree.
Since then my mother is my stylist for ethnic wear. Be it an ethnic day in college or office, a friend’s wedding or my own wedding I have always sought my mother’s help to find a perfect saree for those occasions.
There is not even single saree in my closet which I have grabbed without my mother’s consent.
Mom’s suggestions for a saree
- She always keeps a few plain blouses in red, black, silver and gold to match different sarees. (It helps me not to buy new blouse for each new saree and also when I don’t have time to get a blouse stitched, I can always mix and match)
- Always opt for a traditional or classic saree if you don’t wear sarees regularly. They never get outdated. In case, you still want to go for a trendy saree, try to buy them at a reasonable price (By the time you would want to reuse it, it gets outdated)
- More than style, look for the colour which suits you.
- Cotton, Georgette and Silk are the most comfortable fabrics.
- Yellow and red and the best colours for saree. This is why 90% of brides still wear these colours for their wedding.
- Even if you are not a jewellery and makeup person, you will never look like you have overdone it while wearing a saree.
- Underskirt(petticoat) plays a vital role. Always match it and wear a well-fitted one.
- Drape the saree that would go with your body type.
- Tucking is not enough. Pin it up, as much as is it required. Make sure you pin it securely and hide it.
- Wear your footwear before you drape the saree.
So these are few tips by my mom which I always keep in mind while buying sarees and dropping them.
My mom is my first stylist for ethnic wear and I wish she is always there for me. Knowingly or unknowingly all of us take advice from our mom’s and they are always helpful.
I know, it’s just not me who has these saree stories from my mom. Waiting eagerly for your and your mom’s stories in the comments section.
What I wore:
Saree from my Mom’s closet
Photos by: Candid Snaps