Elegance has a story of its own and luckily for us, the traditional nine-yard has been reinvented time and again by some maverick Indian designers. The western ensembles may have their charm but what sets the Indian weave apart is its strong visual statement along with a diverse and dramatic omnipresence. Playing apt muses to these designers, the sari undergoes a reinterpretation every season and draws us into the fold. This time, we cannot stop crushing on the belted sari that’s ruling the roost, making a foray into the celeb wardrobes from the runways. The sari-fever seems to have gripped the tinsel town as a bevvy of beauties chose to skip their western outfits and flaunt saris with an enviable well-toned body and aplomb! Sashaying this contemporary take on the sari, the cinched waist look included Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut, Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sridevi, Karisma Kapoor, Sridevi, Kajol, Shilpa Shetty, Amruta Khanvilkar and Kajol.
We believe that the ethereal Indian nine-yard drape is a sentiment to reckon with and the amazing aura and brouhaha surrounding the cinched waist look is apt for all age groups. Apart from giving the most basic sari look crispness, even a festive sari gets a sexy update. The idea of belting in the drape department isn’t new. Traditionally, a waist accessory, known as “kamarband” was worn with saris in Bengali and Maharashtrian style. Pushing the sari envelope to the hilt and here’s a curated lookbook of the famed cinched sari look immortalized for mere mortals to emulate.
Belted Sari Muse - Deepika Padukone
The diva accepted an award from the Italian Consulate and flaunted her love for feted designer Sabyasachi for the umpteenth time; this time with a striped red sari teamed with a black full-sleeve blouse and a white tiger crest belt, all from Sabyasachi. The blouse featured shimmery details at the cuffs. A crisp hairdo, courtesy hairstylist Nisha Gulati and a subtle makeup of defined eyes and bright lips, courtesy makeup artist Anil rounded out her look. A simple yet chic look, Deepika Padukone aced the easy does it game impeccably. She was styled by Shaleena Nathani. (Also Read: Deepika Padukone steps out to catch a flight, nails the cool girl athleisure look like a pro!)
Belted Sari Muse - Kangana Ranaut
Gracing the News18 Rising India Summit in Delhi, Kangana wore a Sabyasachi sari from his Spring Summer 2018 collection teamed with a mandarin collared blouse. Large pearl lined studs were her only accessories of choice. Milkmaid braids, courtesy Divya Naik and a minimal makeup of delicately lined eyes, nude lips, blushed cheeks, courtesy Lovleen Ramchandani topped off her look. She was styled by Ami Patel and Sanjay Kumar Dauhaliya. Doing print on print through the vibrant blouse and saree, Kangana added a crisp vibe to the elegant drape with the season’s flavour – a cinched waist. (Also Read: Happy Birthday, Kangana Ranaut! An ode to your unabashed but fabulous style moments!)
Belted Sari Muse - Kareena Kapoor Khan
Turning showstopper for the feted Indian designer Anamika Khanna at the Lakme Fashion Week Summer Resort 2018, Kareena donned a black sari with a sleeveless blouse and a ruffled pallu that was cleverly draped. An oversized leather belt was a stunning addition to the look. Ornate statement earrings, subtle makeup and sleek hair rounded out her look. (Also Read: Chic in black or Elegant in ethnic? For Kareena Kapoor Khan, glamour never takes a day off!)
Belted Sari Muse - Karisma Kapoor
Styled by Eshaa Amiin, Karisma attended an event on account of International Women’s Day draped in a quirky white saree with black and colourful motifs from Anamika Khanna replete with a longline cape. Black studs, a sleek braid with dark eyes and pink lips rounded out her look. An out-of-the-box look, we absolutely heart the saree, drape along with the overall monotone and minimalistic vibe.
Belted Sari Muse - Jacqueline Fernandez
For an event, Jacqueline who was styled by Lakshmi Lehr of Style Cell flaunted a colour tonic linen striped sari from Anavila M with a beige grid printed blouse. The quirky drape was held together by a sleek brown belt. Statement earrings, blushed cheeks, pink lips and a half-updo with side bangs topped off her summer-perfect look.
Belted Sari Muse - Kajol
For the Lokmat Most Stylish Awards, Kajol was styled by Mohit Rai and wore a rust coloured bandhani sari with a metallic applique jacket, both by Abraham & Thakore. A slick hairdo, bold makeup and a sleek metallic belt held the look together.
Belted Sari Muse - Shilpa Shetty
For her stint on the Super Dancer Season 2, Shilpa Shetty who was styled by Sanjana Batra, Shilpa flaunted a camouflage printed sari with a corset leather blouse featuring a belt overlay. Golden metallic strappy sandals, statement ring from Outhouse Jewellery and a subtle makeup with loose waves topped off her sexy, slick look. (Also Read: Weekly Celeb Splurges: Kareena Kapoor Khan, Anushka Sharma, Diljit Dosanjh and their jaw-dropping luxe ensembles!)
Belted Sari Muse - Amruta Khanvilkar
Styled by Neha Chaudhary, Amruta flaunted her sexy back with a deep blue belted sari from Kalki. A top bun, subtle makeup and a blouse with a deep plunge topped off her look.
Belted Sari Muse - Ira Dubey
At the Economic Times Woman’s Forum, Ira who was styled by the duo, Pranay Jaitly and Shounak Amonkar flaunted a black and white striped sari from Archana & Puneeth with a roped black belt. Statement earrings, minimal makeup and a sleek hairstyle topped off her look.
Reigniting our sari love with the ample show of a toned waist, it’s time to belt up and slay! So which of these cinched sari looks intrigued you the most? Do let us know in the comments section. Stay tuned to Bollywood Hungama Fashion for more such wardrobe inspirations, straight from the celeb style diaries!