The sheer factor

The sheer factor

Twist in tradition

The sheer factor

It is a well-accepted fact that a sari is one of the most elegant outfits one can find in a woman’s wardrobe.

It is something that suits everyone. And what is making this outfit a notch more glamorous is the new rage of sheer blouses with pastel coloured sarees.Though this trend is a comeback, this time the craze for it is a level higher, with better and new variations that even fashionistas are embracing.

Designer Sailesh Singhania says sheer blouses are working out great with young women. And teaming it with pastel coloured saris gives the much-needed charm. “It is soothing to the eyes and gives out a very modern look. And even though it has a contemporary touch, it is still connected to the Indian roots,” says Sailesh.

So how comfortable is the sheer blouse? “These blouses are very comfortable. It is similar to wearing a tube top or a crop top, so in a way, this helps women feel more at ease. The best part about this type of a blouse is that one can later team it with a skirt for a party,” he says.

The sheer fabric itself is an elegant piece, so only small detailing on it can enhance the look of the blouse. And with a sheer blouse, the important thing is that the fitting should be absolutely perfect. This trend is an upcoming one and people are yet to get used to it. However, Sailesh says that this trend will last at least for a year. And not just blouses, but saris in the sheer fabric are also becoming a favourite of many.

With popular Bollywood actors sporting one in almost every function, this trend has given an absolute twist to the traditional concept of this outfit. Designer Mayyur R Girotra says that sheer is universal in nature as it can be used in designing both western and Indian outfits. “The sheer material is an absolute delight to the eyes and can look good with any kind of sari — be it the ‘Kanjivaram’ or ‘Ikhat’ silk saris. It adds a twist, gives an edgy look and is fun to wear one. And sheer blouses look great on a fit body,” say Mayyur.

Most people sport a sheer look during cocktails, formal dinners, engagements or at a friend’s wedding. Lemon, peach, coral and ivory are some of the trending colours on sheer. On what is making it so popular, Mayyur says it is the look of it that is attracting a lot of attention. At the time when the Indian fashion industry is promoting saris at a global level and when a lot of youngsters are embracing saris, it is always good to add a twist to the traditional ways. And one of the best ways is to incorporate the sheer fabric. 

Designer Ritam Sengar of the label ‘Roora’ says that sheer blouses have been in fashion for quite some time and pastel sheer blouses bring a new element to the already popular trend. “Sheer blouses look sensuous and add a feminine charm to any outfit. Soft embroideries on them bring a beautiful touch and make the saree look even more graceful,” he says.

He points out that sheer blouses can be reinterpreted according to one's own comfort and style, and if one is not comfortable to go full sheer, one can always opt for sheer back or just sheer sleeves.

 “A sheer blouse can be imagined and done in many styles. From complete
sheer to just a sheer back or sleeves and from soft floral embroideries all over to the heavier boat necks and even sheer fabric attached to the in-trend off shoulder blouses — all work well,” says Ritam.

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