Mid-thigh Sarees - A peek into futuristic n bizarre fashion!
The mid-thigh saree is a quirky,bizarre high fashion take on the demure, elegant saree, and is surprisingly wearable by all and sundry despite the natural fears caused by the term “mid-thigh”. This saree is actually versatile, and one does not need to reveal a lot of skin while wearing it. On the other hand though, for those who do wish to show off their tone abdominal and thigh muscles, this is the perfect ethnic fusion garment for them. Presented by designer Tarun Tahiliani at a recently held fashion event, the pre-draped saree with its signature elaborately embroidered gilet was worn over a pair of dhoti or harem pants and was completed with a long pallu, which almost touched the floor. If one could imagine wearing a dress, which has an extended slit in front but has a full trail at the back, the mid-thigh saree would be an ethnic hybrid of that look. Another designer, Anupama Dayal has also presented her unique take on the mid-thigh saree. She has named her creation the “sarini”, which involves a mid-thigh length saree, which is worn over a pair of shorts and is completed with a short pallu, in contrast with Tahiliani’s floor-length pallu. The designs on the mid-thigh saree from Dayal are modern, and range from vintage prints to graphic monochrome patterns. For Tahiliani’s collection, he has opted for color blocking and neon prints. Of course for those who wish to custom-create their own mid-thigh sarees, it is possible to use just about any embellishment and fabric.
What is endearing about this potentially eyebrow raising garment is that you can wear it in both, traditional as well as ethnic avatars and look elegant. For those who want to try the mid-thigh saree in a traditional avatar without skin show, the handy corset is always there to protect your midsection from over exposure, while skin colored or other colored tights will prevent too much leg from being exposed. Paying attention to design elements in context with your blouse and what you choose to wear on your legs will help accentuate the existing pattern and embellishments on your saree. For example, you could try a halter neck or backless blouse in the event that you are comfortable with accentuating the back and neck area, and could complete the look with a pair of sheer leggings with your saree ending mid-thigh. You could also consider draping the long pallu around your shoulders or tucking it into the waist area for that added ethnic appeal.
Of all the dramatic re-inventions that the saree has undergone, what is clear about the outcome is that it will inspire even the most western fashion oriented ladies to put their best ethnic foot forward! As with all sarees, it is easy to acquire both, budget friendly as well as high fashion pieces, and you can customize it to a length, which suits you the best. Shorter ladies might benefit from an asymmetrical look while those who are taller and slimmer can try the runway look which will showcase their legs.