Black sarees are a wardrobe staple for every woman
The black saree is a winner in all regards in context with being an ethnic garment that complements each and every body shape and silhouette. Regardless of whether you choose a crisp black cotton saree, a flowing georgette saree with shades of black and grey, or a zardozi-encrusted black saree for weddings and special occasions, be assured that you will stand out and exude an air of elegance and mystique. A classic black saree would make an ideal wardrobe staple for you, and you have a wide range of styles to choose from, ranging from plain black as worn by actress Sonakshi Sinha in the film, “Rowdy Rathore” to sheer net with a think fuchsia border as worn by actress Katrina Kaif in the song, “Teri Aur” from the film, “Singh Is King”, the options are endless. Contrary to popular opinion, black is not a morbid color, it is quite the opposite and is growing in popularity as the color of choice for every occasion, ranging from parties to religious occasions and even weddings, where it was earlier considered to be an inauspicious color. Modern times and changing fashion trends ensure that black is the most fashionable and flattering color to wear, and with a host of decorative embellishments and fabrics to choose from, you have the choice of customizing your black saree to suit your preferences. For daily wear and professional purposes such as business meetings, a black cotton saree with a minimalistic white or cream border will exude class and confidence while subtly adding the illusion of a slimmer frame. A long or mid-bicep black or white blouse with minimal jewellery will complete the look, and you have the option to wear ethnic or western footwear, very little footwear will be visbile in any case. For day events such as social gatherings and prayer meetings, it is a good idea to wear a black saree with ombre shades in georgette fabric; ombre indicates a wash of color which goes from light to dark so your black saree will have elements of white and grey in it. You could complete this look with some statement jewellery such as a choker or chandelier earrings. For evening events such as parties and weddings, you could take a cue from Bollywood actresses and their red carpet party looks. Actresses such as Priyanka Chopra and Aishwarya Rai are commonly spotted wearing sheer lace black sarees with halter neck blouses that showcase their slim frames. For those who are on the curvier side, consider swapping the halter blouse for a more flattering style such as a corset blouse. For ladies who wish to channel a more ethnic look with their black sarees, your best style inspiration would be actresses such as Rekha and Vidya Balan who enjoy their black Kanjeevarams sarees, and actress Konkona Sen Sharma who looks graceful in black handloom sarees. Overall, the humble black saree can be a woman’s best friend for any occasion. It is easy to wear and carry off, and simple to accessorize, much like its contrasting counterpart, the white saree, since both colors will show off any color or style of jewellery.