I’ve been married for almost a year and a half now. And this is what happens every time I open my cupboard to choose a sari to wear to a wedding -
I browse through all the saris I own, and reject 90% of them because “it’s chamki” “too plain” “already worn it to the last 6 weddings” or “everyone’s going to be wearing this”.
Sometimes, when I’ve attended too many weddings in a row, I reject ALL the saris in my cupboard, because it gets seriously repetitive – the same style, the same embroidery, the same fabrics. Now I’m not the kind of person who likes to make serious fashion statements at a wedding, so I usually stick to very “typical” kind of saris. The most I do is
play with my love for subtle styles – and I’ll pair a plain sari with a really contrasting shade blouse, and big earrings. Which, if you’ve attended enough weddings, you’ll realise is nothing new.
But occasionally, when I’m really sick of all the typical Indian saris, I wish I had something really fresh and bold. To wear a sari that’s seriously different. Unique. On those rare days when I do want to stand out in a crowd.
Come on, we all have those days. Sparingly, agreed. But we all have them.
And I realise, that I don’t own even a single sari for such a day.
I know, I know. You’ll say “designer wear is what you need, Shinjini!”
To which all I have to say is “I don’t have the budget. Below INR 20,000 please.”
Well, there is ONE designer who is the answer to my stand-out-in-a-crowd-sari prayers.
Unique styles? Check. Under 20,000? Check.
When I first saw Masaba’s saris, I remember thinking – cool prints, but I’d never have any place to wear it to.
Until now. Once you’ve worn enough typical Indian wear to wedding after wedding, you’ll also reach this stage. Unless you haven’t already. And once you have, Masaba is going to be your go-to designer.
Here’s a guide to wearing Masaba saris:
1. As a wedding guest
Wear it to your friend’s Mehendi, Sangeet or Engagement. It’s perfect if you don’t want to be lost in a sea of sameness. Her prints make you stand out of the crowd, and the pretty shades are a breath of fresh air – especially now that Summer’s almost here!
I also like some of the sky blue saris from her collection, that you can wear to a daytime function.
It’s just fresh. Refreshing. Bold. Unconventional. Pretty. And cool.
2. To a dinner party
As a newlywed, you have the perfect excuse to stand out in a crowd.
Girls are wearing Masaba saris to their farewells these days! But that’s not the only place where a Masaba sari belongs. You CAN be 22+, married, and still make a fashion statement :) I’d love to add one of these to my sari collection. I don’t own even a single one…yet. My absolute favourite is the first one – the green sari Sonam Kapoor has worn with a cow print blouse. And it’s for INR 15,000 (as most of the above saris are), so I might just get that one for a special occasion!
If you’re getting married soon, definitely add a Masaba sari to your trousseau. You’re going to reign as the newlywed-fashion-queen if you do! Trust me, you’re going to get tired of your Nalli silks and kundan nets, and on the day you’re feeling seriously fashionable, put this on and the quirky prints are bound to get you noticed. You can thank me for the tip later :p