Bollywood has one thing going for it: the fashion. Being the trendsetters that they’ve always been, the film and the fashion industry have always been in a romantic relationship with each other. Their love children are some of the quirkiest designs that only our Bollywood faves can pull off. Since we ourselves are boarding the experimentation train, we thought a safe space to start would be saree blouses.
Today, the blouse has become an iconic piece of clothing. It has revolutionised not only the saree but, in some ways, the modern Indian women. Sheer panelling, plunging necklines, and ruffled sleeves have become synonymous with our millennial quirkiness. Since the wedding season is almost upon us, we have been obsessively looking to upcycle our mom’s old georgette sarees, and what better way to do that than add a Bollywood-inspired blouse design? Sure, we might not get that designer finish but at least we’ll be walking into that shaadi proud of our effort to look like our fave celeb.
Here are some quirky designs that caught our eye and, boy, are we excited to show them to our tailor bhaiya!
1. The collared shirt style
This design by Aapro is for every boss lady out there. The silhouette has the sharp edginess of a collar, while also baring a hint of skin with the cut-out section right next to it. It does not stop at the conventional hem length and extends further, giving us women who feel self-conscious about our waistlines something to play with while continuing to be stylish!
2. The rounded full-sleeved number
Radhika Apte looks fresh in this Tamanna Punjabi Kapoor saree set. The blouse, worked with mirrors, is short and sweet. There are no frills about it. The front closure concept makes for a feminine and flirty vibe.
3. The crop top style
This blouse by Aisha Roo is the right shade of pastel in trend right now. The style is very crop top-like. The neckline is sweet and safe, while the ruffles add a layer of drama to the piece. Since her saree also features some statement prints, the monotone of the blouse perfectly eases out the chaos. Go for this design when your saree has block prints for a clutter-free look.
4. The sexy choli
Priyanka Chopra always picks the right blouses. This one is from the icon himself, Sabyasachi. The blouse in itself is quite basic in its design, however, it is the finishing that matters. The neckline extends all the way till the end of the cleavage and the back has just a panel hook. It’s clean, slightly retro, and completely revolutionary when worn with a sheer saree, as PC did here.
5. The multicoloured go-to
We all have a number of plain sarees which need some pumping up with a blouse. This design by Raw Mango makes for an easy solution. The colour palette of the blouse ensures that you can add metallics accessories to the look, as Sanya Malhotra does here.
6. The revenge blouse
This design is especially reserved for going to your ex’s wedding. The metallic, bustier-style blouse is a Manish Malhotra specialty. For a design like this, the fit is very important because it cannot be worn with a bra. This is the ultimate sexy siren look that you can try to aim for in a saree.