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Over the past year, I’ve met a lot of non-South Asian people who have seemingly always asked me the same question: can you wear a sari even if you are not Indian?
The answer, to paraphrase POTUS, is: YES YOU CAN!
At Sari Closet, the online sari rental service founded earlier this year, we get this question very often, typically in the context of an impending attendance to the South Asian wedding of a friend or partner.
However, many are daunted by what looks like an intricate and complicated garment. So to make wearing a sari seem less daunting, we wanted to give our non-South Asian friends some insights as to what they can expect when they wear a sari to their next South Asian wedding.
Here are actual questions that our experts – who we call “saristas”— have received from once-skeptical customers who are now sari enthusiasts.
Q. What will the other guests think of me wearing a sari?
A. They will be ecstatic. South Asians typically love sharing their culture with others, and appreciate when others make an effort to learn our culture.
Q. Will I offend anyone by wearing a sari?
A. No, there is no religious connotation to the sari or to the bindi on your forehead.
Q. How difficult is it to wear?
A. It’s far easier than it looks. On the Sari Closet YouTube channel, you’ll find a video on how to wear (we say “drape”) a sari. The interns went from never having worn a sari before to being an expert on an instructional video in less than an hour.
Q. Will it really change my experience at the wedding?
A. ABSOLUTELY! We hear this all the time from our non-South Asian friends. If you show up to the wedding or reception wearing a Western outfit, you are a spectator; if you are in a sari, suddenly you are a part of the lovely chaos.
We’ve heard stories of being thrust onto the dance floor by random “uncles”, getting asked to advise on how the dishes are being prepared by the kitchen, and even being set up with a “good Indian doctor” by your “aunties” — either way, an unforgettable experience!
Q. Do I need to have a certain body type to wear a sari?
A. ABSOLUTELY NOT! Because saris are essentially just one really long piece of fabric, they are one-sized fits all. Thus, any woman can look beautiful and elegant in a sari.
Q. Is there a specific color I should wear?
A. Not really. Generally, for a wedding or reception, I would avoid black as the dominant color. But other colors are fair game.
Generally speaking, the saristas recommend bold, dark colors for those with a fairer skin complexion, and bright, lighter colors for those with darker skin complexions.
Q. What types of saris would you advise a non-South Asian to wear?
A. If you are not South Asian, but appear in a sari at the wedding or reception, you will stand out—in a good way, as someone who is ready to dive feet-first into the event and culture. This means that no pattern or color is too bright or too loud.
So this should give you the confidence that you need to wear a sari. Of all of our non-South Asian friends who have worn saris to weddings, exactly none of them have said that they didn’t enjoy the experience. In short: go bold!”
Hello dolls! As many of you beautiful brides, bridesmaids, and mother-in-laws to be know looking your best on the big wedding day is very important. Most of all working with people that know how to create your dream look is even more important. From hair, make-up, mendhi, clothing to photography hire the professionals so they can take care of it and deliver beyond your expectations!
Some helpful hints…
When you are shopping around and looking for the right lengha, sari, salwar, or gown always tell the designer how you want to feel in it. It is very important for a bride to not only look her best, but most of all own the look she is trying to rock. So don’t just get what a celebrity is wearing, get something that suites your style, body, and personality. It will make a huge difference when we get to hair, make-up and photography!
In addition to that, you want to sit down with a seasoned hair, make-up & henna team that can help create the rockstar bridal look. Finding the right team to do this can be hard as there are a lot of hair and make-up artist out there, but you want someone that is going to listen to you and your needs instead of just giving you a look they think is right for you, but keep in mind their suggestions are usually right since they are the professionals. When you set-up your trial bring inspiration pictures of celeb looks or even friends who have recently gotten married whose look you have just adored as this will help explain your vision in more detail. A lot of brides know what they want but they don’t know how to explain it so it just helps put your vision into words and get a clear image for your glam squad.
Additionally hire the right photographer that can deliver the everlasting glamourous images. You want to work with a photographer that not only understands your vision, but who works well with your style team that can help make your look and images everlasting. To all the beautiful brides to be out there, don’t skip out on this step as it’s important to have the right team in place on your big day!