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Sonam Kapoor to Aishwarya Rai Bachchan: Decoding these celebrities’ sari style

Old school glam to boho chic, there's something for everyone

By Hasina Khatib  June 12th, 2017

The sari has occupied the better portion of Indian history, but if you think you’ve seen everything, you’d best grab a seat and make yourself comfortable. This could take a while. Begin your education with a peek into Sonam Kapoor’s quirky sari wardrobe; mind you, don’t step on her frayed denim hems and pre-draped pallus.

Then, grab a pair of sunnies and take notes on how to do bling right from beauty queen Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. If you’d like to unleash your inner glamazon, Deepika’s va-va-voom sari selection is at your service. Or you could always grab a breather in Kiran Rao’s organic picks.  

No matter what your personal sari style is, these ladies are here to help you navigate through the maze and come out with a timeless winner.

Sari style: Sonam, Deepika and more

Need more proof? Sonam inched up her Cannes cred this year with a holographic pick from NorBlack Nor White. (Get to know the label here.)

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

When you’re a reigning beauty queen, and part of the most powerful Bollywood family to boot, certain indulgences are allowed. Aishwarya likes her saris glitzy, with an extra helping of unadulterated bling on the side. You won’t find her straying too far away from the Manish Malhotra stable, although she does make regular exceptions for Sabyasachi and Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. 

Sonam Kapoor

You can always count on good ol’ Sonam to study the rulebook intently and then chuck it out the window. Her taste in saris can best be described as experimental; if there’s a new trend that’s looming in the wings, you can bet that she will cut through the clutter to get to it. From Masaba Gupta’s kitschy denim sari to Rimzim Dadu’s sculpted number, there’s nothing she won’t do to reinvent those six yards. Sari paired with culottes, anyone?

Deepika Padukone

Deepika believes in flaunting what her mama gave her; a habit that comes in handy given her penchant for handkerchief-sized blouses. The actor makes the most of her towering figure and impeccable abs with slinky creations; the sexier, the better. 

Kiran Rao

Kiran’s taste in saris is a seamless extension of her personality: muted, earthy with a thread of refined elegance running through. The moviemaker’s eco-conscious wardrobe is dotted with organic picks from Péro, Anavila and Raw Mango, all draped simply with minimal accessorising.

Kangana Ranaut

There’s a certain old world charm to Kangana Ranaut’s sari outings. Her armour consists of conservative blouses paired with stiff drapes; her eclectic choice in labels, however, means that you’ll see her rocking an embellished Sabyasachi number one day, and a Fabindia sari with brogues at the airport the very next.  

10 designer saris your wardrobe definitely needs

Test-drive these celebrities’ style with our pick of the most exquisite saris of this season.


It's not quite summer until Sabyasachi drops a lust-worthy collection on Instagram. If you've already stored away screenshots of this floral beauty, please know that you are in good company: Deepika Padukone has a soft spot for this bling-meets-delicate-floral creation too, as seen in a recent soap campaign that went viral.

Tarun Tahiliani

Soft mint hues and sheer blouses topped off with embroidered juttis: Tarun Tahiliani has your summer wedding wardrobe ready for you.

Manish Malhotra

No, your wedding wardrobe isn't complete until you have a little something from Manish Malhotra. The designer took to softer pastels for his summer 2017 collection, garnished with his signature bling.

Anavila Mishra

Or if you like your fashion to be functional, Anavila Misra has just what you need. The designer's Spring 2017 collection brilliantly juxtaposes earthy tones with dainty florals.

Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla

This fringed beauty from ace designer duo Abu Jani and Sandeep Khosla is just begging to be Boomerang-ed. Oh, and did we mention that Sonam Kapoor has already given it her stamp of approval?

Monisha Jaising

Designer Monisha Jaising knows exactly how to play opposites: The plain pallu perfectly balances out the bejewelled blouse, and makes the cut for daywear. 

Shyamal & Bhumika

There's something about Shyamal & Bhumika's floral concoctions that instantly make you think of breezy days under the sun.