Fashion and styling is all about expressing your inner self, your persona and your identity. For some people, fashion and clothing is just about comfort and utility but for others, what they wear matters a lot. Nowadays, we are quite inspired by the Western culture and fashion trends. Celebrities and fashion bloggers are great solutions when you’re in a fix or require some serious dressing tips. However, many of our trendsetters and fashionistas haven’t forgotten the traditional Indian culture. Saris have remained a popular choice of clothing in traditional India and is continuing to top the fashion trends in the modern era. Fashionista Shweta Chitrode, editor-in-chief, Stylewhack, takes a step further as she explores the sari swag in Ladakh. She loves draping the sari and believes you look the most stylish and comfortable in at the same time when you are wearing one. Let us see how she unites the Maharashtrian and Ladakhi cultures on her trip to the foothills of Himalayas.
Sari comes in myriad varieties — from chiffon to silk and more. Apart from the choices in fabric, you get to select one with embroidery or sequins. Saris come in different sizes – 5 yard and 9 yard drapes. You’ll love the way these flowy drapes can change your look instantly. Matching jewellery and accessories are something you’ll definitely want to flaunt when wearing a sari.
The elegance and beauty of a traditional Nauvari sari has stood the test of time. Seductive, graceful, elegant, and timeless are some of the adjectives attached with a Nauvari sari. In fact, Bollywood divas have time and again flaunted this marvellous ethnic attire that’s pretty hard to resist.
Would you believe this traditional attire can be worn while on a travel to Leh-Ladakh too? Yes, you heard it right. Shweta recently, on a voyage to take Marathi culture to the north, wore a gorgeous collection of chiffon saris and Nauvaris. The green chiffon sari with kalamkari blouse was worn to the Nubra Valley and Diskit Monastery.
Nubra Valley is a tri-armed valley located to the northeast of Ladakh Valley. One can reach this valley by crossing Khardung La Pass (elevation 18,380 feet) which is highest motorable road in the world. Shweta wore her magnificent magenta Nauvari treat at Pangong Lake, situated at a height of 14,270 ft. The lake is 134 km long and extends from India to China. It was 4°C at the time Shweta wore her Maharashtrian Nauvari sari there. While at Changla Pass (elevation 17,586 ft), the second highest motorable road in the world, she changed into her stylish pink chiffon sari with silver blouse.
Wearing a sari may be a choice but making it a fashion statement is something that really matters. One can feel comfortable and classy in a sari with the temperature at -4 oC. This ethnic drive has set examples for many Indian fashion-seekers. We hope to see many more girls taking on the sari swag and beautify their appearance through this traditional Indian drape.