Category: Shilpa Bindlish

An MCA lecturer by profession and a lifestyle blogger by passion, Shilpa is self respecting and conscientious being with a zest for learning. She plans with creative foresight, dares to take calculated risks and seizes the moment. She loves writing for her well crafted lifestyle blog – Alive n Kicking that delves into beauty, health, fashion, food, shopping,
parenthood, relationships & everything else that is essential to make life complete.

February 5th, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Shilpa Bindlish

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The traditional saree drapping creates quite a sensuous look for most women. Just the name of a saree brings in the anticipation of something that can’t be ignored as an outfit. Even a non-glamourized look, if done with grace, never fails to impress the fashionistas.
There is nothing wrong in experimenting with your saree styles till you get it very right and are applauded for it. With this thought in consideration, this time I have created this casual saree look with a simple summer top as an alternative to its jazzy, blingly blouse.
Since its a half n half saree with floral prints all over and plain pallu with embroidered flowers and no fall attached to its bottom, I reversed the saree while draping to get the floral print on the top. That simply means I have tied the pallu on inner side. The rest of the drape goes just the usual on the waist line with few pleats and then accessing the open pallu from the back of my left shoulder coming to the front. The long flowing pallu is tied loosely on my right wrist so that a floral veil brightly decorates the plain top and looks gracious. :)

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January 15th, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Shilpa Bindlish

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For the women who are more into traditional style of draping a saree, the Desi Ghagra is an all-time favourite eye-catching pattern for festivals, weddings and other formal occasions.In attempt to give a usual saree the Ghagra look, I have kept in mind to tuck in less amount of fabric in the petticoat every time so that the saree touches the floor like a desi ghagra. Now, after you start with initial tucking of saree, do leave a gap of almost an inch,make a little pleat and tuck in. Repeat making these little pleats till you reach in the front creating a flared gathering of fabric. (A few front pleats will add up the volume if you want, else can be skipped).

Now make regular sized pleats of your pallu and bring it from the back showing up to your right shoulder. In the process, you will find a loose drape around your left hip which can either be tucked in or can be left loosened to give it more of traditional look (like I have done).

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January 12th, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Shilpa Bindlish

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Sarong is a sassy yet elegant way to dress up while chilling out at beaches or spending leisurely time holidaying at hot climate areas. I like sarong dresses because of its light weight, flowy material that makes you look effortlessly stylish.
To convert a saree into a sarong, I held the saree in a way so it lays horizontal to my body and folded it twice. Then taking the folded saree behind my back, I aligned the saree just below my shoulder blades. Now grabbing the two top corners that will come around the front of my body, I covered my bust line and criss-crossed the corners of the saree across my bust line. At the final step, I tied the corners behind my neck that resulted in a more modest saree drape style :)

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January 11th, 2016 by dare2drape

By: Shilpa Bindlish

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Wrap Around Skirts are quite popular among girls. My main reason of liking it is the convenience that it offers to fit on waist line. It can be a stylish drape for any kind of casual or semi-formal occasion. To utilize my saree in the Wrap Around Skirt patter, I have folded the saree twice lengthwise, making it four-folded to reduce wrapping effort around my waist. I dared to pair it with a black Spaghetti Top and then layered it up with a biker jacket to give myself cozy warmth. A statement necklace is the only accessory that I have used to complete the look.
In no time, I am ready to sport my comfy yet smart dressing.

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December 4th, 2015 by dare2drape

By: Shilpa Bindlish

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The bengali drape is one of the most elegant drape. So taking inspiration from this style, I began with neatly tucking the saree on my right side without showing any tight stretches and taking a full round around the waist. Unlike pleatless style of original Bengali drape, I made few pleats to compensate my slim waistline to look fuller. Now, use the shorter hem of the pallu to make the pallu pleats and flip the pallu over the left shoulder. To give it an authentic touch, pick a corner of your pallu from under your right arm and place it on the right shoulder.

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