If you are not blessed with an hourglass figure, or if a saree makes you end up looking up a little too healthy, you could opt for the mermaid saree draping styles.
The mermaid saree styles has no pleats in front. This makes the front of the saree look of a skirt, thus flattening you a little. Besides, the pallu is worn in a diagonal manner and pinned so that you look slimmer, and better-proportioned. For this kind of drape, take a longer saree, since the style requires a good amount of fabric to be wrapped around you.
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Here are a couple of videos to help you.
A step by step guide to Saree Draping in mermaid style:
- As always, wear your high heels before you begin to drape your saree. This will ensure that the saree length is well-adjusted. Your saree slip or petticoat and blouse ought to match the saree you plan to wear. Make sure the blouse design enhances the appeal of the saree.
- Choose a light synthetic or silk blend, with a well-embellished border and pallu for the mermaid drape. A net saree with an embellished border could work well too. This will emphasize the beauty of this drape.
- Now tuck in the saree from your left like you usually do. Take it to your right, and then tuck pleats at the back or to the side. There are no pleats made in front for the mermaid style. Hence, the front portion has the look of a skirt.
- Drape the sarees around, bring it your right and pleat your pallu neatly so that it falls about four inches from the ground. Pin up the pallu to your blouse.
- Take the upper edge, and drape it around you to the right and pin it in front. While pinning, take care to see that it is pinned to your petticoat.
- You will end up with a beautiful silhouette, slim and curvaceous.
Only remember, you will not be able to walk too quickly in this style. So, your steps will need to be small and measured, exactly like a mermaid.
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Forward Open Mermaid Style: For the sake of convenience, and to facilitate easy movement, there is a variation wherein a few broad pleats are made and tucked towards the right. This, however, is a slight departure from the mermaid style. There is also another variation of the mermaid style, called the open mermaid saree draping. Here, we begin to tuck from the right, more towards the posterior.
The saree is then draped around the body, and brought to the right. A few broad pleats are tucked in here, and the saree is wrapped around to fall on the right side, in an open manner. This gives one a slimmer and sleeker look, akin to a mermaid.
Here is a Video for Saree Draping in Mermaid Style
Since the saree is wrapped twice around, it gives a slimmer look to a fuller figure.
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