Getting dressed in the morning is an important ritual in any country.
Self presentation and expression is key to picking out the right outfit for the nature of the day’s tasks. For example, the above sari is perfect for a party with all of its sequins and pretty border.
Saris and salwar kameez are great for different occasions too, based on certain patterns, fabrics and decorations that evoke more dressy tones than others.
Sequins, ribbons, beads and rhinestones can be a part of daily or formal wear. These subtle or ornate details are probably the aspect that attracted me to saris the most, because just a hint of a sparkle makes the outfit feel special, even for daily wear.
The fun thing about India is that you can always update your sari and its’ blouse by taking it to the tailor.
Add that extra tassel (beaded or not) or another string to close the blouse. These are easy ways to upgrade a regular sari to party wear.
India even has exclusive shops/ stands for ribbons and fabric if you want to make your own sari.
When I returned from India with many saris, I separated them into two categories: day saris and party/festival wear saris.
Dressier saris tend to be made from silk, net, crepe, glass tissue or sometimes chiffon.
They also tend to have more decoration and beading.