How To Wear A Sari

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If you have a saree / sari, you need instructions to wear it. I learned how to do it by seeing when I went sari shopping. It is actually not that hard. Also, safety pins are your friends if you would like to secure your sari.

1. Petticoat
When you buy a sari, you need to buy a petticoat as well at a petticoat shop. You buy them already made. Mine was 200 Rupees (US$3+) and they come in different sizes: Small, Medium or Large. You should ask your sari shop to provide you with a little piece of your sari fabric to take it to the petticoat shop. Then the petticoat shop keeper will pull out the one in a color that is close to your sari color.

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2. Place a sari’s pleats in front of you and figure out where on your waist one end of a sari needs to go.

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I requested my sari to be stitched. Pleats can be stitched for your liking. I recommend this to foreigners especially because not only will it make it much easier for you to wear it, but it’ll save you a lot of time.

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3. Tuck in the top end into the petticoat.

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4. After you finish tucking in the sari all the way to the pleats, you hold the left hand side of a sari and put it around your back. The sari should come out under your right arm. Then you hang the rest of the long part of a sari on your left shoulder.

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Sari looks great with accessories. You need to go bold and accessorize with big size earrings, necklace, bangles, bindi etc so that they are not shadowed by your sari.

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You can mix and match with different bangles.

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Blouses are all order made. You need to calculate about 4 days from the day you purchase to the day you can wear your sari. The tailors tend to make it quite tight, so be aware when you are being measured and express your concern if you feel that the measurement is too tight.


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I will share my shopping experience here and introduce where I purchased my sari and the accessories in the future.


  1. says

    I will love to have a saree!!! Yours is lovely and the look is totally completed with the accessories you chose! I especially love the earrings. And those pom poms above your head is love. You rock the saree Kaho!

    • says

      Yay, thanks! How sweet of you to follow me everyday. I used to only wear tiny ones and then at some point I switched and now I love big earrings! The earrings in the photo above are, indeed, quite shiny!

  2. Miimii says

    Hey Kaho:) xoxoxo thanks so much. I have a saree in my closet since 7 months did not try to touch coz I know nothing about how to build it. But not any more:) your way in wearing the saree is clear and looks easy! Hello my lovely Saree :)

  3. says

    Hi! I have been following your blog for a while, but this is my first comment. I’m an Indonesian who stumbled on your blog when you were still in Indonesia.
    Great post! I’ve always wonder how saree is worn :)
    Plus I would just like to say that you have an amazing body! Please share how you got back in shape after 3 children!

    • says

      Selina, thank you for following my blog and leaving me a comment! Funny you asked, because I have been thinking about writing a post about how I lost my weight! Thank you for your very sweet compliment. I think it might be a long one, so I will try to do my best to get it done in the near future!


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