It is possible to wear sarees and still be comfortable and toasty during autumn/winter …
Photos: Vincent Boyer (Say hi on instagram @vincetravelbook)
It was just a few weeks ago that we were living in beautiful, autumnal Sydney – but now it’s officially winter and freezing!
I don’t really mind the cold, I just can’t stand the wind and the rain along with low temperatures and shorter days. But the silver lining to freezing cold weather? Getting to wear comfy, fuzzy, oversized clothes and layering creatively so I don’t turn into a grey, puffy blob.
As the temperatures dip, a lot of us tend to avoid wearing sarees and gravitate towards the Michelin man look. However, in my opinion the saree is incredibly cold weather friendly when one is able to think out-of-the-box.
Believe it or not, it is possible to mix practical winter-wear and sarees. Think smart layering, texture mixing, proportion play, colour contrasts and creative draping.
Traditionally the saree was worn without a petticoat and we all know I am not the biggest fan of the underskirt, instead I prefer to knot my sarees or wear them over denims.
Sarees worn with my favourite jeans and sweaters are super comfortable plus a great way for me to stay warm during winters. The first post on this blog was a vintage jamdani worn over jeans and a basic tee, check it out here.
This drape in the photos, was created for a day spent cycling by the water with the fur baby when I needed the saree to stay with me and not go flying into the wheel of the bike. But I still wanted to do something fun and interesting with the fabric, so I pleated and tucked away to my heart’s content till I was happy with the end result.
It was a wonderful winter’s day and the saree stayed put without the assistance of safety pins or any other external bits and bobs. I have found multiple ways of wearing sarees with jeans, in some of the drapes my jeans are visible and in others not so much.
Also all the drapes I create for myself are simple so that I can easily sit on the back of a motorbike which is our preferred mode of travel to beat the traffic.
I love dressing down sarees like this silk and cotton, rainbow-hued number preferring to wear them casually like this without heels and makeup, chasing the simple pleasures of life.
This saree was handwoven in Patur, a small village, about 10 kms from Nellore. Apparently, almost every household in Patur has something to do with the handlooms, weaving or trading these textiles.
I didn’t know of these sarees before I became friends with Sinduri who works with weavers to create the most scrumptious fabric in mouth-watering colours and ships them internationally to enthusiasts like myself. You can check her sarees out on instagram and facebook.
Even though it’s freezing outside, I try to stay toasty while wearing my bright & happy colours. For those of you in the southern hemisphere, here’s to you staying warm all winter long. I strongly suggest mulled wine, hot toddy or spiked apple cider if all else fails.