Designer Half Sarees: A Rising Trend

by jomol on February 10, 2012 · 87 comments

Designer Half Sarees: A Rising Trend

Designer Half Sarees A Rising Trend

The “Anarkali dresses” are making a comeback in a big way.  Long Anarkalis with golden and colourful brocades are becoming such a huge rage.  Everyone from the pregnant Shilpa Shetty to the new gorgeous mom Aishwarya Rai to Anushka Sharma are looking graceful in Anarkalis, but I am not going to talk about them today because personally, I have had my run with Anarkalis and the long ones tend to make me look short. :((

Anushka Sharma

Pregnant Shilpa Shetty

Since last year, lehenga sarees or half sarees have been steadily gaining popularity as a replacement for traditional lehengas and sarees.    I have seen brides decked in half sarees looking resplendent. Those brides who are in a dilemma and cannot make up their mind whether to wear a lehenga or a saree for their reception, can opt for this because this is such an awesome hybrid.

Lehenga Sarees Half Sarees Rising Trend

The ease with wearing a lehenga saree is that you don’t have to pleat it like a saree, just tuck and drape it around once and you are ready to go!!

Raima Sen

For me personally, lehenga saree is a great option because I do not yet know how to wear a saree and I am not comfortable wearing lehenga, so all I have to do is to tuck and drape, and its all done.

A little while ago pre-stitched sarees were in vogue, but not everyone could carry it off with aplomb.

Another feature with half sarees is that you can mix and match it with contrasting dupattas. There is no thumb of rule in half sarees that dictates a particular color of dupatta for a certain lehenga. So, there is always a scope to experiment unlike a traditional saree.

I first saw lehenga saree when South Star Prithviraj’s bride wore it for her reception.  Take a look, its a perfect red bridal attire with heavy work. Do not miss the tassles hanging down from the lehenga, its kind of cute!

Prithviraj Reception Photos

The traditional half saree that South Indians wear looks like these:

Bhoomika Chawla

Hansika Half Saree

kajal agarwal

The charm of half sarees is that you can wear all the three pieces in stark contrasting colours, the blouse can be green, the dupatta can be yellow, and the lehenga can be red. Take a look at how Diya Mirza rocked it at one of the Riteish-Genelia pre-wedding functions.

Diya Mirza at Genelia's Sangeet

Most of the times, matching lehenga and dupatta also work in great way for half saree.  Take a look at this lady called Poornima Indrajith.

Poornima Indrajith

This lady in the below picture is wearing a heavy embellished piece though for me it is hard to tell whether it is a proper lehenga saree or a lehenga, but whatever it is, she is looking gorgeous.

Mammooty's son's marriage

Here’s designer Nishka Lulla at Riteish-Genelia Wedding in a slightly distorted half saree, whatever that means!!

Nishka Lulla

Last but not the least, Genelia was wearing a lehenga saree for her wedding reception and she looked gorgeous.

Genelia Wedding

So, what do you think of lehenga sarees, yey or nay.  For me, its a yay.  Do share your opinion.

Image Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14.

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Shami February 10, 2012 at 10:45 am

I used to hate wearing Half sarees when i was in college.. (but those time it was just a combination of plain colors without any designer work in that)
But now i just loved it :woot: :woot: :woot:

Nice article Jomol, will buy soon :yahoo: :yahoo:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:48 am

You used to wear half sarees in college Shami….how cool, :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Shami February 10, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Yes for Functions at home i used to wear.. i belong to chennai Jomol born in Tuticorin (thirunelveli district), there people used to stare at me when i wore Suits, over there Half Saree was the only dress accepted :) now only the trend is changing in my native :)

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 2:38 pm

I have heard a lot about tuticorin….Shami…its near seashore na :woot: :woot:

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Shami February 10, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Yes Jomol, its very near to sea shore, even my house in Chennai is near to Sea shore, 10 mins walk.. You heard VGP beach in chennai (i am residing near to that) :)

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 2:56 pm

Wow….you are so lucky Shami…….I love beaches and having a home near is such a great thing…..I want to own at least a waterfront property one day :waaa:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 2:59 pm

I have been to Marina Beach in Chennai Shami, but that was very crowded and I had to walk a lot in the sand to actually see the sea, but when I went to Pondicherry and Puducherry, I saw the most beautiful seas. :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Shami February 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

My Area is not that much crowded, it will be similar to Pondicherry beach only :)

I never go to marina beach, toooo much crowd.. but i like Elliots beach or besant nagar beach, there is famous church in that place, visit it when you come to chennai next time :):)

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 5:26 pm

Thank you Shami, will go there this July or August :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Shami February 10, 2012 at 3:04 pm

But Jomol, ppl who live near beach wont feel in that way, bcos we are used to that know, even my Colleagues from other parts of india told me that “We are lucky to have home near beaches”.

I rarely go to beaches, once in a month or once in two months :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:
But every weekend my son ask me to take him to beach :):)

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 3:07 pm

You rarely go to the beach :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: :shocked: but I think in the evenings it might be fun. You know the home we stayed in Puducherry, we could hear the waves in the night. I still feel you are damn lucky :yes: :yes:

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Rads February 10, 2012 at 10:58 am

I don’t like anarkalis either…for same to same reason… :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

Rads….i will loook like a kutti shrub in anarkali…he he :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

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Rads February 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

I look like that dosa batter grinding thing….nonelectricity one :|

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm

hawwwwwwww :lol: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2: :lol2:

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Deepshikha February 10, 2012 at 11:06 am

Good Morning Jamuley !! :puchhi:
Awesome Compilation…Loved Anusha’s anarkali suit :heart:

I personally love anaarkali suits and have got so many of ‘em :yahoo:
Half sarees are soooooo comfortable !! I bought one from Bangalore :preen:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:35 am

Good morning Depseeka….aaj your name is ‘e” gaayab :pigtail: :pigtail: :pigtail: :pigtail: :pigtail: :pigtail:

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Deepshikha February 10, 2012 at 2:04 pm

Bhookhi ladki…mere naam me se letters khaana band karo :spank:

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Padma February 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

Hey Jomol.. Nice article.. :)
Can u pls suggest some good websites/place where we get good lehenga sarees.. I searched a lot for it in Bangalore.. But none were as impressive as the pics u’ve posted.. :star: :star: :star:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

Padma, you can get good ones at Sareez.com, please check out that website O:)

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TA February 10, 2012 at 11:10 am

Genelia in her wedding attire looks simply stunning!!!! :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: I agree Jomol, these lehenga sarees so stylish and easy to wear :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

Thank you TA :woot: :woot: :woot:

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Nupur February 10, 2012 at 11:12 am

wow jomu, such lovely dressessss n pictures… good job :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 2:39 pm

Aying…mein Nupuriz ko reply karna bool gayi :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang: :headbang:

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gurpreet February 10, 2012 at 11:15 am

Aaah that was a nice one Jomol.
I am thinking of draping my beautiful dupatta in this style that i wore for my weddding with the wedding lehanga for the next function that i attend..

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:49 am

Wow Gurpreet, yes, you can do that na, with your wedding lehenga…..if possible do share pics :yahoo: :yahoo:

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Swathi February 10, 2012 at 11:23 am

Hi,
I’ve been a silent spectator at IMBB for more than 6 months now and swear by the reviews before buying any small cosmetic stuff under the sky. Rati u’ve been doin a fab job. Keep up d gud work… :yes: I’m so so in love wid the Anarkali suits these dys… Don’t have one yet though… :worship: N i bet these lehenga sarees are jus awesome!

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Rati February 10, 2012 at 11:33 am

Thanks swathi. :)

This post is written by Jomol not me. :)

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:38 am

Swathi….thank you for compliments and Rati…she is complimenting you for this awesome blog that you have created :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

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Rati February 10, 2012 at 11:32 am

OMGGGG !! Jomo i want anushka’s anakrakali :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: I have worn anarkalis so much that now I am quite bored of them but seeing this post, i want to pick up a new one soon :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

and for people like me who cnt wrap sarres on their own, i think these half sarees are a great option. Loving Dia’s . :victory2:

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Deepshikha February 10, 2012 at 2:02 pm

Ha ha ha … “people like me who cnt wrap sarees on their own”… I can totally relate with you on that…whenever I’ve to wear a saree I just do my makeup first and then wait for my mother-in-law to come and drape it :wink:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Deepseeka, I also call someone for help…. :high5: :high5: :high5: :high5: :high5:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:36 am

Rati..you can toh wear anarkalis…you tall with endless legs :spank: :spank: :spank: , I and Rads short :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Rati February 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm

O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) O:) Bt i love this lehnga chunri style. Bachpan mein I used to so with with my skirts and mom’s dupattas. :D Dint know it would become a trend one day :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

he he..shame to shame…..skirts up dupattas na…. :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi:

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Rati February 10, 2012 at 12:20 pm

yeshh :D

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TA February 10, 2012 at 1:00 pm

haw so true…bachpan mein I did same too :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: :hihi: what dayzzz…sigh :teddy: :teddy: :teddy:

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Aarthi February 10, 2012 at 11:39 am

My sis’s wedding is coming up and I didnt want to wear a lehenga nor a saree for the recption.. my cousin suggested these lehenga sarees :D Great post Jomol..

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TA February 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

Hey gurlzz, chk this article :jalwa: :jalwa: :lol2: :lol2: http://www.purba-ray.com/2011/07/not-tonight-darling.html

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

Thanks Aarthi, I think these type of half sarees are a great option :yes: :yes:

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varshini February 10, 2012 at 11:53 am

Superb post jomoluu….lehenga sarees…i saw some collection in fashionandyou sometime back but then they werent so grand and all..i wanna get one myself :)

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 11:55 am

Thanks Varshini…….I like the one kajal agarwal is wearing above…. :yes:

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varshini February 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

yeahh..that looks very pretty na…coral pink shade :)
wish i have her flattering figure too ;)

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sugisoni February 10, 2012 at 12:00 pm

i loouuuuuuuuuuuddddddddddd the 12th lehenga a lot. its is beauuuuuutiphuuulllll…. :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: . i’ll design somthing like this for my reception. :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: well whenever it happens :waiting:

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sugisoni February 10, 2012 at 12:01 pm

i means in mammoti’s son’s marriage…. his wife is looking awesome. :happydance:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Hai na Soni….she looks very graceful and yes you wear lehenga saree in your reception :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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anks February 10, 2012 at 12:02 pm

For my first KC, i wore my wedding lehnga and draped the dupatta like a saree… i was wayy ahead of the trend… :p

nice work compiling all the pieces jomo :)

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sugisoni February 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm

KC? :struggle:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 12:14 pm

wow, Anks, I am sure you would have rocked, its the best way to use wedding lehengas after the D-day :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:

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anks February 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Rocked toh pata nahi… but i was kicked to wear it again :)

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Anks, this time you do a mix and match thing, if I am going to buy it, I will get in contrasting colours :woot: :woot:

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anks February 10, 2012 at 4:48 pm

hmmm… good idea :)

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anks February 10, 2012 at 2:40 pm

Karva Chauth Sugi

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Richa February 10, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Awesome article Jomol….The pics are FAb… :yes:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

Thanks Richa :woot: :woot:

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Swathi February 10, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Even me in love wid the 12th lehenga….. :-*

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 1:45 pm

yeah its fab Swathi :yes: :yes: :yes:

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Supriya February 10, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Nice article Jomol with cool pics….I too love lengha sarees,. :heart: :heart: :heart: …I wore them for my civil wedding couple of years ago. :love: ….They have been in for quite awhile now….they are such a boon to ppl who are not pros is sari draping….

With these type of sarees how ever , the pallu should be pinned up instead of let loose(flowy style) to see the true beauty of the saree…. However i struggle in pining up the pallu,,,, doesnt look quite good like in these pics

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Supriya, even half sarees have been worn in South India since ages, but the thing is that this trend is now catching up uniformly across India, so that’s why thought of bringing it up O:) O:) Both pinned up and flowing version looks good :love:

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nids February 10, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I luv Anakali suits… biught 1 gr8 piece for myself this time n it luks gogs on me :whistle: :toothygrin: :victory2: … just tried till now.. waiting for the rght ocaassion to wear it… :wink:
n the half sarre is 1 thing tht i want to try next… thinking to pick 1 up for my brother’s marriga whenevr tht wud be… :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo:
gr8 pics n post jomo. :clap: :clap: :pompom: :pompom: … u have really jagao my spirits to go shopping :stars: :D

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 12:26 pm

Nids……I am so happy I jaagaoed your spirit. :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: ….Nidsy, mera ehsaan kabhi nahin boolna :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono: :nonono:

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nids February 10, 2012 at 12:29 pm

:smug: :smug: :smug: :teeth :teeth :teeth

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Renji Anooj February 10, 2012 at 12:40 pm

nice review jomol :yes: :yes:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Thank you Renji :woot:

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shanaiia February 10, 2012 at 12:59 pm

Like both anarkali suits and lehenga sarees :)

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Heer, Lehenga sarees are fab :yahoo:

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neha February 10, 2012 at 1:28 pm

:woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool:
loved genelia wali and sophia wali :love:

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indrani February 10, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Jomol such awesome gorgeous pictures i love anushka’s anarkali and genelia’s lehenga saree :)

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

Thanks Indrani :woot:

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Nafisa February 10, 2012 at 1:50 pm

:drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: :drool: @ Genelia’s lehenga!!! :heart: Thanku for this Jomol! U have revived the desire to wear anarkalis & half sarees!! :puchhi:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 2:41 pm

Nafisa,…..ur welcomes :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance: :happydance:

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jyo February 10, 2012 at 4:36 pm

I love anarkalis :pompom: :pompom: They suit me better than regular chudidar n suits :toothygrin: n the one Anusha is wearing is gorgeous Jomo :woot: :woot: :woot: :woot:
Have not tried the half sarees though!!! :specs: may be this yr :wink:

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Shilpa February 10, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Ekdum mast compilation Jomol..frm here & there & everywhere :dance:

Am suppa duppa fan of Anarkalis..but not those OTT types.. :yuck: Sabyasachi makes the awsomestestest ones :jaiho: Baaki saare make ‘em look like poori saree shop collaged in one piece :yuck:

@Half sarees…I wear it the way we gujjus wear on chaniya choli or I wuld prefer like flowing dupatta over lehenga. This latest trend has yet to appeal me.. :haanji:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Shilpa…all of the Sabysachi’s creations are to die for….I am a huge fan :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

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Shilpa February 10, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Longggg backkkk..I used watch ‘Bournvita Quiz contest’ when Derek O’brien made his debut & he used to wear those droolworthy kurtas with geometrical work on it..very hat ke frm traditional ones & I used to wait to read the Costume Designer’s name & thats when I discovered Sabyasachi.. :teddy: Tab se me loyal to him :hugleft: In fact I have designed & embroidered 2-3 kurtas/sherwanis of my hubby in those assymetrical & geometrical ways & they became huge hit in Diwali Functions.. :dance:

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khush February 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

awsme article. .al pics fab . .enuf 2 undrstand wht style it is. . :waytogo:

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Naomi February 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

these are all so gorgeous! i must try this half saree :yahoo:

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 6:02 pm

Thank you so much Khush :happydance: :happydance:

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khush February 10, 2012 at 6:03 pm

my pas ek be anakali nae. . :( no weddng so no traditional stuff 2 buy. .

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Bee February 10, 2012 at 6:39 pm

Grt one Jomo… My mom and maasi wore lehenga sarees in my mehendi function. :))

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jomol February 10, 2012 at 6:52 pm

Wow….and you wore the 9-yard saree na….cutie :puchhi: :puchhi: :puchhi:

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Akshatha February 10, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Jomol :yes: :yes: :yes: :yes:

am so tempted to buy anarkalis.. But i’ve to lose so much weight to fit into those and luk gud… :waaa: :waaa: :waaa: :waaa:

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hana February 10, 2012 at 10:54 pm

jomol i have a lehnga sarees i so love it…..good article jomo :yahoo: :yahoo: :yahoo: l

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Ramya February 11, 2012 at 1:47 pm

Good article Jomol!! Being a south Indian myself I have LOVEEEED half sarees since ages.. I wouldnt have to go through the torture of draping, not liking the pleats, and then re-draping till I get tired n wear a suit instead :lol2: :lol2:
For some strange reason I also feel young when I wear these.. O:) O:)

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jomol February 11, 2012 at 1:49 pm

Ramya…I have never worn a half saree, but my mom was used to wear it when she was in college…. :hihi: :hihi:

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Shravani October 12, 2012 at 12:50 am

I bought lehanga for my reception it will look good rite? for tht ocssion i opted it becz its dfferent and trendy thz days i bought 2 colors purple n baby pink vch color shld i wear n i want to drape it lyk half sAree ll it luk gud plzz suggest

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Shravani October 12, 2012 at 12:50 am

I bought lehanga for my reception it will look good rite? for tht ocssion i opted it becz its dfferent and trendy thz days i bought 2 colors purple n baby pink vch color shld i wear n i want to drape it lyk half sAree ll it luk gud plzz suggest

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