The Iyer Order

by Akshaya Iyer

How to Pick a Saree if You’re a Neutrals Girl


Hi! I figured it was finally time for a blog post with a saree, and what better time than when I’m home in India (with my mom to help me put it on, lol). I love the timeless beauty and grace that comes with wearing a saree.

Growing up as a South Indian, I’ve had to go saree shopping for a variety of occasions like graduations, weddings & Indian festivals. So I figured for this post, I’d talk about how I select the right saree for me as I tend to gravitate towards neutrals. I struggle with picking out Indian outfits because I’m not a fan of bright and colorful clothing. Bright pink? Neon yellow? Whaaa. Lol. No judgement if you’re someone that can rock those colors, but here’s what I look for in a saree that is traditional, yet fits with my aesthetic:

  • Base Colors: gold, black, white, cream
  • Accent Colors: red, magenta, deep purple, maroon, dark green, navy (& any other base color)
  • Border: gold (I don’t wear silver)
  • Fabric: raw silk, Mysore silk, Tussar silk, Kanchipuram silk, silk-cotton
  • Embellishments: preferably along the border, minimal across the body
  • Blouse: playing up the accent color, designed modern / traditional depending on the occasion
  • Draping: I always wear the pallu with defined pleats – I don’t like it draped across my shoulder!

I hope you enjoyed seeing my ethnic style! Let me know what kind of saree you like if you’re Indian 🙂

14 Comment

  1. Akshaya, you look absolutely stunning in this saree; the color combination is superb. Also, I think your jimikki looks great too 😃. I hope you feel better soon! BTW, I think Kanchipuram silk sarees are the best.

  2. Wow. Dressing is an art and I believe we Iyers do take spl care to dress well .. selection of that lovely colour of saree, blouse design and draping elegantly with minimal but good accessories is worth mentioning… continue to post other colours too

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