Sneak Peak: What’s “IN” in Bollywood


Did you see that Manish Malhotra Saree Alia Bhatt flaunted in 2 states? What about Deepika Padukone’s south Indian look in the colorful half sarees? There’s no shame in believing that our style is primarily influenced by the cinema – Hollywood and Bollywood. And, its only times like festivals, occasions, and weddings that we focus more on what’s “in” this season. More often than not, a discussion which starts with ‘what to wear at the wedding’ or ‘what to wear on Diwali’ ends with ‘how about something like that white and blue lehenga Priyanka wore at IIFA or maybe the Bengali sarees she wore in her movie Gunday?’

To save you time and energy from turning Google upside down for the latest trends, Team Sareez has decided to bring to you the Saree and Suit trends made popular by our tinsel town celebrities in 2014. Take a look:

Madhuri Dixit, Dedh Ishqiya:

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One woman who irrespective of what she wears can dazzle the screen with her 440V smile is none other than Bollywood’s one of the most gorgeous and classy women – Madhuri Dixit Nene. Millions of fans must have been heartbroken when Madhuri disappeared from the industry post her marriage to US based Cardiovascular Surgeon Dr. Shriram Madhav Nene. After her comeback in Aaja Nachle in 2007, Madhuri featured in several other movies and reality shows. But one of her recent movies Dedh Ishqiya (sequel to Vidya Balan’s Ishqiya) saw her in a total different avatar. In this movie, she is seen flaunting typically traditional ensembles. Above is a still shot of her from the song “Hamari Atariya” where Madhuri is seen wearing an off white/golden lawn suit with self-design throughout the body and intricate golden/golden-ish yellow borders. This type of a suit is perfect to be worn during mehendi/sangeet ceremonies or during Puja or other occasions.

Priyanka Chopra, Gunday:

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Often known as Bollywood’s style icon, Priyanka Chopra has emerged as a true icon for flawless style and interesting hairdos for quite a few years now. Who can forget her metallic saree and bikini blouse in “Desi Girl” from the movie Dostana. She has time and again managed to truly surprise her fans and followers with her experimental dresses and style statements – both western and traditional. This valentine’s day Priyanka yet again rocked the silver screen with her traditional Bengali look in Gunday against Bollywood’s newest hotties Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor. The movie saw her wearing many light weight cotton/Taant sarees famous in and around West Bengal. But, what caught our eye is her dark orange Taant saree paired with green sleeveless blouse that made her look like a real Bong beauty. Durga Puja is round the corner so we hope this gives you all bong beauties a little hint on what to wear this puja.

Alia Bhatt, 2 States and Humpy Sharma Ki Dulhaniya:

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Yeah that’s right! We know this one would have definitely surprised you, as you as well as we have read some of those quirky jokes about Alia Bhatt’s IQ level. But let’s just say it has nothing to do with how she dresses herself up. Though her IQ level is beyond our comment zone but designers have definitely done a great job in dressing her up in bright and vibrant sarees and suits. We have already mentioned the colorful Manish Malhotra ensemble she proudly wore in 2 States. Her second look which she adorned in Humpty Sharma Ki Dulhaniya (Yes! It’s a movie) is also equally bright and colorful but this movie sees her dressed up in typical Punjabi attires – short kurti, Patiala salwar, and a colorful embellished jacket.

Kareena Kapoor, Singham Returns:

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We promise we haven’t seen this movie before you all take us for a crazy lot but as any other fashion geek, Kareena aka Bebo’s urban-ethnic wardrobe did catch our eye. For most part of the movie, Bebo is seen flaunting Ritu Kumar creations. Now, accept it or not but Bebo has made quite a few statements in the past with her looks in Bollywood movies such as Jab We Met, Bodyguard, and Ra-one. She made long t-shirts and patialas a rage amongst college girls and don’t even get us started on how many women wore that Red saree with the ditto blouse after Ra-one. Singham Returns sees Bebo in long ethnic skirts with latkans and matching tops.

Though there have been quite a few fashion statements this year but since we are concentrating on only Indian clothes, we have brought to you our picks from the Bollywood Diary. Adding to the above list, don’t forget to check the recent collections of Lakme Fashion Week. Also, if you are a bride-to-be, we suggest you follow the Indian Bridal Week ensembles and draw inspiration.

Don’t forget to tell us about your favorite look of 2014.

Until then, keep smiling and stay stylish!

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Before you say: “I Do”!


It’s the mid of November and the beginning of the wedding season in India, especially amongst Bengalis. A wedding is not only an occasion to celebrate the bride and the groom but in India a wedding is about many methods and rituals which are followed almost religiously to ensure happiness and prosperity in the marital life of the newly married couple. Like many others, eh rituals of a Bengali wedding start as early as a few days before the actual wedding.

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The first pre-wedding ritual is the Aashirbaad where the elders of the family gather together to go to the bride’s house and vice versa, to bless them by sprinkling husked rice and trefoil on their heads and giving them gifts such as gold ornaments and clothes. It is a kind of acceptance of the boy and the girl on both sides.

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The second ritual is the Aai Budo Bhaat – a bachelorette party for the bride before the D-day thrown by relatives or friends. Normally, it happens over a period of many days and not necessarily before the D-day, as the bride to-be makes her way to houses of all those family, friends, and relatives who invite her for the same.

Holud Kota

The next in line is the Holud Kota ceremony in which five or seven married women of the household grind turmeric with mortar and pestle and anoint the bride with turmeric paste to brighten up her complexion and make her skin glow.

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And, finally the Dodhi Mongol ceremony which takes place at the dawn on the day of marriage when seven married ladies embellish the bride’s hands with the traditional bangles Shakha and Paula – one pair of red and one pair of white bangles, and feed her a meal of curd and rice – her only meal for the day.

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After the pre-wedding comes the wedding – the most important day in the lives of the bride, the groom, and their respective families. Though there are hundreds of rituals associated with all Hindu wedding but there are a few specific to the Bengali culture, and you may have seen most of them in movies like Devdas, Vicky Donor, Barfi, and Gunday.

The most interesting of all is the series of these three rituals – Saat Paak, Mala Badal, and Shubho Drishti.

Saat Paak requires the bride’s brothers to lift the bride who sits on a low wooden stool covering her face which she holds in her hands, and is taken around the groom in seven complete circles.

Up next is Mala Badal in which the bride still seating on the stool and lifted by her brothers exchanges garlands with the groom…. Thrice!

And, last but not the least Shubho Drishti is when the the bride and the groom finally look at each other in front of the entire crowd gathered at the wedding.. This is to solemnize their relationship in public and in front of the society.

Bidaai

After the enjoyment and happiness of the wedding ceremonies are successfully completes, there comes the farewell of the bride also known as Bidaayi. This is a mixed moment of joy and sorrow as the bride bids adieu to her parental home with blessings of her parents and relatives and ventures into new life with the groom and his family.

Though Bidaayi is a very common ritual of almost all weddings, the next ritual – Kaal Ratri, is very particular to the Bengali community. After the couple reaches the groom’s house and the initial welcome ceremony is over they are separated for the night, probably to get a refreshing sleep and prepare for the next day’s final wedding ceremony.

Bou Bhaat

The third and the second last ceremony in a Bengali wedding is the Bou Bhaat. Ideally, the new bride cooks and serves all the members of her husband’s family. However, depending upon the number of guests, a cook or caterer can be arranged to prepare the meal and the bride only touches the cooking spoon as a part of fulfilling the ritual. A banquet is held to treat the guests who shower gifts on the new bride.

Phool Shojja

With this ritual the post wedding ceremonies finally come to an end (well, almost). It’s the night of Phool Shajja in which the bride is adorned with jewelry made out of flowers (tuberose and roses, and the newlywed couple room and the bed is decorated with strings of colorful and fragrant flowers. And, finally after the dinner is over for the day, the bride and the groom is left in their room in privacy to commemorate the conjugal bliss.

Satya Narayan Pooja

With Indians and in India, there is one common concern. The occasions and festivals never end even when they say it is over. Though most people (only the unmarried ones we guess) that marriage itself is a celebration (huh! ask the married ones), there are yet several rituals and ceremonies for at least the first year to keep reminding the bride and the groom of their sacred vows.

Eight days after the wedding day, the groom’s family organizes a prayer meet, known as Satyanarayana Puja, in which the newlywed couple, in their wedding attires, is blessed by the purohit and prayers are offered to bless the couple with a happy marital life. The couple then leaves for Oshtomongola.

Oshtomongola is the final ceremony (there, we said it again) in which the couple visits the bride’s family home and spends three nights accompanied by relentless feasting, and opening of the Gatbandhan that had been tied on their day of marriage.

Among the Bengali Hindus of Sylheti origin, this ritual is known as “Fira-jatra”.

So, with all this knowledge buzzing your head, Team Sareez wishes you a very happy marital life, if you are getting hitched this year, or in the near future.

Fashion Designers of/from Kolkata


When it comes to buying a perfect saree or a dress, we depend our choices on the season’s latest and the hottest trends. We refer to our very own Bollywood and Hollywood to see who’s wearing what, what’s making headlines, and what is a complete no-no. There is no doubt that the two industries are our main source of inspiration and how we choose to look from day to day can be credited to the newest and freshest of the clothes. However, we at Team Sareez believe that the men and women behind the curtains have to be credit as much (if not more) as the ones flaunting the apparels and making them super-hit.

You guessed it right! We are talking about the very talented and very creative fashion designers who spend sleepless nights and endless days designing what the superstars flaunt effortlessly.

It is true that we all know the names of the big giants such as Manish Malhotra, Vikram Phadnis, Ritu Kumar, Sabyasachi Mukherjee, and Neeta Lulla. However, those are the legendary designers who have made themselves as the milestones of the industry after spending several years touching, feeling, and designing each piece of a cloth material.

It is time to get acclimatized to and acknowledge the new and fresh designers who have changed the meaning of Fashion from being elegant to making a statement.

This week on Sareez , we bring to you some of the talented and fresh faces in the Fashion World. And, what’s better to kick start the show from our very own designers from the Bong-land..

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Abhishek Dutta, 32, is one of Kolkata’s celebrated fashion designers who have his style and creativity speaks for himself globally.  He was launched internationally when he was invited as the only Indian designer to showcase at Bali fashion week in 2005 followed by Asia fashion week in 2006 and 2007 respectively. He loves working with hand loom and natural fabrics and experiments with asymmetrical cuts. His recent collection, Tangram, has its roots in the serious yet carefree Chinese puzzle.

Paromita Banerjee

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Paromita Banerjee, 28, is a Kolkata based fashion designer whose collections are motivated by “normal” people. Her main focus is to be able to tell a “story” through her cloth line. “A local approach to global sensibilities” guides the creations of Paromita Banerjee’s eponymous label. The sole designer to represent India at the Shanghai chapter of the World Fashion Organization under the United Nations in 2010, Paromita’s latest collection “Haat” is a visual feast in terms of colors and textures inspired by the feel of a local market.

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After a diploma course from the fashion institute of the Birla Institute of Liberal Arts and Management Sciences, Agnimitra Paul, 39, launched her label, Inga, in 1997. From designing jerseys for Mohan Bagan footballers to decking up film stars and celebrities, Paul’s repertoire is varied and exciting. With Indian crafts and textiles at the heart of her creations, Paul’s designs are given a contemporary twist with western cuts. The designer’s latest collection is inspired by the Madhubani paintings of Bihar.

Komal Sood

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After she completed a one-year course in fashion design at NIFT, Kolkata, launching her own label Komal Sood was a natural progression for Komal Sood, 38. Since 2005, her label has evolved to embrace a level of glamour and sophistication that is associated with starry evenings and classy cocktail parties. Sood’s creations are characterized by defined cuts, flowing silhouettes and intricate embroidery. Her latest collection called The Twilight Seduction, presented at the Lakme Fashion Week, is an ode to demi-couture, an intermediate level of luxury fashion.

Kallol Datta

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Kallol Datta’s trademark kohl-lined eyes and flowing mane are strongly reminiscent of his ‘wild child’ days when the 28-year-old had just stepped into the world of fashion. Quirky prints, geometric patterns, smart drapes, unusual silhouettes and bold textures have made his outfits stand out both on the ramp and the racks. “For a designer like me who is going through a minimalist phase and is not into theatrics of any sort, it was great to have done a finale so early on in my career,” he says.

Soumitra Mondal

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Soumitra Mondal, 33, is a not only a fabulous designer but also a living prodigy claiming that designers are born out of passion and not big names on their degrees. A diploma at a local institute and a three-year stint as an assistant of Rahul Gupta, another ace fashion designer, is all he had to make his name amongst the giant names like Manish Malhotra, Ritu Kumar, and Vikram Phadnis. His label, Marg, launched in 2002, had to go through a series of ups and downs till he finally achieved a breakthrough on the national platform with a Lakme Fashion Week showing in 2007. Bengal is at the core of Mondal’s creations on textiles. His latest collection, Bunon, which means weaving, focuses on textiles of the old Bengal weaves, Jamdani and Khadi.

Tell us about your favorite designers and the ones you may want to feature on our next post.

Dressing Up For the D-Day


Is this your lucky year? Are you getting married? Are you nervous?

While for most of us the festive spirit has reached a momentary halt, for you the excitement must have just started to build up. Getting married is a once in a lifetime affair (well! For most of us), and getting it not just right but perfectly right is a pre-requisite to all brides-to-be.

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If you thought choosing the right man for getting married is the toughest choice, wait till you start shopping for your wedding ensemble. It is one of those occasions where you are treated like a celebrity and all eyes are bound to be upon you, and thus it is only fair that you pick the best wedding dress and walk through the aisle looking picture perfect.

Dressing up for your wedding is not just about picking the right wedding costume; it’s also about picking the one that best suits you. Before you make that big purchase, consider these factors:

  1. Budget:

Decide on the budget that you are willing to spend on your dress. Remember, your wedding dress is one of the most important parts of your wedding day, and will also become the memory of a lifetime. Thus, a few thousands should not be a hassle. At the same time, keep in mind that with the dress you’ll need footwear, jewelery, cosmetics, a clutch or sling bag, and hair style. All these things put together may cause more than just the dress. So decide on the total budget you wish to spend on the complete ensemble and separate the money for the dress.

Tip: always keep a leverage of a few extra bucks as you never know your perfect dress may just be a thousand rupee more than what you planned.

  1. The Dress:

The Season – Before you decide what to wear, keep account of the season you are getting married in. Wearing heavy clothes in summers can do what wearing open dresses will do in winters – blunder.

The Type – Indian bridal wear are typically limited to sarees, lehengas, and salwar kameez.  Decide what you wish to wear for your wedding. Unless you are culturally or religiously bound to adorn a typical type, you can try to experiment with either of these.

The Color – Just because your best friend wore baby pink for her wedding doesn’t mean it may suit you. Pick a color which not only suits your skin tone but makes you look bright and classy. Remember, trends aside, the combination of classic wine red and bole green is still a popular choice amongst many including some of our B-town celebrities.

The Fabric – You don’t want your wedding dress to be either body hugging or too loose. Thus, it’s important that you choose the perfect fabric according to your body type and also the season.

Tip: Before buying the actual dress, research online for the latest trends or wedding dresses as per your body types.

  1. Always ask for a second opinion:

There has to be one such person whom you totally trust in terms of fashion. It could be your mother, sister, brother, aunt, designer, or even a colleague. Be sure to try the outfit in front of them once before you make the final purchase. You may not be a huge fan of second opinions but in cases like this, they are highly important. They tell you things which you may be overlooking. It gives your dress a fresh perspective and boots your poise in cases when you confidante seconds your choice whole-heartedly.

Tip: Before you choose who gets to rate your dress, ensure that the person has an elegant taste and sophisticated style and knows what s/he is supposed to do.

  1. Try till you are sure:

Start shopping for your wedding dress months in advance. It is highly likely that you would have to customize the dress as per your measurements. It is also possible that you need to alter the fittings more than once. Don’t be hesitant if you do. It’s perfectly okay to have the dress altered as many times as you want until you are sure that it fits you perfectly. Don’t forget – it’s your special day, and getting a tailor made wedding dress comes with it.

Tip: Try the complete dress at least a month in advance to rectify any last minute alterations.

  1. Be comfortable:

There is no harm in wanting to follow the latest trend but don’t go out of the way to do anything which you’re not comfortable with even if it’s what others insist. Remember, wearing a saree generally is one thing, however wearing a heavy Benarasi along with a chunni, jewelry, cosmetics, hairstyle, headpiece, and foot wear and staying in it for almost 8-10 hours while smiling away at everybody and posing for the photographers is another. The most special occasion of your life is also one of the most tiresome and daunting event which unfailingly calls for you to be as comfortable as you can.

Tip: Avoid high heels and stick to middle sized ones as standing on them for very long can be painful for your back and feet.

The Super Saver CLEARANCE SALE is ONNNN!!!


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Just when Diwali discounts and festive promotions were running out of excuses, Team Sareez decided to bring to all you lovely people a handful of offers at your favorite shopping destination.

Here are the offer deals:

Offer 1:

Shop for 2 products from our ‘7-day product’ category and treat yourself to a handsome discount of 20%.

Offer 2:

Shop for 3 products from our ‘7-day product’ category and benefit from a massive 30% discount on the items.

Additionally,

Avail free shipping worldwide for 7 days items,

And,

Select an assured free gift* with no restrictions on the order value to select certain gifts like sarees.

Want more??

Well, we have now added beautiful kurtis to our gifts selection corner ($3 stitching charge) which can be paired with bright leggings ($3 each).

Please note: No discounts on ‘Non-7 day products’ and standard shipping of $49 per item

*standard shipping cost to be charged as $9 per gift item.

Enjoy shopping!

“Diwali Dhamaka Offer”


Just when you thought every reason to celebrate was over with the end of Durga Puja, Team Sareez decided to bring to you another reason to celebrate – DIWALI…. Yes! That’s right. In no less than two weeks, all of India and all Indians worldwide will come together once again to celebrate what is known rightfully as the ‘Festival of Light’.

With the celebration of Diwali also come the wedding season and the holiday season, which necessarily means there will be a lot of social gatherings, event, parties, and a lot more reasons to shop and look your best. But, this would also mean over crowded malls and stores, heavy traffic, and longer queues at the payment counter. However, since we know how valuable your time is yet how important it is for you to look just drop dead gorgeous, we have decided to unveil to you our “Diwali Dhamaka Offer”…

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Read below the offer details:

25% flat off – Coupon Code: DWL25

*No minimum order required

*Excluding sale section

And, this is not all. We also have this:

Shop from special section & Get 80% off + additional 10% off – Coupon Code: SPL10

And, this:

Free shipping on order over $99

And finally this:

Assured free gift with each order.

Remember, every good thing comes to an end for another to begin. But also, there is no tomorrow. So, rush today and grab the offer before it ends.

Happy Shopping!

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Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah


Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Maa Rupena Samstitha

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Shakti Rupena Samstitha

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Buddhi Rupena Samstitha

Ya Devi Sarvabhuteshu Lakshmi Rupena Samstitha

Namastasyai Namastasyai Namastasyai Namo Namah

Those who are familiar with the mantra understand what we are hinting at, and those who do not, well… it’s time for the biggest festival of the Year – Durga Puja and Navratra.

Since we are based out of misthi land of Kolkata, we are a little biased towards Durga Puja.

How many of you were awake at 4 in the morning yesterday to listen/watch the Mahalaya relay on radios and TV? Most of us were. With the commencement of Mahalaya, we have reached the onset of Durga Puja. In about 5 days, the entire city of Kolkata will be in a trance which, no matter how much you try, is unexplainable. Larger than life idols of Maa Durga, iconic Pandals, and air filled with fragrance of flowers and mouthwatering food, colorful crowds covering the streets!!! Who needs La Tomatino hen you can have Durga Puja.

As much as we love talking about fashion, Durga Puja is way more than flaunting the season’s latest trends, and gorgeous jewelries. Let’s talk about all the things that comes to mind (or flash in front of your eyes) associated with this grand festival.

Dhaaki:

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Nothing resonate the sound of Durga Puja than these men (at times women) who carry these huge drums (dhaak) and get the party started right away. Starting Shashti, the sixth day, when Maa Durga reveals her face to us ( on the fifth day in some places), until the day Maa bids farewell to us, promising to come back again next year with twice as many surprises and celebrations as the current year. The beats played by Dhaakis all across several Pandals (at times even states) remain the same. Some could even be an improvised version of what’s been played for over years. But one thing’s for sure, you can’t resist from tapping your feet to the floor or nodding your head to the beats of the drums. Like they say, let’s roll the drums and get the party starting!

Dhunuchi:

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Since we set the stage with our energetic and exceptional Dhaakis, its time to not just tap your leg and nod your head, but bring on the party and celebration mode totally. And, how about add a twist? Dhunuchi dance is another common tradition seen during Durga Puja worldwide. Dhunuchi is nothing but a type of flared- shape incense burner which is a little larger than most and has an extended stem used for holding it. It’s mostly made of earthenware. Just like an incense stick is used during prayers, Dhunuchi is used during Durga Puja. The burner is filled with burning coal, dried coconut fiber, and camphor sprinkled over the fiber. Apart from being used for the Puja, it is quite common to see Dhunuchi Nritya or Dhunuchi Dance, where participants – male and female, perform with the dhunichis – at times more than just one! Though we agree it’s not everybody’s task to literally play with fire, but it’s a true delight to watch.

The food:

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No celebration- Indian or International can ever be complete without food. And, Bengalis are mostly known for their food… And Durga Puja, of course… Mughlai rolls, Fish curry, Prawn made with coconut garnishing, traditional Khichdi (mix of rice and lentils) and Mix vegetables (also known as Laabra), sweets, and even the snacks… Slurpp! Slurrp! Our mouths are watering just think of the. So is yours (come on don’t lie).

The Adda:

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If you are familiar with this term, we hereby announce you as a true Bengali! But for those of you who don’t, Adda means nothing but endless chit chatting about anything and everything under the sky. Now you know why we know so much? We hereby crown you as the next True Bengali (since now you know what Adda means.

Sindur Khela:

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Sindur as in Vermillion is an important part of Indian culture. It represents marital bliss. A woman who is married adorns vermillion on her forehead until her husband is alive. On the last day of Durga Puja, i.e. Maha Dashami or Dussehra, as Maa Durga apparently leaves earth to go back to the unknown universe, with a promise to return every year, all married woman gather around Maa Durga and pray to her for their marital life to be happy and prosperous. After the prayer ceremony, they put Sindur on each other’s face and forehead (almost like Holi) which is also a part of the Durga Puja ceremony and denotes celebration of married life and wishing good luck to one another. It’s a magical site to see beautiful Bengali women draped in white and red sarees with bold eyes filled with kohl and skin glowing more because of the red color of the vermillion… Ah! Where in the world can you find a sight like this!

And… And… Of course the Clothes (we couldn’t stay away from it any longer)

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Have you seen the amazing collection we have been flaunting on our social media sites? You haven’t? No! This means you are missing out on our autumn sale too. Stop reading this and quickly type in www.sareez.com on that search bar of your computer, and avail the discounts before it’s too late. If you want to take a look at some of our exclusive picks for this festive season, take a look at our Pinterest board. We will keep updating the board and the sites. But, if you like something grab it now before someone else does.

Team Sareez wishes you all a grand Durga Puja and may you have a gala time shopping from our online store and later flaunting them to all your neighborhood!

Sarees You Must Have In The Ethnic Section of Your Wardrobe


With festivals forming such an important part of every Indian’s life, we can’t help ourselves from coming back to this topic every now and then. Especially when we know that in some part of the world you are preparing yourself for the upcoming celebrations of one of the biggest festivals of India – Durga Puja. Some of us call it Navratra, some call it Kullu Dussehra, some call it Bommai Golu, and some even call it Bommala koluvu. No matter what we name the festival, the truth is that each one of us is equally excited about it. However, with festivals also comes the dire necessity to look total ethnic and gorgeous. And, there is nothing that can make u look more stunning and beautiful than the Indian National Dress itself – The Saree.

So, we bring to you a list of top 5 types of sarees that you must include in our wardrobe if you haven’t already.

Taant Sarees

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Weaved mostly in West Bengal and Bangladesh, the Taant sarees are soft and comfortable even for the hottest days. These sarees are found in huge varieties; you can find them in bright colors as well as lighter shades and with heavy embroideries to simple thread works. Taant sarees are extremely comfy yet very sophisticated for wearing at festivals, work, or even generally during daytime and thus, is our top choice.

Dhakai Sarees

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Originating from and named after Dhaka, the capital city of Bangladesh, the Dhakai sarees come with intricate thread embroideries and buti works. The uniqueness of the sarees is visible in their unconventional blend of simplicity and grandeur. The Dhakai sarees are usually found in cotton or a material called Jamdani. A red and white Dhakai is an ideal saree for any of the Indian festivals.

Banarasi Sarees

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While the Banarasi silk sarees are closely associated with the Bengali brides since time immemorial, these are equally suitable for wearing in festivals. The newlyweds are often found having a strong inclination towards this particular variety of Indian ethnic wear. As such, few other varieties of sarees can hardly replace the dignified appeal of a red embroidered Banarasi saree that remains an all-time favorite of Indian women.

Designer Sarees

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Whatever the festival or occasion is, looking trendy is important and the designer sarees can serve your purpose perfectly well. You can consider buying the designer sarees online and you will certainly be able to lay your hands upon a wide variety of sarees that strike the right blend of traditional appeal and modern designs.

Paithani Sarees

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The combination of the lustrous silk, embroideries in zari and golden thread and peacock designs in the pallu of the sarees makes the Paithani sarees ideal for festivals. Originating in Maharashtra, India, these sarees are also reflective of the Buddhist culture. They have a typical grandeur about them, making them must-have festival sarees in the personal wardrobe of every woman.

Look Gorgeous in only $20.00


Who doesn’t want to look stunning all day everyday? Especially with the upcoming festive and marriage season, the pressure of shopping for picture-perfect clothes and looking like a show-stopper is stressing all of us. Moreover, looking back at our budget is what’s giving us sleepless nights. But like we say always… NO MORE!

Team Sareez brings to you a selection of beautiful casual and party sarees in variety of materials just under the $20 mark.

Below you see only a handful of them but don’t forget to visit the website to take a look at the complete collection.

Brink Pink Faux Georgette Printed Casual and Party Saree

Brink Pink Faux Georgette Printed Casual and Party Saree

Persian Blue and Off-white Faux Georgette Printed Party Saree

Persian Blue and Off-white Faux Georgette Printed Party Saree

Hot Pink Chiffon Printed Casual and Party Saree

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Love Sarees but Dread Draping A Saree? Let Us Help!


Our saree draping style mostly is influenced by the state or region we belong to. You must have noticed this during weddings. Women at a Gujarati wedding look totally different than at a Bengali wedding. This holds true even if two women have to wear the same saree.

There are endless ways of wearing a saree. However, before we proceed, let us also remind you about the two essential pieces of clothing which completes your ethnic ensemble. They are:

  • A petticoat, which is a long skirt like garment, tied around the waist with a drawstring. It is necessarily of the same color as the saree and is hidden as the saree is draped over it in a way that no part of it is visible. Exception: If you are wearing a net saree or any saree which is made of a transparent material, you may choose to wear a contrasting petticoat.
  • A proper fitting saree blouse of a color matching the saree, ending below the bust. It can be long or short sleeved or even sleeveless.

The conventional way of wearing a saree:

  1. Initially you have to tuck the sari around your body starting from the navel you go left, adjusting the saree according to your height, you finish when you have made one full circle.
  2. Next to measure the length of the pallu, you have to hold the top edge of the saree and wrap it around your hips and bring it to the shoulder, and let it hang up to the back of your knee.
  3. Then take the portion left around your waist and start-making 7-10 neat pleats from left and tuck it down onto the waist petticoat.
  4. Similarly now take the pallu and wrap it once again on your shoulder making neat pleats there as well. Pin it up properly on the left shoulder so that it stays in its place.

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The look of the Indian Woman is complete when bindi and proper jewelry is added to this saree.

Various ways of draping a saree:

The draping styles of a saree vary according to the different regions of India. It is estimated that there are nearly 80 different styles of draping a saree. Some of the most popular ones are:

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Gujarati Style Saree Draping: This style is predominantly found in Northern India, like Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, and is called the ‘seedha pallu’, as the saree and its pleats open to the right unlike the usual way. The pallu here comes from the back over the right shoulder and then it is stretched across the chest and the left end of the pallu is folded in the petticoat at the back.

Maharashtrian Style Saree Draping: This is an 8 meters long saree unlike the normal 5.5 meters, where a portion of a saree goes between the legs and is put in the back of the waist, and the other portion becomes the pallu over the bosom. This allows movement more freely as it acts as a divided saree.

Tamilian Style Saree Draping: This saree is also similarly long like Maharashtrian style of 8 meters, which is draped around the waist with the pleats inclined towards the left side. The portion left is taken over the shoulder, is once again wrapped around the waist and inserted on the left side.

Bengali Style Saree Draping: The Bengali saree is worn without pleats, as it is draped around the waist, brought back to the right side and the pallu is thrown over the left shoulder with a bunch of keys attached to its end. This pallu is then passed under the right arm and thrown over the left shoulder again. Basically, it can be said only two big pleats comprises this style. To get the apt Bengali look you can wear ballooned or puffy sleeve blouses.

Dravidian Style Saree Draping: This is nothing but pleated rosette, at the waist, which is worn by women of Tamil Nadu.

Nivi Style Saree Draping: This style of Andhra Pradesh is held in place by the folds into the petticoat, leaving the pallu hanging over the shoulder. If wearing ‘Kaccha Nivi,’ you have to pass the pleats between your legs and tuck it into the back of your waist.

Coorgi Style Saree Draping: Here you have to tie the pleats into the backside and a small portion of the pallu is placed above the shoulder.

Gond Style Saree Draping: This is just the opposite way of draping the saree where the first part is wrapped over the shoulder and then the rest is set to cover up the body.