Talking Ikat : Reuse Sarees From Your Trousseau / Part 3

When I sat down to conceptualise and create this series, I was certain of one thing. I had to push myself out of my comfort zone and I had to create looks that were drastically different from one another. So make that two things then.

Prior to this saree (not sorry) tale, I would have probably attempted the previous two looks (here and here) but never something as bold as this final one.

I finally took a break from my favourite chiffons and decided to use a stiffer fabric and create a more structured look. I also really wanted to make sure that this look would be evening appropriate. My inspiration for this look was that girl who couldn’t give a damn about Indian clothes but is forced into a saree at that family wedding. Or that woman who prefers androgynous styles but has few alternatives when it comes to traditional outfits and occasions.

Titled “Talking Ikat”, this look is also an ode to the use of heirloom pieces in today’s day and age. For all those brides out there complaining about the pieces your mom has “saved” for you over the years, crib not, because ten years later (or maybe even two), you’ll be thanking her profusely. The Orissa Ikat silk-cotton saree in this look belongs to my mom, who picked it up for her trousseau circa 1989. This gorgeous piece is super versatile and easily worn any time of the day, with a fancy blouse or a simple one. As for me, there’s no going back to the days of the blouse now that I’ve seen it in this super mod and edgy avatar.

The look itself was achieved easily enough. I pleated the bottom half of the saree as usual, and then slipped the jacket on before pleating the rest of the saree seedha-palla style and bringing it in front (or the Gujarati way as some of you may know it). I cinched it all in with a vintage belt, although, I must add it did look quite nice without the belt. The belt would make all the difference depending on whether you’re dressing up or dressing down. Not a fan at all of big, broad belts, so I’d suggest picking a sleek one instead.

Shruti and I tried out the “Bird Eye” trend for Tara’s eyes, and I really like how it turned out. Simply extend the eyeliner in thin short strokes towards the inner corners of the eyes in a downward sloping motion, and voila, that’s it. You may have also heard of it as the reverse winged eye. Same same. The purple-burgundy lips were a successful experiment. While a bright red lip would have been apt for this look, I really meant it when I said I wanted to go out of my comfort zone. Skin was kept matte, with a light contour and gelled, slicked back hair.


And although this look, has many many elements I like, my favourite was the antique silver choker you see on Tara. Believe it or not, these are her grandmother’s antique anklets, which we combined together to create that gorgeously gorgeous choker. No, seriously, you have to see it to believe it. The snakeskin-inspired silver cuff too is antique.

I think we underestimate the rustic grandeur that silver jewellery adds to a traditional look, and it’s definitely time we started adding more of it to our trousseau.


The possibilities with a jacket and a saree are endless. Short, long and sheer jackets. Seedha, regular, across-the-neck pallas. Overlapping outwards, overlapping inwards. Cinched or let loose.

Which of these combinations will you be trying tomorrow? Do let me know!

Hashtag your looks on Instagram with #trousaree and #troustyle so that I can see how you fared, and share your success with the rest of my Instagram family!

Love you too ♥

{The biggest thank you to the best team for making this happen – Tara Ramanujam : Model // Shruti Biswajit : Hair and Make Up // Ambika Narayanan : Photography // Ananya Agarwalla : Styling Assistant}

About thetrougirl

Prerna is a wedding blogger and bridal stylist, who blogs as thetrougirl. A die-hard romantic, she loves weddings, bad puns and Bollywood. And weddings.

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