If there is one thing that Indian women are definitely proud of, it is the saree and how gracefully we pull it off. The traditional Indian saree can be styled in so many diverse ways to bring out our inner style icon. Six yards of elegance, as it is called, is a piece of clothing that is donned with much grace and everyone who wears one can vouch for it. Our Bollywood celebrities are often seen rocking this beautiful attire with sophistication and style. Seeing these celebs wear a saree in India is common but some of them have taken this ensemble that is native to India across international borders and looked as classy as ever on the red carpet. So here is a list of seven Bollywood divas who represented style and elegance in traditional Indian attire.
The actress who is the heartthrob of every Indian, walked the red carpet at the 63rd Cannes Film Festival in a gorgeous ivory saree. Deepika is known to be classy and chic and never disappoints us with her fashion statements. She nailed the desi look in her ivory and golden saree designed by Rohit Bal. She looked marvelous as she walked the red carpet flaunting her curves. The actress added a final touch to her look by putting her hair up in a dressy bun and accessorized it with a bindi.
With beautiful eyes that can kill, the former Miss World wore a stunning golden saree with a beautifully designed blouse while attending the 66th Cannes Film Festival (2013) in France. Aishwarya Rai walked the red carpet in this Tarun Tahiliani-designed saree and looked nothing less than a goddess. She paired it with long earrings and smoky eyes. She wore her hair up in a stylish bun, carried a golden clutch, and charmed everybody with her beauty.
Known as one of the most stylish celebrities of Bollywood, Sonam Kapoor has inspired many young women with her fashionista looks. From western to athleisure, Indo-western to traditional Indian, this diva has a unique fashion sense that never fails to amaze us. She wore a net embellished cream saree designed by Abu Jani-Sandeep Khosla and walked the red carpet at the Cannes Film Festival in 2017. Her experimental and classy couture captivated the traditional Indian style with a dash of modern touch and she looked sensational on the international red carpet.
Known to choose roles in movies that bring out a strong message, Vidya Balan has always marched to the beat of her own drums. Even in her fashion and style, she has always gone the traditional route. On multiple occasions, she has said that the veteran actress Rekha is her fashion icon and Vidya has followed in her suit. She donned a traditional silk saree at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and looked nothing short of glam. She wore a long-sleeved maroon blouse and walked the red carpet looking like true royalty. She is known for her simplicity in fashion and this time too, she personified that with her beauty in ethnicity and made her country proud.
Another fan of simplicity, Richa Chadha was seen in a Sabyasachi saree when she walked the international red carpet. She made her debut at the Cannes Film Festival after her brilliant performance in Masaan for which she also received a standing ovation at the festival. She looked gorgeous in her floral saree which she paired with a sequin blouse. Richa Chadha completed her desi woman look with a pair of long earrings and a bindi. All in all, she looked simply stunning and made quite an impression at Cannes with her first appearance.
Bold and beautiful, Kangana Ranaut is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in and does not follow the bandwagon. With her exceptional roles in movies like Queen and Fashion, she is one celebrity who lives by her principles and is quite fearless even when it comes to her fashion sense. At the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, Kangana wore a golden saree with a jeweled blouse and belt. She looked nothing less than a queen in her majestic attire and stood out from the usual. Even though she wore a saree, she styled it in such an exclusive manner that she stole many eyes. The unconventional actress styled her hair in a retro bun and wore purple gloves to complete this extravagant look.
The extremely talented and socially conscious celebrity, Nandita Das donned a classic Anavila zari saree at the Cannes Film Festival 2017. Always seen in stunningly draped sarees, this Indian beauty brought out her culture and personality through her style. She wore long dangling earrings and paired the look with subtle matte finish makeup to bring out her features. With a ring that stood out and her hair tied neatly in a bun, she gave â€śbeauty in simplicityâ€ť a whole new meaning.
For all you saree lovers, this list is proof that you need not force yourself into a western outfit if you want to choose the traditional route; no matter what the occasion is. Go forth and flaunt your inner ethnic diva and own that look. Which was your favorite celebrity look? Let us know in the comments below.
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