May 30, 2010

Overweight and dig net saris?

Net saris are a rage at parties and weddings this season but don't go for it if you are short and fat, advise designers. If you still want to risk flaunting your flab, go for dark colours, satin petticoats and a lot of motif.

"Net saris look fabulous on women with well-toned bodies, long torsos. Such women, in fact, look very sexy in net as it accentuates their perfect curves. But fat women should try to avoid it," Seema of designer duo Swapan-Seema said on the sidelines of the Wills Lifestyle India Fashion Week (WIFW).

According to a Delhi-based stylist, "net saris are a complete no-no for fat women".

"Net tends to contour the body type and I don't think it's worth showing the flab," said the stylist, who did not wish to be named.

Designer Seema, who has a range of net saris in pastels with subdued work, says there are a lot of women in their 50s who wish to wear net saris in order to look younger.

"It is up to an individual if she wants to wear it. If my clients wish to wear net and I feel it won't suit them, I recommend chiffons or georgettes. But if they insist, what can one do?"

But overweight women who are still keen to wear net saris should not be disappointed.

Designer Jaya Rathore, whose ethnic Indian collection is dominated by net, says comfort can play an important role.

"Good petticoats in satin and brocade can always make a difference to women wanting to wear the net sari. I feel every woman should try every possible type of clothing and see for herself if it suits her. If she is comfortable, she should just wear it.

"The only thing I would recommend is that heavy women must try net saris that have a lot of motif and jaal, which can help camouflage the fat if they feel conscious of their girth," Rathore said.

Young designer Joy Mitra, who has been working with nets for the past few seasons, has some tips for overweight women.

"Fat or slim, short or tall - a sari always looks beautiful on any form. One shouldn't feel conscious. There's always a way to fix such problems. You can wear a full sleeve blouse to hide fat, the petticoats can be different and more stylish to take attention away from the waist.

"I also feel heavier women should wear darker colours - that can do the trick of making them look a little slimmer in case they are way too conscious," he said.

Some, of course, avoid it themselves.

Veteran actress Moushumi Chatterjee is a little on the plump side and she feels net saris dont suit her.

"Women should wear what suits them. I don't think net saris suit me much and I am not comfortable wearing them. I prefer saris in cotton, chiffon, kanjeevaram, silks, etc," Moushumi, who flaunted a black and white sari by Reynu Taandon at WIFW, said.