When it comes to formal wear, there are a few items of clothing as timeless and elegant as the banarsi sari. One of South Asia’s most beloved hand-loomed materials, banarsi cloth dates back at least 2000 years, according to Vogue India, and it isn’t going out of fashion any time soon. A symbol of royal splendour, banarsi cloth is a staple of wedding festivities across South Asia.If you’re stumped about how to style this bridal favourite, take inspiration from these South Asian celebs who have mastered the art of rocking a banarsi sari. From Naimal Khawar to Deepika Padukone, this list will make you want to wrap yourself in gorgeous banarsi silk and head out to your next wedding function for a fun fashion adventure!
1. Naimal Khawar
All dolled up for her sister’s wedding festivities, Naimal looked like an absolute vision in a mustard-yellow banarsi sari. The monochrome look was elevated with a pop of red on the lips and gold jewellery. Naimal kept the makeup minimal, focusing instead on dewy and fresh skin while keeping her hair out of her face in a slick and neat low ponytail.
2. Anushka Sharma
This one is for all the brides out there looking to incorporate a banarsi sari into one of their main events. Anushka looked positively stunning and regal in a red and gold banarsi sari. The look was made all the more royal with a heavy choker and equally massive earrings. The actor opted for a black smokey eye, pairing it with a nude lip and hair slicked back in a bun. The flowers in the hair made the look all the more bridal, with Anushka ticking all of our boxes with this opulent look.
3. Iqra Aziz
We adore the gorgeous hot pink Iqra opted for, and it works brilliantly with the gold work on the sari. Iqra went for a sleeveless blouse in the same pink colour, accessorizing with gold metal bangles and large earrings. The Jhooti actor chose to keep the makeup minimal, opting for nude shades. The tied-back hair compliments the look exceptionally well, adding a touch of elegance, with the soft face-framing pieces of hair making the look seem more romantic.
4. Deepika Padukone
There can be no talk of banarsi saris without mentioning the Sabyasachi poster girl herself. While Deepika made waves after opting for gorgeous silk saris during her wedding to Ranveer Singh, here she opted for a more understated look in a pink banarsi sari. The Piku star didn’t go overboard with the jewellery, opting instead to accessorise with a pair of earrings only, with the pink pout pulling the entire look together.
5. Shraddha Kapoor
We love the gorgeous purple and green combination Shraddha has opted for here, paired with a contrasting orange border. While the colourful look could just as easily stand on its own, Shraddha chose to accessorise with a traditional gold choker and earrings set. The gajray in her hair add the perfect finishing touch to this fun and festive look.
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