How Long Should Your Pallu Be?

Saris are classic and timeless. You can turn up in a sari anywhere without much thought. In India, you can spot women in saris everywhere in the street. From marketplace to offices, Indian women are comfortable in Saris. While the outfit remains common, the way one drapes a sari varies across the country. While some put the pallu in front, some others put it across the shoulders on the back, some draw it over their head. Whichever way you prefer a sari only spells elegance and comfort.

However, many women shy away from wearing a sari because they can’t manage to walk in a sari. Some people complain it’s too flowy, or the pallu gets in the way. Well, maybe while experimenting you have taken your experiments too far. It’s okay if you don’t follow the rules because you cannot abide by rules everywhere in life. But you do get jealous when you see few women strutting effortlessly in a sari, right? Well, after reading this blog you will be rocking a sari too. There are few secrets that they won’t share with you.

Pallu or the end piece is the most attractive part of a sari that catches everyone’s eye. It is the most important part and most people get it wrong. Some women prefer to pin it, some prefer to let it flow, and some wrap it like a scarf. What exactly should you do with a pallu? Here are some tips that will give hopefully clear your doubts so that next time you will be confident in draping a sari.

Should you pin your pallu?

If your pallu has a gorgeous design or motif, then you should not pin it. Some people also think pleating the pallu makes them look heavier, and this is true. So, consider keeping your pallu open if you are a little on the heavier side.

Keeping your pallu open is gorgeous. But if you are in a corporate setting or attending a formal occasion, it is advisable to pleat the pallu properly. You wouldn’t want it to flow all over the place. You can get it pleated earlier if you don’t like the hassle of pleating it every time you wear a sari. Also, pleating the pallu beforehand results in a neat drape. If you’re pleating it, then remember not to use too many pins that would make you look like a wounded soldier. Another tip is to use pins that go with the colour of your sari.

How long should be your pallu?

The pallu is about 40% of the sari length. So, if your sari is of 9 meters, your pallu should be of 3.5 meters, and the rest for the entire body. You must have been inspired at least once to let your sari sweep the floor by watching Bollywood movies. Trust me, this is not how your pallu should be. 

Your pallu should be knee-length. Don’t make it either too long or too short. Too short a pallu will look like a dupatta.

Also, don’t wear the sari too low or high. Wearing it too low makes it unnecessarily sweep the floor, and wearing it too high will show your ankles. You want neither. Don’t trip on the sari, adjust the length accordingly. You would come across many images on the internet where popular celebrities have ruined their style statement by wearing the sari too low.

There are several styles of pleating a sari. There is the classic pleat done in the good old fashioned style. There is the butterfly pleat, pleats gathered with a brooch. There is seedha pallu style, which can be traced to Gujarat. In the seedha pallu style, the pallu comes in the front. The Bengali pleat style is another variation flaunted by women on religious occasions and festivals. Every region of India has its pleating style which has been further evolved by women according to their convenience.

Choose your pallu wisely because it can alter your entire look. Remember a sari will make you look elegant as long you feel elegant. So keep your head high and strut down in the nine yards.

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