30 Gorgeous Sari Outfits— Traditional, Modern, & Unexpected

First, some sari facts, if you aren't familiar with this traditional South Asian garment worn by millions of women across the globe. They can be as many as 10 feet long, and require a 12-step process to properly put on. There are dozens of variations on how to drape them. A sari can hug the body and showcase curves while remaining comfortable and practical (a rarely achieved feat of fashion and physics).
The many complicated draping techniques mean that there's power in knowing how to wear a sari right. We love seeing how contemporary women and designers are putting together saris to fit their lives and personalities, for occasions ranging from the red carpet to running errands.
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And, let's be clear on one more thing: A sari is not a costume. It's not a "fun exotic dress." It's a garment steeped in culture and history, but it's also a fashion statement in its own right, and one that can mean different things to different women. Let's appreciate the women who wear saris — and look amazing doing it.
In celebration of our last episode of Style Out There, which chronicles a very special type of sari ceremony, we've found 30 examples of sari outfits worn traditionally, modernly, formally, and casually by women of all many religions and from many countries — click through to see them all.
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Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.
Bollywood actress Dipannita Sharma cinches her sari with a belt.
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Actress Deepika Padukone's sparkling sari could put the Milky Way to shame.
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Photo: Courtesy of @jaipurjournal
An everyday sari found in Jaipur Journal.
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Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.
Actress Dia Mirza in a colorblocked sari.
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Photo: Courtesy of @dreamersevents.
Simple but so, so chic.
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Photo: Courtesy of @zoerose_co.
A modern take on the sari.
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Photo: Courtesy of Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
Matching striped looks by designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee.
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Photo: Courtesy of Anju Modi.
A qi pao-meets-sari original by Anju Modi.
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Photo: Matt Baron/BEImages.
Deepika Padukone in white and gold.
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Actress Nimrat Kaur opts for a champagne-hued sari.
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Photo: Courtesy of @elleindiaofficial.
Pleats, please — at the Sashikant Naidu show.
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Photo: Courtesy of @nishakundnani.
A gold and ivory sari, styled by stylist Nisha Kundnani.
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Photo: Courtesy of @julesmonson.
Blogger Jules Monson at Firenze in a @littleblacksari.
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Photo: Courtesy of @aashniandco
A Sabyasachi Mukherjee lace and embroidery creation.
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Photo: Courtesy of @elleindiaofficial.
Preeti Dhata in a Sabyasachi sari.
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Photo: Courtesy of @voguelovingcom.
Black and red and rich all over.
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Photo: Jonathan Hordle/Rex/REX USA.
Blue chiffon and a white bodice for journalist Tasmin Lucia-Khan.
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Photo: Chirag Wakaskar/WireImage.
A Scottish-Indian hybrid look at Anavila's winter '14 show.
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Indian actress Swara Bhaskar in a sheer, black sari.
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Priyanka Chopra's sari features a V-cut waistline.
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Photo: Chirag Wakaskar/WireImage.
A look from Anju Modi's winter '14 collection.
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Photo: Raajessh Kashyap/Hindustan Times via Getty Images.
We're all about this seafoam green shade on Sakshi Tanwar.
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Photo: Courtesy of @fashionfwdtrends.
Nandini Bhalla at a fashion show.
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Photo: Chirag Wakaskar/WireImage.
When Laura Ashley meets the Subcontinent — a look from Anavila's winter '14 show.
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Photo: Courtesy of Frou Frou.
A paper-bag twist on the traditional sari by Frou Frou.
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Photo: Courtesy of Ilk.
Ilk's study in blue.
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Photo: Julian Makey/REX USA.
Freida Pinto's sari features a keyhole-neck choli.
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Photo: Carolyn Contino/BEImages.
Padma Lakshmi goes green (and red).
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Photo: Courtesy of @prsilks.
An embellished belt keeps this sari in place.
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