Half sarees have been popular in south India for a long long time. But Alia Bhatt’s gorgeous looks in 2 States and Deepika Padukone’s innocent charm in Chennai Express seem to have made it a national favorite. We are already familiar with the lehenga saree. So, when something simpler came up, it was welcomed with a lot of enthusiasm. Now stylist as in both north and south consider this 3-piece garment as an ideal no-fuss comfortable party wear, especially for celebratory occasions like weddings and festivals events.

Let’s take a Look at Some Lovely Half Saree Designs


But before we go ahead to the inspiring half saree collections, let’s find out what the half saree style is all about.


Langavoni/Davoni or simply half saree is the traditional teenage costume in the South Indian states. It is an easy transition between the childhood pavadai to the grown-up’s saree. Teenage is a time when you are no longer a kid, neither are you an adult. So, instead of draping a saree, a skirt and blouse is worn with a dupatta to resemble the saree.

Half Saree Designs – Three Piece Garment:


The half saree has 3-separate pieces of garment – a skirt or lehenga, a blouse or choli and a dupatta or chunni. The traditional everyday wear for south Indian girls could be simple fabrics like cotton or chiffon. But special occasions demanded silk – Kancheevaram silk to be specific. Bright colours are the usual norm – reds, yellows, greens, blues and golds are popular. The skirt is usually wide and flared to facilitate ease of movement. The blouse is short and bares the midriff, just like in a saree. But the chunni covers up for it.

How to Wear a Half Saree


So, is there a special way to drape the half saree? It’s quite easy actually. Wear the skirt and blouse. Now take one end of the chunni and tuck in a corner at your left hip. Make pleats on the chunni and wrap it around to the front and hang it over your left shoulder to the back. The end tucked in at your hip should form a triangular shape on your left side and back. You can adjust the dupatta’s pleats to cover or reveal the navel.


The latest half sarees are usually heavy embellished or embroidered for the party look. The dupatta can be experimented with. The fabrics you choose can be an important factor in glamorizing your half saree designs. Tulle, silks and satins are trendy these days. Sheer fabrics are the favourites for dupatta with heavily embroidered borders and tassels. Tulle/net skirts are also in high demand. This is because they can be lightweight and at the same time embellished heavily for a regal look. You can work with colours too. Bright dazzling hues are ideal for celebrations. Either use three different colours, dual tones or complimentary colours for the 3 separate pieces. Some evergreen combinations are red and yellow or yellow and pink.


Latest Half Saree Designs Collections

Now, let’s take a look at that latest half saree design collection to inspire you for the wedding wardrobe.


Let’s start with two contrasting style statements from the Kashish Half Saree festival in Hyderabad– one demure but classy and the other a riot of colours. I can already imagine these designer half sarees dazzling on a bridesmaid.

The first half saree blouse design is an innovative mix of velvet and tulle – fabrics not usually seen in traditional half sarees. Down below, the skirt is a heavy cream silk with gold embroidery on the multi-coloured border. To bring balance to the skirt and blouse, the chunni or dupatta is sheer white fabric with a red embellished border. Just as you see in the picture, this half saree design is best accessorized with delicate gold jewellery. Tie up your hair for that classy elegance.

Right next to it, the pretty model is wearing a vibrant half saree design splashed with hues of yellow, pink and blue. The rather simple pink silk blouse is compensated by the heavily embroidered blue net dupatta. The lehenga is in a bright yellow with self-print stripes. Tier after tier of intricate embroidery weighs it down in place. Since the outfit itself is so glamorous, go easy on the accessories. A mang tikka could be the statement jewellery and a pair of bangles will look good too.

Both these latest half saree styles are ideal for bridesmaids – at the wedding or for pre-wedding ceremonies.

Peacock Shaded Half Saree Designs

Peacock Shaded Half Saree Designs

Blue and green, especially when it is in peacock shades, is a treat for the eyes. And if it is your aim to ensure a stylish presence at the wedding – your or a friend’s, try this absolutely gorgeous half saree design. This latest half saree design does not lose its traditional charm. Without any extra embellishments, the fabric itself is a charmer. The silk lehenga ripples in pleasant shades of blues and green with gold polka dots. The border flares into gold and deep blue layers. This half saree blouse design is also special with green patch detailing on the sleeves and neckline.  Equally dazzling is the sheer chunni with its heavy golden embroidered border. Wear long dangler earrings and a thin cummerbund just like you see in the picture to complete the look. A thick set of blue, gold and green bangles will look good too.

Net Pleated Half Saree Designs

Net Pleated Half Saree Designs

If you are looking for a lighter shade of blue and a structured lehenga, this pleated half saree design may impress you. The lehenga is light blue tulle with a green satin border embellished by a neat line of gold work. The chunni is similar green satin with the gold embellishment. The blouse is a bright affair with gold floral print on green silk. See how well the models messy hairdo matches the stylish half saree.

Yellow and Black Half Saree Designs


You can’t wear black to a wedding? That’s so passé! Well, if you are still concerned, wear it with some bright yellow. Festive enough? This one is for all those who crave minimalistic elegance. You know what I am talking about – zari, gold embroidery, heavy borders and silks not your cup of tea? Latest half saree collections like these are what you are looking for.

The half saree blouse design is an absolute must-have – the black sleeveless choli is quite unique with its yellow floral embroidery detail. Balancing out the yellow is a wide yellow border on the flared black lehenga. There is a bit of gold down there to match up with the sheer black dupatta’s border detailing. Don’t miss the yellow and gold tassel hanging down from the hip.

This style is simple enough and you can choose it for a no-fuss glamorous pre-wedding style. Just accessorize with some bling on your earlobes and wrists.

Black Half Saree Designs


Like black, but can’t do without the gold and zari for your wedding wardrobe. Take inspiration from Shaalin’s gold and and black half saree design. The actress walked the ramp in a smooth black lehenga with golden polka dots on the body and two layers of paisley zari motifs on the border. The skirt was well complimented by a dazzling gold blouse with net sleeves. Before the bling gets too much, a black self-print sheer chunni is wrapped around. The highlight of course is the wide golden lower border of dupatta. A thick set of black and gold bangles is the ideal accessory for this look. You may try on some heavy earrings too.

Bridal Look in Half Saree Designs

Bridal Look in Half Saree Designs

Pink is a universal favourite among women. Wonder why we are so attracted to the colour. One reason could be the rosy glow it gives the wearer. And that’s something absolutely necessary for a bride. This heavily embellished pink and yellow designer half saree is truly fit for a bride.

Let’s start with that gorgeous lehenga. The dual tone silk fabric itself will glisten like gold under the lights. Furthermore, the lehenga is embellished heavily with gold and silver thread and beads. While small flower motifs cover the body of the skirt, the same motifs are larger towards the border. The heavy silver border is then again fringed by a strip of bright yellow. And to finish off the look, tiny pearls are attached to the base. Keeping up with trendy skirt, the blouse is also in dual tones of yellow and pink. Heavy embroidery covers the blouse too, particularly the sleeves and neckline. The wrap it all up the sheer yellow dupatta is spotted with bead embroidery and bordered in gold and pink.

You can dress this style up or down. But for a bride, a wide traditional necklace, arms full of bangles, a prominent mang-tikka and matching pair of chandelier earrings would look great. Use faint shades of pink for make-up too and you are ready for the big celebration.

Style Statement with Pink Half Saree Designs

Style Statement with Pink Half Saree Designs

Yellow and pink or yellow and green or pink and green are classic colour combinations for celebratory fashion. These colours are well-suited for the Indian skin tone too. No wonder, they are highly in demand. So why not bring all of then together into one trendy designer half saree design.

The latest half sarees are dependent of colours as much as innovative styling. And these bright hues will surely set you apart – starting with the sunset yellow tulle lehenga. Giving the net a deep yellow shade is a lining underneath in a similar hue. The skirt flares down to a wide green border embellished by floral zari detailing and tiny golden beads at the edge. Above that a strip of golden saree is closed in by gold embroidered pink patchwork. The golden blouse is gently fringed by bright pink piping to match the stunning gold polka dotted pink dupatta. The heavy golden border adds more style. As a whole, you will make an appearance to be remembered in this designer half saree. A thick long braid like the model is sure to turn heads, but you can try an elaborate updo too. Compliment the deep wide neck with a statement neckpiece or long shoulder dusters on your earlobes. If you want to cut don on the bling, try colourful glass bangles for the wrist. Match them up with a bindi.

Manish Malhotra Style in Half Saree Designs

Manish Malhotra Style in Half Saree Designs

Can’t get enough of pink and yellow? – Manish Malhotra to the rescue. From one of India’s most loved couturiers come this bright half saree design dazzling in silver and yellow. That silver blouse which looks like a pure metal cast is enough to have me drooling over the designer half saree. Are you doing the same too?

The scoop neck silver choli is accompined by an equally stunning tulle yellow skirt with silver motifs and stripes all over. I love that colour play of coral, pink and silver on the border too. The dupatta is a simle pink fabric but glitters with that heavy silver border all around.

So, Manish Malhotra brides – now you know what else to look for in his collections other than Anarkalis and sarees.

Wedding Style Half Saree Designs


Now, that’s real heavy! But it’s your wedding and it’s got to be heavy on style. The unusual colour combination is definitely the highlight of this designer half saree design by Mayyur Girotra. Soft orange on emerald green looks quite striking. While emerald green velvet is a couture and bridal staple, soft orange is a colour more familiar with make-up.

The green velvet lehenga is almost completely covered in gold embellishment. The border is a dense floral pattern in soft orange embroidery thread that looks very much like Kashimiri handicraft. The blouse is also heavily embroidered green velvet and providing contrast to the lehenga choli is the soft ornage dupatta with a floral gold border.

The half saree itself is a vision to withhold. You needn’t worry too much about accessorizing this look. Gold is an all time favourite for brides and I would suggest the same. But try latest designs and layer your necklaces. Bangles, jasmine flowers and long earrings will help too.

Ethnic Half Saree Designs


Reminds me of Sabyasachi couture – the red, black and gold plus the easily ethnic Indian looks. A half-sleeve half saree blouse design will certainly bring in that trendy yet traditional look to your ensemble. The wide border and heavy tassels sure brings an old world charm.

The beige blouse is complimented by a wide rectangular neckline fringed by gold and the black-red-gold sleeve borders. The skirt is heavy red fabric weigherd down by all that zari work on the black border. The chunni is a similar black fabric with zari borders and uniform sequined patterns on the body.

So, hope you have had enough inspiration for wedding half saree designs. I’ll leave you with some more images to go ‘wow’ about.


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