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How to shop for beautiful budget-friendly saris

Looking for a beautiful sari with an affordable price tag? Fashion blogger Sunita Dass shares how you can recreate luxurious sari trends without breaking the bank.

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The Calcutta designer Sabyasachi Mukherjee began his bespoke label Sabyasachi in 1999, and his stunning, ornate and elegant lehengas and saris have been coveted by brides and fashionistas ever since. He pioneered the use of high-end luxury textiles in a modern context and has gone on to add accessories like clutches and belts and a line of fine heirloom style jewelry to his collections. 

The sari I am wearing, above, is from his line last year. It features a vibrant and eye-catching floral print, with a border of pink and gold brocade, and lined with a delicate bugle bead trim. It is an exquisite piece that I plan on wearing for years, one I know will remain a timeless classic, as is true of many pieces from his most recent collections:

Shop: (top row, left to right) Ivory printed saree. Solid nehru jacket with printed kurta set. (bottom row, left to right): Hand painted saree with blouse. Ivory floral printed saree.

But you can find similar luxury at a more manageable price. The sari in green, below, features a dainty floral design offset by a simple gold border. It is not quite as fancy as the Sabyasachi sari and is made of polyester, but nevertheless, it is glamorous and lightweight, which ensures that it drapes beautifully when worn. I purchased it from — if you can believe it — eBay for about $25 a couple of years ago. While it’s no longer available, take a look at two other saris I’ve found with similar prints. Both less than $30, they demonstrate that you don’t necessarily have to spend an arm and a leg to look stylish and put together. Just add a statement necklace and a stack of colorful bangles and you’re all set. 

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Shop: (left to right) Floral Sari from Ebay ($27). Floral Sari from Ebay ($21).
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