Over 16 years ago, I remember going to ‘Redondo Beach’ Swap Meet (like a flea market) in California because my mother and I happened to be in the area and decided to pop in as one does. I remember wandering around and then stopping at a stand that seemed to have some interesting fabrics. At the back of one of the stall owner’s many rolls of fabric, was this stunning pure silk crepe yellow fabric with beautiful flowers that felt like butter in my hands. I asked my mother what I could do with it and she suggested that it would look great as a sari. I asked the man how much material he had and it must have been my lucky day because he had just enough for one sari. I bought it on the spot!
Originally, this sari had a matching yellow blouse. Like many women, I have been a variety of sizes through various phases of life and the blouse unfortunately, did not survive the many changes that I inflicted on it in the way of alterations. As a result, I have this lovely sari with no blouse and I did not want to go to the effort to get another blouse made for it.
Given the abundance of beautiful crop tops that are currently on the market, I thought a contrasting crop top was the way forward . As the saying goes, ‘Somebody’s crop top is somebody else’s sari blouse’ – ok perhaps there is no such saying currently but there is always a first for everything. I thought I would experiment with this green crop top as I especially like the full sleeves on it. I loved the way it looked together and it was a great solution to my missing blouse problem . This is a simple crop top, however there are some beautiful crop tops in the shops that I think would make great sari blouses.
Of course, a custom-made blouse for a sari is a match made in heaven and that is hard to beat. However, if you have a sari lying around that needs a new blouse or you just want to try something different with a sari in your closet, then a crop top from the hight street may just be the answer.
I hope you have enjoyed this lookbook and as always, thank you so much for visiting my blog.
(Clothes and Accessories: Blouse – TopShop , Bracelet – Ishariya, Earrings – H&M)
Below are some crop tops that I think would make fabulous sari blouses.